Attack on To'kustar (進撃 の 宇宙人, Shingeki no Uchujin, "Advancing Aliens") is a spinoff series created by Paperluigi ttyd. The show takes elements from the Ben 10 canon, as well as from many other series. It is a multi-genre work, containing themes of survival drama, war drama, conspiracy thriller, action/adventure, and epic fantasy. The series was created in July 2014, with the first episode being released on January 6, 2015.
500 years ago, they appeared; the To'kustars, bringing destruction and death, forced humanity to retreat to inside three giant walls named after the ancient saviors of the world: Via, Sera, and Nova. For those 500 years, humanity managed to not only survive, but thrive. Now, the To'kustars are back, and some humans appear to be using them to nefarious ends.
Meanwhile, unrelated to the conflict with the To'kustars, more and more people have learned about the existence of humans who have mysteriously been born with special abilities. While far less than 1 percent of the population knows about these Espers, and an even fewer amount are Espers themselves, their mysterious origin and unknown potential can only bring about conflict.
The series has a large cast of characters, and many more are introduced as the series progresses. The original cast of characters is listed below, with more information about characters on each season page.
- Sven Schmidt, a 13 year old boy from Ateria, the farthest southern city, who is one of many children forced to flee his home town when the To'kustars return.
- Arik Iverson, a 14 year old boy who is friend of Sven and flees Ateria with him.
- Michael James, a 15 year old boy who flees with Sven.
- Teru Hikami, a 14 year old boy who flees with Sven.
- Noelle Williams, a 13 year old girl who flees with Sven, despite their tendencies to argue with each other.
- Hadria Carter, a 14 year old girl who flees Ateria with her father. She is also an Esper, unbeknown to her.
- Lawrence Carter, Hadria's father and the Aterian Chief of Police.
- Lily Scott, a 15 year old girl and Hadria's friend who flees with her.
- Connor Yan, leader of Regional Sqaud Corps Unit 12, responsible of protecting the southern region inside Wall Via.
- Kathryn Wesley, second in command of Connor's squad.
- Nathan Loretta, the final member of Connor's squad. He is an Esper with powers of possession.
- Ryan Thames, the Police Chief of Teviv, the city just north of Ateria that its citizens flee to following its walls being compromised.
- Vance Grace, head of the Forever Knights in Ateria.
- Tuesday Smith, another member of the Forever Knights in Ateria.
- Andrew Knowles, a member of the Forever Knights and the Proctor of South Via.
- Pietro Czeswin, head scientist of the Forever Knights.
- Maxwell Wagner, the highest ranking member of the Forever Knights in Teviv, later replaces Andrew as Proctor of South Via.
- Webster Grace, the highest ranking members of the Forever Knights, and Vance's father.
|Chapter||Episodes||Release dates||Production codes|
|Attack on Via|
After the first arrival of the To'kustars 500 years ago, humanity retreated within a giant wall that became known as Wall Via. Eventually, two more walls were built inside of that area, known as Wall Sera, and then Wall Nova. Ateria is a small town just inside the walls, and it is where our story starts. One day, 500 years after the To'kustars first arrived, the massive aliens returned to the area outside Ateria and broke through the wall, beginning humanity's next fight for survival.
|January 6, 2015|
January 20, 2015
April 26, 2015
|Attack on the Inside|
The team makes its journey from Ateria to Teviv; along the way, its members quickly realize that by forming the team, they are entering a conflict involving the Forever Knights and the To'kustars that will result in altercations with both these groups. Meanwhile, in Ateria, the police and the military work together to save the city.
|May 24, 2015|
May 31, 2015
June 7, 2015
June 15, 2015
June 21, 2015
June 23, 2015
|Attack on the Enemy|
As the To'kustar situation mounts, the army begins to escalate its involvement in the southern territories. At the same time, the Forever Knights conduct on operation and plan a prisoner exchange, all to learn about and track down mysterious powered individuals lurking among normal humans. When the team launches its counterplan, however, things do not go as expected, and the question of who the enemy truly is begins to circle.
|June 25, 2015|
June 28, 2015
June 30, 2015
July 4, 2015
|Attack on the Knights|
The Knights continue their operations in the city, now on a different trajectory; their goal is now clear and two-fold: to get revenge on those who have wronged them in the past, and to expose the secrets of their enemies in order to divide them.
