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Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in North America, ended yesterday, and after a flurry of news on Friday, there were more announcements over the weekend: Yen Press will publish the manga “Erased” and “Bungo Stray Dogs,” Kodansha Comics has an “Attack on Titan” themed choose-your-own-adventure book in the works, Viz will continue to publish the “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” manga, and Vertical has licensed the “Nisimonogatari” light novels.
Yen Press had already announced a number of new licenses, but at a panel sponsored by the Japanese publisher Kadokawa, they revealed two more: The time-travel story “Erased” and the action manga “Bungō Stray Dogs.” Anime based on both series are currently available on Crunchyroll. Earlier this year, Kadokawa purchased a 51% share of Yen Press, making it a joint venture with the original owner, Hachette. At the same time, Kadokawa announced a partnership with Crunchyroll. At the panel, Yen Press publisher Kurt Hassler said Yen manga and light novels are now available digitally on Kadokawa’s Bookwalker e-book service and that the company’s goal is to make all its books available in digital format. Yen also publishes on other e-book platforms such as Amazon’s Kindle.
The fate of humanity, so say nothing of the property formerly known as Boardwalk, rests in your hands in the upcoming “Attack on Titan”-themed edition of “Monopoly.”
Produced by USAopoly, the company behind “Clue: Game of Thrones” and “Risk: Marvel Cinematic Universe,” this version of the 113-year-old board game isn’t about accumulating wealth and property, and bankrupting your annoyed siblings. Oh, no, here the stakes are survival. And, OK, maybe accumulating wealth.
Koei Tecmo has unleashed a new trailer for its Attack on Titan video game that not only introduces the characters and showcases some of the action, but also teases some giant-size showdowns.
IGN notes that the game, which debuts Aug. 30 in North America, features scenes from the manga rather than drawing exclusively from the first season of the hit anime, as originally announced.
A lot of attention is paid to the jackets, cloaks and boots of the Survey Corps, not not so much the watches — but maybe that’s because they’re not as stylish as these new limited-edition Attack on Titan timepieces.
Produced by Seiko Nextage for its WIRED brand, the watches are inspired by Eren and Levi from the bestselling manga and hit anime. Levi, perhaps predictably, inspires the more impressive (and more expensive) version.
Kodansha Comics announced a handful of new licenses Saturday at Anime Central in Chicago, including The Attack on Titan Anime Guidebook and The Attack on Titan Coloring Book. You’ll want to start stocking up on red Crayolas now.
Maroon, Scarlet, Brick Red, English Vermilion, Madder Lake — you’ll likely need them all.
In the life-or-death struggle between humanity and the flesh-devouring Titans, it appears humanity has lost — at least on the soccer field.
Spanish soccer team C.D. Palencia last week debuted new uniforms, apparently intended to reference its motto (roughly translated), “”We give our skin,” meaning they give their all. But what probably have seemed like a good idea on paper appears to have veered off course in execution, leading to anatomical kits that media have dubbed “terrifying,” “horrendous,” “an assault on the eyes” and “like something out of a biology textbook.”
Awards | Ta-Nehisi Coates, the writer of Marvel’s Black Panther, has won a 2016 PEN Literary Award recognizing the art of the essay for his acclaimed memoir Between the World and Me. The author and journalist has already received a National Book Award and a MacArthur “genius grant,” as well as a nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. The PEN award comes with a $10,000 prize. [PEN]
Koei Tecmo has debuted a trailer announcing the Attack on Titan video game will arrive Aug. 30 in North America on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, PS Vita and Steam.
The game will drop four days earlier across Europe, where it’s called A.O.T.: Wings of Freedom. Developed by Omega Force, the studio behind the Dynasty Wars series, the game launched in February in Japan.
Fandom | Al Sanders started collecting comics when he was in grade school, at one point selling plasma to support his hobby. . Over the years he amassed a collection of 5,000 comics, all from 1990 or earlier, including such popular titles as Batman and X-Men. But all good things must come to an end, and with his daughter Rose heading to college next year, Sanders has decided it’s time to sell his collection. He’s heading this weekend to Emerald City Comicon, where he hopes to turn the comics into cold cash. He’s not being totally mercenary about this, however: “I just hope someone can enjoy them, as much as me.” The report indicates Sanders believes his collection is in mint condition; he may discover otherwise once he talks to dealers at the convention. [12 News]
Manga | Kodansha Comics has announced seven new titles for fall, including Attack on Titan: Lost Girls, a manga adaptation of the Attack on Titan spinoff novel that gives the backstory of the characters Annie Leonhart and Mikasa Ackerman; Cells at Work, a shonen manga in which the white blood cells and neurons battle disease; and The Prince in His Dark Days, a gender-switching version of The Prince and the Pauper in which a poor girl takes the place of a rich boy. [Kodansha Comics]
A new Attack on Titan mobile game is in development from GameSamba, NGames Interactive Limited and Funimation Entertainment. It’s targeted for release in all major English markets by the end of the year iOS and Android devices.
Few details have been revealed, but it’s described as an “action-driven title” that merges elements of runner and action games in an effort to replicate the feeling of titan battles from the blockbuster anime series.
The only thing more frightening than the 46-foot Female Titan from Attack on Titan is, well, the 200-foot Colossal Titan. But beyond that? It’s undoubtedly tiny twin Female Titans, because they’ll disarm you with their cuteness and then, in all likelihood, devour you.
Twin sisters Chihiro and Chieko are little cosplay powerhouses who dressed as Female Titans on Saturday at Long Beach Comic Expo, where they posed for plenty of photos and even (adorably) battled members of the Survey Corps. They followed that Sunday by dressing as Sisters of Plenitude from Doctor Who.
Showcasing its recently announced Attack on Titan arcade game at the Japan Amusement Expo, Capcom revealed that Team Battle will use twin controllers based on the Three-Dimensional Maneuver Gear from the hit manga and anime.
Presumably the Survey Corps.-style cloak seen in the above photo isn’t required for gameplay (however, it’s undoubtedly encouraged). Siliconera has a breakdown of how the controls are used.
With the release today of Koei Tecmo’s Attack on Titan in Japan, the video game’s intro sequence has found its way online, revealing plenty of high-flying action and Titan-killing.
Developed by Omega Force, the studio behind the Dynasty Wars series, the PlayStation game draws from the first season of the hit anime, as players control characters ranging from Eren and Mikasa to Levi and Annie in brutal fights against the giants.
Capcom has announced it will showcase its new Attack on Titan arcade game next month at Japan Amusement Expo, ahead of a winter 2016 launch.
Called Attack on Titan: Team Battle, the four-player co-op allows gamers to use the 3D Maneuver Gear from Hajime Isayama’s hit manga and the subsequent anime to kill the ravenous giants. According to Gematsu, there’s also a single-player mode, although it’s probably not nearly as fun.