Attack on Titan Creator’s Hometown Erects Statues of Manga Series’ Main Characters

The acclaimed manga series Attack on Titan is nearing its conclusion. To commemorate the milestone, statues that resemble the story's heroes -- Eren, Mikasa and Armin --have been constructed.

The statues are located in the hometown of series creator Hajime Isayama, in the city of Hita, in Oita Prefecture, Japan. Facing the Oyama Dam, the statues feature the heroes gazing up toward an invisible threat near the top of the structure -- imagery hauntingly akin to the series' opening.

The unveiling ceremony took place in November, where guests were able to view the bronze statues and use an interactive VR app to see a virtual titan looming over the dam, according to Kotaku.

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Isayama was present during the ceremony and thanked fans for their outpouring of support. He also announced that the series is nearing its completion, with 1-2% left to finish, roughly equalling four to six chapters left in the benchmark saga.

While these statues mark the end of the Attack on Titan manga, a series Isayama has been working on for over a decade, the franchise as a whole is entering its own celebratory stage. Apart from the announcement that the manga is nearing its completion, the fourth and final season of the anime adaptation of Attack on Titan began airing on Crunchyroll, Funimation and Hulu on Dec. 7. Much like the show's third season that preceded it, the final season is being split into two parts, with the first collection of episodes slated to air over the coming weeks and part two arriving in 2021.

With the newly placed statues, the legacy of Attack on Titan and the work of Isayama is now cemented in manga and anime history. All that's left to do is await the final pages, and see where the journey ends.

Based on the manga series of the same name by Hajime Isayama, new episodes of Attack on Titan Season 4 arrive Wednesdays on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

Source: Twitter, via Kotaku

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