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Must See "Attack on Titan" Anime Trailer



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Wow... I'm not sure if this hype video will be indicative of the actual quality of Death Note/Highschool of the Dead director Tetsuro Araki and Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell) subsidiary Studio Wit's adaptation of Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga. Still, you have to say that it looks quite impressive.


Keep an eye out for the show's Spring 2013 premiere. 




The series is an intricately detailed and disturbing manga concerning how a human society reacts to the sudden onslaught of voracious giants. Kodansha began releasing it in North America this year.


Tetsuya Nakashima, who directed the nearly-Oscar-nominated adaptation of Confessions and the cult favorite adaptation of Kamikaze Girls, has a live action adaptation of Attack on Titan slated for fall 2013.



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  • Dec. 12, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by Darth_Tarantino

    I especially like the titan who seems to have misplaced his skin for the moment. Based on the trailer I'd say it's worth a look.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST


    by Autodidact

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Repeat after me:

    by Caliswag

    Stupid Japanese cartoons are never 'must-see' material

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST


    by katchoo67

    the trailer is 'ok' but if that is the manga's actual art at the bottom than WTF?!? My high school anime nerd students can draw better than that.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST


    by InfiniteGeist

    What's up man? Haven't gotten laid in awhile? I really dig the dynamic of the camera and animation. Giants designs just make it more... bizarre.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Either Anime ain't what it used to be or something inside me has died.

    by 6000_little_griglets

    Used to love it when i was younger. Grew up with Akira, Studio Ghibli etc. Enjoyed TV shows like DBZ and Evangelion and all the older Robotech and Captain Harlock stuff etc etc. I still love Studio Ghibli (didn't really connect with Arriety apart from the visuals) but apart from that i just can't for the life of me get excited about Attack on Titan or any other current Anime that crosses my path. It just looks like utter shit to me. Was Anime always shit and in the past i was just young and in the present i'm just nostalgic? Either way it's a bit of a downer.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    The manga is really good! Check it out!

    by Johnno

    Yeah that artwork is nothing fancy and is its weakest link. But the story is really good, and by good I mean refeeshingly different from the typical mianstream anime bullshit people love to shit on and color with a broad brush. The manga's achieved sleeper hit status in Japan for a reason. For anyone interested in something different from a more indie scene, and likes games like Shadow of the Colossus, check this out! Had no idea they're doing an anime, and that trailer looked freaking fantastic! They're really putting in a lot of work here, goes to show the manga's popularity!

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Damn Impressive

    by NudeandAroused

    I will certainly look for it.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Translation of the Japanese dialogue in the trailer:

    by jackofhearts29


  • Dec. 12, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    no thanks

    by dioxholsters_scion

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 8:15 p.m. CST

    That looks crazy!

    by Father

    Some great animation there! The story sounds interesting too, i'l definitely check this out.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Big Man Japan vibe to this

    by Mace Tofu

    only in Anime style.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 8:36 p.m. CST

    I've seen enough Urotsukidoji to know where this is going...

    by DickBallsworth


  • Dec. 12, 2012, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Sing with me: "It's time for androgyny..."

    by Crobran

    It's Pat!

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Also, I'm with 6000_Little_Gadgets

    by Crobran

    This just doesn't do much for me. I remember things like Akira and Ghost In The Shell blowing my mind. Lately, things like Howl's Moving Castle have been getting rave reviews, and I watch them and think, decisively, "meh."

  • The manga is pretty dark and filled with tragedy and bloody violence. But it also gets human sentimentality and emotions right. There isn't much you can really use to compare this to except for the two games I quoted. Basically about human taking on gigantic huge dudes (and there are surprises in store!). But there's more to it than simply that! Though the titans create a lot of intrigue as to just what the hell happened to teh world and where they came from that's also a great vehicle for exploring the typical themes of humanity facing great odds. It's pretty kick ass! Don't know how closely the anime will stick to the manga, but it is a TV show and anime has typically always been very faithful when adapting the source material. If you've been out of anime lately, then this looks like that one rare thing that might please you. In fact it's pretty damn amazing if that's the qualtyt of the animation they're devoting to this! It's that rare time when a truly independent comic book you liek and never thoguht would ever gain any traction actually becomes a sleeper hit and a budget to be adapted into something good! I'm seriously pumped! At long last there's an anime series I'm actually pumped and genuinely excited to see in a sea of fucking moe and panty shot bullshit!

