Decided 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]. )
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.
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
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.