Over in Japan, a tragic death has rocked the Attack on Titan community. Fans of the gritty franchise have been busy binging what they can of Attack on Titan's new season, but the series is making strides in the live-action realm as well. Live Impact announced plans last year to bring the survival series to life on stage, and fans have been receptive to its newly revealed character posters so far. But, in a stunning turn of events, it appears that one of Attack on Titan's crew members has died after a training accident went awry.
According to NHK Japan, Kazutaka Yoshino was training with wire suspension devices reportedly used in the stage play. The 38-year-old performer was kept in the air during a routine inspection before Yoshino dropped. The crew member did not die on impact but instead passed away ten days later after being treated at a local hospital for his injuries.
The police investigation claims that Yoshino was suspended during the inspection at a height of 16 meters. When Yoshino dropped, he was only about 10 meters off the ground. According to the playhouse, further investigations are now being conducted to see whether there were any lapses in safety management. At this moment, there is no direct correlation to the Attack on Titan stage play and the incident aside from the crew member's employment.
Yoshino was cast as an acrobat in the Attack on Titan play and listed as a key staff member. In the past, the performer was a pole artist for Cirque due Soleil's 'MYSTERE' show in Las Vegas. Yoshino was known as one of Japan's leading aerialists.
Our thoughts and well-wishes go out to Yoshino's loved ones at this time.
The main cast of the live-action Attack on Titan play can be found below:
Hiroki Miura as Eren Jaeger
Minami Tsuki as Mikasa
Shōgo Sakamoto as Armin
Yuya Endo as Levi
Reo Honda as Jean Kirschstein
Ryōta Hirono as Connie Springer
Mio Imada as Sasha Braus
Hidekazu Nagae as Commander Pixis
Shūhei Izumi as Erwin Smith
The synopsis for Attack on Titan's new season can be read below:
Eren Jaeger swore to wipe out every last Titan, but in a battle for his life he wound up becoming the thing he hates most. With his new powers, he fights for humanity's freedom facing the monsters that threaten his home. After a bittersweet victory against the Female Titan, Eren finds no time to rest—a horde of Titans is approaching Wall Rose and the battle for humanity continues!
Attack on Titan is now streaming its second season.