Metal Life Exclusive Coverage Of “Attack On Titan” Red Carpet Premiere
Metal Life Magazine was courteously invited to cover the worldwide premiere of FUNimation Entertainment’s live action take on the popular anime series ATTACK ON TITAN. Based on the popular manga series of the same name (SHINGEKI NO KYOJIN in Japanese), the film tells the story of a world where most of humanity has been destroyed by giants and where the last of mankind fights to survive behind three concentric walls – walls that were once impenetrable to the giants. The film centers on Eren Yeager (Haruma Miura), a young boy determined to make a change when he himself could transform into one. He and his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman (Kiko Mizuhara) are humanity’s last hope. With more than 50 million copies in print today, ATTACK ON TITAN has also inspired four spin-off manga, a 25-episode anime series, and four video game adaptations. The film is directed by Shinji Higuchi (GODZILLA). Distributed by FUNimation Entertainment (DRAGONBALL Z).
Our Los Angeles reporter Karila was on the scene at the red carpet to talk to some of the cast and crew, including Kiko Mizuhara (Mikasa) and Shinji Higuchi (director). When inquiring as to why the premiere was hosted here in the United States before Japan, where the anime culture was begat, Higuchi explained: “In Japan, the audiences are very shy and don’t like to show their emotions, so I had to bring it to the U.S. Hollywood is the mecca of film, so why not bring it here first?” Kiko also gave us some deep insight on how intense it was to develop her physical and emotional strength in order to portray the stoic resilience of Mikasa: “She doesn’t have much facial reaction, but inside her she is very emotional and sensitive. It was difficult to project emotion without showing much in the face, but I think it will translate well to the audience, or at least I hope it will. Physically, there was a lot of preparation. I had a strict exercise routine, but it was all worth it to develop Mikasa as a wholesome character for film.”
The below compilation of audio clips features interviews from Ben Stillwell (Murder in the First, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy), Gabriella Holland (Without Men, You’re Braver Than You Believe, The Neighbors), Christina Grimmie (Singer/Songwriter; former “The Voice” contestant), SMOSH Games (YouTubers), Jena Sims (3 Headed Shark Attack), and Bryce Papenbrook (voice actor: Eren Jaeger).