  • Super teenager heroes, waifish loli-girls and morons with anime face. Also, reminds me way too much of that goddam abortion of a film Steamboy, which was the last feature film-length anime I saw in the theater. (Well except for Paprika)

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Damn kids. Stop flying over my lawn!

    by j

    I remember reading something about this manga a while back but I havent checked it out. After seeing this, im a little turned off tho. Im kinda sick of superteens in anime myself. The last feature that I really liked was Summer Wars, maybe cause im getting older. I still like the classics I always did, but quality and originality seem to be lacking lately. Although i do gotta say that some of the old serials kill me with a 10 minute intro, 12 minute story, 8 minute end credits...

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Dont hate on the loli-girls...

    by j

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    There are a few good anime these days

    by Chief Joseph

    current, good shows: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Space Brothers ...and, that's about it.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    I saw neither

    by Himbo

    Spaceships, nor Princesses w/ cute animals. I'm sure this is good for what it is, but giant skinless people freak me out. I don't ever need to see this.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    cocaine's a helluva drug!

    by bluebalrog

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Large-eye, small-mouth animation.

    by Mel Garga

    Anyone remember the Tom Sawyer cartoon on HBO in the 80s? That was the mutt's nuts.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST


    by maximus_sack

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Um, dude, where's your skin?

    by Royston Lodge

    Seriously dude, where's your skin?

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    Nope. Nopity nopity NOPE.

    by MoistMuskyCamelToe

    Fucking boring. Absolutely no interest. Visually has no appeal to me. Not even on par with Akira, which is starting to look dated. I can watch Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed, or Darker Than Black on Netflix Streaming, all of which blow that out of the water. *Must see* my ass. That phrase should not be used lightly.

  • And which GITS and Appleseed are your referring to? because if it's the GITS TV show then, Lol again! If anything they save on production due to not having to animate the mouths that often! And Akira still blows the original GITS out of the water in teh animation department. So alright I get that you're not interested... but there's no need to blatantly lie bro! Besides it's highly amusing that you're judging an anime that hasn't even aired yet! (You do realize this is a TV series and not a theaterical feature, right?) Those of us familiar with the story of Attack on Titan have plenty of reason to be excited. And its' nice they're giving good production values to an anime that isn't designed to pander to otaku fetishes. I bet you're the sort that liked the second season of Darker than Black! I guess that's why this doesn't interest you!

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Chief Joseph? How did you miss out on Psycho-Pass?

    by v1cious

    Probably the smartest show running right now.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST

    In your face "Salmon Fishing in Yemen"!!

    by Smerdyakov

  • Dec. 14, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Yegawds, anime is just awful.

    by Nintendarth

    Before I clicked on the link to watch the trailer, I said: -Hey, I wonder if this will feature a genderless lead, giant weird monsters and people throwing down with swords and screaming things.- Whaddyaknow? When you can get THAT specific about a genre and be proved right before you've even seen a frame of it, the genre is dead. You know, there's a reason the -anime- sections of bookstores, oh, excuse me, -manga-, have disappeared lately or been pushed to the smelly back room. Yup, your genre is failing in the USA, where people are dumb enough to eat at Arby's and STILL too smart for this garbage. Enjoy!!!

  • Dec. 14, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Like all anime movies, there will only be 12 minutes of actual action...

    by DiscreetFighterAlpha

    ... the rest will be cryptic navel-gazy bullshit. The Japanese hate cohesive writing, they say it's too "Hollywood". They truly are their own island both literally, and figuratively with the moves they make.

  • Dec. 14, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    Agreed, Anime is officially out of ideas...

    by KillaKane

    Close this TB down...last one out switch off the lights

  • Dec. 14, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    No wait..Anime isn't dead...

    by KillaKane

    It just smells bad

  • The kind with talking animal movie 1, talking animal movie 2, talking animal movie 3, all PG rated, and a non-existent animation scene for anything above the Treehouse channel and reruns of Tom and Jerry. Oh wait, that's actually too violent nowadays for American children so they don't air that anymore!

  • Dec. 15, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Not for everyone.

    by Sithtastic

    Anime varies in quality. It's simply not for everyone and that's even before we get to the difference of styles and genres. This looks to be high end however and I might give it a look on DVD.

  • Dec. 15, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Music was vaguely interesting

    by Squilookle

    but that's about it.

  • Dec. 16, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    I have to say

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    Those are the lamest giant anime monsters I've ever seen. Giant skinless humans? I guess they were all out of ideas so the concept artist just ripped a page out of his anatomy book and said here it is! Our monster!

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 7:45 p.m. CST


    by Danny

    I wonder who'll get to do the English dub.