Following the explosive popularity of the anime series Shingeki no Kyojin, the sale of merchandising of the story created by the mangaka Hajime Isayama was imminent. However, the franchise is now in the eye of controversy for some merchandising that seems to do reference to the Jewish holocaust.
El polémico merchandising de Shingeki no Kyojin
These official merchandise that they launched are inspired by the military uniform of the Marley soldiers and civilians. This consists of a bracelet that has different colors. The yellow ones belong to the cadets who join the army (Falco and Gabi, among the most remembered characters).
However, both in the plot of the story and in the dress, it can be seen how the treatment received by the Eldians has similarities to that of the Jewish people in the Nazi German regime.
Although the star used by the characters in Shingeki no Kyojin is different from the Jewish one, the context in which they were forced to wear it is similar. This since they made them use it to differentiate them and keep them separate from the rest.
The company’s apologies
From the Shingeki no Kyojin production committee they issued a statement where they regretted what happened, ensuring that they withdrew and they will never make a mistake like that again.
«About Marley accessories that are available for pre-order from November 14: This product was produced as a reproduction of the attire of the characters in the series animation, ”they wrote.
“However, we are aware that it was a negligent act to make a product with a symbol of racism and ethnic discrimination. We are very sorry. As of today, November 15, we have decided to suspend reservations and the sale of these products. We would like to express our deepest apologies to everyone who has already ordered merchandise and to all Shingeki no Kyojin fans. We will do our best so that this does not happen again, “ends the statement.
This is an announcement from the “Attack on Titan” production committee. pic.twitter.com/BWD584iFN2
— Official account of the anime “Attack on Titan” (@anime_shingeki) November 15, 2021