Attack on Titan to bring its dark, dystopian world and giant humanoids to Singapore

3D titans from the Japanese series falling from the sky. Photo: ArtScience Museum
3D titans from the Japanese series falling from the sky. Photo: ArtScience Museum

Giant man-eating humanoids are about to land in Singapore in an exhibition glorifying a critically acclaimed Japanese manga series.

Attack on Titan: The Exhibition will open its doors on Feb. 19 until July 3 at the ArtScience Museum with over 180 artworks by writer and illustrator Hajime Isayama, including new exclusive pieces that haven’t been shown to the world. This coincides with the highly-anticipated release of the final season of the anime on Netflix this month.

The series first started off as a manga before being picked up as a four-part anime. Isayama’s idea of creating a grim premise where humanity is facing extinction and has to fend off terrorizing humanoids captured people’s attention, spawning the series into live-film adaptations and selling over 100 million copies of the manga that ran for 11 years.

Despite its far-fetched storyline, museum curators think this exhibition will resonate with Singapore.

“At first glance, Hajime Isayama’s science fiction world may seem remote to the reality we live in now. However, if we dig deeper into Attack on Titan, themes like hope and perseverance emerge as common threads,” Honor Harger, Vice President of Attractions at Marina Bay Sands, said in a news release. 

“We also witness the resilience and resourcefulness of the characters as they overcome the consequences of an epidemic in their own world. Stories such as Attack on Titan provide many of us with a sense of escapism, but they can also remind us of our humanity and courage when facing difficult circumstances.”

At the exhibition, you can delve into Isayama’s twisted mind and immerse yourself in an animated battle sequence set in the exhibition’s The Great Titan Theatre from a 10-meter screen. Alternatively, you can see displays of Titans and characters up close and get into their heads through interactive displays, behind-the-scenes content, drafts and sketches.

As the series depicts humanity living either inside or outside huge walls that protect them from the Titans, visitors can choose between different routes to start exploring the exhibition.

Visitors will then learn more about the Titans and characters such as Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Levi, Reiner, and Erwin, as well as the story through Isayama’s early concept drawings and storyboards.

To bring home a piece of the exhibition with you, the museum’s store will be stocked with exclusive merchandise. A photo booth to pose with your favorite characters and Titans are also available.

Tickets go live on Thursday at box offices in Marina Bay Sands and online. They start from S$18 for Singapore residents and S$21 for tourists.

Photo: ArtScience Museum

The Great Titan Theatre. Photo: ArtScience Museum

Draft sketches by writer and illustrator Hajime Isayama. Photo: ArtScience Museum

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