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‘Attack on Titan’ fan finds terrifying colossal Santa at Target

Humanity receives a merry reminder every time they enter this local Target.


Aja Romano

Internet Culture

OK, we’ve seen our share of seasonal Attack on Titan references, but this local Target display has us stumped. Is it hilarious or terrifying? Or a grim mix of both?

Andrewplayspiano had a weird Thanksgiving, if his Tumblr is any indication. “The Attack on Titan Santa is back at my local Target,” he wrote when he shared this hilarious picture of a colossal Santa–not to be confused with the Colossal Titan.

Let’s take a closer look:


As department store Christmas displays go, this isn’t that over-the-top, but as a replication of the famous scene from Attack on Titan where the Colossal Titan peeks over Wall Maria at our hero Eren Yeager, it’s downright eerie:

Screengrab via Crunchyroll

If you’re an anime fan, you probably already know that Attack on Titan is the hottest anime in recent memory. It’s been the most-reblogged anime on Tumblr for the last two years straight, and the manga on which it’s based is already one of the bestselling titles of all time. There’s a loosely related live-action film franchise spinning off next year, and the behemoth fandom has spawned a staggering amount of creative fanwork, including re-enactments, dance routines, figure skating cosplay, and more. 

It’s even spawned a piece of viral Christmas art based off the fateful scene by Tumblr user muldraws:

Illustration by muldraws/Tumblr

But we’re not sure humanity is ready for the jolly reminder they receive walking into that Target—unless the goal is to scare them into preparing for the titan apocalypse.

Illustration by muldraws/Tumblr

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