They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Marudase Kintarou, Saga-ken wo Meguru Animation, Inukami! The Movie: Tokumei Reiteki Sousakan Karina Shirou!, and more!
10: Marudase Kintarou
MAL Score: 4.14
Makoto’s grandfather was the principal of the great Onodera Academy, and when he passed away, he left Makoto and his school staff with one very important will – “The one man who is able to seduce Makoto with his superb sexual techniques will be given the right to take over as Onodera Academy’s new principal!” Because of this ridiculous last request, Makoto is now every faculty member’s target for sexual harassment! Desperate to protect his virginity, Makoto seeks help from his childhood friend (and the man who he has always loved), Kintaro.
Marudase Kintarou is weird in every sense of the word. It’s so unimaginably ridiculous, illogical and stupid that it makes you question why someone decided to create this. The movie starts with a disclaimer saying that there are going to be some indecent/vulgar expressions ahead, and oh boy, they certainly weren’t kidding! For the next 9 minutes, I got to witness some of the most absurd things I have ever seen in my life.
The “story”, if it can be called so, centers around Makoto, the chairman of Onodera Academy (the school building is shaped like a dick by the way) and Kintarou, his childhood friend. After being friends for so long, Makoto and Kintarou have grown affectionate feelings for each other and started dating. However, the staff of a certain academy (I don’t remember their fucking name) want to tear them apart and marry off Kintarou. So they think of various ways to sexually harass Makoto and make Kintarou their own.
The first segment of the “movie” shows Makoto being tied down naked in front of everyone in the school. And as everyone’s watching, an old looking dude (he’s the principal, I guess?) decides to stick his “little guy” in Makoto’s butt. But fear not, as Kintarou is here to save the day! This sexy half-naked ninja uses his stellar acrobatic skills and his “divine sword” to defeat the old guy, and resques Makoto from his hands!
I wish I was joking.
Like this first segment, the entire movie is an absolute clusterfuck. Things just happen here one after another. But why do they happen? For what reason do they happen? Who the fuck knows? Well, I sure don’t.
There are three other “story” (again, if it can be called so) segments in the movie, which are almost as nonsensical as the first one. In terms of ridiculousness, the last segment easily takes the cake, though. That really says something, doesn’t it?
The animation was okay. Nothing too spectacular, nothing too horrible; it was perfectly average. But to be honest, the dick censors were kinda funny. The background music was basically nonexistent, but the ending song was not so bad. Though, I’m certainly not a fan of the “video” (it was just an image) accompanied by it, that showed Makoto and Kintarou being “lovey-dovey” with each other.
Last but not least, my enjoyment of this piece of work. I typically enjoy absurd stuff quite a bit, but only if it’s done right. I mean, Plastic Neesan is mostly absurd and pointless, but it’s still really hilarious because the absurdity is done a tasteful way. Does Marudase Kintarou do it tastefully? Hell no! And would I watch it again? Double hell no!
So yeah, that concludes my review of Marudase Kintarou. If you ask me whether it is worth to watch or not—if you have 9 minutes on your hands to waste, I guess go for it; it’s going to be a fairly unique experience. But if you value every single minute of your life, then yeah…. Don’t watch it.
Knowing this OVA was made just to promote the manga, I wasn’t expecting anything complex, but this goes beyond being synthetic. It’s just a few kinky scenes put together in some way, as if the producers thought that who watched was already familiar witht the source material.
There’s litterally no introduction to any of the characters, not even the titular Kintarou, and even the motivation of the “bad guys” isn’t well explained. Do they want t f*ck Makoto and take control over the school, as the summary says, or is the boss’ real objective Kintarou? It’s really confusing.
Artstyle and voice acting are good, and I actually found the censure style quite funny, but the lack of whatsoever trace of plot made it very hard for me to enjoy this ten-minutes compilation of tempted assaults and weird “punishments” (and absolutely no trace of underwear anywhere).
Of course, 10 minutes is a very short time to adapt anything, and if one wanted to have a general idea of what the manga is about this could probably be considered acceptable, so I won’t completely advise against watching it, but I find it disappointing nonetheless.
While I was watching, all I could think was: “Is this real? Who approved this? Who thought it was good enough to show to others? What is happening?” and most important: “Why I am watching this?”
There is no story, the characters… well, there is mentioning of names but nothing else about them, there are d*cks everywhere and characters’ attacks using their d*cks because… I can’t really understand why, but they are always losing their pants.
Honestly, I couldn’t focus on art or sound because well, you can imagine the reasons by reading the previous paragraph. But obviously, I am not rewatching this because I am pretty sure it’s nothing remarkable and it cannot save the lack of story and enjoyment.
