On Saturday, FUNimation announced that Attack on Titan will be making its way to Adult Swim's Toonami block.
The monstrous anime hit will make its U.S. cable debut on May 3 at 11:30 p.m. ET. It will join other FUNimation- licensed series Space Dandy, One Piece, Black Lagoon and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood as part of the Saturday night anime programming block.
In Attack on Titan, a walled community is overrun by gigantic humanoids whose village-shattering footsteps are only part of the problem. These massive monsters also have a propensity to pop humans in their mouths as though they were M&Ms. It’s kind of frightening. When our young hero, Eren Jaeger, loses his mother to the voracious appetite of a Titan, he joins the fight against the oversized enemies. But, this is only the start of an action-packed saga that’s far wilder than the tale of David and Goliath. There’s a lot of drama that unfolds over the course of 25 episodes.
Based on Hajime Isayama’s manga of the same name, Attack on Titan took the anime world by storm last year. The animated series was directed by Tetsuro Araki. Previously, Araki directed Death Note, a creepy, be-careful-what-you-wish-for crime story. More recently, he delved into the world of zombie pandemics with Highschool of the Dead. Attack on Titan began streaming in the U.S. around the same time that it debuted in Japan last April and was an instant hit. By the time Anime Expo rolled around in Los Angeles last July, Titan-mania was impossible to ignore. In fact, AX CEO Marc Perez credited the popularity of the show as one of the reasons for the strong numbers at their 2013 event. Series producer George Wada was a guest of honor at the convention and fanaticism for the show was everywhere from the cosplay photo shoots to the dealer hall to the karaoke room. That was just the start of it. Over the past year, those brown jackets and white pants associated with Attack on Titan costumes have become an anime con staple.
Last month, FUNimation unveiled the stars of the English language dub of the series. Bryce Papenbrook, who previously worked on hits like Blue Exorcist and Sword Art Online, takes on the lead role of Eren Jaeger. Trina Nishimura will play Eren’s adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and Josh Grelle will voice the characters’ pal Armin Arlert. The large cast features a lot of familiar names to those who follow anime dubs, including Kyle Hebert, Patrick Seitz and Lauren Landa. FUNimation premiered the new dub at Anime Boston in late March. The subtitled version of the show is available for streaming through both FUNimation’s website and Crunchyroll.
Also worth noting is that the Texas-based anime company is now taking pre-orders for the upcoming DVD/Blu-Ray collectible set. This consists of the first part of the anime series – the first thirteen episodes – in English and Japanese. Also included in the set is a four-piece set of pins, a key necklace like the one Eren has in the series, a digibook, tons of bonus content and other odds and ends for the superfans. The box set is scheduled for release on June 3.