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Attack on Titan afterparty cruise key art
Attack on Titan’s final episode release date is this weekend, with the very last episode of the anime airing on November 4 or November 5, depending on your time zone. To celebrate, the team behind the anime finale is holding an afterparty event over a few days following its airing, and it’s all a little bit weird.
The Worldwide After Party will take place from November 5 to November 8, and will include a number of events over the three days. Included in the schedule is a special talk show with the director of the first three anime seasons, Tetsuro Araki, composer Hiroyuki Sawano, final season director Yuichiro Hayashi, and Kodansha editor Shintaro Kawakubo.
Multiple cast members for the Japanese dub of the anime – including the voice actors for Eren Jaeger, Mikasa Ackerman, and Annie Leonhart – will also be included in the show, telling stories about their involvement and revealing “ranking results by AOT fans” which we’re sure will be interesting to somebody out there. There’ll also be a voice drama with many of the same voice actors and more, and a special concert to top it all off.
None of this is particularly weird in and of itself — what makes it weird is that the entire thing is taking place on a virtual cruise ship themed around Attack on Titan. Fans can log on to the cruise ship, walk around with other fans, do little emote cheers, and take happy little screenshots with your fellow fans.
Why is it a cruise ship? It’s unclear, honestly. Why does the key art for the event show outright fascists, dead characters, and gigantic monsters partying together and drinking beer? That’s anyone’s guess. It’s all just deeply weird, and no matter how much you look at it, it doesn’t ever get less weird.
In fact, it gets even weirder. Tickets for this event cost 3300 yen, or a little over $20 USD. So you can pal around on a digital cruise ship in a little gamified Attack on Titan viewing party, and it’ll only cost you 20 bucks to watch the finale concert. But hey, at least you’ll get an exclusive item for your avatar… in an experience that lasts for three days and then will be gone forever.
We’ve heard for years about The Metaverse and what it could mean for digital experiences. We’ve even seen some sort of implementation in games like Fortnite, Minecraft, and Roblox, all of which have had concerts and events in-game. This one just happens to be the strangest version of it to date.