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  • Writer's picturePhillip Radcliffe

Titan Attacks Sapporo!

(Japanese translation below)

An exhibition titled Shingeki no Kyojinten (Attack on Titan) Wall Sapporo was held at the Sapporo Art Park in Minami-Ku, Sapporo from April 5 to May 25. This is exhibition included a variety of attractions about the anime series Shingeki no Kyojinten.

The ticket price was 1,500 yen for adults. Other separate expenses were 800 yen for a voice guide and 600 yen for the 360 degree virtual reality theater.

Shingeki no Kyojinten began as a famous manga created by Isayama Hajime. It was first published in 2009 by Kodansha. There have been 50 million copies printed, which have been praised highly not only in Japan, but also overseas. It has also been made into animated films, novels and live action movies based on the original manga series. The theme song from the animated series is “Guren no Yumiya,” which became a huge hit in Japan.

There were many attractions at the exhibition to amuse the fans. For example, there were original manuscripts of the animated series and there were models of items that appeared in the animated series in the galley. There was also a virtual reality theater, and the cafeteria had special items on the menu featuring Shingeki no Kyojinten.

The two most impressive things were the huge Titan model and the virtual reality theater. The huge model reproduction was of the upper body part of Titan that was faithful to the animated series. It was displayed in a pitch-dark room and emitted red light. Also, the sound had a tremendous impact and scared the audience.

The virtual reality theater was an interactive facility where the audience could fight with Titan in the imaginary world using a head mount display, and the audience could explore the 360 degree 3D graphic world from different points of view. This attraction gave a feeling of floating in the air and had a big impact because the audience jumped and fell and jerked suddenly and violently. It cost 600 yen separately. The overall quality of exhibition was very high, so this event was truly amazing for anime freaks.

The event venue wasn’t crowded because it was final day of the exhibition. Two hours was more than enough to see everything, including the separate attractions. However, the exhibition was costly because of the extra fees for the separate attractions, the voice guide, the café and the souvenirs. And the special menu was way too expensive! If you ever get a chance to see the Shingeki no Kyojinten exhibition sometime in the future, it would be best to eat something first.


小林 高太朗







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