As big and strong the Attack on Titan fandom has come and always been, there has been a major celestial character favoritism battle going on for as long as the main rookie cadet squad was first introduced. Specifically, there are two major sides that you have to side with no matter what. Welcome to the Annie vs. Mikasa debate.
And with no stretching up, both characters have their ups and downs. Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls made a huge contribution to this debate while it focuses on Mikasa and Annie on a deeper scale, presenting more information on their past and rendering them as human beings
with their own dreams, motivations, and fears.
- Story (7.5/10):
Spanning 3 episodes, Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls dedicates the first two for Annie, a character that we haven't seen much of, especially on the last seasons (2 and 3 as of now), which was a total let down. The one shot takes place the day before her exposal for the titan she is, peaking on her daily routine, and it just happens to be an interesting case where she has to look for some rich man's missing daughter. They did a great job not only showing the soft and actual human part of Annie but also gave us a glimpse of the thug life on the lawless streets of Wall Maria. It seems the world inside is even more corrupt and rotten than the other side of the walls, and having a fragile girl (as she referred to herself while fighting Eren on some training flashback) take over a case that would normally exceed the qualities of a rookie such as herself puts her at a real-world challenge, both morally and faithfully. The two first episodes flow nicely and fast until you realize you already made it to the third and last episode, which is centered about Mikasa as she pictures what it would have been like if her mother and father weren't assassinated, would she still have met Eren? would they still be that close of friends? It was a bit messy and complicated if you don't pay enough attention as they timeline conflicts can really confuse you, I didn't sign up for Steins;Gate class complicated shows, but I was shocked nevertheless.
- Art (7/10):
The animation in Attack on Titan was always a core key, and a great one might I add. Everybody would go praising how fluid and fantastic the visuals are, but honestly, not so much with this one. And I can excuse that for there were minimal action scenes to focus on. The art style was normal, but well maintained and consistent throughout the OVA, never lazy or blunt. I would argue that the “No Regrets” OVA had better flexing on the animation, but that's another talk for another day. But don't give up, the two or three satisfying punches do take a thing or two from that glorious cake of an animation.
- Sound (7.5/10):
I really appreciate their choice of ending theme songs, the first two, there was an original ending song with both visuals and sound, focusing of course on Annie and her outsider friends. But what really added nostalgia to the mix was the return of the fantastic ending theme song of Mikasa from the first season of the parent series. The voice acting was great, again, Attack On Titan's cast was always great on this one. Unfortunately, there wasn't any opening theme song to start off the hype, but it isn't always necessary.
- Character (8.0/10):
This is what kept the OVA going, Annie had some great focus, the spotlight brought out the best out of her and gave us some deep insight into her life, and some sneaky peaks on her backstory. Before this, I really didn't give Annie many credits and wasn't even one of my top favorite characters in the series, but this was a rank-changer for her to me. Unfortunately, Mikasa's episode wasn't as deep as Annies, it didn't add anything special, to be honest, we already knew plenty about her, she only seemed to display even more affection to Eren.
- Enjoyment (7.0/10):
Most definitely, my second favorite OVA of the series after “No Regrets”, I enjoyed the heck out of what Annie had to offer, but not much with Mikasa's. There are in fact few intriguing moments with Mikasa, making her as sort of having some mysterious supernatural powers, they did it before and here they are back with it strong.
- Overall (7.4/10):
If you're either of both characters fan (which you should be), you should give this a try, especially for you Annie lovers, it's for her, more than a just irrelevant episode because they manage to tell more about her than the entire series did so far.
The first two episodes of the three episode OVA follow Annie and her life as a member of the Military Police Brigade. This is set just before she attempts to capture Eren when he goes on his Expedition. The last episode follows Mikasa.
Without giving anything away other than a very brief overview, this is a great mini series than finally gives Annie and Mikasa some attention and love without focusing on the medieval Kirito...Eren. At first I was hesitant about watching it, not because I'm not a fan but because I have always found Annie to be a very 2 Dimensional character. Disregarding the
big fight between her and Eren in the final episode of Season 1, she always had no emotions and focused on her goal, this made for very uninteresting scenes. However, this series is currently one episode in and completely smashes my image of her as it finally adds substance to her character. We get to see more of her "Human" side and of her emotions which really piqued my interest in her and changed my opinion of her.
The first episode features a utterly beautiful female rendition of "Call my Name" which is a homage to the first season and just fits so perfectly and brings back the feelings of just how great this anime is. The music is composed by the brilliant Hiroyuki Sawano who is nothing less than a genius.
Overall I give this a 9/10 based on the first episode alone. The combination of the story, characters, central theme and music makes it worthy of such a high score, as is expected by Wit Studio. I look forward to the rest of the series.