Is Attack on Titan Based on Real Events?

Is Attack on Titan Based on Real Events?

Is Attack on Titan Based on Real Events?

Attack on Titan is an action, dark fantasy, and post-apocalyptic anime set during the second world war. So, does that mean that Attack on Titan is based on real events? If so, does that also mean that there may be Titans hiding somewhere?

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Is Attack on Titan Based on Real Events?

Although there are some similarities between historical events and the series, Attack on Titan is not based on real events. As such, there are no Titans hiding on an isolated island, and we are not on the brink of extinction.

What is interesting is that the story has many influences that make it more realistic, causing some to think that the anime might be based on real life.

But when we think about it in general, the Titan element reminds us once again that the popular series is a fictional story.

While Attack on Titan is one of the most-watched series by anime and non-anime viewers, it will be hard to wish for the story to be a reality because everyone will die because of the Titans or Eren's doing.

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What Is Attack on Titan Based On?

What is Attack on Titan Based On?
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If Attack on Titan is not based on real events, then what is it based on? In 2019, Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama explained that the series is based on Muv-Luv Alternative.

Below is a small part of the interview where Isayama further explains how Muv-Luv became an inspiration for Attack on Titan.

There are a lot of similarities between the two series. Firstly, they are both set in a world where non-human creatures exist while attempting to finish humankind.

Muv-Luv features alien invaders, while Attack on Titan has Titans. Both creatures have respective methods of being stopped, and they do not think like humans, which makes them troublesome.

Muv-Luv’s Takeru and Attack on Titan’s Eren’s drive is their anger from their past. Their physical looks also tend to be similar as the story progresses.

In an interview with NHK Japan in 2018, Isayama mentioned that the Walls were inspired by his hometown in Oyama, Oita.

Attack on Titan Wall
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The mountains he grew up with made him think of the popular colossal Walls that serve as protection for humans in the series.

He said that the mountains made him feel safe and secure. But as he grew up, he wanted to escape from the mountains and experience life outside, which the characters of Attack on Titan experienced.

These inspirations show that Attack on Titan was made from Isayama’s childhood and experiences, as well as the shows he watched growing up.

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