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Yamazaki, Asuka: "The Body, Despair, and Hero Worship. A Comparative Study of the Influence of Norse Mythology in Attack on Titan." In: Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art 2.1 (2015), 25–49, <http://sjoca.com/wp-con ... -1-Article-Yamazaki.pdf> (29. Juni 2016) 
Resource type: Web Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
BibTeX citation key: Yamazaki2015
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Attack on Titan", Isayama. Hajime, Japan, Manga, Mittelalter, Mythos, Religion
Creators: Yamazaki
Collection: Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art
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Abstract
The Japanese comic Attack on Titan has become greatly popular, currently with a circulation of more than forty million. Its worldwide popularity crosses national and generational boundaries, and it has been translated into numerous European and Asian languages. Attack on Titan presents a more than a century long battle between the human race and the Titans, whose ruthless hunting and devouring of human beings has forced the last of humanity into a fortress surrounded by three enormous, concentric walls. This article studies the influence of Norse mythology on Attack on Titan from an aesthetic and philosophical perspective. It focuses in part on the Titan legend, including Attack on Titan’s unique figure Ymir, who is compared with an important creature in Norse mythology, the giant Ymir. It also focuses on similarities between the motif of the wall in this comic and of the Miðgarðr in Norse myth. Finally, the paper analyzes the structure of hero worship in Attack on Titan in relation to mythological concepts, especially the metaphorical ritual of extracting a warrior’s heart and the image of the damaged body of the warrior.
  
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