The Japanese media has a long history of breaking records. For example, in 2019, “Pokemon” was found to be the most profitable media franchise in the world. Another Japanese property, “Hello Kitty,” came in second (via Business Insider). The Japanese series “Attack on Titan,” about a city surrounded by bloodthirsty giants who dwell beyond an intimidating border wall, isn’t nearly famous enough to have made the list.
Nonetheless, “Attack on Titan” is one of the most popular anime series of the last decade, with its last season debuting as the most popular TV show in the United States (via Parrot Analytics). According to reports, an American film adaptation of the series is in the works. But that isn’t the only record “Attack on Titan” possesses.
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“Attack on Titan,” like much other successful anime series before it, is based on a series of comic books. Following an altercation with a physically intimidating foreigner, author Hajime Isayama conceived up the central conflict in “Attack on Titan.” The concept of being unable to speak with an adversary appealed to Isayama, and he decided to turn it into a comic book series.
The fact that “Attack on Titan” is aimed at a much older audience may explain why it hasn’t achieved the same degree of success as “Pokemon.”
When “Attack on Titan” first came out on Netflix, it was one of the darkest shows on the platform, animated or not. It’s not meant for a broad audience. While “Attack on Titan” may not have broken financial records, it did earn a Guinness World Record for a different kind of achievement.
A comic about giants, written for titans.
Guinness World Records certified a special edition of the first volume of the manga “Attack on Titan” as the largest comic book ever produced in May 2021. (via CrunchyRoll). This special edition was created with the series’ titans in mind and depicts what a tankobon (a manga series’ usual individual volume) may look like if it were large enough for a giant to read. The record-breaking special edition of “Attack on Titan” volume one is one meter long and 70 centimeters broad in total. The comic book measures approximately 3.3 feet long and 2.3 feet wide in feet.
“Attack on Titan” publisher Kodansha was required to sell 100 copies of the titan-sized volume in order to formally qualify as a published comic book and not a one-off anomaly. Meanwhile, each device was priced at 165,000 yen, or roughly $1,516. Within two minutes, the entire run was sold out.
In March, Kodansha pulled off the prank with the release of the final chapter of the “Attack on Titan” manga. Meanwhile, the final batch of “Attack on Titan” anime episodes will be published this winter.