Japanese media holds a lot of records. "Pokemon," for example, was determined to be the world's most profitable media franchise in 2019. It was trailed by "Hello Kitty," another Japanese property, in second place (via Business Insider). "Attack on Titan," a Japanese series about a city besieged by bloodthirsty giants that live beyond an imposing border wall, isn't quite popular enough to have made that list. Nevertheless, "Attack on Titan" remains one of the more successful anime series of the past decade or so, ranking as the most popular TV series in the United States upon the debut of its final season (via Parrot Analytics). An American movie adaptation of the series is even purportedly in the works. That's not the only record "Attack on Titan" holds, however.
Like many successful anime series before it, "Attack on Titan" is based on a series of comic books. Author Hajime Isayama conceived of the core conflict in "Attack on Titan" following an altercation with a physically imposing foreigner. The idea of being unable to communicate with an adversary struck Isayama as worthy of adaptation into a comic book series.
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