Attack on Titan fans rally in support after Isayama solicited kindness during Anime NYC’s upcoming meetup

Hajime Isayama, the creator, author and illustrator of attack on Titan manga series, announced last month that it would be attending the Anime NYC Convention.

The Anime NYC Convention is one of the largest in the US convention scene, offering a plethora of series announcements, trailer releases, episode premieres and more over the course of its three-day event.

Isayama initially expressed excitement at attending his first convention in the United States, having previously only attended domestic Japanese conventions. However, the attack on Titan Mangaka recently released a message asking for fans’ support, especially given the controversy surrounding the series’ ending in the west.

Follow us as this article deconstructs the latest news about Hajime Isayama’s presence at Anime NYC.

attack on the Titans Hajime Isayama ‘forced to demand respect from Western fans’ for fear of attack over series ending

Hajime Isayama und Kodansha, Attack on Titan’s publisher recently sent out a message asking for fans in anticipation of his upcoming appearance on Anime NYC. In the message, Isayama expresses his excitement at meeting American fans and cites the influence that Hollywood films, television shows, and other aspects of American culture have had on his series.

He goes on to state that he’s aware of how divisive the series’ ending is in the west. Although he didn’t mention it, after the series wrapped, Isayama received death threats and personal attacks online. As a result, he explains that while he welcomes people’s honest opinions, he asks that they be presented kindly.

He concludes by saying that he is both excited and nervous about attending Anime NYC and despite his concerns about the above issues, he looks forward to attending.

I really hate that Isayama has to fear his foreign “fans” so much that he has to formally ask them to treat him nicely instead of just looking forward to meeting them.…

Fans of Isayama and attack on Titan have commented on how subtly sad Isayama’s request is. Many people find it ridiculous that he has to ask so-called “overseas fans” to be kind and respectful to him. One Twitter user even described Isayama’s reaction as “fear,” which is no exaggeration given the online attacks.

In any case, no author should be attacked personally for telling the story he wants to tell. Making death threats, attempting to dox those perpetrators, and engaging in other forms of online harassment are simply unnecessary in these situations. Last but not least, Isayama’s request shows how traumatized he is because he has been confronted with these threats and harassment almost daily ever since attack on Titan completed.

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