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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]
A Japanese motorcycle and bicycle helmet manufacturer will release a new line inspired by the hit manga and anime series Attack on Titan.
According to Crunchyroll, Osaka-based OGK Kabuto will roll out “BOB-Z AOT: Attack on Titan,” based on its own popular street jet helmet line BOB. Arriving early next month, the series comes in three styles, priced at about $116 each: “BOB-Z AOT Flat Ivory-1: Wall,” featuring the three concentric walls (Wall Maria, Wall Rose and Wall Sina); “BOB-Z AOT Flat Black-2: Colossal Titan,” featuring the Colossal Titan, naturally; and “BOB-Z AOT Brown-3: The Survey Corps,” with the Survey Corps emblem.
Attack on Titan author Hajime Isayama has created new box art for the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of the first compilation film Attack on Titan: The Crimson Bow and Arrow.
The first 13 episodes of the blockbuster anime series were combined (and abridged) into a feature film that debuted Nov. 22 in Japan; that will be followed in June by a second film, Wings of Freedom, adapting the remaining episodes of Season 1.
Capcom is developing an arcade game based on the hit manga and anime series Attack on Titan.
The game publisher made the announcement today during a presentation at Japan Amusement Expo 2015, but offered no further details. Kotaku notes it’s unclear whether the game will see international release, but more information is expected this summer.
Last week we learned the April 11 date for the New York City edition of the Attack on Titan Real Escape Game, “Escape From the Walled City,” and now we know the place: Richmond County Bank Ball Park on Staten Island.
Inspired by Hajime Isayama’s bestselling post-apocalyptic manga, and the subsequent hit anime series, “Escape From the Walled City” is an immersive outdoor game that casts players as Survey Regiment trainees, whose graduation day is interrupted by an alarm warning that the enormous, flesh-eating Titans have breached the citadel. Participants must use teamwork to solve puzzles, decode clues and find the escape route.
After a long day defending high-flying battles against flesh-eating giants, there’s nothing like retreating behind enormous walls and relaxing with a glass (heck, a bottle) of plum wine — Attack on Titan-themed wine.
Following up on a story we’d somehow missed a couple of weeks back, RocketNews24 reports there are limited-edition sets of plum wine (and plum juice) inspired by Hajime Isayama’s hit fantasy manga and anime. What’s more, the beverages originate in the artist’s hometown of Oyama, Japan, using plums grown by members of his family.
Although SCRAP Entertainment has yet to announce details for the New York City edition of the Attack on Titan Real Escape stadium game, the trailer for “Escape From the Walled City” now provides a date: Saturday, April 11. However, no location is listed.
That information arrives even as tickets sell out for Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. game at AT&T Park in San Francisco. That’s 3,000 players for that one run-through; tickets are still available for the 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. games, and for the Los Angeles stop on March 21.
MapleStory is a wildly popular free-to-play MMORPG in which players travel a 2D fantasy world, defeating monsters and developing their characters’ skills. Attack on Titan, meanwhile, is a wildly popular manga and anime in which the last remnants of humanity in a (dystopian) fantasy world attempt to defeat giant humanoid monsters.
How long do you think it will be before these two juggernauts collide? Not long at all, it turns out.
Although “Attack on Titan The Real” doesn’t officially open until Friday, Universal Studios Japan offered a special preview today of the attraction based on the blockbuster manga and anime.
The video below, from the Mainichi Shinbun newspaper’s MaiDiGi TV, captures the scale of the attraction’s centerpiece, the life-size — well, “life-size” — statue of the 49-foot Eren Titan fighting the 46-foot female Titan. You can also see another, more ground-level statue, that encourages visitors to pose for photos as they’re about to be devoured by the Smiling Titan from Hajime Isayama’s post-apocalyptic fantasy.
Kodansha Comics, the publisher of the bestselling manga Attack on Titan, announced a slew of new manga licenses late today at an event at the Kinokuniya Bookstore in New York. The new titles, all of which will be published in the second half of 2015, include an Attack on Titan spinoff and a second Colossal Edition, as well as new series by Blade of the Immortal creator Hiroaki Samura and Deadman Wonderland artist Jinsei Kataoka. Here’s the rundown:
The Science of Attack on Titan, by Rikao Yanagita: One of the cool things about Hajime Isayama’s hit Attack on Titan is that the world is really well thought through, and every now and then the story pauses for an explanation of the structure of the walls around the city, or what’s known about the Titans. Yanagita takes this a step further for the curious fan, tackling questions like what, exactly, Titans live on and how the walls were built.
The Attack on Titan Colossal Edition, Vol. 2: Kodansha published the first volume last year; it’s a deluxe hardback edition with extra color pages, along the lines of the Walking Dead Compendium, collecting the first five volumes of Attack on Titan. This 1,000-page second volume will collect volumes 6-10.