Attack on Titan's Live-Action Hanji Series Reveals Wagakki Band Song, Story Details
posted on by Karen Ressler
The official website for Shingeki no Kyojin ~Hangeki no Noroshi~ (Attack on Titan: Counterattack's Beacon), the live-action series based on Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga and its live-action film adaptations, announced on Friday that Wagakki Band (Sengoku Musou) will perform the show's theme song "Hangeki no Ha" (Blade of Counterattack). The band created the song specifically for the series, and Matt Wallace (Maroon 5's Songs About Jane) mixed the song in Los Angeles.
The series will have three 30-minute episodes. They will all stream on dTV — Docomo's revamped streaming video service — on August 15. The website also posted more screenshots:
The series will tell a new story about the everyday lives and secrets of soldiers (particularly Hanji's "Titan research" and the origin story of the 3D maneuver gear), and will tie in to the two live-action films. The series will star Satomi Ishihara, 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 "Izuru" for the show.
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.
The live-action film adaptation will span two films. 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 films will open in July and August. Wagakki Band will perform at Anime Expo in Los Angeles on July 4.