If you’re still shocked from the mind-blowing Season 2 finale and wanting answers to the onslaught of new questions it unearthed, you won’t have to suffer Attack on Titan withdrawal for much longer: Funimation has just revealed the Season 3 release date and the first official trailer!
When Hajime Isayama’s bestselling sci-fi manga series -- which explores what happens when the remnants of humanity have to face off against giant Titans ravenous for human flesh -- morphed into an anime back in 2013, fans had to wait four agonizing years to find out what would happen in Season 2, after Eren finally emerged victorious (and you know, alive) from brutal combat with the Female Titan. There was even fear that it would take four more years to get over that. Now all the bizarre questions Season 2 left behind will be answered July 22 (in Japan, though that date could change), about a year after Eren had that unnerving encounter with a smiling Titan in the finale.
"We’re thrilled to be bringing back Attack on Titan for its third season in 2018 and on the heels of the series’ long awaited and exciting return last year," said Funimation founder and CEO Gen Fukunaga in a press release. "Everyone is anxious to see what’s in store for the new season. Fans have been clamoring with non-stop speculation ever since Wit Studio released a Season 3 teaser poster last October. We will all soon find out later this year."
Season 3 of Attack on Titan, which grew to titanic size as one of the top global anime franchises, has been acquired by Funimation, which holds the international home entertainment, video on demand, and broadcast distribution rights for the series in the the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Deranged serial killer Kenny the Ripper will reappear to torment Levi as the series ventures into the "Uprising" arc.
So what can you expect? Beast Titans, Eren transforming and Hulking out, brute force, supernatural powers, narrow escapes, a questionable government, imminent danger at all times, and possibly finding out how some of the weird mythology of this altverse actually makes sense. Oh, and watch for Levi getting really fierce at the end of the trailer. Anything is possible after the humans who thought they were safe behind those walls realized what was lurking there.