GEEKERY: Holy Giant People Eaters, Batman!


After 100 years of peace the Titans are ready for dinner….

Attack on Titan is a manga and anime series centered around, well… giant monsters that…. uh…

… instinctively attack and eat humans on sight; it is mentioned that they derive their energy from sunlight… the Titans also do not have a proper digestive tract; once they have eaten their fill of human prey, titans will vomit their meal into large, slimy balls, derisively referred to as “hairballs”. – Source

… and the heroes – Eren Yeager, his sister, Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend, Armin Arlert –  that have vowed to take them down and save humanity from extinction.

The original manga has been adapted into anime, and now it has a pair of live action movies. The preview is totally insane…

Don’t tell me that Titan with a Kakihara-esque gaping maw doesn’t make you slightly uncomfortable.

titan baby

How about now?

It’s not exactly critically acclaimed on either side of the Pacific… but if you walk into it with no expectations (and maybe some alcohol in your system) it looks like a blast. The first of the pair was released in Japan on the 1st of this month to sold out crowds. FUNimation, along with Toho studios, will be distributing it in the US sometime this fall.

How about you… do you want to see Attack on Titan?

  • Malthrak

    Wait..M4’s with Eotech holographic sights…in an Attack on Titan movie?

    Ok…this looks awful.

    • georgelabour

      It looks awful, but the origin behind the modern weaponry should make for a twist that’ll help separate it from what people already know from the manga and anime.

      Besides we already know it’s supposed to be ‘the future’. So maybe they’re going to reveal something about the world like another group of titan survivors who’ve retained some ancient tech instead of reverting to ‘medieval except for spiderman ninjas’.

      EDIT: Kind of like the soviet remnants from the Battlefield Earth novel that still had AK-47s.

      • euansmith

        You… WATCHED… Battlefield Earth?

        Edit: You… READ… Battlefield Earth?

        • Mud_Duck

          yes. to my souls eternal regret, I’ve watched the movie….
          The book on the other hand, I liked. A bit long but not bad.

        • georgelabour

          Read after watching and someone had told me the movie had almost no connection to the book.

          Also it was the most apt example I could come up with on the spur of the moment.

  • Hugh James Lamont

    Bell of lost souls. War gaming news.

    • dinodoc


      Clearly, you were forced at gun point to click on an article clearly tagged as being about something other than war gaming?

    • Haakon Slash

      You want me to start writing about Matthew Broderick? He was pretty cute in the 80s, I guess… I may able able to fulfill that request 🙂

  • dinodoc

    Live action? Meh. I’d be more interested in an animated movie though.

    • benn grimm

      Its already an anime and not a bad one at that. Not sure how making it a long play one off would add much?

      • dinodoc

        FMA made a few decent animated movies.

    • Matthew

      The actual anime is pretty good. Not some people’s cup of tea but it keeps me engaged.

    • Syra

      It’s the best anime around atm in my opinion. Curse them for waiting for the manga to conclude before doing the next season.

  • Spit-Burn

    Gotrek would be well in there.

  • An_Enemy

    The manga and the anime aren’t exactly high concept art, but they do manage to be entertaining. The film has just looked bad from the start.

    All Asian cast. RPGs. Mikasa and Eren making out. Lack of German architecture. Nope. Pass.

  • benn grimm

    Looks awesome, hope Eren is slightly less of a pain in the ear in this version.)

  • JP

    You know what makes me uncomfortable? How painfully bad the effects are blended and how inconsistent they are. In some scenes it’s obviously CG rendering, In other scenes it looks like it was superimposed with people in practical effects make up. And the worst of it is where it looks the actors were literally being filmed in front of a screen where the background scene is playing. It looks like they couldn’t decide what style to go with and the result is a visual mess that just doesn’t gel together

    • Haakon Slash

      But does it look as bad as Birdemic?

  • calming rain

    honestly… even manga was shat, after eren transform in to giant…
    ‘nope’ and art was shat too.(not a style)
    i cant tell who was who.(its a writing problem too)

    • Hiphopopotamus

      spoilers dude, but yeah i was the same, way too many characters at the start, quite hard to follow but it does get better in the 2nd half of the series..
      I was watching it thinking why is this show good? i just cant see it, nor did i like the style either but it grew on me and it does deliver.. then once i finished it i wanted more, but no more of the series until next year, well not unless of course you follow the manga. However I’m the type of person when i start on one medium i don’t like to change.

  • Hiphopopotamus

    anime is a great show, a bit teen angsty until it gets into some better plot about half ways. it starts getting excellent about then, so if anyone decides to watch the anime definitely ride it out as it does get good.

    the live action has been adapted but apparently not well, so far i’ve been hearing its pretty mediocre, well mixed reviews. Nothing about “simple minded” like giants consuming humans was ever gonna be portrayed well in a live action without looking laughably bad, should have stuck to anime only, some stuff should not go to live action and although i haven’t seen it yet i believe it to be true with this too.

  • nurglespuss

    That made me uncomfortable. Ew.

  • BEAR812

    After watching this trailer it looks like Hidden Tiger Crouching Dragon meets The Walking Dead “Godzilla Sized”.

    • euansmith

      Crouching ‘zilla, Hidden Zombie?

  • nurglitch

    I’d rather watch season 3 of the anime on Netflix.

  • Talos2

    Looks like a Japanese take on Roald Dahls bfg