The Attack on Titan FINAL Exhibition has started touring since last year. It had stops in Roppongi then in Osaka. The 2019 exhibition concluded in Osaka. This year, the exhibition will start in Kobe.
For those who are in Japan right now and wanted to drop by in this exhibition, it will be on the ninth floor of the Daimaru Kobe department store in Hyogo. The exhibition will only be from July 22 until August 9. It will have original art displays and a character voice guide to help visitors through the exhibits. The Kobe version will also offer 31 new pieces of art that were not previously shown in the previous tours.
Similar to the Osaka exhibition, a temporary “Reeves Company Store” will open with over 100 kinds of limited edition merchandise. Visitors will also be able to download a special smartphone wallpaper from the decorated window. You get it by scanning and accessing via QR code.
The new animation studio tasked to produced the final season of this popular anime series have also animated notable anime like Yuri!!! on Ice, Dorohedoro, and In This Corner of the World.
The director the upcoming anime season will be Yuichiro Hayashi at MAPPA. Hiroshi Seko returns to oversee the series scripts, and Tomohiro Kishi is responsible for the character designs.
The official website of the series contains comments from the Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama, Hayashi, season 1 director and seasons 2 and 3 chief director Tetsuro Araki, MAPPA representative director Manabu Ohtsuka, and Wit Studio representative director and president George Wada. Isayama thanked Wit Studio for all their hard work into the previous seasons by drawing an illustration.
Below contains the following staff members:
Chief Animation Director: Daisuke Niinuma
Production Chief: Jun Shishido
Effect Animation Director: Satoshi Sakai, Taichi Furumata
Color Design: Junko Suenaga
Art Director: Kazuo Ogura
Screen Design: Yusuke Tannawa
3DCG Director: Takahiro Uezono
Director of Photography: Shigeki Asakawa
Editing: Masato Yoshitake
Sound Director: Masafumi Mima
Sound Effects: Naoto Yamatani (Sound Box)
Sound Production: Tecno Sound
Animation Producer: Masato Matsunaga
The returning cast are:
Yuuki Kaji as Eren Jaeger
Yui Ishikawa as Mikasa Ackerman
Marina Inoue as Armin Arlelt
Hiro Shimono as Conny Springer
Yu Kobayashi as Sasha Blouse
Shiori Mikami as Historia Reiss
Kishō Taniyama as Jean Kirschtein
Yoshimasa Hosoya as Reiner Braun
Romi Park as Hange Zoë
Hiroshi Kamiya as Levi
Takehito Koyasu as Zeke
About Attack on Titan
The Attack on Titan manga is created by Hajime Isayama and was first released on September 9, 2009, in the Bessatsu Shonen Magazine (which is owned by popular manga publisher Kodansha). The series has released 29 compiled volumes so far as of August 2019 and the franchise is well-received by fans not only in Japan but around the world. The popularity of the manga has also got it to garner several awards including Harvey Award, Micheluzzi Awards, and the Kodansha Manga Award.
The manga series’ massive popularity has paved the way for an anime adaptation. The Attack on Titan anime first premiered in Japan on April 7, 2013, with 59 episodes so far (covering 4 seasons) and 8 OVAs. The anime adaptation is still ongoing.
The story is centered on Eren Yeagar who lives with his foster sister Mikasa Ackerman and his best friend Armin Arlert in a town called Shiganshina, which his adjacent to Wall Maria. The huge wall that is covering the whole town is a way of protection from the Titans, giant creatures that eat humans in their sight. Titan attacks are an inevitable thing on the island, there are various troops or legions that are tasked to protect the citizens from the Titans. With a special maneuver gear, they can hook on walls and use to travel or cling to one part of a Titan and attack them.
Going back to our main characters. Eren, Mikasa, and Armin’s lives weren’t the same when their town was suddenly attacked by Titans and even witnessed some people being devoured. Eren then decided to become part of the Survey Corps when he got older so that he could avenge the death of his mother who got killed on the Titan attack. This continuing thirst for revenge has also fueled Eren to become the best in the Survey Corps and kill every last Titan that stands in his way.
The story progresses of Eren finding a little bit of his past, about his missing father, and finding out about the Titans. Later on, he then finds out that he becomes a Titan himself.
Aside from the anime adaptations. The franchise also branched into other media as well. If you’re heading to Japan soon, you might want to drop by the iconic Universal Studios Japan as new attractions is added to give locals and tourists alike a different kind of experience. The upcoming Attack on Titan XR Ride is one of those. If you’re a person who doesn’t love the outdoor roller coasters, then this one you may consider as it is indoor and it is guaranteed to give you the feel of swooping to the sky with your 3D maneuver gear. You will be joined by the Survey Corps as you engage in battle against naked-eating giants. Those who will be trying out this ride will be wearing a VR headset to add a more realistic titan-slaying experience. For those who are curious about where this attraction will be located, it is where the Final Fantasy coaster used to be back in 2018.
Attack on Titan also had live-action movie adaptations in which in all honestly received mixed reviews from its fans. The first Attack on Titan live-action film premiered on August 1 2015 which stars Haruma Miura as Eren Yeager, Kiko Mizuhara as Mikasa, and Kanata Hongo as Armin. The sequel of the film titled Attack on Titan: End of the World premiered on September 19, 2015, just a month after Part I was screened.
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