Before their all-important clash with Tennessee Titans in the finals of ‘2022 American Football Conference South Division’, US Football Team Jacksonville Jaguars tweeted an Attack on Titan inspired poster teasing the face-off on Jan 7, 2023.
The poster featured Jaguars’ quarterback Trevor Lawrence all fired up, and Titans’ Derrick Henry looming over the Jaguars’ home ground, TIAA Bank Field, in a manner reminiscent of the iconic Attack on Titan poster.
The tweet had the caption, “Dedicate your heart.”
Jacksonville Jaguars went on the defeat the Titans, just as the Scout Regiment of Eldia managed to defeat their adversaries. The final score read 20-16 to Jaguars. This is their first AFC South Division title since 2017.
The win earned them a playoff spot and they will host either Los Angeles Chargers or the Baltimore Ravens next week.
This is not the first time that US Football has embraced Attack on Titan, with the Super Bowl LVI finalists, Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals, dropping an Attack on Titan inspired advertisement last year in February.
Later that year, in May 2022, Los Angeles Chargers posted their official game schedules and game lineups for the forthcoming regular season in an anime-inspired trailer.
European football clubs too had their fair share of anime inspired posters, with Spanish football club Real Betis posting a Chainsaw Man illustration to promote their first match-day in La Liga last year.
Attack on Titan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. The manga was serialized in Kodansha’s monthly shonen manga magazine Bessatsu Shonen Magazine from September 2009 to April 2021, with its chapters collected in 34 tankōbon volumes.
Attack on Titan has become a critical and commercial success. As of September 2022, the manga has over 110 million tankōbon copies in print worldwide, making it one of the best-selling manga series of all time. It has won several awards, including the Kodansha Manga Award, the Attilio Micheluzzi Award, and the Harvey Award.
In North America, the series was published in English by Kodansha USA.
Season 1-3 of the anime was produced by Wit Studio and season 4 by MAPPA. Attack On Titan Final Season Part 3 will air in 2023 on NHK.