Sep 6

Justin’s Japan: ‘Attack on Titan’ Storms U.S. Theaters

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By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Shukan NY Seikatsu. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories.

Attack on Titan is the upcoming live-action feature film from Studio Toho and director Shinji Higuchi, which will be released in two parts in the U.S. by FUNimation Entertainment this fall. Part One hits select theaters for three days beginning Sept. 30, with Part Two following Oct. 20.

Originally created by manga artist Hajime Isayama in 2009 and currently published by Kodansha Comics in the U.S., Attack on Titan has over 50 million copies in print, as well a 25-episode anime series, also produced by FUNimation for American audiences. The series is so popular that a special Titan-themed attraction opened at Universal Studios Japan earlier this year.

The film’s official U.S. release comes swiftly after Part One’s world premiere at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles on July 14 and its Japanese release on Aug. 1. Written by Yusuke Watanabe, the films star Haruma Miura and Kiko Mizuhara as two young soldiers living in a deadly post-apocalyptic land where humans fight man-eating Titans for their very survival.

“FUNimation is honored to host the world premiere of Attack on Titan here in the United States with Toho,” said FUNimation president and CEO Gen Fukunaga in a press release. “Attack on Titan is truly a worldwide phenomenon and we are excited to bring the live-action movie to theaters.”

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