‘Attack on Titan’: Eren’s Voice Actor ‘Couldn’t Stop Shedding Tears’ for the Character While Recording Season 4
Attack on Titan‘s anime is approaching its end, and things are looking bleak for Eren Jaeger and his friends in season 4. Even if Paradis Island frees itself from the wrath of Marley, it’s hard to say if the characters will ever be the same. Perhaps that’s why Eren’s Japanese voice actor, Yuki Kaji, found himself getting emotional recording the final episodes.
[Warning: This article contains spoilers for Attack on Titan Season 4.]
Eren undergoes major changes in ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 4
Attack on Titan has never made life easy for Eren, but the anime’s main character goes through some major changes during the final season. Although he’s still hellbent on securing freedom for himself and his comrades, his demeanor shifts following the four-year time skip. He swaps his energetic anger for a more calm and controlled rage.
After discovering what’s outside the walls, Eren becomes disillusioned — and viewers can see that in his expressions and hear it in his voice. His perspective changes and that leads him down a dark path. He’s almost unrecognizable when the fourth season opens.
Time has taken a toll on Eren, and it’s difficult not to feel for him. The voice actor who’s played him since Attack on Titan first debuted is definitely feeling some sympathy. According to Yuki Kaji, he even teared up while recording the new episodes.
Eren Jaeger’s voice actor cried recording the final season
During a conversation with NHK Japan, Eren’s voice actor, Yuki Kaji, reflected on how much Eren has changed since Attack on Titan started. Courtesy of ComicBook.com, this is what Kaji had to say about the character’s evolution:
“When I was reading the script and dubbing some scenes from home on my own, at that time I couldn’t stop thinking about [it]. Even though I had already read the manga and knew what was going to happen, when it came to acting, I really felt what Eren felt and couldn’t stop shedding tears.”
It’s probably no surprise the voice actor feels so strongly for Eren. After all, he knows Attack on Titan‘s lead better than anyone. And seeing him distance himself from his friends and go to devastating lengths to achieve freedom is truly heart-wrenching. Does it bode ill for his chances of a happy ending?
Will ‘Attack on Titan’ have a tragic ending?
Eren’s journey throughout Attack on Titan Season 4 is definitely a tear-jerker. But does it mean he’ll face a tragic ending when the anime is through? If any series could pull off such a finale, it’s this one. Yet Armin doesn’t believe the Scouts should give up on their friend just yet.
Perhaps that means there’s still hope for Eren’s character to come to his senses — or there’s something greater at play. With any luck, fans will get some insight into what Eren’s thinking soon.
Attack on Titan Season 4 Part 2 is currently streaming on Funimation and Crunchyroll.