What is Sony up to? That is the question asked by fans of the popular anime [Attack on Titan](movie:1001874). Last week it came to the attention of the anime community that Sony has purchased a variety of domain names that would suggest an American version of the show.
If you haven't seen the show yet I highly suggest you do. The show is set in the futuristic world where humanity is safe behind towering walls to protect them against giants (titans) that eat people, because of the isolation of the human race technology is set back to the middle ages. The plot follows the protagonist Erin and his two comrades Mikasa and Armin. Due to a tragic titan wall breach, the trio have their world flipped upside down, barely escaping the attack. The trauma of the event puts them on a path to join the elite titan fighting unit the Garrison. During a plan to clear out the titans from a section within the walls which humanity once resided, Erin is swallowed by a titan revealing a hidden power to become a titan himself.
The story broke via AnimeNewsNetwork.com then followed up by Comic Shop TV. The way it breaks down is, There are already two Japanese Attack on Titan films in the works with the first being released later this year. When Sony purchased the domains, it suggested to an Attack on Titan movie in the american market. If there was to be a full length movie of the franchise it would most likely follow it Japanese counter part resulting in being a live action adaption.
Why this is a good and bad thing...
The great thing about an american adaption of a popular anime is that anytime a franchise is brought to life by Hollywood is that sales of the original content will increase. This is proven true for comic book films all the time. Attack on Titan has manga 15 volumes in print, there is no shortage on reading material.
The down side to an American Hollywood adaption of an anime is that Hollywood never stays true to the source material often resulting in white washing. The biggest example of Hollywood white washing is the live action adaption of Avatar the Last Air Bender or most recently the casting for Ghost in the Shell (live action film). Everyone in GITS is clearly Japanese but Scarlett Johansson was cast as Motoko, the shows main character.
The only saving grace for a live action Amercian adaption would be the fact that in the show, Mikasa seems to be the only person who is actually of Asian decent (which is made a point of in her back story, Episode 6). The rest of the cast is of European/mixed decent.
What is your opinion of an american adaption of Attack on Titan? Do you think Sony would stay true to the manga/show? How do you think it would vary from the Japanese version?