“Attack on Titan”, a popular manga and decided adaptation of the live-action movie starring Haruma Miura, Kiko Mizuhara and Satomi Ishihara, has arrived at the Ueno Royal Museum, in the form of an exhibit opened on Nov 28. This is a dazzling showcase for experiencing the world of the popular manga and its artist, Hajime Isayama.
The manga published by Kodansha, reached more than 36 million copies of sales, making it a massive hit in Japan. It tells the story of the ongoing fighting between mankind and man-eating giants known as titans; mankind only surviving by hiding behind walls tall enough to block out the titans. One-hundred years later, the titans find a way to go past the walls and begin to assault the humans. The exhibit space vividly recreates the story to provide an entertaining insight into a world of titans.
The first section, “Titan Appearing” welcomes you to a live world through physical experiences such as the sound, light, wind and vibration of the titans approaching to attack you.
Another section introduces Hajime Isayama's background along with works which have greatly influenced the artist. Born in the mountainous region of Oyama, Oita, Isayama spent his childhood days engrossed in reading manga and playing video games. Through the effects of television and the works of great manga artists, Isayama transformed from a viewer/reader into a creator.
The American Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was one of the things that left a big impression on the cartoonist, which led him to create the story about titans and their fighting skills.
Even with the dream of becoming a manga artist, Isayama concealed his ambitions and went as far as taking every course expect that relating to manga during his time at a vocational school.
Attack on Titan Exhibition
Venue: The Ueno Royal Museum
Address: 1-2 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Open: Nov 28 - Jan 25 2015
Time: 10:00-17:00 (Saturday, Sunday and holidays until 20:00)
*Dec 30 - Jan 2 2015 treated as holidays.
Adults: 2,000 yen
High school and junior high students: 1,500 yen
Elementary school students and younger: 1,000 yen