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.
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
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.
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
The OVAs takes place around the time skip in the series near episodes 3 and 4 in the regular anime. Moving away from just the usual trio of protagonists and their training to become professional titan slayers, the story also focuses on Hanji, Levi and his squad, and several others. This OVA adds a little more background into some of the elder and younger characters of the story as well as some more mysteries to the strange titans. The first episode is the only one adapted from the manga while the other two episodes are original material.
Episode 1: Hanji has become determined to capture a
titan as the Survey Corps heads out on yet another difficult mission into titan territory. Being Hanji, she is obsessed with titans to the point where she blatantly disobeys the leader, Erwin, and goes off in search of some titans for her experimenting pleasures. She comes across a 6 meter titan and runs around asking it questions while it attempts to knock her off her high horse and swallow her whole. Eventually after some strange behavior from the titan, Hanji and Levi come across a diary written by a deceased member of the Survey Corps named Ilse Langnar. Her story details her encounter with the titan that chased Hanji and basically just adds even more mysteries about titans without really any startling discovers aside from some curious dialogue.
Episode 2: This episode is an overly-serious yet humorous joke about Jean and his teenage angst, and it even features a Jean-centered version of the first opening theme. Jean doesn't get along with his overly-caring mother and just wants to go out into the world and get away from her, but even then she continues to embarrass him. This was my least favorite episode of the three as it just seemed stupid with it's poor attempt at comedy for the most part.
Episode 3: This episode finally returns to the 104th division with a training exercise that helps unite them. What seems like a long and boring exercise turns into a mission to get back at thieves who stole the group's 3DMG and Christa. The tactics and characters in this episode are very much like the real series (unlike episode 2).
The animation is just as good as it is in the regular anime and the soundtrack is also pretty similar (just without the songs that specifically go along with some of the main characters). The small amount of action looks great. While there is much less beautifully animated gore, there are still plenty of beautiful scenery shots. Some of the animation during the overly-serious comedic moments in episode 2 do not fit very well though considering most of this show is not comedic in the least.
As for the characters, Hanji is still the most adorable, psychotic 40 year old in anime and Levi has to take of everyone. Ilse's voice actor does an excellent job of speaking in a rapid, panicked voice during the flashback and portrays her perfectly. Eren, Jean, Armin, Mikasa, and everyone else are back to how they were in the beginning with Eren and Jean bickering about everything, Armin trying to keep the peace, and Mikasa just being Mikasa.
I enjoyed these OVAs (aside from the second) about as much as I did any normal episode from the anime. Since they take place around episode 3 and 4 for the most part, I wouldn't recommend this to people who have not watched the beginning of the anime yet, as it does have the usual recap at the beginning of the first OVA which would spoil the first few episodes. To anyone who has seen past episode 3, I recommend watching this. It's just more of the same Attack on Titan stuff as before just with much, much less gore.
Out of the 3 OVA released so far, the first is the standout. It focus's on interesting characters that i wanted to see more of in the main anime so that's a plus. Zoë is a character with a very...unique personality, which is both interesting and entertaining since she's very unconventional. Levi and his squad are the supporting characters and it's nice to see them because i personally enjoy their characters and i wish they were around more in the anime. I'm not sure whether or not to consider this one filler, since it did seem story focus'd but vaguely. The episode talks about the
Titans and shows something about them that we haven't seen before so it's cool to speculate what it's about. Overall the story on this one was fun to watch unfold and interesting.
The second was just fine, it worked as a typical filler. I like how it focus'd on one of the show's strongpoints - the characters. Jean and Sasha were the main characters for this one, with Armin, Reiner and some others acting as the support including General Pixis. The story is very odd, focusing on a cook-off. Though this doesn't mean i wasn't entertained, especially towards the end the episode took a wacky turn which was actually pretty funny. It also characterized Jean and gave him a bit more back story showing he's a very kind hearted person in short. It was also nice to see more of Sasha as well since she's on of my favorite characters
The third was good as well, i don't really know who the focus is on this one, it told a story about a training exercise gone wrong. It followed Eren, marco, Jean, and the rest of Eren's squad prior to the second Titan attack in the second wall. The story wasn't that intense since we already know all the characters survive via seeing them in the main story that takes place after this episode does. The antagonists didn't really feel so threatening either, but watching the cadets fight them was pretty entertaining as well as seeing the interplay and chemistry between the characters. There were some funny moments and it was mildly entertaining so I don't have any big gripes with it. Overall it was good.
