Could We Get An Attack On Titan Spin-Off Centered On Levi?

"Attack on Titan" is coming to an end, with the global anime phenomenon finally heading into its last, definitive, for real this time, final season — part one. After a decade of telling a grim, bleak, gory, action-packed story set in a world besieged and terrorized by man-eating titans, we're in the endgame.

So what happens next? Even if you haven't read Hajime Isayama's original manga, the anime has so far made it pretty clear the story is heading to a place with little room for a continuation. Last season left us with so many main characters now dead and the entire world on the brink of destruction. 

This leaves us with the possibility of spin-offs and prequels, which the franchise has not shied away from in the past. We've had the parody manga "Attack on Titan: Junior High," a prequel about the creator of ODM gear, a crossover with The Avengers, and a few light novels that got turned into manga and also OVA special episodes. Some of the spin-offs were even homaged during the final season of the show.

Of course, no other spin-off is as known or well-regarded as the prequel visual novel "No Regrets." That story followed Levi Ackerman before he joined the Survey Corps, in an unsurprisingly tragic story. Turns out, there is a chance we'll see the return of Levi in another story separate from the main "Attack on Titan" manga.

Could the king return?

Speaking with Crunchyroll, manga creator Hajime Isayama said he has no plans to further explore the story of "Attack on Titan," but said he did have some ideas in mind.

When asked if we could expect additional backstories for Hange or members of the Levi Squad, Isayama said, "Regarding Levi, I actually have something in my mind, but at the same time, I don't know if I will be able to write that or not." There have been rumors about Isayama retiring after finishing "Attack on Titan" for a few years now, fueled by his dreams of opening a sauna.

And yet, that doesn't mean Isayama has stopped thinking about his characters, or where to take them. As the author said, "I have imagined what the story of Levi would be in my mind, but at the same time, whether I am able to output it, that's a whole other story because writing a manga is a really difficult task for me."

"No Regrets" was a story written by an author other than Isayama, so nothing is stopping him from having someone else write up this potential Levi spin-off. In the meantime, we can expect to see Levi return when "Attack on Titan Final Season The Final Edition Part 2" returns March 4, 2023.