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Attack on Titan Manga Gets Live-Action Show Starring Satomi Ishihara

posted on 2015-04-02 02:24 EDT
Series centering on Hanji to stream on Docomo's dTV streaming service in August

Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga will get a live-action series starting this August. The series will tell a new story about the everyday lives and secrets of soldiers, and will tie in to the two live-action films.

The series will star Satomi Ishihara (pictured third from left in above image), who is reprising her role as Hanji from the two live-action films. The following cast will also reprise their roles:

Nanami Sakuraba as Sasha
Shu Watanabe as Fukushi
Rina Takeda as Lil
Ayame Misaki as Hiana

Additionally, Yūta Hiraoka (NANA, Mirai Nikki ANOTHER:WORLD) will join the cast as a new character for the show.

Shinji Higuchi is also returning from the two live-action films to direct the show.

The series will stream on dTV — Docomo's revamped streaming video service — starting in August.

Higuchi confirmed in July that the live-action film project will span two films. The films will open and July and August. Higuchi stated that, with the supervision of Attack on Titan manga creator Hajime Isayama, the story will be based on the world and characters of the manga, while incorporating new characters and new formidable enemies. Yuusuke Watanabe (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, live-action Gantz, Gantz II: Perfect Answer, 20th Century Boys, Gatchaman) is writing the script. Film critic Tomohiro Machiyama, who is also friends with Isayama, is working on the scripts together with Isayama and Watanabe.

Isayama's manga depicts the battles between humans and the giants who now rule the world outside humans' walled enclaves.

Hajime Isayama's original Attack on Titan manga has inspired four spinoff manga, a 25-episode television anime version that aired in 2013, and two compilation anime films, the second of which will open in June. Additionally, a second season of the television anime series is slated to air in 2016. Isayama launched the series in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine in 2009.

Kodansha Comics is publishing Isayama's original manga in North America. The company is also releasing three of the four spinoff manga, and the Attack on Titan Guidebooks: INSIDE & OUTSIDE. Vertical is publishing the Attack on Titan: Before the Fall light novel series.

Both Funimation and Crunchyroll streamed the anime version of the manga as it aired in Japan, and Funimation released the series on home video last year.

Image via Cinema Cafe

Source: Oricon via Masayuki Wada


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