The OVA are nothing amazing like i said, but they're very entertaining nonetheless and i enjoyed watching it. The first episode is the standout of course so i recommend watching that one at least. If you're a fan of the show the other two are fun to watch as well but if you don't like fillers then it's not your thing. Personally i didn't mind the filler story and i enjoyed it so i gave it a 7.
The episode is a back story on Jean Kirstein and the 104th trainees squad with some light comedy and laughs. A light comedy that do not lineup with Attack on Titan's original serious story, unlike "Ilse's Journal" the 1st OVA.
Attack on Titan OVA 1: Ilse's Journal:
A story tells the encounter of Recon Corps on their 49th expedition outside the walls. Levi and his comrades as well as Hange Zoe found a notebook journal written by former Recon Corps member Ilse Langnar. The journal notes some new information about the titans which well then change the force stand on titan
The story is enjoyable overall, but as a single OVA episode, do not expect it to be on the level of the anime series.
As you have might seen in the anime series, Recon Corps members are very enjoyable + the most intelligent and organized among other forces within the wall.
The Episode Overall:
If you liked the anime series, you will most likely enjoy this OVA.
"Seid ihr das Essen? Ja, wir sind die Jägerschnitzel!"
What happens when you have a HUGELY popular series, but you can only make a new season every 3 years and people are all begging for more? Obviously, you HAVE to give them something, otherwise too many people will abandon ship. Especially since most fans of the anime don't actually read the manga. To solve this dilemma, Attack on Titan created this OVA. However, they really didn't want to create filler material that might accidentally contradict something later on in the manga. The only way to ASSURE that this contradiction doesn't happen, is to make an
OVA where absolutely NOTHING of any importance or substance happens.
I appreciate the massive handicap that the director of this OVA faced! However, there was a much better approach the OVA could have taken. The OVA should have focused on actual character building and interesting conversations between the characters to perhaps flesh out some of the minor characters or let us look deeper into the minds and motivations of our leads. What did we get instead? I'll explain.
I can't really "spoil" anything because nothing happens!
OVA 1: The OVA starts strong by making the correct marketing decision and choosing fan favorite Levi as the main character. He and his team must capture a Titan alive in order to study it. They discover the lost diary of a deceased scout. The diary gives us a name and basically just acts as a teaser for people who have already read the manga. If you haven't read ahead in the manga, you don't actually learn jack shit. Yeah, they capture a Titan, but we don't learn ANYTHING new about the Titans! Where they came from, why they eat humans, etc. I DO know all of those answers as of 4/29/2015 because I've read the manga, but watching this OVA won't get you any closer to that knowledge. Do we learn anything new about Levi? Nope. Do we get to see how his team dynamics work in a much clearer picture? nope. Did this episode have a freaking point besides saying "go read the manga?" Nope
Ova 2: We get a cooking contest between "Potato Girl" and Jean. Seriously. That's what happens! We also get a sexy training montage of Mikasa practicing boxing for some reason in a white push-up bra. Is she trying to be Tifa Lockhart? Obvious fanservice is obvious
OVA 3: They travel to what looks like the "old West" AKA Southwest United States and end up fighting outlaws. Wait...didn't this series take place in Germany? How the fuck did they get to the Southwest US? DAMN IT OVA, YOU HAD ONE JOB!!!
If you aren't a huge fan of Attack on Titan, this OVA is a colossal, titanic waste of time! If you ARE a huge Attack on Titan fan...ditto. Basically, this OVA sucks. That's it folks. I don't have positive things to say here. Besides keeping the same high quality music and good animation, it freaking sucks!
The cheesiness is strong in this one and it's parent story, the Shingeki no Kyojin TV. The review is written by this aspect and as a separated OVA from that, due to it's "lost episode" meaning. Those who liked the series, don't read more from this and move on to the other reviews.
To be fair, the Shingeki no Kyojin series wasn't a good adaptation at all: the first quarter had a good pace, then it became too slow and slower and slower and in the end, a common snail could be a F-1 race car beside this. And don't mention the unnecessary babbling, without giving
real information and deepening the characters to make them more interesting. The expedition's running could have been the saviour part for that, after the overly enlonged by direction of the battle of Trost, giving a flag for those, who read the manga, where will be it end. And that flag came closer and closer by every week once the series' episodes were shown. But that's doesn't really matter now.
