Universal Studios Japan plans 49-foot 'Attack on Titan' statue

Universal Studios Japan will erect a "life-size" Attack on Titan statue as part of its "Universal Cool Japan" limited attraction.

A tribute to Hajime Isayama's hit manga about humanity's fight against ravenous giants, "Attack on Titan The Real" will feature a roughly 49-foot statue Eren Titan and a 46-foot female Titan. According to Anime News Network, visitors "will witness the Titans locked in fierce combat from the perspective of Survey Corps members," who in the series fight the giant humanoids beyond the city walls.

Announced in July, "Universal Cool Japan" will run from January to May at the Osaka theme park, showcasing manga, anime and video game franchises, including Monster Hunter, Evangelion and Resident Evil.

Attack on Titan has sold more than 30 million copies to date in Japan (more than 8 million in the first half of 2014 alone), and has spawned spinoffs, light novels, video games and a hit anime; a live-action film is also in development. It was announced just this week that a crossover with Marvel will be released this month in Japan.

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