9: Saga-ken wo Meguru Animation
English: Animated Journey Through Saga Prefecture
MAL Score: 6.05
Both shorts will be set in Saga prefecture, and will highlight the prefecture’s culture.
“Yakusoku no Utsuwa – Arita no Hatsukoi” will be set in the town of Arita, and will be a youth story highlighting the scenery of Arita.
“Fuyu no Chikai, Natsu no Matsuri – Takeoshi no Dai-Kusunoki” is set in the city of Takeoshi, and will center on two characters, a boy and a girl, who grow up watched over by a large camphor tree that endures the time and seasons.
Watching one made me want to watch the next. And then I wondered if that was all. Not necessarily in a Bad Way. And not to imply I found either unsatisfying or a waste of my time. So I did some more digging online.
If, like me, you’re wondering if those two “shorts”, neither more than 15 minutes, constitute the absolute entirety of “Sagaken wo Meguru Animation”, the answer seems to be: “Yep. ‘Fraid so.”
Taken as a pair of promotional videos for a prefecture in Northwest Kyushu, these struck me as absolutely amazing.
Taken as a pair of animé shorts in general, they were… adequate. And definitely better than some things I’ve made myself sit through. (Definitely not “Totoro” or “Kiki”, but what is…?)
Art, animation, and sound are all definitely at least as good as I’ve seen lately from broadcast animé, if not quite up to the standard I expect for big-budget, full-length features.
But let’s get to the important aspects: Story and Characters.
Both shorts do a good job of featuring a distinctive aspect of the part of Saga Prefecture they’re set in, but not in an overly intrusive way. They do provide a foundation the characters are built upon, though, so in that respect the pottery of Arita in one and… what I’m guessing is a famous camphor tree in Takeo play fairly significant roles in shaping the plots and characters both. Although, to be honest, the tree was notable but not nearly as important a part of the story as the pottery in the other. (They even used the name of an actual, famous pottery company.)
While ten to twelve minutes isn’t much time to get a good idea of how well characters are written, and certainly not enough time for much of an arc, there was a bit of crossover between the two that I thought added a tiny bit more depth to the heroines of each piece. For the heroes of both, the writer(s?) seemed to be going for quiet strength and determination. Which is fine, I guess, but left me thinking “Again?” But the heroines were cute and offered some minor complexity. Especially in their interactions with the supporting characters.
Overall, I did enjoy watching both and wouldn’t hesitate to watch them again.
8: Inukami! The Movie: Tokumei Reiteki Sousakan Karina Shirou!
Japanese: いぬかみっ! THE MOVIE 特命霊的捜査官 仮名史郎っ!
MAL Score: 7.05
In 2007, the Punishment of Sexual Perversions Law came into effect. The city is surrounded by a squadron wearing protective suits and they begin to arrest any who look like perversions. No wonder that Inukami Master Keita and Inukami Yoko are wanted for Class A perversions. What will happen to Keita, Yoko, Kaoru’s Inukami, and the other lovely perversions? What about Karina?
It can only be Inukami!
Those of you who are familiar with the original series will know that Inukami! never does anything in the normal manner – not even parody. As a fan of the original series I looked forward to the movie and, aside from wishing it was longer (no pun intended), I wasn’t disappointed. Inukami! returns with more elephants, mor manservice, more perverts, and more action.
I won’t go into the details of the story as this only runs for around 30 minutes, and I don’t want to spoil any surprises. Suffice to say that fans of the show will find this movie to be a great addition to the joy that is Inukami!, and that running around naked was never more cool or heroic. Whilst the story does have it’s problems, it still manages to pack in everything that makes Inukami! “special”
As far as the art and animation go, the movie is on par with the series. The designs, characters, backgrounds, and animation are all very much the same asthey were in the main show. Fans will notice two changes though. The first is the inclusion of CG, especially the 3d elephants, and the second is that there are sometimes two elephants on display, and they’re colour coded as well. For those of you who are confused by this statement, watch the movie and you’ll understand.
The sound is, again, on par with the main series. Although the movie was released some months after the original show ended, the production quality has been maintained. The actors are just as funny as they were the first time around, the music is just as catchy, and the effects are just as well executed.
The one area where Inukami! excels is in the wealth of characters it has. All the stereotypes are here, and all have that twist that only seems to come with this show. A big plus for the series is the fact that Kawahira Keita is the king (that’s right, the king), of ecchi comedy. He isn’t a loser, or ugly, or misunderstood. He wears his heart on his sleeve (or he would if he could find some clothes), and is very much a “what you see is what you get” person (quite literally). Where most male leads would balk at hugging another man, Keita is happy to have a naked hug. Where most would try to cover up their voyeurism with excuses, Keita states his intentions with pride. Many folks would consider this to be very juvenile humour, however I find it refreshingly different to have a character who isn’t hung up on things past or future, or burdened with various complexes.
