SINGAPORE (17 January 2022) – Visitors will soon be able to step into a world where humanity’s existence is threatened by gigantic humanoids at the long-awaited Attack on Titan: The Exhibition, opening at ArtScience Museum on 19 February 2022. Based on the best-selling Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama, the exhibition will provide visitors with a sense of his intricate worldbuilding and vivid characters.
Organised by SPACElogic and presented at ArtScience Museum, Attack on Titan: The Exhibition’s first foray into Southeast Asia serves as a culmination of Hajime Isayama’s master storytelling and artistic vision over the past decade. Featuring over 180 artworks by Hajime Isayama ranging from the manga’s earliest days to the present, the exhibition will also showcase new pieces that have not been displayed anywhere else in the world alongside drafts and sketches from his archives. Visitors and fans alike will soon be able to step into Hajime Isayama’s sprawling dystopia, which will include an immersive animated battle sequence set in The Great Titan Theatre as well as displays of Titans, characters and objects from the manga.
The dark fantasy began in 2009 with a simple premise – humanity is on the brink of extinction, hiding behind walls to fight against mindless but powerful man-eating humanoids known as Titans. Since then, the story has unravelled into an elaborate saga that transcends cultural boundaries, spawning live-film adaptations and captivating a global fanbase with over 100 million copies of the manga sold in print. While the manga’s recent conclusion marked the ‘end of an era’ after an 11-year publication run, the series’ popularity surges on with its ongoing anime adaptation. Having premiered in 2013, The Final Season Part 2 of the anime will coincide with Attack on Titan: The Exhibition.
Hajime Isayama made the following comment when Attack on Titan FINAL Exhibition was held in Japan in 2019:
It has already been 10 years since I started writing Attack on Titan. I would first like to thank all the readers and parties involved for their company throughout all these years. Heading towards the end of the series, I am currently doing everything I can so that your reaction will be “I am glad I kept reading until now”. I hope you enjoy the Attack on Titan FINAL Exhibition and I would be happy if you continue engaging with Attack on Titan in the future.
– Hajime Isayama, 2019
“Since then, the series has come to an end, but I’m not sure if everyone here is thinking ‘I am glad I have been reading this’. However, my feelings have not changed. Today, I hope you enjoy Attack on Titan: The Exhibition and I would be happy if you continue to immerse yourself in the world of Attack on Titan and engage with the characters as you like,” added Hajime Isayama.
“Singapore is a familiar place for me as it was my first ever trip abroad, both personally and for work. I gave a lecture on Attack on Titan at the National University of Singapore and also travelled there with Isayama-sensei for a separate holiday. I have many wonderful memories of Singapore and it would not be an exaggeration to say that holding Attack on Titan: The Exhibition here was a long-cherished wish of ours. We look forward to sharing new and wonderful memories with the people of Singapore, and hope to see you all at the exhibition!” said Shintaro Kawakubo, Attack on Titan Editor, Weekly Shonen Jump Editorial Department, Kodansha.
“Manga is a visual narrative artform that has become a pop culture phenomenon and influenced a wide range of mediums, including music and fashion. As one of the most popular manga series of the 21st century, Attack on Titan is a prime example of how static image can be turned into a powerful tool for immersive storytelling. Over the last decade, the series has gained international acclaim with its vast worldbuilding, compelling characters, and diverse and complex themes that have resonated worldwide. As a result, it’s very exciting for us to explore this influential artform at ArtScience Museum for the first time. It will be a rare opportunity for visitors to witness Hajime Isayama’s works up close and learn more about the evolution, popularity, and legacy of his world and its characters,” said Honor Harger, Vice President of Attractions, Marina Bay Sands.
“As the global phenomenon of Japan’s manga industry continues to rise, we wanted to showcase a unique experience that delves deeper into the world of Attack on Titan. This is an especially significant journey for SL Experiences as it is our very first licensed exhibition, which we hope to bring many more of in the future. We are truly honoured to be bestowed the trust of the Attack on Titan committee and PIA Global to develop an experience that would befit this multi-award winning Japanese manga created by Hajime Isayama. Making its premiere in Southeast Asia at ArtScience Museum, we hope that everyone can experience the beauty of this hugely successful manga as the exhibition offers one of the biggest and most comprehensive experiences for visitors.” said Augustus Peh, Chairman and Founder of SPACElogic and SL Experiences.
The first iteration of Attack on Titan: The Exhibition attracted over 450,000 visitors during its presentation across Japan from 2014 and 2015. It has since expanded to incorporate new artwork and content from the final chapters of the manga. While the earlier version was shown in Taiwan, Italy and Australia, this presentation at ArtScience Museum marks the overseas debut of the exhibition’s latest form.
The Attack on Titan: The Exhibition Experience
In the series, a faction of humanity lives on an island surrounded by huge walls that protect them from the Titans while others live outside. Visitors entering the exhibition will have the option of picking a route and starting their journey as someone born inside or outside the walls. As the paths diverge, the opposing factions will focus on different aspects of the battle – the Devils residing on Paradis Island and the Warriors bent on destroying the walls – before they converge in an inevitable collision.
In the next zone, visitors will get a glimpse of the world of Titans who appears to leap from the pages and wall panels. Visitors will learn more about iconic characters like Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Levi, Reiner, and Erwin as they fight for survival and unravel the mystery of Titans.
Through Hajime Isayama’s drawings, the exhibition will explore the manga’s worldview from various perspectives as well as showcasing the evolution of his art. The artworks include early concept drawings and storyboards with dialogue handwritten by Isayama himself.
Another highlight of the exhibition is The Great Titan Theatre, where visitors will be able to witness an epic clash between the Attack and Armoured Titan. As the battle unfolds across a 10-metre screen, visitors will be presented with a spectacle set among the ruins of a battlefield.
The exhibition will include an interview with Hajime Isayama, who will speak about the manga and reflect on the decade he spent creating it. In addition to its immersive environment, interactive displays, and behind-the-scenes content, the exhibition will mark the manga’s conclusion and the anime’s final season.
Attack on Titan fans will be able to buy exclusive merchandise that can only be found at the exhibition store and pose with their favourite characters and Titans at a photobooth.
Attack on Titan: The Exhibition will run from 19 February to 3 July 2022.
Tickets and Reservations
Tickets are available for purchase from 20 January at all Marina Bay Sands box offices and website. Due to limited capacity and timed entry of the exhibition, guests are also strongly encouraged to pre-purchase tickets online prior to their visit.
Ticket prices as follows:
SINGAPORE RESIDENT (SGD)
STANDARD TICKET (SGD)
For more information on Attack on Titan: The Exhibition, visit https://www.marinabaysands.com/museum/exhibitions/attack-on-titan.html
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