Live-Action Attack on Titan Films' Teaser Promotes N. American Ticket Sales
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Funimation posted an English-subtitled teaser trailer for the two live-action films based on Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga on Monday. Funimation also announced that tickets are now on sale for both films.
The films will play in nearly 300 theaters in the United States and Canada. The first 98-minute film will play on September 30, October 1, and October 7 in the United States, and the second 87-minute film will follow on October 20, 22, and 27. Canada will receive the first film on October 5 and 26, followed by the second film on October 22 and 26.
Hajime Isayama's original Attack on Titan manga depicts the battles between humans and the giants who now rule the world outside humans' walled enclaves.
The first movie opened in Japan on August 1, and the second movie, Attack on Titan: End of the World, will open on September 19. Funimation's license includes theatrical, video-on-demand, home video, and broadcast rights.
In the films' third poster above, the tagline reads, "Defy your fate…. If you don't fight, you don't win."
The films star:
Haruma Miura as Eren
Kiko Mizuhara as Mikasa
Kanata Hongō 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. Hasegawa's character Shikishima holds the key to the films' story as "humanity's strongest man."
Director Shinji Higuchi stated that, with the supervision of Attack on Titan manga creator Hajime Isayama, the story is 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) wrote the scripts. Film critic Tomohiro Machiyama, who is also friends with Isayama, worked on the scripts together with Isayama and Watanabe.
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 Shōnen 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.