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Things that fill the void during the wait

as_snk_16Not much to write about these days. Wonder if it has to do with that holiday in Japan (even though that was more than a week ago).
So the past week had the premiere of the English dub of episode 16. That was one of the episode that made people appreciate Jean’s character (development) – the other being episode 8 I guess? I think the VA did a fine job, saying this since I found the lines to be overall smooth (Sasha’s voice is still bit squeaky). The pyre scene was well done. For some reason, I really like that scene where Jean tells Mikasa to shut up, technically “I wasn’t asking you”. It says he knows his priorities, and is not some love-struck fool who’d put reason/objectiveness aside. Guess I’ll have to tune in for the next two episodes as well!

c3_clorColoured chapter (not a permalink) was updated to chapter 3. It is the first chapter where we are fully introduced to some members of the 104th class. Jean gets a lot of focus here – probably negative ones. I think it’s easy to dislike his character just by reading this chapter. After all, we are programmed subconsciously to side with the main character, so Jean automatically get minus points right from the gate (no specific reference intended). Now add Jean’s attitude, then voila, recipe for “most disliked character” – as shown in chapter 3, him being a jerk to those who didn’t make the top 10. [even Connie mentioned his detest of Jean – that part was omitted in the anime]c3_clor_1
Re-reading this chapter really gives me the feel of how much Jean has changed in a short span of a year or so (from then til chapter 60). You definitely won’t find chapter 58/59 Jean here in chapter 3.
Sometimes I’m puzzled by people who say Jean reverted back to his dbag self in FT, after that great moment of his in chapter 18. Not sure where and how that perception came to be. Actually I find most of his so called dbag-ness can be classified as crude humour (speaking about the post-Trost ones).

snk_m_1Looking at the ticket for the upcoming SnK movie; I think it’s interesting to note how the characters are positioned and placed. The only odd placement seems to be Sasha’s – I think they ran out of space on the left side (of the image) ? Other than that, the EMA are grouped onto one side, RBA on another, Jean is somewhere around EMA.

"The characters of the two additional people on the left are...!?"

“The characters of the two additional people on the left are…!?” | From the looks of the clothing, I am guessing Jean, and the other person might be Armin, or Connie. Shall find out in two weeks…

E3.75 (OAD3)

More proof anime staff loves Jean. Technically Eren is the main character in this episode, but Jean is probably the second/third lead. I am sure some will complain about having Jean again in this OAD episode. To that I’ll say, to hell with them. A story needs drama and conflict, and Jean is probably the perfect candidate for that.

makes you wonder if there's a large lake within the walled realms that can be mistaken for the sea.

makes you wonder if there’s a large lake within the walled realms that can be mistaken for the sea.

Summary: The class is divided into teams for a wilderness training exercise. During the night, Eren’s team (Eren, Armin, Jean, Marco, Connie, Sasha, Mina) are ambushed by thieves, and have all their gears taken, along with Crista. The team works together to carry out the mission. At a critical moment, Mikasa and Annie from the other team come to the rescue, all thanks to Armin fired a signal flare.

anything from the manga? None. All original content. Though what Marco says at the end sort of ties in to his conversation with Jean in chapter 18.

this doesn't look very Germanic

this doesn’t look very Germanic

the other team has the top four of the top 10; but the brains are at the other team

the other team has the top four of the top 10; but the brains are at the other team

priceless faces from Connie, Sasha, and Jean

priceless faces from Connie, Sasha, and Jean

looks like recycled footage

looks like recycled footage

that's the most we hear of Thomas

that’s the most we hear of Thomas

even a lizard is faster

even a lizard is faster than them

Eren goes to save princess' pet

Eren goes to save princess’ pet

seriously Eren

seriously Eren..

"Jean Kirstein interrupted by Eren Jaeger while hunting for food during training exercise." lol....yea...him being arse, but that's really what happened.

“Jean Kirstein interrupted by Eren Jaeger while hunting for food during training exercise.”
lol….yea…him being arse, but that’s really what happened.

scared by Sasha

scared by Sasha’s fit/outburst

disappointed a game has escaped

disappointed a game has escaped

seems like they decided to put this in just for the effect (wind blowing thru hair)

seems like they decided to put this in just for the effect (wind blowing thru hair)

I don't think there's meat in there.