In terms of enjoyment, I never stopped laughing from start to finish. I even went back and re-watched the main show afterwards as the movie gave me a hankering for more anime wrongness. The humour is very much in keeping with the series, however the movie tries to push the boundaries oftaste a lot more.
This isn’t for everybody sadly. There are some out there who will find the humour childish or offensive. That said, if you’re a fan of the original series, or of Gintama, Jungle wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu, Seto no Hanayome, or other comedies of that ilk, then Inukami! the movie is one to watch.
Those fateful words “try it, you might like it” were never more true.
Inukami! The Movie certainly does the anime series justice.
The movie opens with Karina dead, Keita missing, and a pervert extermination force roaming the city beating up and imprisoning random perverts. All hope lies in Keita, as he is the only one who can solve the mystery of Karina’s death and the sudden assaults on perverts.
On the outlook the plot seems cliché and perhaps uninteresting. But Inukami never really cared about plot. Character and sheer randomness are what carry this movie to awesomeness.
The Inukami girls are a lot cuter and more moe than in the anime series (especially Youko). I also have to admit, The Movie made Keita look quite cool; his fight scene with the exterminators towards the beginning of the movie was pretty sweet. Of course, The Movie also has Keita acting “cool” at the most random times. Even when he’s naked, he still puts on a hero face, voice, and pose.
Indeed, the randomness sprinkled throughout The Movie makes it so much more enjoyable. A few examples:
-3D Elephants (instead of the 2D ones of the regular anime).
-Karina has a Mona Lisa cover instead of an elephant cover.
-Engrish title screen.
-The priest who presided over Karina’s funeral is imprisoned by the pervert extermination force.
-Keita telling Youko that he’ll turn her into a pervert.
-A million Karina clones.
-A million Karin clones combining to form a mecha Karina.
-Karina and Keita hugging each other naked.
There are also quite a few references to popular anime; Furano thinks Karina died since she wrote his name in her Death Note, and one pervert cosplays as Nanoha. My favorite by far was of Sailor Moon, when the masochist from the regular anime series “magical girl transforms” into having bondage ropes tied around him. Best yet, when the exterminators beat him up, he screams “Ah, this feels so good!!!”
And of course, Inukami! The Movie would not be complete without manservice. Instead of obligatory boob shots, The Movie gives you a long shot of Keita’s elephant-censored butt. (On a side note, there is an actual fanservice-y scene in the beginning when Keita and the Inukami have an underwear party.)
-On the surface Inukami The Movie has a formulaic story, but Inukami really makes fun of it and manages to make it uniquely its own.
-And even if the story is cliché, it’s well knit. Keita uses the frog statue he wins at the beginning of the movie to defeat the mecha Karina at the end of the movie.
-Girls have a moe upgrade from the regular anime. (And the animation on a whole is a lot better than the anime’s)
-Several parodies—Death Note, Haruhi Suzmiya, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, Sailor Moon, and Power Rangers, to name a few.
-Many random, laugh-out-loud moments.
-The Movie brings back the soundtrack of the anime and a couple of new, catchy songs.
-A pretty decent remix of the anime series’ ED.
-As I said, a formulaic story.
-I can only give Enjoyment a 10. The Movie deserves an 11.
-Definitely NOT for those who prefer serious anime.
In the words of one of my good friends, “Inukami the Movie is best described as simply..Fuxing funny. You’ll cry with laughter…and then you’ll run out in your cul de sac butt-nekkid because to do so is now heroic.” And indeed, from the humongous 3D elephant on the title screen, to Keita and Karina’s romantic…err gar…elephant hug, Inukami! The Movie had me choking up with tears of laughter from beginning to end. If you watched the regular anime series, this is a movie you can’t miss!
i am assuming you have watched the series so… i found it enjoyable, although there was nothing special about it. to sum up this episode is one of those that you would see inside the series as a filler. there is no actual ending or beginning, this would be just a be a quick side story to the series.
it was highly enjoyable as it portrays and builds on the "perverted" side of the series. i recommend this if you want something for a quick laugh
7: Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince Movie: Kakusei no Idenshi
Japanese: 劇場版 銀河機攻隊 マジェスティックプリンス 覚醒の遺伝子
MAL Score: 7.14
The alien Wulgaru’s last assault against humanity was foiled by the heroic actions of the genetically enhanced humans known as the Evolved Children in their advanced AHSMB battle armor, but now a new attack has been launched against Earth under an even deadlier champion, Diorna, created from the fusion of DNA from two Wulgaru Royals.
