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Universal Studios Japan has debuted a pair of teasers for new attractions based on Attack on Titan and Evangelion, part of its returning “Cool Japan” event.
Last year’s inaugural event, which also showcased Monster Hunter and Resident Evil, helped Osaka theme park boost attendance by about 200,000 people a month. Originally scheduled to run from Jan. 23 to May 10, the event proved so popular that it was extended through June 28.
Manga | Continuing its seven-year streak, Eiichiro Oda’s pirate adventure One Piece was the bestselling manga in Japan in 2015, according to the market research firm Oricon. The series sold 14.1 million copies between Dec. 1, 2014, and Nov. 30, 2015, an increase of 18 percent from the previous year. It’s followed by The Seven Deadly Sins with 10.3 million, Attack on Titan with 8.8 million, Assassination Classroom with 8.6 million and Kingdom with 8.5 million. You can see the full Top 10, as well as breakdowns by volume, at Crunchyroll. [Crunchyroll]
Koei Tecmo has added Levi Ackerman and Hange Zoë to the growing list of playable characters for its Attack on Titan action game. Considering that the abrasive Levi is probably the most popular character in the hit manga and anime, it would only be surprising if he weren’t playable.
They’ll join such previously announced playable characters as Eren, Mikasa, Sasha, Conny, Armin, Annie Leonhart, Reiner Braun and Bertolt Hoover. The voice actors from the anime series will reprise their roles for the video game.
Previously announced characters Eren, Mikasa, Sasha, Conny, Armin and Jean will be joined by the likes of Annie Leonhart, Ymir, Krista Lenz, Reiner Braun, Bertolt Hoover and Keith Shadis (among others), with the respective voice actors reprising their roles from the blockbuster animated series.
Koei Tecmo has debuted a new trailer for Attack on Titan, Omega Force’s upcoming action game based on Hajime Isayama’s blockbuster manga and anime.
The video follows fast on the heels of new screenshots from the eagerly anticipated PlayStation game, in which players guide members of the Survey Corps in their fight against the flesh-eating Titans. Much of the trailer will be familiar, as we’ve seen gameplay footage showing the 3D-maneuver gear in action, as players hack and slash at the giants.
Awards | Emily Carroll’s acclaimed horror anthology Through the Woods has won the 2015 British Fantasy Award for best comic/graphic novel, presented Sunday at FantasyCon 2015 in Nottingham, England. [British Fantasy Awards]
There’s seemingly no stopping Hajime Isayama’s juggernaut Attack on Titan, with Yahoo! Japan reports now has more than 52 million copies in print worldwide. That’s an increase of about 2 million from the figures released in early August.
For comparison, the manga reportedly had 44 million copies in print just six months ago, when the 16th volume was released in Japan.
Hajime Isayama, creator of Attack on Titan, talks about how he came up with the idea for the blockbuster manga in a video interview with BBC News — and he reveals he was rejected by so many publishers that when an editor did show interest, he wondered, “What’s wrong with this guy?”
“I was beginning to give up,” recalls the 29-year-old artist, “because there are so many people who want to become manga artists. I didn’t think I could become one of the big ones. […] If I didn’t become a manga artist, maybe I’d have tried to work at an Internet cafe.”
Just ahead of New York Comic Con, Kodansha Comics it teasing its “Biggest ‘Attack on Titan’ Manga Announcement Ever” panel with the release of art by artist Tomer Hanuka.
No additional details were provided, leaving fans to try to discern clues from the art itself. Hanuka only offered, “This is massive.”
The Colossal Titan, the 60-meter-tall, skinless giant from Attack on Titan, is simply misunderstood: He doesn’t want to just destroy walls (and devour the people living within); he wants to build new, better walls.
At least that may be the revelation of this weird but entertaining video released by CREVIA, the property-development division of the Japanese corporation Itochu. It’s part of the CREVIA Creative Challenge, in which people are asked to build a model of their ideal home using little white cubes.
Combining stop-motion animation and CGI, Taiwanese animator Jordan Tseng transports us to the post-apocalyptic world of Attack on Titan, where only Mikasa Ackerman stands between a city of collectible figures and the enormous wooden mannequins that seek to devour them. Wait, what?
OK, it’s probably not what Hajime Isayama envisioned, but this two-minute short is a heck of a lot of fun, ending on a cliffhanger you probably won’t expect.
Koei Tecmo has unveiled eight minutes of gameplay footage from its Attack on Titan video game, which it turns out will draw from the hit anime series rather than from the original manga or the live-action films.
Speaking with Kotaku at the Tokyo Game Show, where the footage debuted, Koei Tecmo games president Hisashi Koinuma revealed that adapting Attack on Titan has proved to be a difficult task.
As great as my high school was (go, Patriots!), the main building was a lifeless relic of the 1950s, snaked by dreary halls and even drearier stairwells, where students jostled for room while hoping not to humiliate themselves by tripping. But in Japan, it’s a different story, apparently.
Rocket News24 has rounded up photos of school stairways transformed by students into colorful anime- and video game-inspired art for culture festivals. There are characters and scenes from Disney films, Attack on Titan, Super Mario Bros., Tokyo Ghoul, Kuroko’s Basketball and more.
Manga | Kodansha Comics is teasing the “Biggest ‘Attack on Titan’ Manga Announcement Ever” for its Oct. 8 panel at New York Comic Con. Considering the worldwide popularity, and sales, of Hajime Isayama’s post-apocalyptic fantasy, that’s certainly a bold claim. The series has more than 50 million copies in circulation around the world; 2.5 million of those are in the United States. Kodansha also publishes the manga spinoffs Attack on Titan: Before the Fall and Attack on Titan: Junior High. [Anime News Network, Deb Aoki]
Manga | Attack on Titan has changed the manga market, Kodansha Comics’ top brass tell Deb Aoki, showing that manga can still sell in the millions even after the market slumped, and give publishers a new multimedia model, with spinoff manga and light novels, to build on its success. Hiroaki Morita, editor-in-chief of Shonen Magazine when Attack on Titan debuted, also talks about his early impressions and how he knew the manga would be a hit. Alvin Lu of Kodansha Advance Media also discusses plans for the company’s new digital division, which is publishing digital editions of Kodansha Comics’ current manga but will expand to do digital-first books as well. [Anime News Network]
Koei Tecmo has unveiled a new trailer that confirms the upcoming Attack on Titan “tactical hunting game” will be just as violent and bloody as the hit manga on which it’s based.
The previous trailer, released early last month, showed mostly title cards and still art, but this one depicts gameplay of the Survey Corps in action, hurling across the screen with their 3D maneuver gear and splattering blood as they hack and slash at the invading Titans. And be sure to stick around until the end.