Bundled with the 12th, 13th, and 14th limited-edition manga volumes.
Episode 1: An old journal is found by Hange with the help of Levi and Erwin when they conduct the surveillance operation outside the wall. The contents of "Ilse's Journal" result in some unexpected actions from Hange.
Episode 2: Another story of the 104th Trainee Squad.
Episode 3: Depicts a "memorable episode before the 104th Training Corps became unified."
In a land ravaged by Titans - monstrosity that have desolated humanity and left them on the brink of constant fear at every day, every hour, every minute exists warriors that fights for what they believe in. It is freedom and to liberate themselves from fear and destruction of this apocalyptic land at the dawn of the hour, these warriors have vowed to bring the war against Titans. But just exactly who are these mysterious Titans that suddenly popped out of from the earth? Why do they eat humans when they suffer no hunger themselves? Exactly what is a ‘Titan’?
These are questions you might have in mind if you decide to give this OVA a shot. Shingeki no Kyojin: llse no Techou is an OVA based off popular manga, Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) written by Hajime Isayama. The anime series that debuted in the Spring of 2013 have been an international hit and achieved numerous praise and attention. As a standalone OVA, this little of piece of work composed of a mere 23 minutes takes us back to a time where we visit another character and the journey that she went through. It’s a tough life though with blood spilled everywhere, bones mangled, and atmosphere shrouded with fear.
The OVA itself takes place in the same setting that revolves around the Titans, man-beasts and the primary antagonists of the franchise. In such a time, there are no moments of serendipity but humanity is bestowed with fear. One such character among humanity is named Ilse Langnar, a young woman from the 34th Expedition of the Scouting Legion. Being a member of the Scouting Legion means putting your life constantly at risk as they are on the front lines against the Titans. For Ilse however, she discovers more than just fear. From a startling event, Ilse discovers an astonishing factor that may have changed her life forever. There’s a clear certainty of confusion with what she found and in this OVA will reveal something you might have missed from its parent series.
However, discoveries aren’t just the only phenomenon that plays a role in this OVA.
For a certain character with the style of a scientist, she hopes to capture one alive and really dissect the knowledge from the Titans. Returning to this OVA is Hanji, a squad leader from the survey corps. Unlike most people who lives in fear of the Titans, she embraces its identity and wishes to discover more than what she can. Throughout the OVA, her ebullient personality and irrational behavior almost puts her own life as well as others at risk. Thankfully, we have others like Levi and his corps to save the day.
The OVA itself doesn’t focus much on characters but rather more on discoveries, or rather the mysteries relating to the Titans. There are so many questions that needs answers yet no one really knows the truth. Ilse’s journal details part of what she learned although it seemed to be obscured. In one sense, the OVA present itself to viewers as a way to open up our minds to what we may think relates to the Titans. Thoughts, theories, and ideas might be evoked as we try to pierce the puzzle together similar to what Hanji is doing. It also helps that the OVA recollects some of the events from the past with a short recap to refresh viewers what they remembered before. One thing, it’s definitely not pretty and Titans are detestable towards the human race.
Similar to its parent franchise, the OVA performs with action in the typical shounen style. There’s the quick movements from various squad members including the prominent clean freak, Levi. Hanji herself rides into danger although her combat phases are limited because of her ambition to capture titans rather than obliterating them. But realistically, the SnK franchise plays more on the dark fantasy genre. It focuses on portraying the desolation of humanity and presents it in a gruesome way with graphic violence. In a way, it works but sometimes lacks new features. And speaking of features, main characters from the original series such as Eren, Mikasa, and Armin are absent. The trio aren’t interested in discoveries especially with Eren being the hothead so the path of knowledge falls upon more to other characters.
