Ilse no Techou: Aru Chousa Heidanin no Shuki
During the Survey Corps' 49th recon mission, Hange Zoë is determined to capture a titan specimen. Despite not receiving clearance from Commander Erwin Smith, when a titan is spotted in nearby forestland, Hange rides out alone to meet it. Recklessly luring it out, she asks the titan numerous questions and puts her life on the line for the sake of her research. However, the behavior of this particular titan is far from normal. It quickly turns back and enters the wood once again, leading Hange to somewhere specific. What Hange finds is the legacy of former scout Ilse Langnar. In spite of her death, she provides a valuable piece of information that may serve to turn the tide for titan research—a diary documenting her last moments.
Totsuzen no Raihousha: Sainamareru Seishun no Noroi
Jean Kirstein would do anything to escape his boring home life and overbearing mother. After enlisting in the military, it became his ultimate goal to join the Military Police regiment and live out in peace and luxury. However, during his time with the 104th Training Corps, things never really go the way Jean wants them to. Eventually, the stolen glory and condescending banter of his comrades become too much—and Jean challenges fellow cadet Sasha Blouse to a battle, in order to determine which of them is strongest—but who will come out on top?
The 104th Training Corps' most recent mission is a trek on horseback into the forest. Although a test of their ability to stay alert even in non-threatening situations, the task is boring and can lead to in-fighting. This is especially true for one of the groups, lead by Marco Bott. Some want to stay true to the mission they have been tasked with, and the rest would rather slack off, occupying themselves with more exciting activities. But when trouble strikes, they are completely unprepared.
Review: Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) OVA Edition
Welcome back, anime enthusiasts! Thanks for dropping by. It’s your friendly Anime Critic here again, bringing you a detailed evaluation of one of the titanic names in the anime world, Shingeki no Kyojin, more commonly known as Attack on Titan. This time, we’re delving deep into the OVA edition and gosh, is it a spectacle to behold? Let’s gear up, grab your 3D Maneuver Gear to scale the walls and fight some Titans!
The story of “Shingeki no Kyojin” is truly one for the annals of anime history. In a dystopian world, humanity is on the brink of extinction as giant humanoid creatures, ferociously devour humans for no apparent reason. The survivors live in tightly-guarded cities surrounded by towering walls, a pitiful semblance of security against the so-called Titans rampaging outside. Amid such desperate circumstances, we have our main protagonist Eren Yeager, coupled with his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their close friend Armin Arlert. Together, they dream of freeing humanity from the Titans. The storyline is a thrilling ensemble of fear, trust, and the instinctual will to survive.
The OVA edition takes everything you loved about Attack on Titan and wraps it into a succinct package of epic battles, tear-jerking character development, and adrenaline-inducing plot progression. Our trio, Eren, Mikasa, and Armin, are put to the test in scenarios that tease us even more about the larger universe beyond the walls. The main series is intense as is, but with OVAs, the intensity and emotional roller coaster are taken to a whole new level. I found myself latched onto the screen from start to finish, my heart pounding in sync with the characters’ desperate struggle.
Animation & Sound
Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. When it comes to animation, Studio Wit – later replaced by MAPPA, has truly outdone itself. The action animation sequences are fluid and grand, making every Titan encounter feel colossal and truly titanic. Even the quieter, more emotional scenes have an aesthetic charm that makes the narrative ten times more impactful.
As for the voice acting, it’s sublime. The distant echos, the powerful roars, the chilling screams, everything falls perfectly into place. Not to forget, Hiroyuki Sawano’s score, the mastermind behind Attack on Titan’s OST, is simply spectacular and seamlessly blends with the storyline taking you to the edge of your seat and at times, leaves you holding your breath.
Should You Watch It?
My verdict is an overpowering YES! The ‘Shingeki no Kyojin OVA’ is not some extra content to pass the time. It’s a crucial part of the narrative that fills in the gaps of the main storyline and thus, is a must-watch. Whether you plan to rent, buy, or stream, it’s worth every second.
In conclusion, there’s a reason why Attack on Titan is one of the most celebrated anime of the modern era. Its ability to convey the harsh realities of survival, betwixt thrill and despair, is unparalleled. The OVAs are indeed a treat for fans, offering an extended immersive experience into this incredible universe.
Now, gear up, anime aficionados, and delve into the world of Shingeki no Kyojin OVA if you haven’t already. And, don’t forget to come back for more of my reviews. Remember, titan killing is best done in style!
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