I don’t think there’s meat in there.

looks more like an ice cream sandwich (but it's not)

looks more like an ice cream sandwich (but it’s not)

Jean started with words, Eren with action

Jean started with words, Eren with action

I wonder how Armin will write about the situation

I wonder how Armin will write about the situation

ghost, not

ghost, not

no fists fight here

no fists fight here

why are the two sleeping beside each other

why are the two sleeping beside each other

probably misses her friend

probably misses her friend

Marco is still asleep

Marco is still asleep

calling on others to fight? flee? call for help?

calling on others to fight? flee? call for help?

looks more like trying to cover his head, which won't help against bullets

looks more like trying to cover his head, which won’t help against bullets

confused as ever

confused as ever

survival instinct kicks in  ,or is he gonna go get help

survival instinct kicks in ,or is he gonna go get help

more near death exp for Jean

more near death exp for Jean

swollen face

swollen face

leg shaking vs. hand shaking in chapter 60

leg shaking vs. hand shaking in chapter 60

First half of the episode – we are served with pre-Trost battle Jean. You’d think people who watch this will just hate Jean afterwards, but as with the previous OVD, he redeems himself in the second half. To be (un)fair, Eren was probably just as annoying in Jean’s perspective – to him, Eren speaks a full load of crap (of course that’s also vice versa for Eren).
I have no idea what happened there with Jean trying to run away. Was he gonna leave his teammates behind? Seems possible since this is the old-Jean. But from what happened in the second half, it’s also likely he will go and find back up; and/or think it’s a better idea than to just fight head on.

rage and righteous mode on

rage and righteous mode on

this is what happens, being an ahole in first half of the episode, and 180 degrees turn in the second half

this is what happens, being an ahole in first half of the episode, and 180 degrees turn in the second half

something funny about this scene

something funny about this scene

okay....this is weird... (don't forget to listen to the background soundtrack)

okay….this is weird… (don’t forget to listen to the background soundtrack)

hunting skills come into good use

she talked for the whole climb up hill

ov3-00061

his arm was almost too short for this

his arm was almost too short for this

before Jean, Armin used to be partnered with Marco

before Jean, Armin used to be partnered with Marco

they are their group's top soldiers

they are their group’s top soldiers

all those close-range combat training.

all those close-range combat training.

already learned from Annie

already learned from Annie

no worries, he doesn't kill

no worries, he doesn’t kill

when was she untied?

when was she untied?

horse in charged of a horse

horse in charged of a horse

Armin's idea

Armin’s idea

chapter 58 re-enactment

chapter 58 re-enactment

show off

show off

not-show off

not-show off

too bad Eren only relies on titan mode now

too bad Eren only relies on titan mode now

you'd think that sort of crash will kill them all

you’d think that sort of crash will kill them all

too serene for a standoff

too serene for a standoff

help has arrived

help has arrived

alright, enough with eyes exchange

alright, enough with eyes exchange

Mikasa and Annie

Mikasa and Annie

no nose rubbing

no nose rubbing

haha..poor Jean...

haha..poor Jean…

"being in the role of human rather than soldier, I'd have chosen the more difficult path.  Now between retreat and pursuit, which one do you think is the difficult path?" - Shadis to Arlert

“being in the role of human rather than soldier, I’d have chosen the more difficult path. Now between retreat and pursuit, which one do you think is the difficult path?” – Shadis to Arlert

Marco tells Eren who he thinks would be a better leader; will one day Eren sees Jean as a good leader as well?

Marco tells Eren who he thinks would be a better leader; will one day Eren sees Jean as a good leader as well?

flood-prone training grounds

flood-prone training grounds

Jean has almost as much screentime in this episode as Eren; though Eren is the official MC.

Jean has almost as much screentime in this episode as Eren; though Eren is the official MC. Still being billed as second lead – as seen here with Armin and Mikasa being placed after Jean in the cast list.

why is someone else getting the development?
I think both Eren and Jean received some character development in the episode – though because Jean was being such a jerk (in the MCs perspective) during the beginning, his change is more noticeable. (In a biased opinion) Eren was the hotheaded one throughout the episode, from the desert, to the dinner.
c18-ov3Side note: interesting how in this episode, of the seven people in Eren’s team, five of which was also in that scene in chapter 18.
I like how they tie in Marco’s assessment of Jean’s leadership trait in here. It wasn’t that obvious, but the second half of the episode did hint on this quality of Jean. It’s true that his sharp sense of survival instincts told him to flee from danger, but in the end, he values people. He was also the first to go after Eren to offer help. Would have been good if there’s some sort of conversation between those two after the whole ordeal – although Mikasa’s arrival probably killed that chance. But I think Marco’s talk to Eren will just do. What would Eren think, when those words (“Jean would be the better leader” ) came from someone he respects?