|July 15, 2016|
April 4, 2016
April 18, 2016
|Attack on Teviv|
The World Army is planning an expedition beyond the walls, and its soldiers need to travel from Arbrook to Teviv; however, along the way, they must pass by the city of Sprinet, a city that has long been controlled by the Forever Knights. As the Knights and Army engage each other in battle, the fighting spills over into Teviv, where it quickly escalates into a large-scale battle. Amidst the fighting, Sven uses his To'kustar form to give the Army an advantage, but as a mysterious To'kustar with the ability to talk appears on the side of the Knights, the advantage, as well as the city, may soon be lost.
|May 1, 2016|
May 8, 2016
May 14, 2016
May 15, 2016
April 12, 2017
April 16, 2017
|Attack on Order|
As the Battle of Teviv continues, questions about Espers, mysterious powered beings who live among normal humans, continue to swirl. As the Forever Knights plan to rescue one of their captured members, or eliminate him if they cannot, the army officially designates the Counter Forever Knights Task Force to deal with the situation and save the city. However, as secrets are revealed, tensions run high, and important decisions must be made, as the fate of the whole world rests in the balance. And, to top it off, two old foes reunite amidst the battle, sending the first season to a thrilling conclusion!
Awakening, Part I
Awakening, Part II
|May 26, 2017|
June 2, 2017
June 9, 2017
June 16, 2017
June 23, 2017
June 30, 2017
|The Princess and the Nobles||Capital|
|July 7, 2017|
July 14, 2017
July 21, 2017
- Main article: Season One
- Main article: Season Two
Attack on To'kustar was originally created on July 3, 2014, but it was soon abandoned. Then, on December 27, 2014, at Winter Fanon Con, the creator confirmed that it would actually be created, and that it would serve as a spiritual successor to another of the creator's projects, Knighted. The first volume of the series was released on January 6, 2015.
After the fourteenth episode, titled Sisters, was released on July 15, 2015, the series went on a long hiatus, and the next episode, titled Knight, was not released until April 4, 2016. Since then, the series has progressed to a semi-regular schedule of sorts. Episodes are released on average every couple of days, but there are no days of the week in which episodes are always released on. As of August 17, 2018, 23 episodes in all have been released.
The first season is confirmed to be six chapters, with 28 volumes in all. Lastly, the creator has also stated that most chapters will be between four and six volumes, but that sometimes there might be as few as two or as many as nine volumes per chapter.
On April 17, 2017, a second season was confirmed, given the title Espers of the Heart. On May 15, 2017, the subtitle was removed from the season and the confirmed chapter titles changed. The second season was also confirmed to have six chapters and 24 episodes in all.
Writing and Development
All episodes are planned out months in advance by the creator, but episodes are not actually written usually until just before they are released. Planning usually involves determining a general plot and then later adding sub-plots. The sub-plots come in two kinds: structural, which allow the specifics of the main story to be fleshed out, and developmental, which allow for more exposition, world building, or character development. Usually, structural sub-plots are more concrete, with a definitive beginning and ending, as they determines how episodes are broken down into chapters. On the other hand, developmental subplots may have a clear beginning, but they can be stretched out or delayed indefinitely as other sub-plots take priority.
All episodes are written by the creator himself. Episodes generally take five to seven days to write, though some can be written in two to three days or as short as a day. Some episodes take longer to write. All together, a chapter can take anywhere from a week to two months to write. In terms of release schedule, episodes have generally been released as soon as they are finished, but starting with episode 23, they will not be released until all of the chapter is finished being written.
According to the creator, there is enough material planned for many seasons, but it is unlikely that all the planned material will be adapted into episodes and released. It is possible that each season will have an open ending so that the series always has a chance of continuing.
Episodes are each given two titles: a one-word title that is somehow related to the events of the episode, and a longer title related to the actions of one specific character within an episode. The longer title is considered the official title, while the one-title is used for convenience in naming pages, as some of the official titles can be quite ridiculous and long.
In the first season, all chapters are named variations of "Attack on...", but in future seasons, chapters will be named in different ways.