Over the years, many creators have drawn inspiration from anime and manga. This time, creator/director Alex Garland shares his story of how he was inspired by the anime giant, Attack on Titan. (Pun intended)
Garland recalls her first point of contact with the anime was her daughter, who recommended it to her.
He was blown away by the complexity of the series and describes it: “So it hovers in this weird space between something absurd and something really scary. I was just really, really impressed.
This, in turn, caused the director to rethink his next film, Men. He pointed out that none of the scenes or ideas in the film were directly related to Attack on Titan, but it inspired him to improve his work even further.
Garland began working on the script for the film 15 years ago, and he refuses to reveal exactly what part of the film’s creation he watched Attack on Titan.
Her interview had sparked joy among all Attack on Titan fans, as we could all relate to Garland’s experience with the series.
“What Attack on Titan did was it kind of gave me a jolt. And when you get a jolt, you have the chance to get out of what you’ve been working on and thinking about, and clear your head and start over.
Men, the next film by Alex Garland from studio A24, is about a woman who moves to the British countryside after a traumatic incident. Later, she meets several men who all want something from her and aren’t afraid to assault her if their demands aren’t met.
Previous works by Alex Garland include Annihilation and Ex Machina, all of which were invigorating experiences, and I’m thrilled to see how his new found love for anime plays out in Men.
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About Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. Kodansha publishes it in Bessatsu Shonen magazine.
The manga began serialization on September 9, 2009, and continues to this day with 30 tankōbom formats.
Attack on Titan follows humanity ensconced within three concentric walls to protect themselves from the terrifying titans who attack them. Eren Yeager is a young boy who believes a caged life is similar to that of cattle and aspires to one day go beyond the walls, just like his heroes, the Survey Corps. The emergence of a deadly Titan unleashes chaos.
Originally written by Epic Dope