Overall a decent episode. I see they have more budget for the actual episode this time around because they didn’t do a modified OP. What we get is scenes of 3DMG action.

oddities
ov3-00011Jean asked Sasha, “You can cook?”. I am not sure if that was supposed to be “You can cook (that)?”, but this episode 3.75 takes place after 3.25. Shouldn’t Jean have known about Sasha’s cooking ability? Well good thing this isn’t the manga.
ov3-00015The narrator says, “our team” + “the one who kept the records was me” during the narration. So it confirmed the narrator is Armin. It could still mean someone other than Armin be reading a journal written by Armin. Keep in mind though, this isn’t the manga, so it’s at best anime-canon.

This will probably be the last time we’ll hear (literally) of the main cast of SnK because the next two OADs will be on the Levi spinoff “A choice with no regret” ; and we also know the sequel to the SnK anime is in pre-production. Maybe they can get some voice work done during those eight months.

OAD 3 preview

Ah, so they’ve posted the new entry on another site (volume 14 recap + oad3 recap + fake preview pages). Although, I couldn’t have noticed it anyways as it was during work commute. Still waiting for the source, but from the images, looks promising.
EDIT: have source, onto the next step.

interview on Jean / OAD 3 news

jean_interview_auspThanks to a tip from a reader about this month’s au smartpass interview. Yes, as you can see, this month is Jean’s turn. Part 1 of 2 is now up; one can also find the screencaps in the link below:
jean_interview_ausp_tp
Might take my chance to do some translation when I have time….but I think someone will perform that job better and faster. 😛 (part one speaks mainly about Marco; from the initial looks of it, doesn’t seem to have too much new info?…)

a note about upcoming OAD 3
The third OAD, to be released in August, will focus on the 104th trainee days, that’s what we’ve been told. Now there are more hints as to what it would include…. That’s right, if I’m posting this here, it means Jean has at least an important part. (am really scared right now if this is the “consolation prize”..:| )
edit: over at the right side of the screencap (the one linked below), there’s a mention of “ジャンボ” ...too bad the source didn’t mention which magazine the image came from. okay..so it came from July issue of PASH!

oad3_prsum

Give me reasons to (or not to) buy

genga_4_jkVolume 4 of the SnK original anime artwork books had been released for a month now. Was waiting for “spoilers” to see which scenes are being included with this volume (other than knowing it covers episodes 12 to 18 plus the second OP). Someone did write a review of it. It’s a very detail listing of what’s included! Let’s just use this entry (and maybe the next entry) to cover that long list…
I am only guessing the scene based on the descriptions.
EDIT: well, it’s late and it’s a weeknight, and since this is a Jean-centric blog…I’ll just list out the Jean scenes.

"13話 ・ジャンが立体機動するシーン。" ep. 13 - Jean and 3DMG scene (not sure if it's the manoeuvering scene or the taking the 3DMG from a fallen scene)

“13話
・ジャンが立体機動するシーン。”
ep. 13 – Jean and 3DMG scene
(not sure if it’s the manoeuvering scene or the taking the 3DMG from a fallen scene)

"このマルコはアニメでは暗く欠損部分があまりわかりませんでしたが、原画では はっきりと描かれています" I think it means it's shown darkened in the anime, but in the original sketch, it's different.

“このマルコはアニメでは暗く欠損部分があまりわかりませんでしたが、原画では
はっきりと描かれています”
I think it means it’s shown darkened in the anime, but in the original sketch, it’s different.

"・殲滅後の遺体処理のシーン、マルコの死体と狼狽sるジャン。" post-battle clean up scene, with Marco's body and a traumatized Jean.

“・殲滅後の遺体処理のシーン、マルコの死体と狼狽sるジャン。”
post-battle clean up scene, with Marco’s body and a traumatized Jean.

"・Bパート、アルミン、ジャン、ライナーと遭遇するシーン" Armin, Jean, and Reiner encountering (  ?  )scene.

“・Bパート、アルミン、ジャン、ライナーと遭遇するシーン”
Armin, Jean, and Reiner encountering ( ? )scene.

"18話 ・クリスタの結婚シーン。コメントが面白かったです。" episode 18 - the Crista "marry me" scene.  interesting note/comment included here.

