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Manga | Tokyopop announced Thursday at Anime Expo that it will return to publishing new manga from Japan, and it has also acquired some anime licenses. In addition, it is launching an app, PopComics, that will allow users to upload and share their own comics. Tokoyopop was the largest manga publisher in the United States at the height of the manga boom, but it closed down its publishing program in 2011. In the past few years it has been making a slow-motion comeback, selling some of its properties as e-books and print-on-demand books and publishing three new volumes of Hetalia: Axis Powers. [Anime News Network]
Among the avalanche of Attack on Titan merchandise threatening to empty your bank account — life-size replicas of 3D maneuver gear, for instance — there’s at least one item that actually encourages you to save money. Of course, you’ll have to shell out about $207 first.
It’s Bandai’s Colossal Titan coin bank, which is just that — colossal. It’s 1/100th scale, which means it stands a whopping 23.6 inches tall, and looking as if he stepped out of Hajime Isayama’s hit manga. Aside from its sheer size, the best thing about the bank is that you insert (or remove) coins at the base of its neck — the kill spot for the flesh-eating giants.
Manga | Vernieda Vergara examines the way Attack on Titan reflects Japanese politics and history as well as the current sense of social anxiety experienced by young people of creator Hajime Isayama’s generation: “One of the biggest criticisms levied against Japan’s youth is that they lack the ambition of previous generations. But if the majority have no hope of advancement due to a corporate wall, why is that a surprise? In the manga, most people are content to live inside the walls. It’s safe. But as the manga’s protagonist, Eren, says, that’s like living in a cage. There’s no hope for something more. Eren, along with his allies, don’t accept this fate as easily. They fight against it actively.” [Women Write About Comics]
Standing about 200 feet tall, the Colossal Titan of Attack on Titan is best known for destroying enormous walls and, well, scaring the life out of people because he’s a gigantic, flesh-eating skinless monster. But the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has found a way to put those traits to good use.
For the moment, at least, the Colossal Titan isn’t waging a war against humanity, but rather against drugs.
The Shanghai International Film Festival has abruptly canceled a screening of Attack on Titan, which was blacklisted earlier this week by the Chinese government. The move comes just days before the start of the June 13-21 event.
Based on Hajime Isayama’s bestselling post-apocalyptic fantasy series, Attack on Titan is among 38 manga and anime titles banned Monday by the Chinese Ministry of Culture from print or digital distribution for containing “severely improper content.” Other works include Death Note, Black Butler and Claymore.
Attack on Titan, Death Note and Black Butler are on a list of 38 manga and anime the Chinese Ministry of Culture has designated as “severely improper content” and banned from print or digital distribution within the country.
The ministry announced Monday it has shut down eight websites and sanctioned 29 more for carrying comics and anime that either were unlicensed or featured violent content, and it’s threatening to issue warnings and fines to websites that don’t remove the blacklisted titles.
If I need a Slurpee, a hot dog or a lottery ticket, my local 7-Eleven has me covered. However, if I require much more than that — say, flying gear for combating flesh-eating giants — I may have to expand my search to Japan.
Rocket News24 reports the convenience-store chain there is accepting preorders for life-size replicas of the 3D maneuver gear from Attack on Titan, used by the characters in the hit manga and anime to fly through the air to battle their enormous foes.
Universal Studios Japan has extended the run of its wildly popular “Universal Cool Japan” event, which includes “Attack on Titan The Real,” to June 28.
Initially set to end on Sunday, the attractions — which also showcase Monster Hunter, Evangelion and Resident Evil – have helped the Osaka theme park boost attendance by about 200,000 people a month since the Jan. 23 debut of “Universal Cool Japan.”
Confirming the May 12 North American release of Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains, Atlus USA has debuted a new trailer showcasing the characters that appear in the Nintendo 3DS game. As fans of the manga and anime might expect, there’s Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Sasha and, of course, Levi.
Conventions | Chicago’s RedEye has an overview of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, which kicked off this morning at McCormick Place, and talks with Brian Stephenson of producer ReedPop about the future of the five-year-old show. “It has all the potential in the world to be bigger than San Diego [Comic Con] or New York, all based on the square footage at McCormick,” he said. Meanwhile Chicagoist checks in with a convention food guide, while Chicago Now offers a rundown of the best after-parties. [Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo]
Atlus USA has debuted a new trailer for Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains that highlights combat and locations for the Nintendo 3DS game.
Announced early this month for release in May in North America, Europe and Australia, it’s an enhanced version of the Spike Chunsoft game previously available only in Japan. In Humanity in Chains, players defend the Walls as one of the characters from the hit anime, or they can create their own. They’re also able to transform into a Titan for short periods.
Even as the first Attack on Titan Real Escape Game winds its way to New York City this weekend, a second one has been announced for this summer in Japan.
Anime News Network reports SCRAP Entertainment’s wonderfully named “Escape From the Amusement Park Surrounded by Titans” will run from July 18 to Sept. 23 at the Tokyo Dome City entertainment complex and July 24 to Sept. 6 at Osaka’s Hirakata Park, the oldest amusement park in Japan.
Atlus USA will bring the Attack on Titan Nintendo 3DS game to North America, Europe and Australia in May. Watch the announcement trailer below.
An enhanced version of the Spike Chunsoft game previously available only in Japan, Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains permits players to battle Titans as one of the characters from the hit anime, based on the bestselling manga by Hajime Isayama. They can also create their own characters, head out on missions, and even transform into a Titan for short periods.
We’ve seen statues of the 49-foot Eren Titan and the 46-foot Female Titan at Universal Studios Japan, but it’s unlikely we’ll be treated to a “life-size” Colossal Titan any time soon. After all, at 164 feet, he’s taller than the Statue of Liberty (from torch to base, at least).
However, one “Attack on Titan” fan and augmented-reality hobbyist has given us a pretty good idea of what the Colossal Titan would look like standing, and dancing, near Japan’s Komine Castle. Because who doesn’t love a dancing 164-foot-tall flesh-eating monster?
Publishing | Early analysis of 2014 manga sales shows that the category has appeared to turn around, with sales increasing last year, driven by the Attack on Titan juggernaut. [ICv2]
Publishing | Black Mask Studios, which started as the publisher of Occupy Comics and now publishes a number of series in different styles and genres, launched a YouTube channel this week as an outlet for its animation and motion-comics projects. [The New York Times]