The world of Attack on Titan is not made through imagination. To create a fictional world where Titans exist, Hajime Isayama took inspiration from other people and places. So, here is the ultimate list of inspirations behind Attack on Titan to learn more about how this popular series came about.
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During Anime NYC in 2020, Isayama shared his inspiration behind Gabi and Falco. He said Gabi was based on Game of Thrones’ Arya, while Breaking Bad’s Jesse inspired Falco.
This revelation makes sense as Gabi and Arya’s boyish moves are quite similar. The two characters are also known for their bravery and determination in whatever they do.
On the other hand, Falco and Jesse are similar in their affectionate and sensitive side, making them one of the most loved characters in their respective series.
Sadly, the Attack on Titan creator has yet to mention other inspirations for other characters.
It would be interesting to know where Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Levi, and the rest are inspired from.
The Titans are the core element of Attack on Titan. It is the factor that distinguishes the series from other shounen anime titles. But did you know that Titans were actually based on a drunk person?
In 2013, Hajime Isayama had an interview with Nihon TV. There, he explained that the idea of Titans was made after he encountered a drunk customer at work.
He said that when he saw that the drunk customer could not communicate even if they were the same species as him, it made him feel that the most familiar and scary creatures in the world are actually humans.
This explains the sloppy movements of the Titans and their inability to communicate.
It also connects to the physical attributes of Titans as Isayama could have made a monstrous-looking villain, but instead, he made it look exactly like a human being.
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Although the Attack on Titan creator did not confirm it, some fans believe that Dragon Quest inspired his drawing style.
Both series' art is simple yet contains a lot of details. It is the perfect type of art to showcase the realistic world of Attack on Titan.
Attack on Titan is known for its great walls and beautiful landscape, which was inspired by Isayama's hometown in Oyama, Oita.
In his interview with NHK Japan, he mentioned that the mountains from his hometown provided him with security and comfort, which was the purpose of the walls in the series.
However, as he grew up, he felt frustrated by these mountains and had the desire to explore the world outside.
This is similar to what Eren and the others felt, triggering them to learn about the world beyond the walls.
We have to admit, every shounen anime has an intense fight scene. Attack on Titan is no different as it's a title that's known for its intense fight sequences that make viewers glued to their screens.
Isayama explained in an interview with Gong Kakutogi that UFC inspires the Titan fight scenes.
A specific example is the popular Eren’s Titan form and Armored Titan fight, which was actually based on the face-off between Yushin Okami and Brock Lesnar. This explains why each Titan fight captures the attention of viewers.
Another reason Attack on Titan stands out from the rest is that the character names are not Japanese. Even the characters' culture, architecture, and clothes are not linked to Japan.
Isayama has not confirmed it, but fans believe Germany inspires these elements.
The city of Shiganshina features similar elements to Nordlingen, particularly its gothic architecture.
Nordlingen is a German City that contains ramparts and features a medieval style.
Also, the Marley army officers' outfit looks similar to that of the German army uniform during the holocaust.
The badge Eldians wore to identify themselves was similar to what the Jews had in the past for identification.
Most of the characters' names are German too, including Eren’s last name, Jaeger, which means "hunter".
Some might even notice the German lyrics in the series’ songs by Sawano Hiroyuki, which also points to the culture that Attack on Titan is inspired by.
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