Now this one is for anime fans out there — specifically those who love Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin). For those who haven’t heard about it, it’s a Japanese dark fantasy manga series by Hajime Isayama. It is set in a world where humanity lives inside cities surrounded by enormous walls as a defense against the Titans, gigantic humanoid creatures that eat humans. The story centers on Eren Yeager, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and childhood friend Armin Arlert, who joins the military to fight the Titans after their home town is invaded. I’m not really into anime. But my son is resisting all of my attempts at any sort of physical activity (limited as they are), so after getting some indoor Nerf guns from this nerf gun guide and them collecting dust in the garage for 8 months, my son got tired of me complaining about nothing to watch (our favorite bonding activity) and forced the television series on me. Well, after a few episodes, I couldn’t stop watching. I am now one of the many eagerly awaiting season 2 next year.
To tide us over, we are now set to watch the live action film next week from director Shinji Higuchi. My youngest son is not that eager to watch it though because he feels it didn’t stay true to the manga and tv series. It is a Japanese film and apparently the creators were tempted to use Japanese actors for all the main characters. The story is about various people from different countries taking refuge behind a wall. The main protagonist is Eren Yeager (or Jaeger) who appears to be of German descent. His adoptive sister, Mikasa Ackerman is only half Asian, and Armin Arlert has blonde hair and blue eyes. When you actually run through most of the characters in the manga series, most names are European. Even the Japanese fanbase of the manga series feel that using an all Japanese cast is sacrilege to the original manga.
Here we go again with movies trying to spin a well-loved tale into their own stories. Anyway, we complain but we still can’t help but watch. We just whine after watching. Here is the new trailer — btw, it is not for the faint-hearted. Attack on Titan is a bit gruesome, if you ask me. I’d rather not hear any sound when the giants chew their human prey.