Time for another visit from the correction fairy. There are more overall corrections as Vol. 3 covers episodes 5, 6, and 7, but 5 contains the most overall correction. It actually contains more corrections than 6 and 7 combined. To that end, all the pictures I’ll show you here come from that episode. Episode 5 was pretty heavy, both in animation demand and in how it stands to audiences, so I guess it makes sense that it would need all the attention.
There’s still adjustments like this where someone’s expression shifts a lot. There aren’t any like last sets Eren’s “Duh” face being replaced with actual emotion, but here he does look more angrily focused instead of murderous high. The shadow is a bigger, stranger error. The shape I at least get, but I’m guessing that someone forgot for a second that the shadow and the background weren’t on the same layer. Oh well.
There are also still ones like this where two shots look entirely unrelated. Likely, the above was used to save time and the lower one was the actual, intended shot. There are some of these in this comparison set that are so different, they can’t actually be compared in one-to-one shots as animation has shifted so much. There are also some comparisons during the Mikasa’s childhood flashback that are solid black against something actually being there.
But a lot more of the comparisons are like this. Simpler drawing adjustments, shadow reduction or increase, redone color palates, and facial adjustments that give the show overall a more dynamic look. You see a lot of them on the 3D gear swords where they’ve been changed to have greater shine/sheen on the blade. Look how much more vibrant ‘Ole Grandpa Titan is now compared to that washed out and gray shot from before. And when shadows are added, it does help to cover some of the weaker CG.