On January 27 (Sun), February 9 (Sat) and 10 (Sun), the event “Anime Studio Meeting (Anista)” was held with WIT STUDIO as the main sponsor and studios CloverWorks, MAPPA and CoMix Wave Films as the guest companies. On the final day, February 10, various talk events were held at the two venues, Akihabara Entas, and Belsalle Akihabara, entitled as Meeting Day.
At the “Attack on Titan” staff talk, one of the events, WIT STUDIO‘s producer George Wada, producer Tetsuya Nakatake, chief director Tetsuro Araki, and character designer Kyouji Asano were on stage. The talk started with Wada-san.
The main theme of this stage is to reflect on the most iconic scenes of “Attack on Titan”. Each staff member selects two scenes, which were particularly impressive on their view.
The first scene that Araki-san choose was “Levi’s three-dimensional manoeuvre scene” in episode 39.
Araki-san commented, “This is the scene Imai (Arifumi) drawn. We had these delicious scenes made in advance, and made other scenes for that purpose.”
Furthermore, Araki-san pointed out “The defeat scene of Rod Reiss titan” of episode 46 as another great scene. For this scene, we asked the director Shinji Higuchi to make the storyboard. Araki-san said, “It is also good for someone who is good at it”.
Next is Asano-san who chooses his favourite scenes. The first one he mentioned was “Levi vs. Female Titan” from the 21st episode.
When a grim death battle between the female giant and Levi was projected on the monitor, Asano-san said, “It isn’t over”, with a wry smile.
The other scene is the 26th episode “Mike vs The Beast Titan”. It is a scene where Mike who encounters the beast titan is attacked by a large number of titan and gets devoured. Asano-san commented, “Because there was a gap between the end of season 1 and the start of season 2, everyone on the staff was anger to work on more episodes.
Nakatake-san also chooses his two favourite scenes. The first one is the scene of Eren’s transformation to titan in episode 11. According to Nakatake-san said that this is the scene that Yasuyuki Ebara, animation director, started with thinking of “How to fill the scale with his own drawings”. In this scene, more than ever before, each animator became more and more stuffed with what they wanted to draw in their own parts, and astonishing (transformational) scenes of on these levels began to emerge one after another.
And the second of choice of Nakatake-san is the “Kenny’s monologue” scene from episode 47. Kenny’s quiet monologue scene was been projected on a monitor on the stage. “This scene was really well produced, we did a great job,” said Nakatake-san.
And lastly, each reported the current state of mind about the second half of season 3 currently being produced. Araki-san said, “There is a sense of comeback because we will return to Shiganshina District, which is a place of their origin, and we are continuing our work with a strange sense,” said Nakatake-san, “we brought together the power of WIT STUDIO. I’m looking forward to making it,”.
The “Attack on Titan” staff talk ended with the viewers’ expectations rising to season 3 when the broadcasts will resume from April.
I really liked this talk between the Wit Studio staff, although i’m not caught up with Atack on Titan it’s interesting hearing their picks for their favourite’s scenes and the last note about season 3. I definitely plan on bringing their other staff talk about their other projects, Stay tunned!