Many years before becoming the famed captain of the Survey Corps, a young Levi struggles to survive in the capital's garbage dump, the Underground. As the boss of his own criminal operation, Levi attempts to get by with meager earnings while aided by fellow criminals, Isabel Magnolia and Farlan Church. With little hope for the future, Levi accepts a deal from the anti-expedition faction leader Nicholas Lobov, who promises the trio citizenship aboveground if they are able to successfully assassinate Erwin Smith, a squad leader of the Survey Corps.
As Levi and Erwin cross paths, Erwin acknowledges Levi's agility and skill and gives him the option to either become part of the expedition team, or be turned over to the Military Police, to atone for his crimes. Now closer to the man they are tasked to kill, the group plans to complete their mission and save themselves from a grim demise in the dim recesses of their past home. However, they are about to learn that the surface world is not as liberating as they had thought and that sometimes, freedom can come at a heavy price.
Based on the popular spin-off manga of the same name, Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku illustrates the encounter between two of Shingeki no Kyojin's pivotal characters, as well as the events of the 23rd expedition beyond the walls.
Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku is based on the visual novel of the same name. The visual novel was bundled with the first press release of the 6th Blu-ray volume of the anime's 1st season and was supervised by Shingeki no Kyojin creator Hajime Isayama. It was later adapted into a 2-volume manga series which was serialized in shoujo magazine ARIA and illustrated by Hikaru Suruga.
The OVA will be bundled with Kodansha Comics' Attack on Titan Special Edition manga. The first part of the OVA was included with the manga's Volume 18 release on April 5, 2016 while the second part will be included with the Volume 19 release on August 2, 2016.
I’ve been waiting for it since I finished the manga and finally, it’s here. Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku is better than I’ve expected.
The story focuses on Levi’s past, as the title tells us.
The first episode is about Levi, Isabel and Farlan living in the underground capital and “earning” money as thugs, in order to get the chance to live on the surface someday. Because of being captured by Erwin Smith, the three of them decide to join the Survey Corps. But unfortunately, it's not that easy. Councilman Lovof wants them to retrieve a secret document from Erwin.
Coming to the second episode, the focus lies on their first days in the Survey Corps, as well as on the plan on how to get the document that Lovof needs. And their first expedition takes them outside the walls, where Levi, Isabel and Farlan have an encounter with their first titans. However, some unexpected things happen...
Isabel and Farlan are two new main characters, who are companions of Levi. Farlan is cool-headed and calm, while Isabel is energetic and vivacious. We get to see more of Levi’s character as well, which I find really interesting.
Beside new characters, we also see new sides of Levi and Erwin and get back-story of Keith Shadis, current Commander of the Survey Corps.
Great, as expected from Shingeki no Kyojin. Levi's face expressions look really intense, and the scenes, where the 3D maneuver gear is used are breathtaking. I especially liked the chase after Levi, Farlan and Isabel, as well as the fight between Levi and the titan, where we get to see a lot of action and emotions.
Basically the same music as in Shingeki no Kyojin, and they use some of the soundtracks pretty well for emphazising the atmosphere of the OVA.
I really enjoyed every second of Kuinaki Sentaku. We get to see some new faces and the chance to gain an insight into Levi’s past, before he joined the Survey Corps.
Overall, I’m highly satisfied with Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku, although I think that two episodes aren’t enough for such a strong character like Levi. Nevertheless, they did a really good job. Definitely a must watch. read more
I have got to say that ever since I read the manga and found out about the release of this OVA I've been anxiously waiting for the occasion to watch it. It's hard to say that the story impressed me, and you'll see for yourself whether you think the same or not. Of course, nothing can beat the ingenuity of the titan-related stuff, not even something from Levi's mysterious past, although we get to see a side of him that we didn't really get a glimpse of in the original anime. The other characters play an important role in his development, and although they're not all that unique, together they make a really lovely trio.
Okay, let's forget about the story - you can read elsewhere about that, and... watch it? That's a good idea, y'know. Let's see... the art is unquestionably amazing. Just as the SnK anime, it's unique and you've got to appreciate how well the fight scenes were animated. From what I've noticed (and I actually paid attention to it quite a lot), the soundtrack used was the one from the original anime, and it certainly fit the atmosphere. I've got to say that both art and sound make it a lot more enjoyable than just reading the manga.
