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 was released for the Western audience when bundled with Kodansha Comics USA's Attack on Titan Special Edition manga. The first part of the OVA was included with the manga's 18th volume on April 5, 2016 while the second part was included with the 19th volume's 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.
I have been looking forward to watching this OVA, as soon as i heard it was being made.
This new installment of the Attack on Titan universe tells us a bit more about Levis' past and how he joined the survey corps. All the while being introduced to two new characters, Farlan and Isabel.
Farlan and Isabel are two new interesting characters.
Isabel seems to have a more childish attitude (A little like Zoë Hange), whilst Farlan is more responsible (taking care of his sick friend)
Levi hasn't changed at all. Still the same guy as always. Still cleaning.
Holy shit is the 3D maneuver gear awesome!
We are given an intense and thrilling chase scene with LOTS of 3D maneuver gear usage. Animation is really fluid and the underground environment is a breath of fresh air.
The voice acting is as always great and we are given a new soundtrack to fit with the chase scene. Lots of new 3D maneuver gear sounds is also heard.
I just fucking loved it! Everything from the throwback with Levi cleaning, to the soundtrack and action scenes.
If you liked the original Attack on Titan show and want to know more about the world and Levi, then this is a must watch!
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!!
Thanks for reading. Any doubts? Comment my profile and we can chat. Sayōnara.
Shingeki no Kyojin: No Regrets/Kuinaku Sentaku is a spin-off of the ever popular Attack on Titan on which our beloved supporting character Levi finally gets a main role. This shows the flashback of Levi before joining the Survey Corps. You don't really need to watch AOT first if you want to watch this.
The story leads to Levi, Isabel and Farlan living in an underground city in which serves as the Capital's dump. Levi and his friends are criminals who steals food, money, etc. using a 3D Maneuver gear. Not much I can say 'bout the story since it's already written in the
synopsis. For my score for the story, I gave it a 9, it's not really perfect but it's really interesting. And which leads later in a situation in which we would be really tense and shock. The thrills sent to me lead it to a 9 score to the story.
The art is still the same, Levi's face, nothing really much has changed (even though years had passed), and Erwin still looks like himself. Nothing really much changed.
Sound? Opening and ending was the 2nd one from the anime. But the background music, OST, was great! As expected from a wonderful anime.
The character development, this was the one that gave impact on us. Levi is Levi, Erwin is Erwin. But the bond between Levi, Isabel, and Farlan was something you find heartwarming. The development between them is great.
So far, I enjoyed this OVA, even though this is a spin-off, I still gave it a high score. Because of how well-made this is. And how much impact it gave to me.
Overall, I loved this spin-off. It already became one of my faves, of course, not because Levi is the protagonist, it's because of somehow it gave me an impulse of excitement. I never really found a spin-off this exciting and tense. And If you think spin-offs aren't worth watching, try watching this one. And yes, that means I recommend this.