Shingeki no Kyojin fans may be in for a far less shocking time than they bargained for – creator Hajime Isayama has revealed he has dumped the “traumatic” ending he planned from the start and now has no idea how it will end, saying that upsetting fans of the anime version with a shocking ending where everyone dies would be “criminal.”

The recent interview with Shingeki no Kyojin mangaka Hajime Isayama was most notable for containing an admission that he is now “lost” as to how the story will end after dumping the shocking ending he has planned so as not to upset all the anime fans.

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It also proved notable for providing an unusually clear photograph of the mangaka himself, and the revelation that after he started playing the eroge Muvluv and was so impressed with its SF storyline that he concedes it was a major influence on him.

Concerning the ending:

The ending – you’ve said publicly that you had a specific ending for Shingeki envisioned from the start. You’re wavering with regard to that?

The plot is pretty loose, there have been new elements added, and some characters have come to life in a really unexpected way.

So the story came to life on its own, and may now get a different ending to the one you had planned from the start?


That’s a huge change. I read all your interviews to date and I came to think you had some unbelievably traumatic mega-ending all planned out.

I’m at a loss with respect to that. At first it was going to be a traumatic ending. Like in the movie ‘Mist’ where everyone dies, I wanted to do something like that.

Looking at all the fans who have come to support Shingeki by way of the anime, doing a criminal thing like that to them is just not something I can do, so I can’t really think that was what I really wanted in the first place.


I’m really lost, aren’t I?

The suspicion that the the franchise’s sudden and titanic success has caused mangaka or publisher to rapidly switch tack and drag it out into a latter day Bleach which can milked for decades to come has been voiced – as has some curiosity about the plot’s now obvious similarities to Muvluv…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    12:09 06/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    sigh, see, this is why nothing has a good conclusive ending. authors are scared of fans going mad because their fave chara dies, their fave girl doesn't win the harem, etc. it fucking sucks, because when you want to please everybody, you end up pleasing no one.

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    Comment by cats2
    13:56 06/12/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Generic shonen, "Yeager becomes jesus titan, saves the day" ending is almost inevitable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:39 06/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It would more likely be "Eren failed, Mikasa saves his ass AND the world. Then Christa and Ymir gets a hot lesbian sex scene out of nowhere and we get a summer beach/pool episode for the Blu-ray OVA".

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    Comment by Benoist
    23:21 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i'm pretty sure this giant forest hides a steamy onsen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:09 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    only it would lessen the series value since that now aligns itself with the generic semi-porn that is autumn 2013.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:58 07/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jäger program was born...........

    no pun intended

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:58 08/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Jesus Complex for the Main Character would ultimately be a good ending in a sense lol...In order to save everyone...I like it :D

    Comment by Anonymous

    Fuck that pussy ass shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:40 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I rather have that kind of conclusion than Eren die and Titan still roaming around, a.k.a no conclusion of the story.

    I can except if Eren die in epic final battle, double KO against B*^&T Titan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:20 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    true. gotta stay loyal to your work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:02 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly. It is HIS story, so he may as well finish off characters and the plot how he wanted it to be, not like a bunch of tards would like to see.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:15 07/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You're just one of those retards the first poster has mention, judging from your post. Wanting to continue your franchise isn't retarded, making the story to satisfied the fans is.
    And do you even read the article? It said that the only reason he decided to not going with that ending is because of the fans. There's no bullshit that he rethink his ending and decide to continue writing because of something else.
    And write english, or at least make it comprehensible. If you can't, don't, I bet that most of your opinions/ points are pretty much worthless anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:05 07/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ohh course, retarded for wanting to continue the franchise?
    Have you stopped to think that by doing this the story dies once!
    He chose this option all die at first, for not believing in your own work .. and not wait for a sequel ..
    If For you not to make a damn difference do not expect others to be the same thing ..
    An ending where everyone dies and every sacrifice was in vain... most Tard, someone who like an end like this ...
    Pity that such a good idea end up being thrown away ..

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:07 09/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You probably the type who loved the end of mass effect 3 ...
    Was enough someone disagree with you and comes with the card: learn to write right ..
    What a great idea, being faithful to one end where everyone dies, and sacrificing the only work as a writer .. (or will continue with spin offs that everyone does not support more)
    Who knows, maybe he is rich and does not need to work more, and to hell with the retarded fans and happy endings.. who need money or support from you guys ..

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:43 07/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    George R. R. Martin would like to have a word with you.

    Also Joss Whedon

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:32 08/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Tuor
    13:29 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I agree that artists should stay true to their vision. However, I hate it when a story has downer ending, though I probably hate "open" endings even more. So if I had to choose between a downer ending and one that just... stops, I'll take the downer ending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:29 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They aren't really "authors" in the traditional sense, they're marketers. They aren't out to tell a story, they're out to pander and make money. Hardly a news item, but certainly a sad fact of life these days.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 07/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    Almost every successful author is a marketer. In fact, almost every successful creator in general is a marketer. That's how the game is played.

    If you didn't get successful by being a marketer, you got lucky. That's all there is to it.

    I understand the desire to be true to your own story (and there's merit to that even as a "marketer," so Isayama really doesn't have to change the ending for the reason he thinks he does), but only those who've proven themselves have the ability to do that.

    Well, them and self-publishers; but again, you've got to be stupidly lucky to pull that off.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:16 07/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, authoring is about telling your own story, marketing is about pleasing people. If you can't balance the two then luck has nothing to do with it. There are plenty of authors who can write the story they want to without giving up on it just to please their fans.

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    Comment by Benoist
    23:21 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    you meant "publisher", right ?

