Almost everyone knows about Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) these days. Shingeki no Kyojin starts as a manga series from 2009, by Isayama Hajime, and up until now the manga has been sold for more than 23 million copies, and alongside its success as a manga, it has already got its anime adaptation running, a game adaptation coming soon, opening song parodies uploaded in Youtube, and many more.
At the first glance, the series looked simple, like a battle between humans versus superior beings known as Titans, but its popularity is spreading like wildfire, so what exactly made them so popular?
Ooshita Yoshiyuki (太下義之), Head Chief of Cultural and Arts Division from Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Counseling, gave his comments regarding this.
“First”, he said, ” This work is like a high quality detective novel, where the mystery has not been solved yet, but added with a new mystery instead, like mystery calls on another mystery or the outcome cannot be predicted, such is one of their charms.” He said that this is quite similar to a western series “Lost”, where even if some of the problems are solved, there are still some mystery which call for another mystery.
Then, from Meta Fictional construction point, “The Information that can be revealed at this point” became the focus of this title. Meaning, the audiences are to acknowledge the existence of the author, by revealing out information little by little, curiosity is inflated and people can’t help but to predict what will happen next, and what the author has up in his sleeve, thus making it more interesting.
Next, he also said that even though this work is deveoloped as a world where battles becoming their everyday life, and limited to it, but instead, it gave the people an opportunity to make some original work or doujins of this series, like the “what if” or some sort.
Lastly, he also said, “There have been numerous titles in the past, where human race are forced to fight against a huge monster which threatens humanity, just like Godzilla. However, in Godzilla and such, the problem is solved by defeating the monster, while it’s not that simple in this series. Even if you managed to beat the enemies in front of you, the root of the problem has not been found yet.”
So, what do you think? Are you agree with the above statements?
Source : Yahoo Japan News