It looks like the "other story" set to expand the Attack on Titan manga universe is set to debut in Shounen Sirius magazine in Japan on August 26. As revealed in the recently released second AoT anime Blu-ray, the upcoming Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga serves as a prequel to creator Hajime Isayama's main series and will be written by Satoshi Shiki, with the interior artist currently unannounced. Interestingly, Before the Fall is itself an adaptation of a series of light novels by writer Suzukaze Ryo, with illustrations by Thores Shibamoto, who is also credited as the character designer for the adpated manga.
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We all know that bananas and banana peels are excellent sources of potassium and physical comedy, respectively, but did you know that they could also be used as a medium for art that will alternately amuse you and haunt you to your grave? Neither did I until I saw the work of Japanese "banana engraver" Keisuke Yamada, who has carved presumably edible versions of all manner of pop culture figures and/or mind-bending horrors.
Check out a few of our favorites -- including characters from Attack on Titan, The Simpsons, Alien, Transformers, Castle in the Sky and Star Wars -- below, and don't worry: If one of these pops up in your breakfast tomorrow, you can always defend yourself with Yamada's flintlock pistol. The flintlock pistol is also carved from a banana.
Tuesday gets tubular with tons of links after the jump.
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Things are speeding along faster than teens with grappling hook thigh pouches for Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan. Since its serialized manga debut in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius magazine in Japan in 2009, the humans vs. giants series has been adapted into an increasingly popular anime series and received all of the requisite merchandise. Kodansha USA has even gone from printing and digitally releasing collected volumes of the English version of the manga gradually to going monthly starting this month until they're caught up with Japan. Given the series' growing global popularity it isn't a surprise that a Nintendo 3DS game by Spike Chunsoft has been announced, but news of a manga spinoff already? Fans may just make like Titans and climb the walls over that news.
Monday's links await, after the cut.
An increasingly giant amount of Attack on Titan toys is advancing on fans of Hajime Isayama's manga and corresponding anime. This past weekend at Wonder Festival in Japan, Good Smile Company unveiled upcoming Figma action figures for series protagonists Eren Yeager and his adopted sis Mikasa Ackerman, completely with their signature "3-D Maneuver Gear," which the characters use to swing around like Spider-Man and slash the necks of giants called Titans who seek to devour humankind inside their walled city. An unarticulated painted Figma prototype of the show's most iconic Colossal Titan antagonist was also on hand, sporting its skinless body and wonky proportions. Decidedly cuter prototypes for GSC's chibi-style Nendoroid AoT toys were on display too, including Mikasa, a mockup of Eren and the same Colossal Titan.
All the links for your Wednesday await after the jump.
Movies: Has Vin Diesel dropped a not-so-subtle hint about who he may be playing in an upcoming Marvel movie?
Manga: Japan's Jump Kai magazine will publish a manga adaptation of Assassin's Creed IV on August 10th illustrated by Kendi Oiwa.
Interviews: Tim O'Shea talks to CA's own M
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