Some comments from Shingeki no Kyojin’s passionate staff.
Staff Comment | TV Anime “Shingeki no Kyojin” Official Site
I’ve also been a big fan for a long time, so I think it’s an honor to be involved in the anime adaptation for “Shingeki no Kyojin”.
Like everyone else, I get shivers from this world, I get excited from the art, and the character’s lines stir my heart. And while I’m reading, in my head I add movement and color, match songs with it, and get intoxicated just from that. Just this is really great. I think, “I want to show everyone this guy in the middle!”, and it’s such an honor that I can do this as my job. There are still many barriers remaining until the realization of that, but I believe in the image of the “good film” I came up with that day.
I’d like to make this into the ultimate entertainment that not only thrusts a sharp blade into people’s true nature, but also sends the blood boiling and the body dancing. I will do my best!
Asano Kyouji (WIT Studio)
This is WIT Studio’s first TV anime, so to be honest, our feelings were that we had to put all main staffs’ names on it no matter what. I haven’t been greedy in my work so far, but this time the feelings that I want to challenge this piece with this newly formed company might have been amplified.
As for my own role, I’ve poured my strength into maintaining the image of the designs from Isayama-sensei’s “Shingeki no Kyojin”. The staff’s motivation to create this together is also high, being especially particular about the Titans’ creepiness, feeling of hugeness, and movements, and working on creating it while experimenting with the feeling of speed and energy when Eren and the others are flying around with the three-dimensional maneuver gear, the posing when the wires shoot out, the movement of the pendulum, how the swords cut, and giving form to Director Araki’s ideas.
After we made the PV, I couldn’t stop thinking, “I wonder if there’s anything more we can do, anything more we can fuss over.” The expectations of the fans of the work are certainly pressure, but I’d like to change that to drive to a work and push forward. Please wait with high expectations!
When portraying battle in fiction, characters that exist solely to be killed become necessary. For example, the kirareyaku* of a jidai-geki. They are also living, breathing humans, they have families, and maybe they actually like sweet stuff, but all that isn’t written.
(*In a swordfight or battle scene, the character that loses/gets cut down.)
However, Shingeki no Kyojin is different. Even the characters that are eaten by Titans in a single panel were, just a second beforehand, normally living human beings. It is not “characters”, but “humans” that are eaten…That’s why a smarting, painful atmosphere fills this work. The horror of the Titans and the pain of death become real. I’d like to make that atmosphere tangible in the anime as well.