Attack on Titan Season 4 - Why Mappa is Releasing Part 2 in Winter 2022 if the Manga is Ending Now?

Right after Attack on Titan Season 4 episode 16 aired, studio Mappa announced Part 2 of the series will be coming next Winter, meaning the anime still has no ending and is taking a break – and yet, the Attack on Titan manga will be ending in a few days. So why is Attack on Titan Season 4 a split cour series even though the manga is ending?

What’s a split cour series?

Attack on Titan Final Season, also called Attack on Titan season 4, is what we call a split cour anime series. One cour usually designates 10 to 13 episodes of an anime series. Split cour means that the first part is aired during a certain anime season, and the second cour is aired after a one season break. There are four anime seasons in a year, airing in this specific order: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

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Attack on Titan Final Season started airing as a Winter 2021 anime, and is now coming back with its part 2 “next winter”, meaning it’s coming back in three anime seasons.

Split cours are mainly a way to avoid anime adaptations catching up to the manga, and a better alternative than filler episodes:

However, the Attack on Titan manga is scheduled to release its final chapter on April 9, 20221 anyways, so there’s no risk of the anime catching up to the manga anymore, so why is it split cour?

The strategy of Mappa and Attack on Titan Season 4 Part 2

Split cours is also a way for anime studios to take a rest. Many anime fans don’t realize it but anime studios are all overbooked years in advance. Anime series are announced one or two season before they air, but they stay in productions several years before that.

In the past, it was common for anime series to run for 26 episodes two cours, or even 51 episodes, 4 cours, in a row. However, now it’s more and more uncommon, and many popular series use the split cour system.

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One of the biggest reasons for that is: There are more anime series produced than ever each year, but there are less and less animators due to the incredibly hard living conditions of the profession, with the low wages problem the industry suffers from.

Split cour will allow Mappa to produce better episodes, and the AOT anime final moments will definitely be amazing thanks to it. We should actually be happy Attack on Titan is only coming back next Winter.

Attack on Titan, known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japan, started in September 2009. The series is ending after 11 years, with the final chapter releasing on April 9, 2021.

Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07

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