Unfortunately, Izuru Hitachi, the leader of Team Rabbits who defeated the Wulgaru Royal Jiart, is still out of action and recovering, so the task of marshalling the Majestic Princes and stopping Diorna falls upon the unready shoulders of Toshikazu Asagi. Together with the remaining members of Team Rabbits and the recently created Team Fawn, it’s up to Asagi to hold the line against the most ruthless adversary yet.
The Spring of 2013 or 2013 was a year when anime got MORE awesome! We got hit after hit, and it was a brilliant year for Mecha. The three spring anime of 2013 was Gargantia, Valvrave and of course Majestic Prince. Those three mecha anime became classics to me each one giving a different synopsis for the Mecha Genre. Now a days it has been almost 4 years later since the writing of this review and I finally realized that after the Spring of 2014, Mecha has been dying. It seems to me that we are getting an increase of Highschool slices of life here and there and the very common all girl casts anime with subtle lesbian undertones for ridiculous amounts of pandering. This is because as times change there becomes a new ground rule of ‘what anime to make’ in the market. It is a business after all. I will admit, those slices of life do have a lot of charm! But what if I told you that the Spring Mecha anime of 2013 had a lot of charm too with a more interesting plot? Well I would have to tell you that we are living in a dark age of anime and anime like Majestic Prince has to exist to save the industry from becoming complete trash and further ruining the reputation of anime itself.
Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince is about 5/6 teenaged genetically modified kids assigned the most interesting of mechs called ASHMB units. These units can only be piloted by them due to their assigned DNA and they are somewhat sentient on Fly or Fight mentality. Pretty cool huh? So they use these units to combat the Wulgaru who are trying to kill off humanity to recover lost genes to keep themselves alive. Trust me, it makes more sense in context. The movie takes place after the final episode of the show. Everyone is freaking out because Izuru almost died and a brand new Walgaru threat has revealed itself. A terrifying enemy that is possibly even stronger than Jiart. It’s up to Team Rabbits, Faun and Fox to saaaaave the day! It’s a simple story. Nothing wrong but still full of emotional ties that are required to give a crap about the plot. Honestly a story can be broken down to the basic bullet notes and can be seen as boring. A GOOD story is about presentation, not good writing. You can have the most boring premise in the world and still make it interesting and emotional. On the other hand you can have an intense situation and make it boring as hell. Majestic Prince avoids this by adding something I like to call ‘narm charm’. All in all the story is basic and full of interesting premises to keep you in tact. And in stories like this that is ALL what you need. However, the main point of THIS story is about Asagi figuring out what HE wants to do. So the story focuses a bit more on him.
People might disagree with me but I admire Hisashi Hirai’s character designs. Though one can make the argument that every character looks the same besides eye color and hair color, Hisashi Hirai’s art has a VERY strong power. Emotions. The guy isn’t afraid to cram in as many emotions into his character designs as possible. There is a reason why Hiashi reuses the same face: It works. The face can express so many emotions, rage face, super happy, embarrassed and my personal favorite “-_-“. His character designs have something else that modern day developers struggle with today, and identity. Everywhere you look modern day anime continues to look the same with character designs because of the unfortunate reality that one design sells like hot cakes. I’m talking about that damn A-1 face that was perfected. There aren’t a lot of anime anymore that has a unique and distinguishable art design. Yes a select few exist, but noticed how anime continues to really on the same art direction? It’s a BREATH of fresh air to see Hisashi Hirai’s character designs after seeing constant and constant anime character designs that come out of a factory. His designs have so much charm in them and I wish people can appreciate his designs more.
