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Fans of “Attack on Titan,” a manga series popular worldwide that is set to be made into a Hollywood film, can now visit a themed museum in the hometown of its creator.

Local residents are hoping the manga series can be a boon for tourism in Hita, Oita Prefecture. The manga series revolves around protagonist Eren and his battle against giant creatures known as Titans that have overrun the world.

The city has been working to draw fans of the manga by creating locations with statues of characters. The newest attraction “Attack on Titan in HITA Museum” opened Saturday and showcases items such as creator Hajime Isayama’s original drawings.

The museum, which is free to enter, also displays works from when the 34-year-old artist was younger.

Earlier this year, publisher Kodansha Ltd. said the series will conclude in April, having run since 2009 in the company’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine.

“Attack on Titan” has seen its total circulation in print and e-books top 100 million worldwide, according to Kodansha. It has been published and distributed in several other languages including English and Spanish.

The manga series has been adapted into a TV anime series in Japan and Kodansha announced in 2018 a live-action Hollywood film is to follow.

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