The chapter, what this OVA has adaptated isn't a really long one, and hardly makes it to a normally long episode, so they put anime-original parts to it, to make matching parts with the series. Even some recap scene came by in the beginning to let us know where to put this in the time line. It's story would be interesting, if it would give us some new information about the Titans (or more like Giants, since kyojin means this), but it doesn't. Only gives another bunch of questions to those what we already have and we could think what's behind them with some mere logic. I won't write down my theory, but I know, most people are already thinking about the same. Even at least one little bit of answer would be good but no, hell no.
The art comes with the same as the series, just like what goes for the sounds, OP, ED et cetera. I kinda like this grotesque and somewhat realistic yet gruesome art, but also, I could say that, what I could say to the manga and the series: it doesn't live up to it's potentials. Or to be frank: could be done better a bit. The OP and ED are the same as the first half of the series, and my thoughts are the same about them: the OP has a really good music, but only from the greatest part of the track and with the pictures and in a whole it's just attitudinizing by awesomeness, what makes it so annoying. The same could go for the ED, with almost everyone's SnK-waifu, Mikasa, who has great potentials by her character, yet utterly misused.
Overall, the OVA's enjoyment falls behind the series', but not far away from it. But you know, I watched it with blank expression, like "yet another meh", which makes it even more equal to the series. Both are mediocre (5 out of 10): while the series was butchered by a half-assed director who had only one good directing on his list (and so far, he couldn't repeated this) and screenplay writer, the OVA has fallen behind because of the series itself, because it couldn't live up to it and because of choosing a not so important part of the story, postponing our first questions by importance to an even more distant time: to the second series, what every SnK-fan is waiting - but I can make you sure: you won't get answers for a long-long time.
*This review is meant to poke fun and give insight.
Story (60/100) With all 3 OVA's together, it equals to an overall of 60. After seeing the first OVA, titled Isle's Journal, I had hope for the next OVA. Then I heard they were tacking on another OVA, to make it three in all...
Isle's Journal- By far the most interesting OVA. Hell, even better than the original series itself. You delve into an episode that happens in between episode 3 and 4 (If I am thinking correctly) of the original series. Levi goes on an adventure. Sounds interesting, right? Well, it is. But, I could have
done without Levi's squad. I mean, Aluo's damn gag reel of biting his tongue was annoying as hell. (-5 points)
OVA #2- I don't even know what this one was named, but I don't care, because this episode was REALLY unnecessary. I have 3 words: Uneventful, unnecessary, fan service. This. This was really stupid. I'm sorry, but it was. (-10 points). It focuses on Jean, who they make the MC. Sounds...cool, right? For Jean fans, at least. They all decided to have a cook off like its Hell's Kitchen, which made no sense at all, and the animators thought, “Hey, remember those supposedly funny scenes Isayama did in the manga? Let's add those in random spots so this episode makes no sense whatsoever.” (-5 points).
OVA #3- OK, this one was a bit better than the last one, but was easily crushed by Isle's Journal in the interesting factor.
“Important girl gets kidnapped by men and needs to be saved by everyone's teamwork” cliché (-5 points), “Mikasa/Annie ex machina” (-5 points), “Character stops others from killing bad guys because feelings” cliché (-5 points)
No half-aked Armin (-5 points) -Seriously, we get a Mikasa working out scene in the previous episode, but no Armin? Screw you animators. I'm tired of femservice. ME WANT MANSERVICE.
There really isn't any character. (-10 points) I mean, except Isle, who was interesting. In OVA 2, we get to see a bit of Jean's past, and suddenly, Jean is a dick to his mom! “MC is lucky enough his parents aren't dead, but still treats them like shit until the end when he realizes his mistake”. (-10 points). Why is he a dick? Did I miss something? (-5 points)
Krista is useless as usual. (-5 points)
Not enough Armin, too much Mikasa (-5 points)
In reality, the characters are still 2D cardboard. Their 3DMG is more developed than them. (-10 points)
Not gonna lie, Snk has some good art, but it was wasted on that second OVA. (-5 points)
Mikasa and Marco need to be signed up with a hair commercial, because those scenes were sort of awkward to watch. (-5 points)
Reused 3DMG scenes from original series. What, can't make new scenes? (-5 points)
Audio (85/100) Audio and voice acting was done very well. Don't care for the OP. I don't need Armin to narrate everything for me, too. (-5 points)
I don't remember any of the OST's except for one, which I still can't find. (-10 points)
Enjoyment and Final Scoring (71/100) 60+55+85+85+70=355/5=71
I'm not a big fan of SnK. And these OVA's didn't change my mind about it either. But, I recommend this toward any SnK fan, as you guys would love it, of course.
