‘Attack On Titan’ Manga Celebrates 30 Million Copies With ‘Life-Size’ 200-Foot Tall Projection [Video]
Since 2009 Kodansha has printed a combined 30 million copies of Hajime Isayama’s Attack On Titan manga, which so far includes 12 volumes and a number of spinoffs. That breaks down to around 16,438 volumes of manga a day for five years. Now, that may not seem like a ton in a market where the number one manga, One Piece, has sold more than 300 million (and counting) copies across 71 volumes since 1997, but one needs only look at North American comic sales numbers to concur that it’s still a statistic worth celebrating. And celebrate they did last night at the Lazona Kawasaki Plaza shopping mall in Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki, Japan with a 200-foot-tall projection featuring the series signature man-eating Colossal Titan and the humans who fight them at something approaching a 1:1 scale.
Gigazine was on hand to capture the presentations, which notably include an abundance of imagery pulled straight from the Attack on Titan (or Shingeki no Kyojin, as it’s known in Japan) manga and not just its anime adaptation from Wit Studio and Production I.G..
Attack on Titan is one of the more explosively popular manga series in recent years. As much as it’s selling, Isayama plans to conclude the manga series around its 20th volume. At its current publishing rate, that means the manga will still be running when its live action adaptation (and potential sequels) arrives in theaters in 2015. In any case, it should be interesting to see how AoT celebrates its next manga milestone following the rest of the festivities this weekend in Japan, which include repeat building projection showings.