the 2nd OVD – ジャン(の母さん)の進撃

backova2ov2-00082Decided to just buy the manga special edition on Wednesday. Why? The OVD is Jean-centric, volume 13 also has lots of appearance of him, and so are the extra pages – overall a good bang on the buck for any Jean fans. Placed the order Wednesday evening, and it arrived Friday afternoon! That’s one speedy delivery.

Much of this OVA’s opening has been posted everywhere online. Therefore I’ll just post whatever’s on that at the BACK. Seeing this is an OVA which Jean takes centre stage, there will of course be an overload of images. (there’re also Sasha and Connie’s appearances, but, in this blog, [blank]. )


the narration is (almost ? ) the same as in the closing narration of EP1

the narration is (almost ? ) the same as in the closing narration of EP1


this is NOT Mikasa

this is NOT Mikasa

Summary: After two years of training, in the year 849, the 104th class heads to Trost for a simulation training exercise. (According to Jean) Sasha and her team keeps on stealing his (and his team’s) targets – those wooden fake titans. They get into an argument, and are interrupted by an intoxicated Pixis. He suggests they settle the matter through a cooking contest. Jean’s team has trouble finding good ingredient for the cook out. Jean’s mom goes to find his son at the barracks, but is met with an unwelcoming Jean. Later Jean receives a package from his mom, which brings him back memories of his childhood; and is obviously touched. The contest is on, Sasha makes a chop, and Jean, an omu(-rice ?). Horse-face wins because this is his episode, and they all settle their differences and be friends. Jean in a voiceover, says he might just as well pay home a visit. Happy Jean, happy Mrs. Kirstein. The end.

anything based on manga
This OVA is like the game where you’re asked to write a story by connecting various small acts. To those who paid attention to the fake volume previews at the end of most manga volumes, the ones from volumes 6, 7, 8, and 11 are incorporated into this episode.

Jean's room

Jean’s room

and here's the famed scene from the fake preview in volume 6

and here’s the famed scene from the fake preview in volume 6

no need for further explanation

no need for further explanation

larger house than Eren's ?

larger house than Eren’s ?

chimi-chara's design must came from this

chimi-chara’s design must came from this

they've put in Jean's dad (or at least I think that's him), but didn't show his face

they’ve put in Jean’s dad (or at least I think that’s him), but didn’t show his face

this would be 14-years old Jean; and so the scene before the OP was 12-years old Jean

this would be 14-years old Jean; and so the scene before the OP was 12-years old Jean

going to Trost

going to Trost

a reminder this is pre-episode 7 Jean, so expect rudeness/dbagness to the max.

a reminder this is pre-episode 7 Jean, so expect rudeness/dbagness to the max.

his future and present best friends; Armin asks about his home

his future and present best friends; Armin asks about his home

that fanmade SnK game

that fanmade SnK game

odd combination; and probably a small present for Annie fans

odd combination; and probably a small present for Annie fans

the alcoholic

the alcoholic

Mikasa stole his target, which he won't mind (because it's Mikasa)

Mikasa stole his target, which he won’t mind (because it’s Mikasa)

showing 3dmg skills

showing 3dmg skills

calls her potato(yam)-girl

calls her potato(yam)-girl ; actually this scene is probably reference to that scene in chapter 18.

if others steal his targets

if others steal his targets

life fibres

life fibres

ooc expression

ooc expression

Bert. at the back

Bert. at the back

Sasha offers her potato

Sasha offers her potato

and there's it is

and there’s it is

become background characters

become background characters

as shown in second data book

as shown in second data book

can we conclude Jean has bad sense in direction?

can we conclude Jean has bad sense in direction?

similar to the 7th volume chibi special episode

similar to the 7th volume chibi special episode

ha..Armin....

ha..Armin….

slapped by Sasha

slapped by Sasha

sees a titan

sees a titan

baiting (Sasha) with yams

baiting (Sasha) with yams

calm down horse

calm down horse

1 vs. 3

1 vs. 3

pretty light for a meal

pretty light for a meal

clumsy Jean

clumsy Jean

his lover, not.

his lover, not.

teens' worst nightmare

teens’ worst nightmare

won't see this everyday

won’t see this everyday

thus the "mama's boy" note

thus the “mama’s boy” note

mrs. Kirstein said the right words at the wrong time

mrs. Kirstein said the right words at the wrong time – “everyone, Jean’s just being clumsy. please be good to him.”

mom's meal; wonder what Eren thinks

mom’s meal; wonder what Eren thinks

" ....Jean-bo(baby Jean), err..Jean." - Eren

” ….Jean-bo(baby Jean), err..Jean.” – Eren

another key?

