Anime fans around the world need to be careful of fake April Fool’s Day announcements about Attack on Titan season 4 part 3 and a potential movie.
April Fool’s Day pranks are fun and harmless, right? For the most part, yes, but for anime fans around the world, April Fool’s Day is a hazardous obstacle course that can only be navigated with the most diligent sense of cynicism.
Fake posts, false announcements, shoddy photoshopping and incorrect translations can all lead to information going viral in a very short space of time.
Whilst we understand that the vast majority of anime fans will be able to identify these fake posts with ease, there are some who will fall for the April Fool’s Day shenanigans.
Fake April Fool’s Day announcements spread quickly
April Fool’s Day is, without fail, a minefield for any TV fan on social media as pages share joke announcements, fake news and generally cause hilarious confusion online.
Unfortunately, the anime community has always struggled with April Fool’s Day announcements, with false announcements spreading worldwide as fast as the trending pages on social media can keep up.
Already today, a whole host of posts have gone viral concerning the future of Attack on Titan, which is scheduled to conclude its fourth and final season this Sunday, April 3rd.
One of the main culprits for April Fool’s Day-related news is the ‘translated’ posts, ie, those articles that claim some breaking news in Japan and use a translated post as sources.
Regrettably, both in North America and here in Europe, we too often take these translated posts as genuine under the assumption that “Oh I don’t speak Japanese, but this post already translates it for me.”
Similarly, image-only posts that appear to come from real Twitter pages can photoshop their account names to imply the information has come from a reputable source.
Attack on Titan season 4 part 3 has not been announced today
We aren’t even at lunchtime and already, we have seen countless April Fool’s Day posts going viral on Twitter relating to a so-called confirmation of Attack on Titan season 4 part 3.
To be crystal clear; there have been no announcements made today by either MAPPA, Hajime Isayama, any of the Japanese distribution networks or any of the international streaming partners.
However, this hasn’t stopped fans from falling for the April Fool’s Day posts, namely about the false confirmation of a third part for the fourth anime season.
One post, with over 5000 likes, stated that “Attack on Titan Final Season Part 3 CONFIRMED to have 8 episodes, scheduled to begin airing in January 2023.”
Another fake post even tried to source the reputable Anime News Network, claiming that an article had been posted citing that the finale will lead to a sequel series with Gabi as the main character.
Whilst the majority of the replies are people realizing that this is an April Fool’s Day prank, the post itself has over 12,000 likes and 1,600 retweets at the time of writing – showcasing just how quickly information can spread online.
If you come across a social media post over the next 48 hours that has some ‘Breaking News’ about your favorite show, be careful. The first thing to do is check the comments section as if you are skeptical, chances are there are plenty of other fans also doing the same.
Even after verifying the legitimacy of the page too, the best thing is to find the official Japanese website and double-check whether or not any announcement has been made. If you need to find the direct link to a show’s website, MyAnimeList usually lists all the official properties on the left-hand side of their series pages.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
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