Hajime Isayama’s (諫山創) Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人) is an action manga that depicts mankind’s revolt against titans who devour humans. It’s been eight years since the beginning of the manga’s original run, but its popularity does not fade as Attack on Titan can once again be found everywhere. This 2017, as the second season of the anime starts airing, Attack on Titan does not only inspire a fashion show and a limited themed cafe in Japan. It also has an ongoing collaboration with a bank and is gearing up for an upcoming stage play.
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From the same company as the famous 7-Eleven (セブンイレブン) convenience store, Seven Bank collaborates with Attack on Titan for a creatively designed automated teller machine. On top of the special booth are the images of the protagonist, Eren Yeager (エレン・イェーガー), and the fan favorite, Special Operations Squad Captain (調査兵団の兵士長), Levi Ackerman (リヴァイ・アッカーマン). The area comes with a warning sign. It seems that there are titans hiding behind the wall. Stand on the foot markers when taking a photo and the giants’ images are revealed once the flash photography is carried out.
The Seven Bank Attack on Titan ATM booth, located on Nakano Broadway’s (中野ブロードウェイ) basement level 1, is available for a limited time from March 31 to June 30, 2017. Nakano Broadway is a three-storey shopping complex filled with anime, manga, idol, figures, rare toys, and electronics. Apart from the famous Akihabara (秋葉原), this place is regarded as another otaku heaven.
*Updated on April 14, 2017: The following performance was officially cancelled on April 13, 2017. For details, please click here (Japanese only).
The official website of “LIVE IMPACT Attack on Titan” opened in December 2016. By signing up for the e-mail newsletter service, subscribers got special access to the advance tickets which were released in February 2017. The general sale begins in April 2017.
The cast is comprised of more than 150 actors and is under Nelke Planning (ネルケプランニング) production, co-produced by Kodansha (講談社) editor, Shintaro Kawakubo (川窪慎太郎), who is in charge of Hajime Isayama’s original manga. He admits that this was his idea and he launched it with Isayama’s permission. The stage play will be directed by Akiko Kodama (児玉明子) who previously worked on Naruto (ナルト) and Fairy Tail (フェアリーテイル), following the script written by Takeshi Matsumura (松村武). Whole Hog Theatre’s (ホール・ホグ・シアター) Alexandra Rutter (アレクサンドラ・ルター), the director of the British stage adaptation of Princess Mononoke (もののけ姫), is in charge of the movement, while Shunsuke Wada (和田俊輔) is in charge of the musical composition.
The main characters of the stage play include:
- Hiroki Miura (三浦宏規) from “Musical: The Prince of Tennis 3rd Season (ミュージカル『テニスの王子様』3rdシーズン)” as Eren Yeager
- Minami Tsukui (佃井皆美) from the stage play of Fairy Tail as Mikasa Ackerman (ミカサ・アッカーマン)
- Shogo Sakamoto (阪本奨悟) as Armin Arlert (アルミン・アルレルト)
- Yuya Endo (遠藤雄弥) from “The Prince of Tennis Musical” as Levi Ackerman (リヴァイ・アッカーマン)
“LIVE IMPACT Attack on Titan” will run from July 28 to September 3, 2017, for a total of 55 performances at Maihama Amphitheater (舞浜アンフィシアター). This 2,000-seater venue was originally built as the first Japanese Cirque du Soleil theater. About 16 minutes away from Tokyo Station (東京駅), take the JR Keiyo (京葉) · Musashino (武蔵野) Line and alight at Maihama Station (舞浜駅).
Ticket prices for the play range from 6,500 yen to 13,000 yen. More information are available on their official site linked below.
With all these Attack on Titan collaborations, 2017 is proving to be a good year for its many fans, don’t you think?