“18話
・クリスタの結婚シーン。コメントが面白かったです。”
episode 18 – the Crista “marry me” scene. interesting note/comment included here.

"今回のカラーイラストは .. ・PASHのポスター、エレン、リヴァイ、ジャン(リヴァイとエレンが掃除している格好)" Colour illustrations included ... Poster from PASH - Eren, Levi, and Jean (Levi and Eren in cleaners mode)

“今回のカラーイラストは
..
・PASHのポスター、エレン、リヴァイ、ジャン(リヴァイとエレンが掃除している格好)”
Colour illustrations included

Poster from PASH – Eren, Levi, and Jean (Levi and Eren in cleaners mode)

That’s all form the anime. As usual, they included some promo artworks from magazines.
So…tough decision. Didn’t mind when the cover featured Levi and not the usual #4 character Jean (by #4 I mean, Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Jean), because we knew it is going to cover ep12~18. Kind of disappointed there’s only one scene from ep. 16 that’s been included in the book. Though, it appears the did include that/those scene(s) from ep. 13 (not 12 though, since the action’s in ep. 13)

book 5 of the anime artwork sketches arrives June 30, according to here

https://twitter.com/sungeki_kyojin/statuses/467656074682576897
Found this while doing some twitter image dig-through. Read chapter 34 for the dialogues translations. This is based on the manga version of the scene. They cut this out in the anime. ugh..only the bottom-center panel is original content, and also the last panel’s nosebleed.
“ジャン脳内フィルター発動” = Filter within Jean’s mind, activated.

just a street name

kirsteinstrasseSomeone posted this on 2ch. (Of course) there really is a street with the name “Kirstein” in Germany (as it is a real name). One such example being in the Berlin area. There are probably others as well such as this in Mainz, near Frankfurt. There is a street named with the surname of SnK’s main character by the way; and also “Brause” EDIT: and a reader has confirmed that is NOT a real name, etc.. (Couldn’t find a Kirschteinstraße (yet) But then I know some do prefer the Kirschtein spelling…) Any Germans care to help with the real spelling?

not sure about the eyes
erenjean
Flipped through some pages of volume 13; came upon this page. They do look kinda similar, but they definitely do not have the same eyes…Eren’s look angry (not really intimidating or thug-like), Jean’s do look more thug-like (refer to latest chapter 57). Did try to do a copy-and-paste of Eren’s eyes onto that scene on the right; didn’t look quite right. I guess we have to remember one’s face really is longer? 😐 ; the left is Eren, and the right is Jean, btw.

what can I say, “poor Jean” once more?

進撃OAD~ジャンver残酷な世界ED~ by 犬吉カイ  on pixiv

進撃OAD~ジャンver残酷な世界ED~ by 犬吉カイ on pixiv

Yet another parody of the 2nd OAD ending theme. This one has a bit more detail (more frames/scenes). lol….Mikasa really does not like Jean….I wonder if she at least treats him as a normal friend.
* forgot to add, but it does fit the ending theme song’s title —

after-words + manga extras (C51′)

A number of things related to the 2nd OVD, and as I’ve mentioned earlier, some extra scenes of chapter 51 from volume 13 manga.

I am sure fans of titan shifters characters are disappointed. Oh well, can’t please everyone, and I am happy for various reasons. *6 additional panels appearances.

people thinks she's crazy

people thinks she’s crazy

standard Jean's reaction to anything creepy

standard Jean’s reaction to anything creepy

not quite the "megami" huh..

not quite the “megami” huh..

The extra pages are really an extension of chapter 51; if you’re reading the chapter for the first time, you would not have noticed these pages are added extras. Unlike the ones in volume 12, these do blend in with the original chapter released with the monthly magazine.
We actually get some new info in these pages. But as always, more questions are being thrown at readers.

over at the back
The 2nd OVA has a modified OP in which Jean stands-in for a lot of Eren’s scenes. So if Eren had a close-up, it becomes Jean. So what if the scene had Jean AND Eren?
ov2opaJean version of OP
ov2opboriginal version
By logic, of course, Eren will be in where Jean was in the original version of OP (as noted in the above screenshots). I didn’t notice that at first coz the focus was to the front. Just to be clear, that shot includes: Mikasa, Eren, Jean, Connie, Armin, Annie, Bertholdt, and Reiner.

what about the ED?
ed_parody
Commented on how the anime staff could have done a modified ED as well. Some person on pixiv drew a scenrio/storyboard of a Jean version of the ED. While not quite what I have imagined, but still interesting…

name confirmed, “Jean-bo”

