Attack on Titan creator took inspiration from UFC legend Brock Lesnar

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Creator of the Attack on Titan series Hajime Isayama has recently revealed that one of the main characters was inspired by UFC legend Brock Lesnar.

Attack on Titan returned for its final ever television broadcast this week with the premiere of season 4 part 2.

Social media platforms around the world were dominated by the anime, which featured an incredible fight in Shiganshina as part of its returning episode.

However, creator of the hit series Hajime Isayama has recently revealed that one of the most powerful and terrifying characters was inspired by the equally powerful and terrifying, Brock Lesnar.

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Attack on Titan character was inspired by Brock Lesnar…

In a recent interview, the creator of Attack on Titan Hajime Isayama revealed that one of the main characters was inspired by WWE, Collegiate Wrestling and UFC legend Brock Lesnar.

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Whilst this may sound slightly farfetched to those unacquainted with Lesnar, it makes 100% sense for any fellow fan of Mixed Martial Arts or professional wrestling.

Speaking with Kong Kakutogi, translated by Tumblr user ‘fuku-Shuu’, Isayama explained how the character model for the Armoured Titan was inspired by the iconic Brock Lesnar.

However, anyone who is even vaguely familiar with Lesnar and his career will not be surprised that he represents one of the most powerful Titan’s in the anime.

Lesnar started as an amateur wrestler with Ohio State University, before transitioning to both professional wrestling with the WWE and mixed martial arts with the UFC.

The heavyweight superstar captured the UFC World Championship in 2008 by defeating Randy Couture, defending his belt against Frank Mir and Shane Carwin.

Need proof that Lesnar is the real-life Armoured Titan? Just watch his UFC highlight reel, especially his legendary rematch with Mir and the Titan-like showdown with Alistair Overeem at UFC 141.

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What other inspirations influenced Attack on Titan?

In the same interview where Brock Lesnar was revealed to be the inspiration behind the Armoured Titan, Isayama explained how Reiner was himself based on a close friend.

Whilst Isayama has not stated that any other of the main characters were inspired by real people, the iconic manga writer has discussed what influenced a lot of his creative choices.

In an interview with NHK Japan in 2018, Isayama stated that the mountainous landscape of his hometown of Oyama inspired the concept of the ‘Walls’ in the anime.

Similarly, when speaking with Illustrate Note magazine in 2017, he explained how some of the Titans were themselves inspired by people who visited an internet café he worked part-time in.

Finally, and rather full circle, we come back to combat sports and specifically, Mixed Martial Arts. According to a translated version of an interview with Gong Kakutogi, Isayama credited the UFC with giving him the motivation to create both realistic and brutal fight sequences for the Titan combat.

How many episodes will the final cour have?

At the time of writing, the number of episodes in Attack on Titan season 4 part 2 has not been officially confirmed.

However, Funimation recently updated their series details page to state that season 4 as a whole will consist of 28 individual episodes.

As the first cour consisted of 16 episodes, fans can expect 12 more epic instalments of the hit anime to be released.

You can find more information here.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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