Blah blah blah. Hey, it's my first review - so let's just get to the point: definitely worth watching if you're a true Shingeki no Kyojin fan. And it's never too late to become one... read more
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So ever since I watched Attack on Titan, I've been excited for the second series and so after non-stop thoughts about Attack on Titan, I decided to watch the series dubbed and it was even better. Shortly after watching it dubbed, I heard about this small ova, Attack on Titan: Birth of Levi. I could not wait for this to come out as it was based on my favourite character of the series, Levi. The trailer also got me very excited about this ova. As it turns out, I got to the ova a few days late after release which had me down but then the day finally came. So, was I disappointed?
The story is pretty solid, it's about Levi's past in the underground slums with no access to sunlight unless you pay to go see and even if you do, you won't be able to stay very long without any citizenship. In order for Levi, Farlen and Isabel to survive, they go around stealing food and earning money as hired thugs.
One day, a mysterious man comes to there front door with a deal, Levi tells him to piss off but the man says he's already paid his compensation, taking his friend to a surface hospital for treatment for his legs. Levi, Farlen and Isabel then follow the man to the surface to find out what the job is.
The next day, they rob a few merchants for food and then they get into a chase, from the looks, it's the military police, shortly after doing evasion mauvers, they continue to get followed and they figure out that it's not the military police but the servey corps. After you see Levi do a few fancy tricks, he gets into a fight with Erwin. Erwin then tells him to surrender as his friends have been captured. After being tied up, Erwin asks how they learnt to use manoeuvre gear like that, he doesn't respond and he gets his face beaten into the ground. Farlen then answers. Erwin then ask Levi to join them or get punished but the law. Levi unwilling accepts.
The art is just amazing, as usual. It especially looks spectacular when they are being chased by Erwin.
The sound/music is amazing and it really sets the atmosphere and mood of the ova, as expected from this amazing series. There is no disappointment here.
The ova introduces us two new main characters which support Levi by being his companions.
Levi in this ova is the leader of the group and has two companions, they both trust him and respect him. He also cares about his hygiene (which is funny, he pummels a guy to the ground because he touched his shoulder with his dirty hand).
Farlan is one of Levi's companions and is able to keep himself calm and steady. He has a lot of respect for Levi and so in return, Levi also respects him and his opinions. He is also very talented at using the 3D manoeuvre gear.
Isabel is another one of Levi's companions and very energetic who's confident in her abilities. She cares for her friends, because she is willing to sacrifice information to keep Levi from being hurt. She is also very talented at using the 3D manoeuvre gear.
I have been waiting a long time for this ova and it didn't disappoint in any area and so I really enjoyed this ova and I cannot wait till the second one is released to find out happens when he first joins the Survey Corps.
I have been overjoyed with the first ova from the two being made but with such a strong story and characters, I am a little disappointed with that there will only be two airing. They have done great with the first episode and I'm sure the second will be even better.
So, a quick review after watching the 2nd OVA.
Having enjoyed the manga I thought of taking a quick look at this piece, which to be honest, wasn't dissapointing, but I expected a little bit more.
Not bad, it made me feel nervous, sad, excited and stuff like a normal anime.
But, talking about the influence it has on Shingeki no Kyojin, it's really good. You get to see why Levi is how he is, and how the expeditions outside the walls have changed.
I was going to start my statement with "It's the same as Shingeki no Kyojin" but no. Animation was about the same, what surprised me was that drawing was different. People were more humanized (sort of to say xD) and titans were made even more terrific. Oh my gosh the titan Levi took down...
Rain was done pretty good in my opinion!
Ok, here I can truly say "Same as Shingeki no Kyojin".
As always, seiyuus did an outstanding job, specially my hero Kamiya Hiroshi-san.
Here comes the strong part.
We've know that Levi (yes, sorry, I'm a big fan of this character in particular xD) is tough, serious and seems to be bad tempered. In the OVA we get to see his more "caring big brother / human" side. At the end I couldn't stop sharing some tears with him, when he sees Isabel's and Farlan's corpses (well, only Isabel's head and half of Farlan).
These two also are made to be loved, Farlan is the type of the more serious guy, besides Irvin, he's the only one capable to calm and contain Levi, and Isabel is the typical silly character that is always happy no matter what.
And Irvin, well. Badass.
It isn't the typical "I wanted more", it's more like "It had needed to have more" I mean, if you haven't read the manga, it's ok, but some things were shortened, to put it in another way..
Pretty good! Can't wait for the second season and the live action movie!!
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