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As one of the most popular anime and manga series of The New '10s, Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人, Shingeki no Kyojin) has become the head of a franchise that now includes a Live-Action Adaptation. This Toho Studios film was directed by Shinji Higuchi with music by Shiro Sagisu and released in 2015 as two films, each an hour and a half long: Part 1, simply called Attack on Titan, and Part 2, called Attack on Titan: The End of the World. The biggest change, apart from the Compressed Adaptation, was a smaller cast with many characters Adapted Out or combined, though some new characters also appear. The film was shot in Japan, starring an all-Japanese cast, different from the anime voice cast, though the Funimation English dub saw the English-language voice actors reprise their roles. The two movies also spun off a short web series, Attack on Titan: Counter Rockets starring the same cast as the movie.

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  • Action Girl: Several, as in the manga and anime, namely Mikasa, Sasha, Hans, Lil (played by martial artist Rina Takeda, Hiana, and an unnamed garrison soldier. The only non-action female characters are in the background.
  • Action Mom: Hiana, who joined the Survey Corps to support her daughter Riko.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Armin goes from blond hair to Kanata Hongo's black hair.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Hans is known as Hange Zoe in the series. That's about all they changed.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The Colossal Titan of the manga, Bertolt Hoover, felt a great deal of guilt over his actions and even saw most his fellow soldiers as friends. It is later made clear that he was indoctrinated and pressured to commit atrocities at a young age. Kubal, however, is a grown man who remorselessly manipulates the human soldiers and takes no issue with the destruction he causes.
  • Adapted Out: Levi (replaced with Shikishima), Annie, Connie, Krista/Historia, Ymir, Erwin, Reiner, Marco, Dot Pixis, Carla, Grisha, Nick, Bertolt, Hannes...
  • Adult Fear: Invoked and then cruelly subverted - Hiana can hear a surviving baby in the ruins, which was logically impossible given how long it's been since anyone was out here. That's because it was a baby Titan. And its crying attracts more of them.
  • The Alcoholic: Souda, who really took to drinking after the Titan invasion of Monzen.
  • Alternate Continuity: The footage Shikishima shows Eren is of 21st-century Earth, so no Paradis or Marley. No Wall Titans. Hange is named Hans. No Historia or Ymir, no Coordinate, no Puppet King...note 
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Survey Corps doctrine is to aim for the back of the Titan's neck.
  • Ate His Gun: To the horror of his comrade, one of the garrison troops shoots himself when the Titans breach the outer wall.
  • An Axe to Grind: Sannagi, who brings down several Titans by slashing their ankles with his long axe so other scouts can attack their necks.
  • Badass Army: The Survey Corps is the most badass of the three armies, the Military Police and the Garrison less so.
  • Badass Beard: Shikishima wears a goatee.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: The Titans, as in the series.
  • Battle Couple: In the first movie: Lil and Fukushi; Mikasa and Shikishima; Eren and Hiana. Neither of these three couples survives intact, though Eren and Mikasa certainly do.
  • Beard of Evil: The Bearded Titan.
  • Big Eater: Sasha, who asks for seconds at dinner and is called the "Hungry Sniper" on the poster.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Worth noting at this point is that Titans that get slashed have much bigger blood splatters than in the anime. Some of it even gets on the camera
  • Bloody Bowels of Hell: How the film depicts Eren being eaten by the Bloated Titan.
  • Book Burning: The police burn Grisha Yeager's books.
  • Canon Foreigner: Shikishima, Hiana, Souda, Lil, Sannagi, Fukushi.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Eren improvising a knee to the head when his other leg's caught comes back into play when Eren!Titan goes up against the Armored Titan.
    • Armin still has that kid's noisemaker toy when he gets the idea to wire it up as a detonator for a dud bomb. Unfortunately he never got to fix it like he promised...
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Survey Corps wear the same outfit as in the manga/anime — brown bolero jacket over khaki — while the Garrison troops wear khaki and the Military Police Brigade wear black and red.
  • Composite Character:
    • Hans takes Erwin's job as commander of the Survey Corps and the appearance and personality of Hange.
    • Shikishima replaces Levi, Reiner Braun as the Armored Titan and Zeke Yeager as Eren's brother.
    • Kubal takes Niles Dawk's role as the commander of the Military Police Brigade, Kitz Woerman as the one who tries to execute Eren, and Bertholdt Hoover as the Colossal Titan.
  • Compressed Adaptation: The two movies fit 25 episodes into three hours of film.
  • Death by Adaptation: Jean is killed by the Colossal Titan in the second movie. He is still alive in the manga and even outlived Bertholdt, the true identity of the Colossal Titan in the manga.
  • Death of a Child: The baby Mikasa tried to save died during the invasion of Monzen.
  • Demoted to Extra: The Bearded Titan still appears but it is not the one that eats Eren forcing him to transform, instead that role is fulfilled by The Bloated Titan.
  • Emergency Transformation: Dying from being shot by Sasha, Kubal turns into the Colossal Titan.
  • Enfant Terrible: The baby Titan that lures Eren and Hiana into a trap.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: The Colossal Titan that tears down the outer wall.
  • Eye Scream: Sasha shoots the Bearded Titan in the eyes to distract it, and later shoots the Armored Titan's left eye.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Minami misses the Titan that kills her in Omotemachi.
  • False Flag Operation: Kubal transforms into the Colossal Titan to maintain the unification of humanity through a Reign of Terror.
  • Fat Bastard: The Bloated Titan.
  • Four-Star Badass: Kubal, commander of the Military Police Brigade.
