The star behind Eren Yeager shares some hype about the character’s big moments in Attack on Titan’s fourth and final season. The series has finally returned for Part 2 of the final season, and Attack on Titan fans are starting to see how far Eren is willing to go for whatever his new goals are. The first half of the season teased that he would walk down a dark and bloody path, but the mid-season premiere proves there’s still plenty of ground for Eren to cover as he continues his descent into violence and the darkness.
It’s something fans will see unfold over the course of The attack of the Titansnew episodes, and the Japanese voice actor behind Eren, Yuki Kaji, opened up in an interview about the series ahead of the release of Part 2 (as spotted by @AttackOnFans on Twitter) and revealed his complicated feelings about Eren and what Eren is pursuing in the new episodes. Beginning with “It is a tragedy that cannot be described in one word, and I think it is natural to think about it.”
Continuing further, Kaji said of Eren: “[Eren] was dominated by this feeling, but if he really changed his point of view, then he would be able to judge some people in their position opposite to his. It’s a show that teaches you that stuff, and it’s where you identify with Eren’s feelings, both as a kid and as an adult. Even now, there’s a part of me that can connect with him… I can’t remember everything clearly, but I know Eren’s feelings are varied.”
As for what to expect in the new episodes, Kaji said, “The anime’s voice actors and staff have put their heart and soul into creating this show for you to watch. I’m very happy to have come across this show, and I’m sure everyone is happy to read and watch it. But I think this show shows that happiness isn’t just peaceful happiness. Continuing further, “I feel this show teaches us to move forward without turning away from painful and sad things.”
Finally, Kaji hopes fans can stick around given the difficulty of the story in the new episodes: “When I watch the story after reading the manga, I realize how important love is. I would like to bring out everything I felt this time until the end, so I hope you will continue to watch it every week even if it is a difficult story. But what do you think of Kaji’s take on Eren? What do you hope to see from him in the new episodes? Let us know all your thoughts on this in the comments! You can even contact me directly about all things anime and other cool stuff @Valdezology sur Twitter!