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The official website for the Attack on Titan anime announced on Sunday that the first copies of the third and sixth Blu-ray Disc volumes will include bonus visual novel games. The visual novels will cover spinoff stories with Mikasa, Levi, Erwin, and other characters.
Original manga creator Hajime Isayama himself is supervising the visual novels, and individual staff members from the developer Nitroplus (Steins;Gate, Phantom 〜Requiem for the Phantom〜) is collaborating on their production with Production I.G. Nitroplus illustrator Namaniku ATK is designing the characters, and Nitroplus writer Gan Sunaaku (Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet) is penning the scenario for Eren and Levi. The developer's Jin Haganeya is also contributing; this will be his second visual novel adaptation of an anime by director Tetsuro Araki, after Guilty Crown. Anime scriptwriter Hiroshi Seko (Attack on Titan, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt ) is penning stories about Mikasa and Annie.
The third Blu-ray volume will ship on September 18 with Seko's Lost in the Cruel World visual novel about Mikasa, and Sunaaku's Kuinaki Sentaku [Yokoku] (A Choice With No Regrets: Preview) about Levi and Erwin's past. The sixth Blu-ray volume will ship on December 18 with Sunaaku's Kuinaki Sentaku (A Choice With No Regrets), Haganeya's currently untitled visual novel about Eren and Levi, and Seko's Wall Sina, Goodbye visual novel about Annie.
The visual novels can be played on game consoles with Blu-ray drives (namely, the PlayStation 3), as well as on standard Blu-ray recorders and players. There is no word on whether these visual novels will also be available in English; Funimation just confirmed at Anime Central on Saturday that it plans to release the anime on home video next year.
The official Twitter account for the Attack on Titan manga revealed on April 30 that there is a console or portable video game planned for sale. Both Funimation and Crunchyroll are streaming the ongoing anime version as it airs in Japan, and a live-action film version is slated for next year.
Image © Hajime Isayama/Kodansha
Update: Nitroplus clarified that the studio as a company is not involved in this and similar Blu-ray Disc Games, although it acknowledged that its staffers are involved.
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