  • Friendly Sniper: Sasha, who is a skilled enough shot to hit the Bearded Titan in the eyes.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Armin, who starts the movie promising a boy he will repair a noisemaker he built for him.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Hans, in this movie a Japanese woman with a German male name, and Sasha, whose name works equally well for men and women.
  • Genki Girl: Nightmare Fetishist Hans.
  • The Ghost: The government.
  • Ghost City / Ghost Town: The ruined Monzen, filmed at Hashima, a popular location for any movie set in ruins.
  • Giant Eye of Doom: The Bloated Titan that grabs Hiana.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Mikasa has a long scar on her side from when she was bitten by a Titan.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: After the Titans tear the roof off the wooden building in Monzen.
  • Growling Gut: Gives away Sasha's position to the Titans.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Fukushi gets chomped in half by a Titan, and another soldier gets pulled apart by a group.
  • Hypocrite: When Kubal tries to execute Eren, he explains that living in poverty made the people withing the wall into better people. This is despite that he and the upper class secretly enjoy the luxories from before the fall.
  • Immune to Bullets: The Titans survive being shot by the Garrison's cannons in the beginning.
  • Inappropriately Close Comrades: Shikishima makes a move on Mikasa, not seeming to mind that Eren, Hiana, and a Titan are nearby. Meanwhile, Hiana tries to get Eren to cop a feel on her until the Bloated Titan shows up.
  • Kill 'Em All: The only survivors among the credited cast, as of Part 2, are Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Sasha, and Hans.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Almost...Sasha shoots Kubal in the throat, but he turns into the Colossal Titan.
  • Lethal Lava Land: The Colossal Titan's body.
  • Lonely Piano Piece: "The End of the World" by Skeeter Davis, as played by Mikasa.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Mikasa has longer hair in this movie, though not as long as that worn by Sasha, Hiana, or Lil.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": When the Titans march into Monzen, and plenty of times later on.
  • Melting-Pot Nomenclature: With the Japanese cast, names such as Eren, Armin, Sasha, and Hans stand in contrast to Mikasa, Shikishima, Hiana, and Sannagi.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Hans.
  • No Name Given: The female soldier played by AKB48 member Minami Takahashi and the soldier who Failed a Spot Check.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: As often happens on Shiro Sagisu's soundtracks, the score features English chanting.
  • Painful Transformation: For Eren, Shikishima, and Kubal.
  • Putting on the Reich: The Military Police Brigade's black uniforms with red armbands and the Garrison's khaki uniforms. Compare here.
  • Race Lift: Most of the characters were originally German/European, but were cast with Japanese actors or replaced with Japanese characters, leaving Mikasa — a mixed-race character played by half-American/half-Japanese actress Kiko Mizuhara — as the only major character not to be "racebent" in adaptation.
  • Rebellious Rebel: Eren, when he leaves Shikishima's movement.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Unusual example, as Mikasa and Eren (who are merely step-siblings in the mange and anime) are made a legitimate couple in the two films.
  • Red Armband of Leadership: The Military Police Brigade.
  • Red Baron: Mikasa picks up the nickname "The Goddess" for her Titan-slaying abilities.
  • Ruins of the Modern Age: Instead of a semi-medieval feel like in the series, the movies go for more a modern war torn vibe with things like dud bombs and vehicles. Most of the first movie takes place around a ruined apartment district.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: The famous red scarf, which in this film Eren gives to Mikasa after she says she feels cold.
  • Seal the Breach: The main goal of the military is to travel to where the outer wall was breached and use explosives to seal it. The explosives transported were lost, but the dud bomb from earlier is improvised and used instead.
  • Sequel Hook
    • Part 1: Eren transforms into a Titan.
    • Part 2: Eren and Mikasa climb the wall and see the sea, which an unexpected observer comments on in English.
  • Shaky Cam: Displayed a lot during the Titan Eren battles. There's a lot of fast zooms ins, out and cuts during these.
  • Ship Tease: With Connie being Adapted Out, Sasha is paired with Armin instead.
  • Shout-Out
  • Sigil Spam: The white symbol (a sun disc inside a crescent moon) on the red banners.
  • State Sec: The Military Police Brigade, who have exchanged the khaki for black uniforms with red decorations.
  • Stout Strength: Sannagi, hailing from the farming region, can judo flip a Titan.
  • Show Within a Show: SNK and AOT. Two news channels, both named for Attack on Titan, shown during the flashback.
  • Taking You with Me: Lil fights off the carjacker to drive the burning ammo truck into a crowd of Titans, Sannagi makes like Samson and pulls the tower down on the APC, and Shikishima personally stuffs the bomb into Kubal's mouth.
  • Teenage Pregnancy: Hiana's daughter Riko is old enough for this to have happened.
  • Tokusatsu: Mixed with CGI to create the Titans and the city.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Sasha wears one to keep her hair clear when she uses her bow and arrow.
  • Vehicular Theme Naming: Like Mikasa, Shikishima is named for an Imperial Japanese Navy battleship from the Russo-Japanese War. The two characters are not related in this movie though.
  • Was Once a Man: The Titans were all transformed humans.
  • Weapons Kitchen Sink: The military use historical, modern, Japanese, and foreign weapons together, suggesting they will take any weapon they can build or grab. The garrison troops use Ariasaka rifles, M1 carbines and Type 53 flare guns, Hans carries an RPG-7 launcher and a Stinger missile launcher, and other troops use M4 carbines and M240 machine guns.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Kubal wears a flag as a cape for his final speech before turning into the Colossal Titan.
  • White Void Room: Seen twice in Part 2.
  • Wine Is Classy: Shikishima offers Eren a glass of sparkling wine in Part 2.
  • The Worf Effect: At the beginning, the Titans break through the wall and slaughter the Garrison troops.

Alternative Title(s): Attack On Titan

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