another key?

this is so random. lol

this is so random. lol

episode 25.

episode 25.

tries to be bad, but ultimately he's not.

gets lost on his way to washroom

delivery

delivery

katakana, upside down

katakana, upside down

his mom aged considerably in ~10 years

his mom aged considerably in ~10 years

probably in a well off family

probably in a well off family

I'm guessing 6~7 years old

I’m guessing 6~7 years old

probably 10~11.  and was called "gentle"...so as the title of the OVA says, it's one of those teen years rebellious phase

probably 10~11. and was called “gentle”…so as the title of the OVA says, it’s one of those teen years rebellious phase

Armin, with crutches.

Armin, with crutches.

Sasha, diving into an oven

Sasha, diving into an oven

this is more suited for close-range combat

this is more suited for close-range combat

so he does know how to cook

so he does know how to cook

another fake preview scene animated

another fake preview scene animated

Historia

Historia

his legs are fine now?

his legs are fine now?

she forgot the veggies

she forgot the veggies

off-character voice (became that character in kuroko no basuke), probably done so on purpose

off-character voice (became that character in kuroko no basuke), probably done so on purpose

first time Jean has won something, probably

first time Jean has won something, probably

didn't threw the letter away, and the apple.

didn’t threw the letter away, and the apple.

probably need to do a flip.

probably need to do a flip – one can see “リヨハハ” and “ボンャジ” – the content was read out in a voice over.

Jean's drawing of a girl is credited to someone

Jean’s drawing of a girl is credited to someone

few words
Does this OVA contradict with what we’ve known (about Jean) so far? In the beginning, it’s implied Jean left home to join the military, probably to do with being rebellious. In the “live reading” event, he joined because he wanted to. I think both of these facts can coexist. Of course, this OVA has lots of parts done as a parody, so the “escaping from home” reason can only be taken lightly, in my opinion.
Jean seems ruder than usual in the OVA, not that surprising. But some of the scenes and flashbacks do show his true nature. Then, maybe we are so used to post-Trost battle Jean that we’ve forgotten how much his character has mellow-out and changed since that time.
We also hear from Jean’s mom, “Wagner-san’s Thomas-chan has gone home for (a visit)”. Which means they probably do know each other – wonder if they were friends back then.
The title “突然の来訪者~苛まれる青春の呪い~” fits with the content – “the sudden visitor, the tormenting curse of the teenage years”. We are shown his 12 and 14 years old self in this OVA, and er..let’s just say all teens went through that stage where they feel rebellious and sometimes embarrassed by their parents in front of their peers, being hot-tempered, etc..; but he’s shown to have matured by the end of the episode, and of course when comparing the present time in manga (as of now chapter 56), he’s really came a long way.
– and he wasn’t horse-face when young, aha)
– his “like” list now includes: Mikasa, and omurice (technically, it could’ve been just an omelette, the anime’s carefully not shown the contents in it; and it’s never been referred to “omu-risu” in the anime, at least from what I’ve heard)
– another nickname: Jean-bo

the opening

poor Eren. lol

poor Eren. lol

creepy alright

creepy alright

scene not shown in anime

scene not shown in anime

more placement of Jean

more placement of Jean

the previous modifications were more subtle; this one is obvious

the previous modifications were more subtle; this one is obvious

as is this. lol

as is this. lol


Promotion of this OVA…stores in Japan certainly have a way of doing that. As seen in this tweet of a certain shop. (makes me want to see a new official character poll)
Finally, for those who can read Japanese, here is a very through review of the OVD/A.

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7 thoughts on “the 2nd OVD – ジャン(の母さん)の進撃

  1. Railing Plebeian

    I noticed the animation for the city training scene was limited. I was hoping they’d show off what they could do with a big budget but I guess they want to maximise profits.

    Reply
    1. vofoj

      either limited budget, time, or both. you know they probably would’ve done a modified ED if budget’s unlimited as well – but that’d involve more than just replacing scenes of Eren with Jean.
      also noticed a couple of off-designed characters faces; seen some people posting screencaps of those.

      Reply
  2. vofoj

    @Railing Plebeian
    Though it’s understandable they’d have limited budget for an OVA…still in terms as an episode, it’d be at least middle-of-the-pack for production quality (with constraint budget).

    Reply
  3. Railing Plebeian

    @vofoj
    Yeah, I know. Aside from the training part, I didn’t feel the animation was limited (though mid-tier in some places). I just would have liked to see them go with a high-tier production quality.

    Reply

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