This weekend, the classic moment of the Attack on Titan series was immortalized in statue form by the manga creator Hajime Isayama, the hometown of Hita City, and the place where the concept of the series was first born.
The ceremonies were originally supposd to take place in April. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the State of Emergency, the ceremony was pushed back until last weekend, which saw the manga creator, the editor behind the Attack on Titan manga series, and around 200 fans of the series watch as the trio was unveiled.
Hajime Isayama was present alongside his editor and several fans for the ceremony on Sunday, which was put together with the help of crowdfunding. In just two months, the project ‘Attack on Hita’ surpassed its goal of 25 million yen to raise 29.7; those fans in attendance were also those who pledged more than 50,000, around 170.
The Plaques that were present presented both the Japanese Expression and its literal Translation in English:
“Since beginning serialization in 2009, Attack on Titan has left an impact on people around the world. Oyama Town is the hometown of its creator, Hajime Isayama, as well as the place where he first had the idea for his story.
In one scene of Attack on Titan’s first chapter, Eien, Mikasa, and Amin, childhood friends, look up at the Colossus Titan. This bronze statue is Senta to recreate this scene, bringing fiction and reality together as one, and it was placed here thanks to a crowdfunding effort made up of many fans who shared a desire for the children and people of this place to have the courage needed to take on the unknown and overcome hardship.
Produced by the Hita Revitalization Council of Attackers, With support from the many fans who contributed to the crowdfunding effort”
The wall and statues also have an accompanying augmented reality smartphone app, which projects a Titan on the wall of the dam, further recreating the first chapter of the manga. As for the previously reported Levi statue, it’ll be unveiled at JR Hita Station sometime next year.
Additional Source: Yahoo Japan