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ATTACK ON TITAN EXHIBITION
WALL OITA

ATTACK ON TITAN COMES TO THE AUTHOR’S HOME REGION OF OITA

The Attack on Titan comic series is experiencing a major boom, both in Japan and abroad. The series has racked up cumulative sales of more than 50 million comics. The Attack on Titan Exhibition WALL OITA opened on August 1, 2015, at the Oita Prefectural Art Museum (OPAM) in Oita City. It ran through August 30, and was organized by the Attack on Titan Exhibition Oita Organizing Committee. It followed on from a 2014 exhibition, at the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo, which had attracted some 250,000 visitors. Oita as the home prefecture of the comic’s artist, Hajime Isayama, is considered to be “holy ground” by the comic’s fans. Planning for the exhibition included efforts to enable visitors to enjoy Attack on Titan not only at the museum, but also throughout the main city center.

ATTACK ON TITAN EXHIBITION WALL OITA

©Hajime Isayama, KODANSHA / "ATTACK ON TITAN EXHIBITION" Production Committee. All Rights Reserved.

With Isayama at the opening ceremony on August 1, the tape cutting was watched by a large number of fans, who had waited in line from early morning.

ATTACK ON TITAN EXHIBITION WALL OITA

At the tape-cutting ceremony are (from left): Mr. Ryuji Teruyama (managing director, Oita Prefecture Arts, Culture and Sports Promotion Foundation), Mr. Fujisawa Tamio (president, Television Oita System), Mr. Hajime Isoyama (author of Attack on Titan), Mr. Takashi Niimi (executive director, OPAM), Mr. Kohei Furukawa (director, Kodansha), and Mr. Takayoshi Sonoda (chairman, Oita Urban Center Development Committee).

Inside the museum, exhibits utilizing a wide array of techniques allowed visitors to experience for themselves the world created by the comic’s original art and stories. This included an opening scene—in which light, sound, and wind were used to give audiences a taste of what it might feel like to be attacked by giants—and projection mapping of a battle scene.

On the second floor, visitors could don a version of the 3D maneuver gear used by soldiers in Attack on Titan, and use a head-mounted display that provides a 360-degree view. This enabled visitors to experience battling with giants marauding across a townscape, created based on the comic.

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Visitors line up outside the venue prior to the exhibition’s opening.

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One of the giants

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A mini-giant wanders through the museum.

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Several of the exhibits made their Oita debut.

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A display of original drawings

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Visitors could follow the history of author Hajime Isayama.

After leaving the museum and heading into the city, visitors could continue their Attack on Titan experience at JR Oita Station building, which was made to resemble a wall with a super-sized giant attempting to scale it. The giant’s face could be seen peering over the wall. Soldiers from a reconnaissance corps trying to repel the giant were placed in various locations throughout the main shopping mall in front of the station. People in the central city area could encounter comic characters at over a dozen locations. Displays included large-scale panels, gigantic wall-covering posters, and reconnaissance soldiers floating in space.

ATTACK ON TITAN EXHIBITION WALL OITA

A giant peers over the station building.

ATTACK ON TITAN EXHIBITION WALL OITA

Reconnaissance soldiers could be seen flying in unexpected places.

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A large character panel

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A gigantic poster displayed on the exterior of a retail fashion complex.

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Comic characters were held prisoner in the city’s historic red-brick building.

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Displays promoting the exhibition in the JR Oita Station building.

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Many exhibition flags could be seen throughout Oita City.

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Visitors could use stamps to make prints of the comic series characters.

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A photo rally was held covering numerous locations in the city.

Dentsu was involved in the funding, planning, production, and operation of the exhibition project. Overall creative direction was the responsibility of Hirozumi Takakusaki of Dentsu’s CDC Division. Local production in Oita was handled by Ryo Miura of Dentsu Kyushu.

Video: Creative Director Hirozumi Takakusaki talks about the highlights of the Attack on Titan Exhibition

Video: Producer Ryo Miura talks about transforming the Oita city center into the world of Attack on Titan

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OPAM opened in April 2015. The museum’s architect is Shigeru Ban, a recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the most prestigious award for modern architecture.

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Characters from Attack on Titan appear on OPAM’s exterior walls.


Exhibition Details

Exhibition period : Saturday, August 1–Sunday, August 30
Opening hours : Sunday–Thursday 10:00–19:00, Friday and Saturday 10:00–20:00
Venue : OPAM (2-1 Kotobuki-cho, Oita-shi), first floor exhibition hall A
Organizer : Attack on Titan Exhibition Oita Organizing Committee
Cosponsor : Oita Godo Shimbun
Support : Oita Prefecture / Oita City / Hita City / FNS Kyushu TV stations / FM Oita / Yomiuri Shimbun West Japan Headquarters / Nishinippon Shimbun / City Joho Oita
Cooperation : Oita City Retailers’ Federation / Hibiki no Sato / Amuplaza Oita
Supervision : Attack on Titan Exhibition Oita Production Committee

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