There's no doubt about it. Attack on Titan is the most anticipated foreign movie of the year! And we finally have the full-length trailer with English subtitles. A true phenomenon in it's native country of Japan, Hajime Isayama's manga series has attacked the globe, achieving widespread acclaim on par with Marvel and DC. It first arrived in 2009, and since then, we've seen a novel prequel series, a TV anime adaptation, and more than one video game. Now, we get the crown jewel in this epic franchise, a live-action movie!
Attack on Titan takes place in a time when humanity is on the verge of extinction. The world has been wiped out by a race of giants known as Titans. They spawned from nowhere, wandering the lands and eating every human they can get their hans on. The Titans don't make their game plan known, as they continue to trudge forth with no seeming motivation. And at first, it seems impossible to kill or communicate with them.
The few remaining human survives hide in little pockets of civilization, fortifying themselves behind giant walls. Eren is our hero. He joins the Survey Corps, a military division who set out to destroy the Titans. He's witnessed the death of his mother during a Titan attack, and wants his revenge. Director Shinji Higuchi has taken this simply, yet powerful story, and turned it into a sci-fi action thriller unlike anything ever seen before.
Attack on Titan features an all-Japanese cast, which includes Haruma Miura, Kiko Mizuhara, Kanata Hongô, Satomi Ishihara, Nanami Sakuraba, Takahiro Miura, Hiroki Hasegawa, Ayame Misaki, Pierre Taki and Jun Kunimura. FUNimation Entertainment has already announced that the movie will be hitting American shores this fall. Before today, all of the marketing materials have been in Japanese. Anyone who had difficulty following the previous trailer, everything is laid out here clear as day. In this latest sneak peek, we get to meet the cast of characters. And the main story is set up quite nicely, for anyone interested in the poprerty yet not familiar with all it has to offer.
As you might notice, the film has a modest budget, and the visual effects might not be on par with what Marvel delivers every summer. But that only adds to the quaint beauty and awesomeness of the spectacle as it rises from one epic moment to the next. The Titans are displayed as massive beasts who can only be killed by their one weak spot, which is on the back of their neck. The only way to reach this is very dangerous. Find out how the Survey Corps set out to save their land, and the rest of the world in this very cool Attack on Titan trailer. No U.S. release date has been set, but it hits Japan in August!