Wall Sina, Goodbye
Annie Leonhart has a job to do—and a resulting absence that must stay off her record at all costs. With no one else to turn to, she asks her comrade Hitch Dreyse to cover for her. She agrees but puts forward a single condition: Annie must solve the fruitless missing person case Hitch was assigned. The case revolves around Carly Stratmann, a university graduate and the daughter of wealthy businessman Elliot Stratmann. With only a single day to solve the case and the underground of the Stohess District crawling with thugs, Annie must put her all into finding this girl. Yet, every answer she uncovers only leads to further questions—how has the illegal drug coderoin found its way to Stohess, what is Elliot hiding, and where has Carly disappeared to?
Lost in the Cruel World
With worry for Eren Yeager gripping her heart, Mikasa Ackerman begins to remember. She remembers her conversations with Armin Arlert, her concern for her friends, and most painfully, the time she had almost lost everything. As fear takes control, she begins to experience an alternate version of her past—some things can be changed, but are there events so inescapable that she cannot even prevent them in her dreams?
Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls Anime Review
The Shingeki no Kyojin series launched a spin-off, specifically referred to as ‘Lost Girls’. The spin-off is mainly a collection of short stories revolving around two of the most beloved characters in the series, namely Annie Leonhart and Mikasa Ackerman. Through its 3-episode format, Lost Girls cleverly integrates insightful backstories of these characters, emphasizing their actions and motivations in the original plotline.
In ‘Lost Girls’, Annie’s story predominantly unfolds in Stohess District prior to the events of the 57th expedition. Annie is ordered to locate a missing person, which ultimately embroils her into a conspiracy involving her mission. On the other hand, Mikasa’s tale takes an alternative perspective, referencing the events of the Battle of Trost. The narrative dives deep into her psyche, grappling with her struggle between ‘freedom’ and ‘bondage’, offering a previously unexplored side of Mikasa’s character to the viewers.
Plot & Narrative
Acknowledging their short duration, ‘Lost Girls’ episodes succeed in weaving a compelling narrative around Annie and Mikasa. The plot movement is swift yet sensibly paced, and never does it feel rushed or sluggish. The spin-off smartly loans some iconic moments from the parent series, weaving them into the narrative, which not only feeds on the fans’ nostalgia but also satiates their curiosity about these characters’ backstories.
Lost Girls shines brightest in its character development section. It takes the enigmatic characters of Annie and Mikasa and delves into their psyche, portraying their vulnerabilities, doubts, and dedication. Excellently executed character arcs fit seamlessly into the larger series, enhancing the protagonists’ depth in a creative and plausible manner.
Animation & Sound Design
Continuing the legacy of the original series, the animation quality in Lost Girls is superb. The fight sequences are fluid and dynamic, and the character designs are consistent with their parent series counterparts. The sound department too does its job well, with fitting background scores amplifying the overall mood of the scenes and events.
Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls is a valuable addition to the Attack on Titan canon. Even if the scope of the story is limited due to its short episode count, it does a commendable job in exploring the depths of its central characters and weaves a tale worth the viewers’ attention. If you’re a fan of the series or interested in diving deeper into Mikasa and Annie’s characters, Lost Girls is certainly worth your time!
With its compelling narrative and impressive character development, we give Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls a solid 8/10. Recommended for streaming and buying for anyone keen on understanding the complexities of the character dynamics in this ever-evolving universe of Shingeki no Kyojin.
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