This past summer box office in Japan was owned by the two Rurouni Kenshin movie sequels starring the increasingly hot Sato Takeru, but the industry is already predicting the upcoming domestic movie that will destroy next summer’s box office in Japan. I totally agree with the pundits that the J-movie that will lead the pack (by a mile) will be the big-budget action-packed long-awaited live-action Attack on Titan movie adapted from the blockbuster manga. I’m in the group that thought Miura Haruma was miscast when it was first announced he was headlining the live-action movie but now am pleasantly surprised.
The just released excellent official movie character posters for the main cast washes away most of my initial doubts and showcases Haruma as leading man Eren Yaeger in all his angtsy kickass intensity. I love it! Mizuhara Kiko as Mikasa is primed for a major career breakthrough beyond being G-dragon‘s girlfriend while Ishihara Satomi as Hans (snuggling her rocket launcher) is the stuff that makes me giddy. The only kicker is – and the reason fanboys and fangirls are freaking out – the most popular character in the manga that is Levi is NOT in the movie. I repeat -no Special Ops Squad Captain Levi. Let’s have a group cry now before ogling all the awesome movie posters below.
In a sheer coincidence, or perhaps the gods favor these two young men, the leading man of Attack on Titan Miura Haruma is none other than Sato Takeru’s real life best friend. Way to own all the hottest movie franchises, boys!
I love how Eren and Armin’s posters are literally contrasting mirror images of each other. Seeing live-action Armin also confirms for the fans that the character is a guy. I know some have hoped Armin turns out to be a girl but honestly all the crying and sniveling he did early on rather makes a weaksauce argument that it’s because Armin is a girl. Mikasa is definitely a girl and takes zero shit from human or Titan.
Speaking of which, Kiko looks spot on at Mikasa. Love the look of stuttered intensity in her eyes.
For a manga otaku like me, I actually started reading the Attack on Titan manga relatively late, long after the shonen manga by Isayama Hajime became the biggest manga breakout hit in Japan since One Piece. It’s a post-apocalyptic story of a world overrun with naked giant humanoid creatures called Titans (i.e. Giants) whose sole MO is to attack and eat much smaller humans leaving the human population to retreat to safety behind giant walled cities. The manga starts with a never before seen super-sized giant Titan breaching the outer city walls and opening the floodgates for massive Titan carnage before the survivors make it inside the second inner city wall. All the main teen characters experienced the carnage first hand and join the Survey Corps trained to do reconnaissance and figure out a way to destroy the Titans. The above six posters are the only main characters from the manga to transition to the live-action, all the characters below are newly created for the movie only but with the mangaka’s input and approval. Interesting….
I love everything so far about the live-action Attack on Titan goodies. BUT I’m with the vast majority of manga fans wondering why Levi isn’t in this movie? The production is going to have major explaining for why Levi is not in the live-action movie, and no, not being able to find someone awesome enough to play Levi is not a valid reason.