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Attack on Titan Manga's Final Panel Previewed on TV

posted on by Egan Loo
Documentary program shows Hajime Isayama's work process in manga's final stretch

The MBS documentary program Jōnetsu Tairiku aired an episode on Attack on Titan manga creator Hajime Isayama on Sunday. Toward the end of the episode, the program showed Isayama drawing the rough layout draft for the final panel of the manga series.

Select the following link to see the panel draft with spoilers.

The dialogue on the panel draft reads, (highlight the following white text to read spoilers) ["You're free …"]

The program showed Isayama's work process this year, from inking the recent chapters to drafting the layout for the final arc. The staff also interviewed his editor Shintarō Kawakubo about when he first saw Isayama's original draft for the manga, asked his parents about what they thought of his early drawings, and showed Isayama observing the television anime's dialogue recording sessions and giving input to the voice cast.

The official Twitter account for the program had teased on the previous Sunday that the manga is entering its final arc.

Isayama previously stated in 2014 that he personally wanted to end the manga in about three more years. His editor Shintarō Kawakubo also said in 2014, "The serialization is slated to end in three to four years."

Isayama launched the Attack on Titan manga in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009, and Kodansha published the 26th compiled book volume in Japan on August 9. Kodansha Comics publishes the series in print in English, and it released the 25th volume on July 3. Crunchyroll also publishes the manga in English digitally as new chapters are published in Japan. The manga has 86 million copies in print worldwide.

The manga has inspired three anime series since April 2013 — the second part of the third season will debut in April 2019.

The manga also inspired two Japanese live-action films in 2015. Funimation released the films theatrically and on home video in North America.

Warner Bros. recently finalized a deal to produce a live-action film adaptation with Andy Muschietti (It) as director.

Source: Jōnetsu Tairiku program

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