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It stands to reason that at some point in humanity’s epic life-or-death struggle against the enormous, flesh-eating Titans, dogs are going to have to enter the fray. Cats don’t give a single damn what happens to us, but dogs? They care, and will fight to the death to protect their givers of treats.
That’s where these official Attack on Titan dog costumes come in, presumably. Whether they’re tagging along with you to the next anime convention or simply guarding the walls of your home, now your furry little best friends can dress like a Survey Corps member. They arrive this fall in Japan (about $61 for the Survey Corps uniform, and $31 for the cloak).
Koei Tecmo has debuted the first screenshots from Attack on Titan, the “tactical hunting game” for PlayStation based on Hajime Isayama’s hit manga.
The images arrive courtesy of the Japanese magazine Famitsu, which reveals that 50 percent of the game is complete. According to Koei Tecmo executives Hisashi Koinuma and Tomoyuki Kitamura, much of the focus has been on making flight, through the manga’s signature 3D maneuver gear, as fun as possible, with the controls rewarding both newcomers and skilled gamers.
While transforming into a human-killing (and eating!) naked giant may sound like fun, in Attack on Titan it involves “Titan’s power,” a self-conflicted wound — it’s a whole process that, frankly, seems exhausting, and gross. I mean, why bother with all of that when you can turn yourself into the Colossal Titan with the tug of a zipper?
The Attack on Titan manga spinoff Attack on Titan: Before the Fall has more than 1.4 million copies in print, Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine announced over the weekend.
Based on the series of light novels by Ryō Suzukaze and illustrated by Thores Shibamoto, the prequel to the bestselling manga centers on Kuklo, a young man who was found as a baby inside the stomach of one of the fearsome Titans.
Koei Tecmo has made it official, launching an announcement trailer for an Attack on Titan video game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.
Although there have been other games based on Hajime Isayama’s bestselling manga and its hit anime adaptation — a series of Blu-ray disc “visual novels,” Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains for Nintendo 3DS and the Attack on Titan: Howl Toward Freedom mobile game — this will be the first release for both handheld and home consoles.
Keoi Tecmo, the Japanese company behind Dynasty Warriors and One Piece: Pirate Warriors, will release a video game later this year based on Attack on Titan.
The announcement, made on the wraparound jacket band on the 17th volume of Hajime Isayama’s bestselling manga, is light on details. According to Anime News Network, the ad states the game will be released for a PlayStation platform, but doesn’t specify which one.
Hajime Isayama’s smash-hit manga Attack on Titan has surpassed 50 million copies in print worldwide, according to the Japanese entertainment site Eiga.com.
For a bit of context, Anime News Network notes that in April, when the 16th volume was released in Japan, that figure was at 44 million. Kodansha Comics USA, the North American subsidiary of Japanese publisher Kodansha, announced last month that 2.5 million copies of the English-language editions are in circulation (the translation of the 16th volume will be released later this month).
The flesh-devouring monsters of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan range in height anywhere from about 10 feet to a terrifying 200 feet (in the case of the Colossal Titan). But if the bestselling manga and hit anime were bound by the rules of real-world science, just how tall could the Titans really get? Not that big, it turns out. (Whew!)
In a promotional tie-in that nobody expected (or likely wanted), the producers of the live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan have partnered with Esthétique TBC for “Attack on Beauty,” a campaign that targets not flesh-eating giants but rather unwanted body hair.
According to Crunchyroll, Women’s body hair TBC, Men’s TBC and female lower region Epiler brands will each have transit and web ads through Sept. 4, all featuring Survey Corps members confronting enormous people in apparent need of a trim. That’s better than the alternative, I suppose …
Manga | More than 2.5 million copies of the English-language editions of Attack on Titan in print, Kodansha USA announced earlier this month at Anime Expo. Although that may seem like a lot, there are more than 44 million copies of the same 15 volumes of Hajime Isayama’s post-apocalyptic manga in print in Japan. The Asahi Shimbun estimates the U.S. comics market as one-fifth the size of the Japanese market. [The Asahi Shimbun]
Passings | Bill Garner, the editorial cartoonist for The Washington Times from 1983 to 2009, has died at age 79. Garner was born in Texas and attended the Texas School of Fine Arts, then went to the University of Texas at Austin for one year. He served in the Army from 1956 to 1962, then went to work as an illustrator for The Washington Star. His editor there suggested he try his hand at cartooning, and it took. He moved on to become the editorial cartoonist for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, where in 1981 he won a National Headliner Award. His best-known cartoon is one he drew for the Times shortly after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, showing a tank with the bumper sticker “Saddam Happens” driving over a sand dune. [The Washington Times]
Censorship | China may have banned 38 manga and anime series, including Attack on Titan and Death Note, but fans are still finding ways to read and watch them — and Death Note is one of the most popular topics on the social media service Sina Weibo. “Chinese authorities are used to a certain degree of permeability in their various bans and directives,” says Jonathan Clements, author of Anime: A History. “The issue with a lot of Chinese censorship isn’t about a blanket ban that keeps 100% of material out. It’s about making life as difficult as possible for people who actually want it. A ban like this is about restricting casual access.” [BBC News]
The Attack on Titan novel Attack on Titan: Lost Girls will receive its own manga adaptation, debuting in the Aug. 9 issue of Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Ryōsuke Fuji will author the manga.
Written by Hiroshi Seko and published in December in Japan, Lost Girls is based on mini-visual novels included with the Japanese Blu-ray release of the hit Attack on Titan Anime. The book collects three short stories focusing on Mikasa and Annie: “Lost in the Cruel World,” “Wall Sina, Goodbye” and “Lost Girls.”
Cryptozoic Entertainment will release a board game based on the hit manga and anime Attack on Titan.
Designed by Antoine Bauza and Ludovic Maublanc (Terror in Meeple City) and produced with Don’t Panic, the game employs a new mechanic, in which the Titan piece is a vertical element, and the hero pieces climb in an effort to topple him.
Prototypes were demonstrated over the weekend at Anime Expo in Los Angeles and at Japan Expo in Paris. The game is targeted for release in 2016.
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.