And the BEAUTIFUL mecha animation! Yes the humans get a bit stiff when they walk, but to be honest I feel like those cuts were made to create the bread and butter of Mecha anime. Relying on Hisashi’s character designs to be as expressive as possible to pull up the lack of animation, the mecha animation and choreography is just as good if not better than the actual show. Gargantia’s appeal was the unique premise, Valvrave’s appeal was it’s ridiculous over the top concept flashing so many cliff hangers, Majestic Prince’s strengths are its charms and MECHA FIGHTING ANIMATION. You thought CGi mecha animation was slow, THINK AGAIN. The action in Majestic Prince follows a simple formula of Camera panning when the time is RIGHT. Not constant camera panning to the point it distracts you from the animation, but angling it just right to make the animation even more crisp. You see it all, every slash, missile and laser making an intense impact with some extreme weight involved. Indeed the animation is good, but just because it has great animation you need to make sure if it was put into good use. The lighting of the attacks are just too damn perfect. I can HEAVILY agree on the idea that the choreography is so damn good it blew my god damn ball sack to the moon. And now I need to get it back. However, fighting alone isn’t enough to make a ‘fight’ scene interesting. It needs something else involved…
It needs sound. You need to hear every impact, every point of strike with the noise to understand the intensity of the fights. The music in Majestic Prince isn’t the best, but it sparks an emotion to use the theme songs including the new one for this movie! I like it! Let’s talk about voice acting for a second here. Voice acting in anime is hard to criticize. Despite watching subbed anime for so many years I only came across a few sub voices in my life that I wish never existed. Japanese Goku, the asshole dark knight from Grimgar and EVERY high pitched anime girl that is trying too hard to sound like they are 10 when they are clearly over 20. I know that in Japan their females have some squeaky voices but let’s be real here! If you ever heard an actual japanese woman talks, their voices are soft and high pitched but not to the point of being SQUEAKY. As if they are trying to sound too HARD to be cute. Tamaki’s voice strikes a nice balance for this. She doesn’t constantly scream all the time, she has more snarky -_- moments to adjust her voice to avoid sounding too much like a child. Tamaki is a good example on how to use a high pitched voice without coming off as too screamy and squeaky to the point of being cringy. Asagi’s voice actor does his role of being a not so confident teen who constantly questions why people keep entering his god damn room. Izuru sounds like a dork, Ange’s shounen kid voice with constant vulgar voices is freaking amazing to listen to, Kei is soft spoken and Ateru is cocky with his voice. Exactly what you would expect from these characters. Once again I gone off a tangent here, but when it comes to voice acting in subs you don’t care about inflections due to not clearly understanding the japanese language. Instead it all comes down to voice range and avoiding a point of coming across as forced and just overall annoying.
Some people argue that Story and Character are basically the same thing, I disagree. Story is the situation they are in and how the twists and turns along with the slopes and downward spirals entertain someone. Characters are they people that grant LIFE into the world they live in. Team Rabbits along with the other characters are VERY 2D. But that’s the point. They grew up in a military academy and only had ONE interest to grant them life. Meaning they focus on that interest to grant them character. The characters bicker and support each other, even take shots at one another. Small subtle things in anime helps bring so much life into them. Izuru wanting to be a cheesy hero and looking up to Asagi as his new found brother…to Asagi’s embarrassment of course, Asagi’s anxiety of being cool or being a leader bringing him down, Ateru’s nerdgasms, Ange’s VULGAR language, Kei’s deadly cooking that somehow has the amazing ability to bring Izuru back to the way he is and Tamaki being a cheerful ditz that wishes to love. These are basic 2d traits that are endearing when planted together. Imagine if Power Rangers had more freedom to be charming with their characters, you get the Majestic Prince cast. You don’t need 3D characters to have them be interesting or fun. 2d characters have strengths too! They are easy to understand and their quirks can easily sway you. Like going into Asagi’s god damn room. What I’m trying to say is that Team Rabbit’s appeal comes from small gentle emotions and teen friendly bickering that is very fun to watch. I also find it very touching where Tamaki tells Patricia thank you because she couldn’t say it to Patrick. Though I will admit Patricia RUINED the moment by asking to grope Tamaki after all of this is done, but I’m glad that Tamaki’s reaction completely reflected my own. -_- Meaning it was intentional. And I will never forget the moment where the entire crew came to Izuru’s healing pod to write down get well messages on the glass. THIS is what I mean by CHARM and EMOTIONS. It might be silly but it works. Even having call backs with the Otakus to inspire Izuru to DRAW FREAKEN BETTER. Damn it! He better get better with his crappy manga. Anyways! Characters are charming and easily likable! It’s easy to sympathize with Asagi…and…let’s FOCUS on him for a moment.
Asagi is no doubt about it the main character for the movie. While Izuru is out of commission Asagi has been appointed for the leader despite his hesitation. He isn’t confident, he is scared and most importantly he probably thinks he can’t live up to be a hero like Izuru despite what he says. However, he learns to be a hero for his little brother. Asagi unlike the rest of his crew doesn’t really have a quirk of ‘interest’. Instead Asagi’s role in the series is more of an emotional connection with his little sister like figure, his tech crew being a family, and most importantly finding a cause. Asagi is the deepest character in Majestic Prince and I would argue he might actually be 3D. I GET this guy. He learns about Izuru being his little brother and decides to take action. He needs to protect his little brother! And when he gets shot down after his BEAUTIFUL display of Blue 1, I was heart broken that he was robbed before taking up White 0. He learns to be his own kind of hero. A big brother, a family man like his tech crew, to be a true big brother. That is Asagi’s character.
