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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.
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.”
In the six years since its debut, Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan has become a seemingly unstoppable force, selling tens of millions of copies worldwide, and inspiring spinoffs, animated and live-action adaptations, video games and truckloads of merchandise. However, the end of the manga is in sight.
In an interview with Japan’s Antenna magazine, series editor Kawakubo Shintaro said there are about three years’ worth of chapters left, confirming recent comments by Isayama that Attack on Titan is about “60 percent finished.”
Koei Tecmo has debuted the first screenshots from Attack on Titan, the “tactical hunting game” for PlayStation based on Hajime Isayama’s hit manga.
The images arrive courtesy of the Japanese magazine Famitsu, which reveals that 50 percent of the game is complete. According to Koei Tecmo executives Hisashi Koinuma and Tomoyuki Kitamura, much of the focus has been on making flight, through the manga’s signature 3D maneuver gear, as fun as possible, with the controls rewarding both newcomers and skilled gamers.
Koei Tecmo has made it official, launching an announcement trailer for an Attack on Titan video game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.
Although there have been other games based on Hajime Isayama’s bestselling manga and its hit anime adaptation — a series of Blu-ray disc “visual novels,” Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains for Nintendo 3DS and the Attack on Titan: Howl Toward Freedom mobile game — this will be the first release for both handheld and home consoles.
Keoi Tecmo, the Japanese company behind Dynasty Warriors and One Piece: Pirate Warriors, will release a video game later this year based on Attack on Titan.
The announcement, made on the wraparound jacket band on the 17th volume of Hajime Isayama’s bestselling manga, is light on details. According to Anime News Network, the ad states the game will be released for a PlayStation platform, but doesn’t specify which one.
Hajime Isayama’s smash-hit manga Attack on Titan has surpassed 50 million copies in print worldwide, according to the Japanese entertainment site Eiga.com.
For a bit of context, Anime News Network notes that in April, when the 16th volume was released in Japan, that figure was at 44 million. Kodansha Comics USA, the North American subsidiary of Japanese publisher Kodansha, announced last month that 2.5 million copies of the English-language editions are in circulation (the translation of the 16th volume will be released later this month).
The Attack on Titan novel Attack on Titan: Lost Girls will receive its own manga adaptation, debuting in the Aug. 9 issue of Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Ryōsuke Fuji will author the manga.
Written by Hiroshi Seko and published in December in Japan, Lost Girls is based on mini-visual novels included with the Japanese Blu-ray release of the hit Attack on Titan Anime. The book collects three short stories focusing on Mikasa and Annie: “Lost in the Cruel World,” “Wall Sina, Goodbye” and “Lost Girls.”
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.
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.