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A costume designer and cosplayer, Kay Pike is certainly no stranger to other people’s brushes. However, she recently took up body painting herself, with truly impressive results.
On her Instagram page, she’s shared video and photos of her first efforts, beginning with the Colossal Titan from Attack on Titan (a “Colossal effort,” Pike says), and then moving on to Thanos, Captain Marvel, Cheetara from ThunderCats and even Frieza from Dragon Ball Z.
Surprising virtually no one, Attack on Titan emerged as the top media property this year in Japan, selling about $60.5 million in manga, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, CDs and novels.
Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece, a perennial favorite, followed closely without about $59.6 million.
Publishing | The 18th volume of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan sold 969,743 copies in its first week of release in Japan, claiming the top spot on the weekly manga sales chart. According to market research firm Oricon, thats an increase of nearly 200,000 copies from the debut of Vol. 17 in August. Attack on Titan has sold about 8.8 million copies this year, a drop of almost 50 percent from 2013. [Crunchyroll]
Passings | Cartoonist and editor Jacques Hurtubise, who went by the pen name Zyx, has died at age 65. Hurtubise attended college in Montreal during a time of separatist turmoil, and in 1971 recceived a government grant to publish L’Hydrocéphale illustré, an anthology of work by emerging Quebecois cartoonists. The magazine folded a year later, but Hurtubise continued to be an active promoter of local comics in various forms, and in 1979, he teamed up with two other editors to start the children’s humor magazine Croc, which carried a large selection of comics. The magazine, which ran until 1995, provided paying work to many eminent Canadian cartoonists in their early years. After Croc folded, Hurtubise left the comics industry for a career in technology, but he was inducted in 2007 into the Shuster Awards Hall of Fame. [Sequential]
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.