Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1 (2015)
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Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1 (進撃の巨人 ＡＴＴＡＣＫ ＯＮ ＴＩＴＡＮ Shingeki no Kyojin Atakku on Taitan, lit. Advance of Giants ATTACK ON TITAN) is a live action 2015 tokusatsu kaiju film co-produced by Kodansha, Licri, Nikkatsu Corporation, and Toho, based on the manga created by Hajime Isayama. It was filmed simultaneously with Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 2, its sequel, and was released to Japanese theaters on August 1, 2015, by Toho, and to American theaters on September 30, 2015, by Funimation.
Funimation's official DVD/Blu-ray synopsis:
"When the Titans first attacked, life for mankind was forever changed. Fearing the massive man-eating humanoids, survivors constructed three enormous walls for protection. From that point on, humanity lived safely behind the walls - for the time being.
A century later, life is peaceful. Eren and his friends live inside the walls, yearning to explore beyond the borders they've always known. But the opportunity comes sooner than expected when a Colossal Titan appears above the wall. With a single kick, the barricade is pierced, allowing a swarm of Titans to pour in and devour their newly-exposed prey. Witnessing the devastation, Eren and his friends vow to destroy the man-eating terrors.
The future looks bleak, but there's more to Eren than meets the eye: he may be humanity's last hope against extinction."
During the Great Titan War, humanity was nearly wiped out by a race of carnivorous giants. The survivors built three concentric walls tall enough to keep the Titans out, and lived peacefully inside for the next century. In the present day, Armin and Mikasa travel to the outskirts of their village of Monzen to meet their friend Eren. Standing on top of an unexploded bomb, Eren tells them his desire to see the outside world, especially the ocean depicted in a painting on the bomb. They are quickly caught trying to climb up the wall, but Garrison Captain Souda informs them that the military is planning an expedition to go beyond the walls soon. Just as Eren starts to feel hope for the future, a Colossal Titan taller than the wall materializes behind it in a cloud of smoke. He kicks a hole in the structure and vanishes, allowing dozens of Titan to swarm in. The Garrison stands their ground and opens fire on the Titans with their cannons, but the monsters regenerate the damage within seconds. After devouring many of the soldiers, the Titans carry out a massacre in Monzen. In her effort to save a baby, Mikasa is separated from Eren; a Titan stands over her and prepares to strike just as he loses sight of her. Survivors of the invasion retreat behind the second wall, where they face food shortages and strict population control.
Two years pass. Eren and Armin graduate the Scouting Regiment, their class including Sasha, Jean, Sannagi, Hiana, Fukushi, Lil, and many others. Their mission is to use the last of humanity's explosives, held in a secure site beyond the second wall, to seal the hole in the outer wall. As Jean points out, they are an inexperienced group; this crucial task has only been assigned to them because all previous attempts have failed. Their sole advantage is a recent invention called omni-directional maneuvering gear, which uses gas propulsion and grappling hooks to outflank Titans in urban environments. The gear also contains several pairs of swords which can kill Titans by slicing into their nape. Upon death, the creatures quickly dissolve, making them difficult to study.
The team, led by Commander Kubal of the Military Police and the eccentric Squad Leader Hans, pass through Titan territory on trucks without incident. During a break, Hiana and Eren follow what they believe to be a human baby's cries and discover a child Titan; Hiana's screams lure the adults. The expedition is saved by "humanity's strongest soldier," Captain Shikishima, and Mikasa, now a Titan slayer of almost equal renown. Kubal reveals the location of the explosives in a hidden chamber, information which was closely guarded for fear of traitors in the ranks. After a fight with Jean, Eren confronts Mikasa, who tells him that the Titan he thought had killed her ate the baby instead and left her scarred. The experience has hardened her; she now focuses only on killing as many Titans as possible. When Shikishima interrupts their conversation, making it clear that he and Mikasa are in a relationship, Eren is heartbroken. Hiana attempts to seduce him, but she is interrupted by a second Titan attack.
While the expedition struggles to fight back, a figure dressed in rags steals the truck containing the explosives. Lil, driven insane with grief after the death of her lover Fukushi, kicks him out of the truck and drives it into a group of Titans as the explosives detonate. Jean attempts to convince Eren to flee, but he charges into battle alone. With Shikishima's encouragement, he displays great skill with the omni-directional maneuvering gear, but only kills one Titan before another bites his leg off. Meanwhile, Armin, Sasha, Souda, Hans, and Sanaagi work in tandem to clear Jean a path to escape. In the process, Armin is picked up by an unusually strong Titan. Eren manages to save him with the last of his strength, but is devoured himself. Through her grief, Mikasa keeps fighting until her maneuvering gears runs out of gas, forcing her to face the Titan with nothing but a broken sword.
As she prepares to make her last stand, a second Titan bursts out of it and goes on the warpath, dispatching dozens of Titans with an intelligence never before seen. Souda recognizes its fighting style as Eren's. When its strength fades, he instructs Mikasa to carefully cut into its nape to remove Eren before the rapidly-decaying Titan absorbs him. A fully-healed Eren opens his eyes as his friends look on in astonishment.
- Main article: Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1/Credits.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Shinji Higuchi
- Written by Yusuke Watanabe, Tomohiro Machiyama, Hajime Isayama
- Produced by Yuji Ishida, Genki Kawamura
- Music by Shiro Sagisu
- Cinematography by Shoji Ehara
- Production design by Takeshi Shimizu
- Special effects by Yoshihiro Nishimura, Katsuro Onoue
- Main article: Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1/Credits.
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Haruma Miura as Eren
- Hiroki Hasegawa as Shikishima
- Kiko Mizuhara as Mikasa
- Kanata Hongo as Armin
- Takahiro Miura as Jean
- Nanami Sakuraba as Sasha
- Satoru Matsuo as Sannagi
- Shu Watanabe as Fukushi
- Ayame Misaki as Hiana
- Rina Takeda as Lil
- Satomi Ishihara as Hans
- Pierre Taki as Souda
- Jun Kunimura as Kubal
On June 29, 2015, Funimation Entertainment, the same company that distributes the Attack on Titan anime in the United States, announced that it had acquired the American distribution rights for both live-action films from Toho. Funimation announced that the world premiere of Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1 would be held on July 14 in Los Angeles, and that both parts of the film would be released in theaters across North, Central, and South America in the fall. FUNimation later confirmed that Part 1 would be released on September 30, while Part 2 would be released on October 20.
To tie in with the films, Toho announced a three-part miniseries, Attack on Titan: Beacon for Counterattack, which aired on the Japanese channel dTV on August 15. The series focuses on the supporting characters of Hans, a scientist who is obsessed with studying the Titans; Sasha, a Survey Corps trainee who is skilled at archery; and Fukushi and Lil, rivals who become lovers.
Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1 opened at number one at the Japanese box office, beating out Universal Pictures' Minions and earning ￥603,000,000 (approximately $4,860,000) over its opening weekend.
Reception to part 1 of the film was mixed to positive among the Japanese moviegoing public, however many fans of the anime and manga series have criticized the amount of liberties taken with the source material, most notably making the entire cast Japanese rather than mostly European as in the manga and anime, as well as removing many iconic characters such as Levi, and recasting Mikasa as Eren's girlfriend, rather than his adoptive sister.
Funimation Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD (2016)
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