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Comics A.M. | ‘Attack on Titan’ drives manga sales turnaround

Attack on Titan, Vol. 13

Attack on Titan, Vol. 13

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]

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‘Attack on Titan’ motorcycle helmets are all the rage outside the Walls

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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.

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‘Attack on Titan’ creator draws box art for movie Blu-ray release

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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.

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Capcom announces ‘Attack on Titan’ arcade game

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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.

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‘Attack on Titan’ Real Escape Game reveals New York location

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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.

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For thirsty Survey Corps members, there’s ‘Attack on Titan’ wine

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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.

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‘Attack on Titan’ Real Escape Game gets a trailer, New York date

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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.

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‘Attack on Titan’ crosses into the world of ‘MapleStory’

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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.

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‘Attack on Titan’ attraction opens at Universal Studios Japan

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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.

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Kodansha announces ‘Attack on Titan’ spinoff, other licenses

The Science of Attack on Titan

The Science of Attack on Titan

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.

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‘Attack on Titan’ Real Escape Game sets California dates

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California dates have been announced for “Escape From the Walled City,” the Attack on Titan x Real Escape stadium game.

According to the SCRAP Entertainment website, the immersive, interactive game — inspired by Hajime Isayama’s blockbuster manga and anime — will be held Sunday, Feb. 1, at San Francisco’s AT&T Park (10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.), and Saturday, March 21, at East Los Angeles College’s Weingart Stadium (also at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.). Tickets are now on sale.

No specific date has been announced for the New York City stop, which is targeted for April.

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‘Attack on Titan’ Colossal Titan Bearbrick is, of course, terrifying

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Perhaps the only thing that could make the 200-foot-tall, human-eating, seemingly skinless Colossal Titan of Hajime Isayama’s hit Attack on Titan even more horrifying is if he were a bear. A 200-foot-tall, human-eating, seemingly skinless bear.

Enter Medicom, which has unveiled its appropriately giant-sized Bearbrick figure (“1000% size,” or 27.5 inches), with a proportional price tag of $287. You can preorder online for expected delivery in May.

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Universal Japan’s ‘Attack on Titan’ attraction unveils new promo

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Universal Studios Japan has unleashed another teaser video for “Attack on Titan The Real” that’s every bit as unsettling as you’d expect from a theme park attraction based on a manga about flesh-eating giants. Which element is the most disturbing? You’ll have to decide for yourselves (I’m going for a toss-up between the image above and the shot of the girl with a broken neck).

Announced last month as part of a “Universal Cool Japan” limited event that also showcases Monster Hunter, Evangelion and Resident Evil, the Attack on Titan element will have at its center a statue of the 49-foot Eren Titan fighting the 46-foot female Titan, which are featured prominently in the video.

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Universal Japan debuts teaser for ‘Attack on Titan’ attraction

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Universal Studios Japan has debuted a teaser video for Attack on Titan The Real,” the upcoming attraction based the blockbuster manga and anime.

Announced last month as part of a “Universal Cool Japan” limited event that also showcases Monster Hunter, Evangelion and Resident Evil, the Attack on Titan element will have at its center a statue of the 49-foot Eren Titan fighting the 46-foot female Titan.

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‘Attack on Titan’ Real Escape Game stomps into U.S. cities

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The “Attack on Titan x Real Escape Game” is crashing into the United States.

Kodansha and SCRAP Entertainment have announced dates in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City for “Escape From the Walled City,” an immersive, interactive game inspired by Hajime Isayama’s hit manga and anime.

Debuting in 2009, Attack on Titan is a post-apocalyptic fantasy set in a world where remorseless, flesh-eating giants have all but wiped out humanity, whose remnants are forced to live within a country surrounded by three enormous walls.

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