‘Attack on Titan’ Artistry Sends Shivers Down My Spine

attackontitanposterBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Being a fan of cosplay (although not a cosplayer myself), I’m an admirer of the process of costume creation. It’s the endless hours of sowing together, sometimes with nothing more than simple needle and thread, pieces of cloth that will take gradual shape before a finished outfit is worn for all to see at a an event. To me this is the side of fandom I show neither the talent nor the want to become a part of. Watching from the sidelines is my equivalency of having cake and eating it too. But among the cosplay it is, at times, easy for me to overlook the make-up. The artistry that completes the persona one will present does not always get the attention it so richly deserves.

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The Animated Lineup of Guests Is Growing At Fan Expo Vancouver 2016!

tom-kenny-1-2By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Fan Expo Vancouver (Nov 11-13, Vancouver Convention Center) is shaping up to be a delight for pop culture fans of all ages. Tom Kenny of Spongebob Squarepants fame will have children coming in troves. For older fans, he is lending his vocal talents in the animated Guardians of the Galaxy as The Collector.

Since coming into the entertainment scene in the late 80’s in How I Got Into College, his career just simply exploded. Followers of his work will remember the many voices he’s offered in the Transformers Animated series and for some, the debate will still continue as who is the best Starscream. Die-hard fans of Generation One cartoon will name Chris Latta but after his passing, other names continued this character’s legacy. From the list of seven (including the live action Bay treatment), Tom Kenny and Steve Blum are by far in the top three whose performances are memorable.

In the anime and animated front, original voice-actor Ryo Horikawa (Vegeta) of Dragon Ball Z will be making an appearance. English voice-actors of this show includes Chris Sabat and Eric Vale. Also appearing are Linda Ballantyne and Susan Roman of Sailor Moon, Cherami Leigh of Sword Art Online, Jamie Marchi of Fairy Tail and Trina Nishmura of Attack on Titan.

For a full line-up of guests coming to this year’s show — especially several returning to the Pacific Northwest if you missed seeing them at Emerald City Comicon in prior years — please check out the guest list here.

KOEI Tecmo Confirms Attack on Titan Console Release for North America and Europe!

AOTPS4By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

The action game of Attack on Titan (AOT), based off the Japanese animated series of the same name, will be released in North America on August 30, 2016. Available in Japan under it’s title 進撃の巨人 since February 18th, the game saw successful sales. AOT will be released on PS4, Xbox One (Physical) / PS3, PS Vita & PC Steam (Digital). The console game as described on KOEI Tecmo’s official Facebook site:

Attack on Titan closely follows the riveting story-line of the anime’s first season and focuses on the exploits of various key characters, putting the player in a position to relive its most shocking, courageous and exhilarating moments. It revolves around the story of three young people who survive the destruction of their walled city district by enormous, man-eating Titans and eventually go on to join the Scout Regiment in order to protect humanity from this overpowering foe.

AOT will also be released in Europe under the title A.O.T. Wings of Freedom four days before North America’s release. Europe will also find AOT available for purchaseon PS4, Xbox One (Physical) / PS3, PS Vita & PC Steam (Digital).

Source(s): Jared Odom, Anime Collectors Galore Group Facebook group, Playstation Life Style, KOEI Tecmo Europe Twitter, and KOEI Tecmo America Facebook.

Video Source(s): DBZanto Z

Attack on Titan’s Close Shave

TitanShave2By The Wind up Geek

According to these ads, seen recently on a subway train in Tokyo, hair removal isn’t just something for humans, it’s for Titans too. When a titan breaks down your city wall and stomps your friends into the ground, she doesn’t roll her eyes and think “oh really George, why can’t you just take me out for a curry for once”, she has more complex things on her mind. Things like “Why are they screaming? Is it my appearance? Did I not shave close enough this morning? I hope there’s not something in my teeth because that would really be embarrassing.”

But Those thoughts are washed away with what I believe are ads for shavers (if I am wrong, please comment to correct me) of Epiler (for women) and Men’s TBC brands. TBC is a cosmetics company established in Japan in 1976.

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Eren Yeager Cast for Attack on Titan Live Action Movie

HarumaJust announced — rising star Haruma Miura has been cast as the lead role of Eren Yeager for the Attack on Titan live action movie. Filming is to begin this summer on Gunkanjima.

Gunkanjima (also known as Hashishima) is a uninhabitated island 15 kilometers (9 miles) off the coast of Nagasaki. The island was known as a source for coal. It was originally opened in 1868 by Prince Nabeshima of the Hizen province, under the name of the Takashima Mines (one of the mines was located on Takashima).

Miura is a singer and actor who has appeared on television, film and stage. Previous works include Ren Kazama in the live action Gokusen (TV/2008), Kotaro Mochizuki in Samurai High School (TV/2009), Tatsuya Bito in Crows Zero II (film/2009) and in the Shinkansen produced stage production of Goemon Rock III: Zipang Punk.

Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) is originally a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. It began serialization in Kodansha’s monthly publication Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in September, 2009.


The story of Titan centers around Eren Yeager, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend Armin Arlert, whose lives are changed forever after the appearance of a Colossus Titan brings about the end of the safety within the high walls of their hometown and the end of many people’s lives, including Eren’s mother. Vowing to take revenge, Eren enlists with Mikasa and Armin in the Survey Corps., a militia specifically trained to take the offensive against the Titans.

Attack on Titan won the Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category in 2011.

Source(s): Amiami Blog, Japan MSN, Rocket News 24 and Kntrty.

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