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He was rejected by many publishers because his paintings were “ugly”. Today his manga ‘Attack on Titan’ is one of the most popular in the world

April 9, 2021

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As you read these lines, a story that gained popularity and recognition worldwide over the past decade is coming to an end. Today, with publishing episode 139 later Attack on giants ( shingeki not kyojin ) manga, eleven years and 34 volumes with surprising twists, lovable characters and a metaphorical world of war, loss and freedom has been closed.

For a month, fans filled their favorite social networks and digital meeting places with composite videos, coating , emoticons, memes, art , analyze and photo collage of the most epic panels to prepare for the breakup. Mexican artist Tatería even dedicated one Mural to the series went viral online.

To commemorate this milestone, we review our origins By Hajime Isayama The manga is popular and what this says about the success of a work that has made the list of most memorable works of recent times.

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An effective hook

Much of the appeal of Attack on giants lies in its story: a definable conflict and side details that enrich the main action, a fantasy world with precise rules and solid cohesion, as well as a way Efficient approach begins in res media , that is, at the midpoint of the entire argument.

The hook was, on its first release, very simple, but powerful and impactful. The remnants of the human race, after on the brink of extinction, lived in a walled city that prevented the entry of giants, cannibals appear from nowhere. Peace reigned for a hundred years, but one thunderous morning shook the heavens and the earth; then a giant taller than anyone else had ever seen appeared above the wall. That threat shook their world, reminding humanity living in fear and those walls are really cages.

“I want to make something short, simple, and interesting when someone sees it. Making it complicated will alienate people, “Hajime Isayama said in a statement Attack on Titan Booklet: Inside & Outside . Thinking how difficult it was for people to read his lengthy first chapter, he focused on an event that could draw attention from the very first pages. Thus, the iconic image of the Colossal Titan was born, seen from a low angle, flickering on the wall.

What are the Titans and where do they come from? How can you defend yourself against such a threat? What to do with hatred after becoming a victim of a tragedy? These questions raise the fundamental mysteries to go on. They were dealt with little by little, with new questions before each answer, until they moved on to revolutionize the plot into a focus on the enduring battle between the two nations and its impact on character. the ways of the characters, as well as the motivations of their actions.

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An intimate story

Isayama is a diligent author with his work. Despite his shrinking personality, he still struggles for opportunity. In 2006, when she was only 20 years old, she came to Tokyo with her dream of becoming one mangaka However, according to her own admission, she has always struggled on the drawing level, which is one of her biggest hobbies. He argued that his work lacked the quality required by media standards, a self-criticism supported by many publishers.

“I have visited many companies. They liked my story, but they said poor painting quality. I was about to give up because so many people wanted to be manga artists. I don’t think I can become one of the great ones, ”Isayama confessed in an interview with BBC .

When an editor Kōdansha finally expressed interest Attack on giants Isayama has such a low self-esteem that he thinks, “What’s wrong with this guy?”

The topics in the work have a deep connection with his own biography and perhaps that emotional honesty facilitated identification with readers. In an interview with NHK , the author reveals that his childhood nurtured a sense of self-esteem about his habitat: too much physically, since the mountains surrounding Hita, the town where he grew up, they made him we wonder what is beyond them; socially, because he often loses his skills or is unable to show off his skills. The desire to change his way of life and thinking will drive him to leave Ōita: “It was not the ambition that motivated me. I felt inferiority, a certain disappointment, ”he recalled .

First conceptual influence for manga ( through ) is already Muv Luv Alternative , an adult visual novel about an alien invasion that nearly wiped out humanity. Then his bad experience in Tokyo with drunk and angry customers in an internet cafe where he works at dawn will be added. Isayama thought it was frightening to stand in front of someone unable to communicate and that idea encouraged the creation of Titans.

In interview for Kōdansha and Kaboom in 2013, he recounted that the original designs were inspired by a Mona Lisa who came out of the painting to eat people in horror manga. Cloud, Master of Hell ( Jigoku Sensei Cloud ). After that, monsters like Godzilla, Mothra and Gamera and Japanese horror cinema, will add to their influence.

The grotesque and outrage is often considered the main point that creates the work’s appeal:

“To draw giants, I chose annoying expressions. The giants’ expressions were not suitable for every situation, for example, from when they found a person to the moment they killed him, he kept smiling. I chose to do it this way to create the most discomfort possible, ”he explained.

These visual references, combined with their experience, have built a world of great detail. fandom committed to the liberating story of Eren, Mikasa and Armin, outlined with dramatic tunes that cement its appeal. The care that the author and the publisher place in the story is reaffirmed in the words of editor Back, who said in A guide to Attack on Titan : “Isayama listens to every opinion before making a decision. There were countless suggestions and he listened to all of them. Hence, it takes a place and builds around everyone’s suggestions. Attack on giants not only yours, many people have influenced Kōdansha ”.

It’s the power of a creative story, balancing what it does and what it doesn’t, depth and breathtaking action that pays off for his enthusiasm.

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The giants of Japanese popular culture

Economic factors also play an important role. When something successfully accumulates, the cultural industries give it more exposure, turning it into greater credibility and scope. Manga debuted in September 2009 at Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine . From the outset, it was well received, selling nearly 3.8 million copies by the end of 2011, as noted by the company Oricon . In 2013, the peak of nearly 16 million copies sold gave Kōdansha its first profit increase in 18 years, ANN reported.

That recovery was spurred by the launch of the anime’s first season on broadcaster NHK in April of that year. The adaptation has been launched Attack on giants such a worldwide phenomenon, by making its plot available to international audiences, even those who don’t watch the anime. Two months later, the Japanese publisher printed an additional 8 million copies to meet the demand for the 10 compiled volumes.

Franchising expands spin-off , novels, video games, act directly movie and commodity. Although sales have declined since then, largely due to increased digital consumption, Bessatsu Shōnen Journal announced on Twitter in December 2019 that the manga has surpassed 100 million copies globally, ranking in First 20 ranks among the best-selling sagas manga of all time. His honors include the Kōdansha Prize in shōnen category in 2011 and are nominated for awards such as Manga Taishō and Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award.

“There is nothing more valuable than people being able to share indescribable emotions with a story. We are happy to feel the same way together with our readers and partners Attack on giants . Although the series has ended, these memories will always warm in our hearts. Thanks for reading us, ”wrote Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine editorial department about the ending.

Today, the end of this story was successfully written because it was memorable. However, shingeki not kyojin will still live. On the other hand, still in projects, such as the end of last season its anime adaption or in Hollywood direct action movie by Warner’s. On the other hand, and more importantly, in the memory of his followers: people from the very beginning, those who had caught up and those still missing. Because good stories are known to have timeless vitality.



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