Hajime Isayama explains the inspiration for Attack on Titan the manga he wrote and illustrated

BBC News got the opportunity to interview, Hajime Isayama a Japanese manga artist well-known for his work on Attack on Titan. In this video interview linked below he explains his backstory leading up to becoming a manga artist and his reason to creating Attack On Titan.

 

 

Hajime Isayama explains that he got the idea, for Attack on Titan from a computer game about a whole universe being under attack by aliens. I’m assuming this was Space Invaders ?? he doesn’t clarify on what game it exactly is.  He continues to explain his motivation behind the idea for the monsters of his anime referred to as Titans he explains and I quote “I thought if those monsters ate humans, that would be interesting”.

In order to achieve his goal of becoming a manga artist he moved to Tokyo (he was born in Ōyama Ōita). Hajime Isayama visited many major publishing companies to get his work evaluated, they liked his work but they wanted him to change his art style because his drawings was poor according to them which is not true, this man is very talented and is one of the best anime/manga artists I have come across.

After many rejections for his work to be published. One publishing company finally accepted his work. This company was none other than Kodansha. Hajime Isayama thought he would work in an Internet cafe he talks about how he was not the most academic and he was a creative this is a true testament to not give up on your goals no matter what your circumstances are, I am glad he didn’t give up on drawing manga his work is now one of the leading anime and manga in our generation. Many anime fans around the world know of Attack on Titan also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japan. 

Season 1 and Season 2 of Attack on Titan is available now on Crunchyroll and the manga volumes are available to buy on Amazon.

  1. Watch Attack on Titan here 
  2. Buy the manga volumes here

 


Sources: (1) BBC NEWS interviews Manga artist Hajime Isayama creator of Attack on Titan

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