Finish Friday strong with our collection of daily curiosities.
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.
Subaru is known for its cars with all-wheel drive capabilities, commitment to green initiatives, and apparently making the easiest cars for people wearing Crocs to drive. But did you know that they're also capable of outrunning humanity-devouring giants?
That's the gist of a new commercial that puts a Subaru Forester in the midst of three truly disturbing and terrifying monstrosities who may or may not be the basis of the overall look of the Attack on Titan live-action movie set for release next year. Check it out after the jump, if you can handle it.
Good Smile Company and Max Factory have announced their plans to release Figma versions of Attack on Titan's most famous giant-slayers Eren, Mikasa and Levi, but what of their more sheepish friend Armin? It seems he too will join the action figure fray later this year, although fans will have to either preorder in Japan at the Winter Wonder Festival figures event on February 9 or through GSC's online shop.
The live action Attack on Titan movie based on Hajime Isayama's manga and its anime adaptation seems to have assembled something of a dream for fans of civilization-destroying anime and tokusatsu. Filling a slot that's been vacant since the departure of Tetsuya Nakashima last december is new director Shinji Higuchi, known for his work as a storyboard artist on Kill la Kill, the original Neon Genesis Evangelion and its "rebuild" films. Higuchi also served as the special effects director on Gamera and Godzilla movies and Studio Ghibli's stunning live action prequel to Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo. Truly, this is a director who knows a thing or two about depicting giants wiping out humanity.