Shinbun Saturday: Attack on Titan Hits Italy

Hi everyone! This is Vernieda, checking in from the U.S. Mid-Atlantic, which seems to have misplaced the sun. What does it look like? I’m not sure I remember! While the dreary days certainly sap energy levels, they are perfect for curling up with a manga. So let’s take a look at what’s been happening in the world of manga!

Despite news of yet another delay plaguing the second season of the Attack on Titan anime — it’s kind of become a joke like the question of what’s in Eren’s basement — other interesting things are still happening with the franchise. The Attack on Titan exhibition will be leaving Japan and heading for Italy in July. Wow! The exhibit consists of the mangaka’s original artwork, 3D props, and recreations of the series’s technology. What I’m wondering most about, however, is whether parts of Italy will be transformed too, which is something we witnessed in previous host cities.

Persona fans, I hope you’re ready! Earlier this week, UDON Entertainment announced that they will be releasing the Persona 3 manga in North America later this year. I confess I don’t know much about the Persona series. I’ve never played the original video games and I’ve only watched a couple episodes of the anime. But lots of my friends love this series, so I’m happy they get the chance to check out the franchise in another medium!

Also this past week, The Hollywood Reporter ran this interesting feature on Hollywood’s burgeoning interest in manga properties. I don’t know. While I’m glad there is more global interest in making live action adaptations of manga, I don’t want it to come hand in hand with whitewashing. Nor do I want it to become simultaneous with stripping out the cultural context. The concept of shinigami is a Japanese one. So what’s up with the white people being cast in Death Note?

If you read that feature closely, you’ll have noticed quotes from a certain Stu Levy. Yes, that Stu Levy. Well, it looks like TOKYOPOP is planning to get back into the publishing business with English-language manga of Disney properties. Great. Just great.

And on that stupendous note, that’s it for this week. See you next time!

Vernieda Vergara

Vernieda Vergara

Writer. Manga and webtoon aficionado. I hail from Washington D.C. where I consume too much media and cause only a little trouble. Tweet me @incitata.