Usually I watch OVA's only if they provide some sort of continuation to the main series or give us more detail about like backstory stuff and this is one of those OVA's that was actually really enjoyable to watch.
The OVA consists of 3 episodes, The first concentrates on Hange's discovery of an important journal about a scouts recordings on a titan.
The second concentrates one Jean and his annoying selfish nature while he has a cook off battle with Sasha.
And the third concentrates on a exercise that the 104th cadet corps had to go on that didn't really go to plan.
I thought these episodes
were pretty entertaining and interesting as the we get a little more insight one the Titans since we discover they can speak not easily, but they can speak which makes us think are they really the monsters we first thought or is there a more darker secret being kept from us.
The other two episodes concentrate on the main cast of characters during their cadet days and during the second episode it was fun seeing the characters having a laugh with each other while having a little debate with each other over whose better at what and the third episode shows how well the cadets work together when they put their minds to it and shows the bond between them grow.
Now these episodes focus on specific characters especially the first two and we get to know a little more about their personalities.
Hange is given the wheel for the first episode and it shows how determined she is that finding out the Titans origins is a primary concern and it shows that this determination almost got her comrades killed while fighting a Titan as she was placing capture of the monster over consideration of her teammates.
Jean is given concentration in the second episode and he really pissed me the hell off because this was when he is still a stuck up, selfish prick so the fact that him winning a competition against Sasha really annoyed me, but luckily the episode gives Sasha some screentime as well and it really shows that she can take things seriously as as food is involved, but she can also be incredibly cute when she has gained her reward.
The third episode concentrates mostly one certain members of the 104th cadet corps, but it really shows how these characters came to respect each other and show that they can work well as a team if they use their skills properly.
The artstyle was really pretty much the same as the main series, but we got to see the animators go a little crazy when they want as in episode 2 we got to see Commander Pixis go absolutely insane from eating a piece of meat and his imagination just ran wild and we even get to see what some of the other 104th cadet members might look like as Titans, we even get to go to new locations like a desert setting which I was surprised to see considering how much land Humanity had left after the Fall of Shiganshina.
Even though we don't get to see much Titan fighting we do get to see Humanity fighting each other well only in episode 3, but it was pretty intense seeing how the cadet members were going to outsmart a bunch of bandits and save one of their comrades from danger.
There's also quite a bit of drama between some of the cadet members too like when Eren and Jean started fighting each other it really showed the rivalry between the two characters and how this situation helped them settle this feud.
Overall I thought for a few OVA episodes this was actually very good as it offered us more insight on the relationship between the Cadets and the origins of Titans.
Overview: SnK OVA is a 3 episode special that gives some extra information about the world and characters of SnK. The first episode is actually based on a chapter of the manga. Why this episode wasn't included in the actual series is beyond me (escpecially since it's pretty important for the foreshadowing of some later events). The other 2 episodes don't be seem to be canon, as far as I can tell.
Plot: Episode 1 (8/10)
The first episode is about a girl named Ilse who is part of the Scouting Legion. She was left behind by her crew mates and she writes a journal about her
last hours before gets eaten by a titan. She writes everything she sees down, even while running. In a forest she meets an abnormal titan who has the ability to speak human speech. This episode was really cool, because it actually adds to the world building of the show and didn't feel completely pointless.
Episode 2 (5,5/10)
The second episode was about a cooking contest between Sasha and Jean. This episode was super silly and didn't add anything to plot or characters. I admit that it was kinda funny seeing Sasha in her element (she's obsessed with food after all), so if you missed some slice of life/comedy moments in SnK, you might even like this episode. The worst part about this episode has the be the humour though, it felt completely wrong, like it doesn't even belong in this show.
Episode 3 (6/10)
The third episode was about the kids from the Scouting Legion doing some sort of training, when suddently some robbers steal their equipment and kidnap Krista. Of course Eren and his crew try to come up with a plan and eventually rescue her. This episode wasn't too special, but at least it didn't feel so out of place like episode 2.
Art + Music (9/10)
It's the same as the original series. SnK as a really good artstyle with solid animations and the soundtrack is just awesome. It really makes some awesome scenes even more intense (especially in ep 1 and to some extent in ep3).
If you watched Attack on Titan and you plan to watch the second season in 2016, I highly recommend watching this, even if it's just for the first episode, because it'd say it's pretty important for later events. Ep 2 and 3 are pretty unnecessary though, but I guess more Snk can never hurt? Overall a decent OVA.