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Attack on Titan cosplayer goes viral as real life Hange Zoe

Published: 19/Oct/2020 18:42

by Georgina Smith

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A talented Attack on Titan cosplayer has done an amazing job of recreating the fan favorite character Hange Zoe, looking every bit the part of the eccentric researcher of the group.

Attack on Titan is an enormously popular anime that has swept up the world in its equal mix of nail biting  moments, along with its varied and in depth cast of characters, each one of them perfect for a cosplay opportunity.

The show follows the struggle of humanity against huge man-eating giants known as ‘Titans’ who’s sole mission is to snatch up all the people they can find, leaving the remaining humans waging a war against the frightening creatures.

While not much is known about Hange’s past compared to some other characters, they have certainly generated a huge amount of interest among fans, and there have been plenty of cosplayers who have stepped up to recreate the researcher.

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The Attack on Titan Season 4 trailer

One such cosplayer is kalikins7 on Instagram, who blew fans of the show away when they uploaded their Hange side by side image of the character from the show – the resemblance absolutely uncanny.

Their hair is a perfectly voluminous recreation of Hange’s thick brown locks, with the majority of the hair pulled back into a high ponytail, along with some tousled strands that frame their face.

Rectangle glasses help to mould their face into the spitting image of Zoe, capturing the character’s strong intellectual look that makes this cosplayer even more like the real-life version.

Naturally the costume primarily consisted of a long sleeve tan jacket that is cropped at the waist, the iconic sign of belonging to the Survey Corps. The gym leggings also give a minimalist but athletic edge to the outfit.

Seeing the images side by side, it’s no wonder that this particular cosplayer has won the hearts of Attack on Titan fans, and particularly for those who have a soft spot for Hange.

Kalikins7’s image now has over 24,000 likes on Instagram at the time of writing, and there’s no doubt that it will continue to garner even more, thanks to the stunning similarities between the cosplayer and the character.

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Attack on Titan fans furious over anime’s “excessive” censorship

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:42 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 7:32

by Brent Koepp

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Despite releasing in 2013, some Attack on Titan fans are only now discovering the anime’s censored violence in comparison to the manga. A YouTube video went viral after showcasing the stark differences. 

Attack on Titan made its groundbreaking anime debut in 2013, and quickly exploded in popularity. Viewers around the world became captivated by its intense themes and relentlessly brutal story.

A YouTube video about the series went viral on November 15 after showing the difference between the manga and the anime adaptation’s depiction of violence – and some fans were not happy about it.

Promotional image of Attack on Titan Season 1 featuring Eren Jaegar.
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The 2013 hit anime has become a worldwide phenomena.

Attack on Titan fans discover manga is darker

For decades, it has been the norm that the manga version of a story is almost always more fleshed out story-wise, and often more graphic compared to its animated counterpart. Just like traditional shows, anime aired live has to dial back elements not suited for TV.

Despite this common wisdom, some Attack on Titan fans were not aware of just how much more brutally violent the written version actually was. YouTuber ‘Zmyh’ went viral after uploading a video that showcases just that.

The upload compares iconic scenes from the anime and manga, and puts them side-by-side to demonstrate the visual differences between them. The video quickly exploded online, and has over 1.6 million viewers at the time of writing.

For some fans of the series, this was their first time seeing the changes the anime made. One viewer wrote, “Interesting how there is censorship for Attack on Titan. Like seriously?” Another user said, “And here I thought that AOT was brutal…looks like I should read the manga.” Another YouTube comment exclaimed, “WHAT MAN THEY BETTER MAKE IT UNCENSORED FOR THE FINAL SEASON.”

Screenshot of Attack on Titan fans reacting to the YouTube video.

Many hit out at the alterations made in the animated series, arguing that it takes way from the story’s original impact. “They need to stop censorship, it completely ruins the more powerful impact it can have,” one commentator replied to the video. Another fan stated, “And that’s why you absolutely need to read the manga version of the Uprising arc, because it is literally just better in every way.”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to Attack on Titan anime censorship.

Not everyone was critical of the changes though. A handful of fans pointed out that Wit Studio did the best job they could given that the animated version also airs on TV. Some even argued that the changes were for the better.

The viral video is just another example of the divide that can sometimes exist between a manga and its anime adaptation. There will always be those that prefer the former to the latter. However, it is interesting to see the difference nonetheless.