Fans of the beloved anime Attack on Titan scramble to catch the continuation of their fourth and final season, but the hype of the show’s devoted followers leads to the fall of anime streaming services.
Yesterday, Sunday January 9th, the latest episode of Attack on Titan dropped onto streaming services Funimation and Crunchyroll. But, the sheer amount of traffic to the sites left fans unable to view the return of the anime series. Viewers were left with the error message, “We are sorry. A team of shinobi is working to bring your anime back. Thank you for your patience.” When attempting to view the show.
Unable to view the show, fans took to social media to talk about their experience. Twitter user DrOtaku2 took to the platform to say, “We have officially made Crunchyroll crash!! I was about to watch Attack On Titan new episode!” Another user by the name of cj_iwakura said, “There are a few constants in this world. Persona fans start counting at 3, cats will roll across your laptop, and Crunchyroll will crash when a new Attack on Titan episode comes out.”
Although it’s huge for any anime to crash a service as big as Crunchyroll, it isn’t the first time the anime’s took down the site. Back in December of 2020, the first part of season 4 garnered so much traffic to the service that it had it’s first crash, earning similar reactions from fans, enjoyers of the anime speaking about it on Social Media. On twitter, user, xDElectrix, posted, “Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 1 just dropped but Crunchyroll is down.”
The streaming service is now back up, but the crash is only a testament to the anime’s popularity.