Attack on Titan season 4 returns, as Crunchyroll crashes from demand

Annie Leonhart in Attack on Titan: The Lost Girls
(Image credit: Funimation)
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Having trouble streaming new episodes of Attack on Titan? You're not the only one.

The famed anime series has returned to Crunchyroll for its final handful of episodes – for real this time. The so-called Final Season turned out to be split into two parts, with Part 2 only kicking off in early January, 2022, and episodes now look to be releasing weekly on the anime streaming service.

The massive surge in demand on Crunchyroll for the first new episode, though, caused the platform to shut down as hordes of Titans – we mean, users – flooded the service, with thousands of outages reported by users on the Downdetector (opens in new tab) website.

Comments on the site suggest that the smart TV app was down ("App keeps crashing on Fire TV"), as well as the browser version of the platform. The issue didn't last too long, with outage reports trickling out two or three hours after the episode landed, and you shouldn't have any trouble watching anime now. 

Funimation appears to have had a similar issue at the same time, too, though on a much smaller scale (214 concurrent reports to Crunchyroll's 8,800).

There will be 12 total episodes in Part 2, compared to the 16 episodes in Part 1, so the final, final, final episode should land in early April.

That's not all

It's worth noting that eight episodes of Attack on Titan also dropped on Crunchyroll and Funimation in December. These episodes jump around the timeline of the show's previous seasons, taking place "before and between" them, and focusing on individual characters like Hange Zoë, Captain Levi and Commander Erwin Smith. 

They'd previously only been available on DVD, and have languished on physical discs since 2017, but they're now in their rightful home to be binge-watched ahead of Season 4's remaining episodes.

Subscriptions to anime-centric streamers Funimation and Crunchyroll begin at $5.99 (£4.99) and $7.99 (£7.99) per month, respectively. Be sure to check out the platforms'  free trials, though.

Henry St Leger

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