Artistic wise, the OVA maintains its posture well in terms of presentation. The setting reflects on a sense of hopelessness for humanity. The Titans are designed in a way that consists of human features but possesses the brutality of an animal. Most of the characters in this OVA doesn't go any significant change. Ilse on the other hand is designed to look frailer, as in a fragile woman struggling to stay alive. We don’t find out much about her combat abilities either so it’s unknown her true capabilities as a soldier.
The soundtrack deserves praise similar to its predecessor. Even as a standalone OVA, the soundtrack focuses on intense choreography coordinated to desired scenes. Whether these might be brutal, sarcastic, or calm, the music department once again does its job. Ilse’s voice shows her as a woman of concern but also frustration once she comes head to head with questions. The tone of her voice during one specific scene reveals the unsettling nature of how humanity is suffering mentally because of the Titans.
Overall, this OVA is definitely worth the try especially if you’re curious to see what goes on with other characters. Ilse might not be a prominent character from the main series but her discovery might be an important key to unlock the mystery of the Titans. As far as mysteries go though, the OVA doesn’t give much answers so you’ll have to dig answers elsewhere. The way the episode does handles itself though is to flourish out the grim reality of the SnK world. It’s living every day in fear in such a land realizing you’re not at the top of the food chain. read more
I must say that before i watched the first episode i would have never expect anything that happened. Something is going to happen with the titans and its just gonnna pull you in for more it will amaze you. I would have never guesed anything! i really do recomend you to watch it especially if you have seen the full series.
the story line is just amazing, if they continue to make more of this OVA watch it all ! :3
I don't have knowledge about Shingeki no Kyojin manga but I've completed the TV series. This OVA occurred during the time when Eren and his batch (104th trainees squad was still in training). Also keep in mind that currently only 1 of the 2 episodes is out and that is the sole information I could review as of now.
It's better to think of this as another anime episode rather than some highly anticipating OVA. It's because there's not much action in here. Nevertheless, I still scored it 10. Why? It's because I strongly believe this is an important fragment in the entire story of Shingeki no Kyoujin.
You might wonder or it might be important to know what's in it for you when you watch this. There are 2 things I could give you right away. First, another discovery about Titans that would put a piece of a puzzle in your mind if you already have a theory how Titans exist. Second, another portrayal of soldiers' life and personality particularly Ilse (you'll know her when you watch this), Hanji, and other Corps.
STORY: It's a piece of a puzzle in the entire plot of the series so it's a must watch too although you have to bear in mind that there's a little action here.
ART: I have a feeling it's kinda better than the series but not so sure since I've just shifted from streaming to downloading several months ago.
SOUND: It's neutral, suitable for the scenes. The theme songs are the first opening and ending of the TV series and are inserted just like how it is in TV.
CHARACTER: The characters you've seen remain the same as how you know them in the TV series.
ENJOYMENT: I enjoyed it not because of its battle scenes but because of watching another episode of the series. You wouldn't know how it feels if you're just the type who wants to watch coz of its popularity or just to have something to brag about.
OVERALL: I can't say this is a superb OVA but if you want to know more about Shingeki no Kyojin and want to be refreshed of the story while waiting for a sequel (yeah, I'm also assuming for a sequel) then definitely you should watch this.read more
Well, there is not much to say. Everyone who enjoyed the anime should watch this OVA.
The plot is very interesting. It shows us that there is something more in the titans. What the heck happened? After watching this I got a feeling that the titans actually don't wanna eat humans but they are somehow forced into it. Heh such an interesting topic. "The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak." Mark 14:38
Anyway, basically you return some time before the ending of the first anime season and watch some well-known characters (Levi and his squad, Hanji, Ervin..) discovering another fact about the titans. The reason why Ervin allowed Hanji to capture titans alive. Don't wanna spoil but we meet here a new character who died a year ago but brought to light an incredible information about titans in a small notebook.
So this OVA was really interesting piece of puzzle to the mystery behind titans. It was made in the same style as the anime so I take it just as another episode of the first season.
Oh and by the way hahaha Oluo from Levi's squad bit his tongue again :D read more