I had never had so much fun watching an anime before. It’s been VERY long. Too long perhaps. Majestic Prince reminds me why I love anime so much. Mecha, action and of course charming characters that I will never forget. The final moment of Team Rabbits defeating the alien vulgar as shit lady is EXACTLY what I love about anime like this. The theme of team work and not just SHOUTING OUT to the main character to win with the power of friendship is how you DO IT RIGHT. Team Rabbits as a WHOLE defeated her. Kei awakens her unit to help Asagi pilot White 0. Izuru is still recovering so he isn’t at 100 percent to rob the show’s finale(Which I feared what would happen), Ateru takes the final shot while Tamaki injects power into Gold 4. And finally Ange gets the LAST vulgar line despite Black 6 being completely out of commission. THEY ALL DID IT. That is when I went bonkers. I want that…I want more of those moments in my anime. It’s so…sad that these don’t appear more often, but you know what they still exist. Vulgar alien language on Vulgar alien language people. You must see it to believe it.
Charm, action, expressions, laughs, emotions…this is what I call anime that still tries. This is an anime that needs to be watched by not only mecha lovers but also others who wish to explore the regions of Hisashi Hirai art and the wondrous properties of charm in anime. Let it not die, please continue to make anime like this. And why are you people in Asagi’s room?
6: Trinity Seven Movie 1: Eternity Library to Alchemic Girl
English: Trinity Seven: Eternity Library & Alchemic Girl
Japanese: 劇場版 トリニティセブン －悠久図書館〈エターニティライブラリー〉と錬金術少女〈アルケミックガール〉－
MAL Score: 7.26
The film’s story begins when Arata inadvertently touches “Hermes Apocrypha,” Lilith’s Grimoire. Suddenly, he is enveloped by a bright white light, and a girl appears before him. She calls herself Lilim, and treats both Arata and Lilith as her parents. At the same time she appears, something changes in the world. The forbidden Eternal Library awakens. In the Library is sealed the ultimate culmination of Alchemy, the White Demon Lord. The White Demon Lord plots to eliminate Arata and the Trinity Seven to usurp the position of Demon Lord. Bristling with untold power, the White Demon Lord attacks Arata, and triggers a desperate crisis where Arata and the Trinity Seven must save the world in this last battle.
This movie is literally all over the place, the story telling is really vague and rushed so you have no idea what the hell is going on. Some antagonists help them but little do we know why. They try to add some random sad moments into the movie that didn’t make sense at all. 50% of the movie is fanservice (nothing against fan service but still!)
I think they could’ve made way more out of this movie and don’t get me wrong i really do love the anime, but this is just the definition of poor story writing and a rushed ending.
I would hate to rant on this movie any longer so here are some good points.
Art was good
Sound was good
Yui best girl
Trinity Seven: Eternity Library to Alchemic Girl is the new original movie that spans a rather short 55 minutes. In that time, you’re given what’s pretty much standard: fan service, cute girls, and sailing boats. This time around, the story focuses on Arata and Lillith (not best girl, by the way).
With a relatively standard setting, standard art and characters, what really makes this better for me is that the soundtrack ended out pretty well. Also cute girls doesn’t ever hurt (thanks KyoAni).
In the end, this movie is really only worth watching if you’re a huge fan of Trinity Seven or you just really like the fan service/cute girls involved in the show.
Yes, I am biased. Trinity Seven is one of my top 5 favourite series. I have read the manga (to the latest translations) and seen the anime.
It features a different character altogether. The concept is there, but man, it’s way too short. 55 minutes is a slap in a face when it’s called a movie. The first 5 minutes are a recap, the credits run for like 4 minutes and the ending part half a minute. The ending implies there’s more to come, so I won’t touch on it much. Read the manga if you want to know what’s probably coming next. Anyway, story is same old same old. Pretty predictable. I’d say 30% of the whole “movie” is the fight scene, which is really short. Then again, I’ve never read this part of the story before in the manga, so I have no idea where the source is from.
The anime was somewhat ok, but that was kind of expected, given the manga is still young (only 60 something chapters so far, translated) but they stepped it up in the movie. The art style similarly resembles KyoAni except the eyes. Everything flows really smoothly, the transitions from serious to relaxing is greatly appreciated. Nothing to complain here.
Hm, I did not expect that soundtracks like what they chose would fit in really well. The background music when connecting to their respective archives also make it seem all huzzah and epic. Excellent choices by the animators.
Continuation in each person’s behaviour. The MC could have been lewder, IMO. Regarding the new character, the character is portaryed and designed according to their background, so no issues there. Voice on point, state of mind on point.
SPOILERS: The WDL could have had more backstory to him but that’s fine I guess. Hopefully we learn more in the coming chapters, scenes and movies.
Very little action scenes, that’s all I bitch about. I mean, if you are following Trinity Seven, you would definitely enjoy this. For you newcomers, who doesn’t like a nice supernatural ecchi harem with a solid story (read the manga), girls for all kinds of tastes and an MC with some actual balls?