Apparently there’s a difference between ジャンボ (Jean-bo) and ジャン坊 (Jean-bou). Someone asked for clarification on twitter: and the answer is Jean-bo. Hm…don’t get the difference though. I thought it’s kinda similar to using -chan for boys. Let’s look at what this weblio website says:
jeanboJean-ny ? lil Jean? lol..
EDIT: read some comments on forums about how people hated Jean for the rudeness he displayed on this OVA. Do they not realize this is also the same as what Eren was when he was younger? Should Jean be nicer to his mom? Yes, but it’s also a phase, they are in their teenage years, “biologically” they are rebellious! It’s also obvious Jean dislikes his mom’s over-mothering being shown in front of his peers. Why? I think everyone knows. Lastly, as stated numerous time, this is pre-Trost-battle Jean. The Jean readers came to love is the one that has underwent “character development”; and that is post-Trost battle.

the 2nd OVD – ã‚¸ãƒ£ãƒ³(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.

too “important” to be posted few days later?

Two things to cover in this unscheduled post.
1. preview screenshots of the upcoming OVA
2. covers confusion – clarification

preview screenshots of the upcoming OVA
Picture (secondary) source from reddit.
ova2scsLet’s just go over the captions. They are really blurry, but one can sort of figure out what some of them says. (order from left to right, and top to bottom)
1. Jean’s drawing with concentration… (“someone” )
2. Jean yells. Who has barged in!?
3. [C-grade trans.] Jean’s version of opening. High praise from Shimono (-san, the CV of Connie)
4. (They) went to Jean’s hometown during one part of the training. Everyone.. (can’t read)
5. [F-grade trans.] Connie’s riding (what? ) horse . (? )
[C-grade trans.] Connie’s following suit (of what/whom?). (laughs)
6. [F-grade trans.] What’s with Pixis giving orders with such expression?
Okay, so Jean is an artist, maybe he’s a writer too, with all those imaginative names and terms for people and objects! Did they just make the fake preview canon? Welcome Mrs. Kirstein?

covers confusion – clarification

What’s with all those volume 13 covers? To sum up, someone has made a picture to clear things up. (source from 2ch shingeki anime thread)
coversapr09
The one on the left is the regular cover. In the middle is the Levi drawn by Isayama (“manga” version); it’s to come with upcoming bessastu shounen magazine (別冊少年マガジン). One to the right, is the anime version of Levi, to come with weekly shounen magazine (週刊少年マガジン). (and Levi’s leaning on back of a chair, not on a crutch.)

EDIT: ah, 2 anime movies covering anime episodes 1~25. will they do an order rearrangement? add back skipped scenes from the manga?

cover of 2nd OVA/D

(over at amazon japan) they’ve updated/added the cover image of the 2nd OAD that’s coming next week.
cover_oad_13Someone over at 2ch did a zoom-in. Even without the zooming, we can see Jean in the centre. With the zoom, I can see what looks to be Connie the right, and Sasha to the left. The (sub)title is a bit too blurry to read…”突然の来訪者” ??
EDIT: now have a confirmation, 1. based on commenter provided link to a better quality image..2. the amazon jp page has added additional images)

random bit: Eren’s birthday is March 30, Annie’s birthday is 8 days before that (3.22), and Jean’s is 8 days after (4.07); which gives me an idea…

UPDATE: a summary of the story is posted on another store’s website (also confirming the cast):


付録DVDには、完全新作アニメ1話分! 故郷に戻ったジャンを見舞った悪夢とは…!?  849年。第104期訓練兵団は、ピクシス司令も視察する巨人の襲撃想定訓練に参加するため、トロスト区に駐留していた。久しぶりに故郷に戻ったジャンは、アルミン、アニと訓練に臨むが、サシャ、コニー、ライナーの班と衝突してしまう。居合わせたピクシスがその仲裁を買って出るが、思いもよらぬ彼の提案から、空前絶後の対決が始まることに……。

v6endpvFor some reason, the subtitle of the OVA, “A sudden visitor”, reminds me of that “mam” in the fake preview at the end of volume 6 manga.
Now that I have a chance to check on the image, it is nearly identical to the tag line shown in that fake preview !

* that special v.13 cover featuring Levi, is to be included with upcoming “weekly shounen magazine”, according to 2ch sources, and not the actual volume 13 itself (…?)