Sekai no Owari to Perform Theme Songs for Live-Action Attack on Titan Films
posted on by Karen Ressler
Japanese news source Comic Natalie announced on Wednesday that SEKAI NO OWARI are performing the theme songs for the upcoming live-action Attack on Titan films. The first film's theme song "Anti-Hero" and the second film's theme song "SOS" will both be entirely in English.
American producer Dan the Automator (Gorillaz) collaborated with the band on the first song, which was recorded in the United States and will ship on CD in Japan on July 29. Ken Thomas (Sigur Rós) is collaborating with the band on the second.
The four-member Japanese rock band also performed the theme song for the live-action Princess Jellyfish film.
The first movie will open in Japan on August 1, and the second movie, Attack on Titan: End of the World, will open on September 19.
Madman will screen the movie in theaters in Australia and New Zealand this year.
Director Shinji 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.
The film stars:
Haruma Miura as Eren
Kiko Mizuhara as Mikasa
Kanata Hongo as Armin
Satomi Ishihara as Hans/Hanji
Nanami Sakuraba as Sasha
Takahiro Miura as Jean
Hiroki Hasegawa as Shikishima
Ayame Misaki as Hiana
Pierre Taki as Souda
Jun Kunimura as Kubal
Shu Watanabe as Fukushi
Satoru Matsuo as Sannagi
Rina Takeda as Lil
The cast includes seven characters that are new to the film versions of the story. Sanspo reports that Hasegawa's character Shikishima holds the key to the film's story as "humanity's strongest man."
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 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 and Attack on Titan: Kuklo Unbound light novels.