I think this is quite high but then again I’m super biased. I am still salty about the length and lack of depth to the story. It definitely did not live up to it’s hype, but at least we know there’s more to come and it’s not dying out like Keijoo (FeelsFuckingBadMan)
Ecchi harem movie with a simple plot and short screen time. Fanservice and nostalgia galore. If you’ve never heard of Trinity Seven, the first five minutes has you covered. Good choice if you don’t know what to watch while you eat or if you’re just entering the beautiful world of “ecchi harem”.
5: Trinity Seven Movie 2: Heavens Library to Crimson Lord
Japanese: 劇場版 トリニティセブン -天空図書館〈ヘブンズライブラリー〉と真紅の魔王〈クリムゾンロード〉
MAL Score: 7.34
Heavens Library to Crimson Lord brings back Arata, Lilith, and the rest of the Trinity Seven to face off against the greatest enemy in the history of the Trinity Seven; Lilith’s own father, who is revealed to be the strongest Demon Lord, challenges Arata who is now a Demon Lord candidate.
(Source: Avex Pictures, edited)
I liked how to revealed more of Lilith’s backstory and whats going to happen next in trinity seven but, for the first half of the movie it felt pretty rushed imo. When it got to around the second half it slowed down a bit and was more enjoyable.
I didn’t dislike nor love the art it was about the same as the anime in my eyes.
I cant say much as at the Anifest showing it was at a small room, and i was sitting in front of the speakers.
The antagonist character for the movie seems pretty sudden with no backstory or not a lot leading up to him. It seemed pretty sudden when he introduced who he was but made a good surprised while being confused.
It was fun seeing arata back again with his good taste and comedy and some nice fan service scenes.
Story 7/10:I haven’t read the manga/light novels if there is any(sorry to any people if that disappoints you)so I do not know if this is in the line with it, but it is almost the exact same as the first movie, but the antagonist from the first movie had a bit of a back story while the second had none.
Ar t8/10: Overall I saw no problems with the art but it wasn’t a film focused on the animation and overall art of it.
Sound 9/10: No problems with sound, it was great with no difficulties or mishaps.
Character 5/10: The only new character brought in was the main antagonist, the Crimson Demon Lord, who we learn is supposed to destroy Arata’s world and yadayada. Has no back story and relation to only one of the characters in the film. Arata is beyond broken btw. This man just gets stronger and stronger the longer the movie goes on.
Enjoyment 9/10:I really enjoy this series so I may be a bit bias, but I liked the new movie, I just wish it was longer than an hour.
4: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: Reflection
English: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection
Japanese: 魔法少女リリカルなのは Reflection
MAL Score: 7.45
A pair of researchers stays behind on their dying planet of Eltria with their two daughters, Amitie and Kirie, in hopes of finding a way to revive the planet. But when the husband Granz falls ill it seems their dream of reviving the planet will die. Against her older sister’s wishes, Kirie sets off with her childhood friend Iris to seek help from a distant alternate world. They arrive in Japan on Earth to search for the key to their planet’s regeneration. There, they meet Nanoha, Fate, and Hayate.
Unlike strikers which sidelined the main cast in season 1 and 2, and vivid which basically almost changed the main cast entirely, Reflection retains the main cast from season 1 and 2 therefore it was an instant plus to me. The main cast has great chemistry and therefore is always a joy to watch them interact.
Reflection’s tone is similar to that of season 1, 2, and 3 (Strikers), not very lighthearted like that of vivid. Although not as well executed as As, the villains (well most of them) have believable motives which you can empathize with. The movie does end on a cliff hanger leaving many loose ends that will hopefully be tied up in the Nanoha: Detonation.
Overall, if you are a fan of season 1 and 2 or movie 1st and 2nd of the nanoha anime, you will most likely like Reflection.
THIS MOVIE IS PART 1 OF A 2 COUR MOVIE WHICH MEANS THAT THIS MOVIE HAS A OPEN END THAT CONTINUES IN THE NEXT MOVIE.
Okay, now that that is out of the way, let’s get to this. Nanoha Reflection is a movie from 2017, made by the studio Seven Arcs Pictures. It’s runtime is about and hour and 45 minutes. I don’t have to mention it but just in case I still gonna: This movie is part of the Lyrical Nanoha franchise. Yoh have to watch the Nanoha stuff before watching this movie. More specifically, this movie happens between the second and third season of Lyrical Nanoha. Now to the review. Also this will contain spoilers for Lyrical Nanoha S1 and 2.
Story/Plot: The story revolves around the sisters Amitie and Kyrie. Their father is dying from an unknown disease and Kyrie with the help of her AI Iris she sets out to earth in order to find ways to heal her sick father. Doing so she does considerable damage and this sets out Nanoha, Fate, Hayate and Co. to go stop and arrest her. But not everything works out as planned. Who would’ve thought?
