The critics have not been kind to Attack On Titan’s live action adaptation but FUNimation has seen huge numbers for its premiere in LA and the ticket sales for the showings that started this week. During the airing of part 1, the subtitles got stuck on the phrase “I’ve been waiting for this day” for nearly 20 minutes. Most films add subtitles digitally now so it was believed it was a software issue but some showings either didn’t attempt to fix it or didn’t know until after the airings.
Of course, with a phrase like that stuck on the screen, the internet blew up with puns that everyone had been waiting for this day to prove their dislike of Attack On Titan was well placed. Below is also the official statement from FUNimation regarding the glitch.
The screen has said "I've been waiting for this day" for 20 minutes. Attack on Titan in theaters today!!! pic.twitter.com/WuMtHLjYIv
— Haunter x Haunter (@sailorbee) October 1, 2015
Both FUNimation and fans of Attack on Titan have been waiting for the day when the live action movie would open in theaters in the U.S. Unfortunately, fans at a handful of theaters last night did not have the experience that we hoped they would have.
As reported online, there was a glitch in the middle of the Attack on Titan Part 1 which caused the subtitles to freeze on a single line of text for 10 or more minutes while the movie continued to play. FUNimation became aware of the subtitle problem on Monday, September 28. All exhibitors were alerted to the issue and worked with Deluxe to provide a simple fix that same day to correct the software error. FUNimation and Deluxe followed up with all exhibitors the next day – Tuesday, September 29.
The handful of theaters that experienced the subtitle problem last night did not implement the fix, which resulted in the glitch during their screenings. Our theatrical division and Deluxe are in contact with these specific locations to confirm the fix is being implemented and what, if any, assistance FUNimation can provide to ensure this problem does not occur again during the remainder of the Attack on Titan Part 1 theatrical run. FUNimation will be hardcoding subtitles on Attack on Titan Part 2 and other future releases to prevent this problem from happening again.