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Attack on Titan, known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japan, has recently been taking the anime world by storm. With the original manga beginning serialization, the anime adaptation that began this April has brought unprecedented success to the franchise. From figures, cellphone decorations, and even various video games, Attack on Titan has even made an impact in the United States with the translated manga beginning distribution in June 2012. Now, in celebration of the manga’s 11th volume releasing earlier this month, infamous sand artists Toshihiko Hosaka was commissioned to create a sculpture in commemoration of the event. Hosaka has created a staggering amount of gorgeous sand sculptures in the past decade, depicting historical icons, mythical gods and beasts, grandiose buildings and monuments, and more. Now, he has documented his work on the Attack on Titan statue with a time-lapse video covering all 10 days of work.

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Attack on Titan centers around the lives of Eren Yeager, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend Armin Arlert, who live in a world where the remnants of the human population live inside cities surrounded by enormous walls. These walls protect humanity from the Titans, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour humans seemingly without reason. However, a colossal Titan appears out of nowhere, bringing the destruction of their home town and the death of Eren’s mother, spurring Eren and his friends to enter the army to battle the Titans themselves.

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