Over the past few years, a number of Japanese manga/anime properties were supposed to be adapted to the big screen, but none have seen the light of day (Death Note, Akira, and Ghost in the Shell). Thankfully the same can’t be said for Higuchi Shinji’s live action adaptation Attack on Titan, which will be released in Japan this summer, and hopefully will also screen at various genre festivals world-wide. Attack on Titan began as a manga in 2009 and has since crossed over to anime and video games, becoming a commercial success, and receiving critical acclaim for its atmosphere and story. A handful of character posters as well as the first full-length trailer has been released. While the trailer doesn’t have sub-titles, it does pack in some pretty amazing set-pieces with the titular villains in action. Watch the trailer below.
Here’s the synopsis:
The sudden arrival of the Titans–mysterious, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour human beings one after the other–brings mankind to the brink of extinction. Fast-forward more than 100 years later. What remains of the human population now live in relative peace behind massive walls that were erected to defend themselves against the Titans. Yet once again, that peace is shattered when a Titan measuring over 50 meters tall smashes through the wall, allowing a horde of other Titans to enter.
The protagonist, Eren, had been resigned to a life confined behind these walls. Nothing I do would make a difference, he thought. But when he joins the “Outer Wall Restoration Team” set up to fight against the Titans, he is reunited with Mikasa, a childhood friend and someone he had long rued not being able to save. The new recruits embark on a mission to obtain explosives, which had become rare and precious, before getting past the waves of Titans to plug the gaping hole in the wall, with humanity’s survival on the line. Will there be a future for Eren and Mikasa, and for mankind itself?