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    Comment by Conduit
    13:59 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    By your definition, no one who makes a living off their work can be called an "author".

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:14 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You say a lot of stupid shit, Conduit. Pandering and making a living off of work are not equivalent in meaning.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:15 07/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Conduit, that's as stupid as saying "no musician who wants to make a living off of music is a musician".

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:48 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    only when they sell out

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:25 08/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    you would think he would just do what he planned and what many other AUTHORS DO is start a NEW series that is better or just as good cause he can do anything instead of staying with a plot line.

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    Comment by Majineko
    11:03 07/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    i soo agree bro. the mobile suit gundam series kills most of there chars all the series ever? yes

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:16 07/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They even not give a chance for the MC "live happily ever after" with his girl. (In most title)

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:46 07/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's killed off countless characters already. I don't see why he can't continue...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:17 13/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is exactly why I LOVE Evangelion. So much butthurt on this, yet the author just stayed true to his vision. Anno's new cinematic version might be better in the technical department, but I wonder what ending the fourth movie will get.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:25 08/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    well no it not that simple, when you create an idea and let it out into the world. That idea does become connected to the fans and those that love it, so you do have to at least think about them. Especially considering they are the ones that bought you success.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:54 07/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shingeki is a diablus-ex-machine massacre fest. The story was never that good to begin with, the main highlight is the shock value of killing off characters in the most contrived and random ways possible. A good story runs on more than gimmicks. Removing the gimmicks does not make such story any less interesting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:25 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, they're afraid of cutting their source of money

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    Comment by Imyou
    14:03 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's also some responsibility taken by the author for the fallout too though. I remember hearing about fan suicides after "The End of Evangelion."

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:25 08/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    suicidal people are going to kill themselves. the end of a show is just an excuse to do so.

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    Comment by Benoist
    23:37 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm ok with stupid people killing themselves over an imaginary - rei or allah- friend, as long as they don't make others participate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:08 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah and what good did that do? they didn't get to live to see he remake of evangelion now, wow how sarcastic, but then again that was probably fan motivation along with money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:14 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    See, I can't agree with you there. Some authors do do that but it's not true that most do. Because if that were true Sakura Haruno from Naruto would be dead by now, Shinji from Evangelion would not have sucked SO DAMN HARD, and School Days...yeah, School Days would NOT have been a thing. As somebody whose LITERALLY seen over 1000 anime and read just as many, unrelated, manga (that's right, I have no life) I can so that most author's don't just change their endings at the last minute like that. They either went for the main heroine (just a genre example) from the beginning or they go with a totally random heroine out of nowhere. A couple specific genre examples would be Shuffle!, Akane-iro Somaka something or other (forgot the rest, been years!) and Mashiro-iro Symphony where none of the main heroines won, so to speak.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Its cool, you just cant kill all characters, what will be the point of following a story of people that fail, you can kill most of them but not all.

    Imagine if first season of game of thrones everyone died, what will be the point of following that story.

    Even in the Mist movie, not everyone died.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:12 07/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because this isn't high enough quality to be worth reading for anything but the ending, right? If a story is so bad it needs to change its ending out of fear of losing fans, then it's not worth defending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:04 06/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Fuck the anime fans and go full Tomino bitch!

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    Comment by vanchrian
    13:55 06/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Few people have the guts to go Full Tomino.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:03 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Land Runaway Titan - Be Invoked

    BOOM! Everyone dies!

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    Comment by warjoke
    23:21 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    or go full Urobutchi.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:13 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    ah, made me remember the good ol' V gundam days...
    one of tomino's most twisted. it's still one of my fav gundam series tho.

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    Comment by Shadow C
    14:09 06/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Sounds like he was originally planning a "fuck it all, everything was pointless" kind of ending, and those tend to suck. a lot. Those endings rarely work outside of the actual horror-genre, and too often seem like they're either done for shock value or used as an eject-button for writers.

    Regardless of the ending, the anime will be delayed frequently if there are no filler-arcs(I hope not, unless they're the rare good-kind), because the manga release schedule is too slow to keep up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:30 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Would love to see suffering

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:58 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)


    What is it with people demanding a 'happy' ending to all their entertainment. This is a basically a war manga, and in war bad things happen to the 'good' guys. Whole armies have been wiped out throughout history so why would everyone dying here be so traumatic. I think killing everyone off is a more emotional impact than giving some chars a 'happy' ending because the fans would throw a temper tantrum.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:04 07/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    If I wanted a cynical downer story, I'd go out. Real life already has that part covered.

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    Comment by Conduit
    14:00 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think people want happy endings in their fantasies, because they get more than enough sad endings in real life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:52 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    Oh screw off with that, my life is basically a shamble of misery and wallowing sadness but that doesn't mean I want the show to lie to my face and give me an unrealistic ending.

    I always thought I was the best candidate for a shrink but it sounds like these people clamoring for happiness in a show just to ease the pain in their life are far more suited for that.

    This is why most anime and TV Shows that have ridiculous amount of retards on their fanbase are annoying. It's like those Daryl fans in TWD TV Fanbase...fucking annoying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:10 07/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    ''realism'' as in internal coherence of the story, and the absence of overly idealized and saccharine bullshit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:42 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, that what an entertainment media for. To entertain.

    Comment by Anonymous

    "unrealistic ending"......giants
    I can see how anything but a "realistic" ending would upset you what with all the "realism",and "realistic" settings,and true to life events the show has established. I know it sure is a pain in the ass to deal with titans everyday here in the "real" world, so the anime should portray that as closely as possible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:31 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's probably because they had no idea how to end it, and now they've written themselves into a corner. So they're just taking the coward's way out.

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