Last weekend, Attack on Titan mangaka Hajime Isayama’s hometown of Hita City celebrated its favorite son. There, they unveiled bronze statues of Eren Teager, Mikasa Ackerman, and Armin Arlert, the three main characters of Attack on Titan. The city presented the trio looking at the Oyama Dam, which inspired the manga’s massive walls. They were made to look like the manga and anime’s opening scenes when the Colossal Titan attacked, and the trio staring in horror.

For the young trio, the dam walls will be a perfect stand-in for Wall Maria, and fans can certainly take their photos with the statues. It is all part of the crowddunded effort to help revitalize the city.  They were supposed to reveal the statues earlier, but COVID-19 restrictions pushed them back to last weekend. And during the unveiling ceremony, Hajime Isayama himself was in attendance as the guest of honor. Around 200 people also came to the dam for the unveiling ceremony as well.

And speaking of the manga itself, Isayama-sensei also spoke during the unveiling ceremony. There, he revealed that the manga is only 1-2% away from completion. He also stated that he has been arranging the pieces of the manga’s finale much like one would conduct the end game of shogi.

They have also launched an AR app that projects a titan attacking the dam walls. And from the looks of things, the city is really going all out with Attack on Titan because these three aren’t the only statues they are erecting. They will also erect a statue of Levi at the JR Hita Station in 2021. The Levi statue will feature him clad in his full Survey Corps gear, including cape and 3D Maneuver Gear.

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Sources: Yahoo! News Japan, Nishi Nippin Shimbun


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