Devote Your Heart to Attack on Titan in the Final Survey Corps Project

17.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME

To commemorate the end of Attack on Titan‘s 12-year saga, the editorial team at Weekly Shonen Magazine launched the ‘Final Survey Corps Application’ project on June 9 which imagines the staff and fans as part of the Survey Corps to express their love for the series. The staff at Animate and TSUTAYA stores in Japan are currently donning Survey Corps uniforms. A special online exhibition will also be held by the magazine to give thanks to fans who have supported Attack on Titan for 12 years.

 

Fans can use the all-new Survey Corps Maker service where they can upload their own photo or an illustration of themselves or an original character and writes words dedicated to the series. They are encourage to share this with other Survey Corps members around the world.


Survey Corps Maker: How to Use

1. Select a base image
2. Write your thoughts and comments about Attack on Titan
3. Share with the world

 

Survey Corps Maker Samples

 

 

 

The staff at Animate Ikebukuro

The staff at TSUTAYA 

 

Attack on Titan Online Exhibition

The online exhibition is a virtual event that was conceived after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the for in-person event in Japan to be cancelled. But this shift is good news to fans outside Japan as it means everyone around the world can join – and it’s free.



The event requires a quick sign-up, after which fans can enjoy looking through displays of official artwork. There’s also a merch shop with exclusive items to get your hands on. Please note that the exhibition features spoilers up to the final chapter.

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    Images Courtesy of Gucci

     

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    Mini-Panels Drawn by Koi (7 varieties)

     

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    (C) Koi/芳文社

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    For those more adventurous types, bouldering and slacklining will invite guests to stretch and refresh their bodies while enjoying the sea air. Even beginners can safely enjoy some of these more strenuous activities, as instructors will be on site. Plenty of unique experiences will keep little ones busy discovering and exploring. 

     

     


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    When you see the petals of the dandelion flow through the air after being hit with a gust of wind, that means that someone from around the world caused that to happen. Due to the recent pandemic, rather than blow on cotton wool as is usually done at these exhibits, guests can hold up their smartphones to cause the same thing to happen. The DANDELION PROJECT will also be making an appearance at Tokyo Tower, Saga Prefectural Hall, and other places, so be sure to participate in this unique exhibit!

     

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