To sort out what I just wrote, we have simple story of a person wanting to save someone and in order to do that that person does not hold back on even hurting others. In a previous review to the MHA movie I noted that it didn’t really do anything great because as a franchise movie it has things it cannot do. This however does not count for this movie. Reason for that is that this movie is canon and depicts the incident that happened in the time between Lyrical Nanoha Season 2 and 3. Another aspect is that this movie is only the first part and that the second one still has to be released. Because of the third season we know that none of the main cast is going to die and also we know or can suspect that this movie and the following one show the origin of what leads to season 3. There isn’t a whole lot you can do in these almost 2 hours. More so, this movie relies on the established cast only introduces a few new ones.
Art: Seven Arcs shows fluid animation and pretty nice action scenes. Nothing bad here at all. What we have here is a very familiar Nanoha artstyle and great action scenes. What more can you hope?
Sound: The sound…Yeah. Always a difficult point. The music and sound effects in this movie are there, that much is clear. But I didn’t really pay that much attention on them. One thing I can point out is the ending song that is pretty good.
Characters: Man, it’s been so long since I’ve seen the last Nanoha anime. I must say, it was great seeing everyone again. This movie definitely had me on the nostalgia level. Other than that, we do have our typical characters we all know and love. Nanoha, Fate, and Hayate are all a bit older now (not yet adults) and we get to see the development of Fate and her foster mother, as well as Nanoha’s growth as an OP person who can destroy anyone. We also get to see the 3 new characters Amitie, Kyrie and Iris. I can’t really go into detail here because of spoilers but I can say that their story is not yet over and will continue in the next movie. What we saw so far, Amitie is a pretty nice character and Kyrie is blinded by her cause. Things I have already seen in other anime. The main reason for this movie is to fill in a missing link in the anime apartment and satisfy our nostalgia.
Overall Enjoymenf and verdict: It’s Nanoha, of course im gonna enjoy it. A very entertaining movie and a nostalgia syringe. I kind of feel like Seven Arcs depended on that nostalgia. Anyhow. I can totally recommend this movie to Nanoha fans. They gotta have to watch this movie. For everyone else, I recommend you watching the whole Nanoha series first and then watch this, or watch this after watching the second season. Anyway, that is it for my review on this movie.
I will see you in my next review. Until then.
3: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: Detonation
Japanese: 魔法少女リリカルなのは Detonation
MAL Score: 7.52
The story continues directly from Reflection. As the conflict continues to escalate, Nanoha and her allies soon found out the troubled history between Iris and Yuri, which is related to the tragedy of Eltoria’s “Planet Reclamation Committee”.
(Source: Nanoha Wiki)
First, the positives. The art was amazing and so was the soundtrack. There is about as many explosions in this movie as you would expect in a Michael Bay movie, so if that’s a positive for you then you’ll definitely appreciate this one.
Now, for the negatives. Almost everything about the story did not make sense to me as well as the pacing of the whole movie. I don’t want to write any spoilers, but you do find out who is the “real” real villain (after you find out that Iris is the villain in Reflection) and you get this whole backstory as to why they became a villain…but the motivation and backstory do not make sense at all? It was quite a REACH honestly for the villain to commit those crimes and whatever plans they had. Like they really didn’t have any logical motivation to do what they did. Also, for the matter of pacing, Nanoha doesn’t get any of the spotlight in this movie (nor did she in Reflection, but in that movie it was fine since they were trying to set up the new characters and their arcs) but she randomly gets some character development at the very end of the movie for no apparent reason. It just felt so sudden and, again, unnecessary.
What I loved about this entire franchise is the way that they represented and wrote female friendships (or even gay romance if you see that). Their storytelling was always something that astounded me and moved me to tears no matter how many times I’ve watched the original three seasons. Yet, I am disappointed in this movie and how much of it fell flat. Well, I hope they continue to make more animes in this universe. I’ll certainly give them a watch. If only they stopped making ViVid…
2: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 1st
English: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 1st
Japanese: 魔法少女リリカルなのは The MOVIE 1st
MAL Score: 7.89
Nanoha Takamachi, an ordinary third-grader, loves her family and friends more than anything else. One day, after having a strange dream in which a ferret gets injured, she sees the very same ferret in real life and rescues it. That ferret turns out to be Yuuno Scrya, a mage from another world who is trying to capture the 21 scattered Jewel Seeds before they cause serious damage to the universe. Yuuno is not powerful enough to capture the Jewel seeds on his own, so he grants Nanoha the intelligent device “Raising Heart” and begins training her as a mage.
Unfortunately, the powerful Jewel Seeds attract those with ill intentions. Another mage, Fate Testarossa, is desperate to collect the seeds for some unknown and sinister purpose, though the solemn look in her eyes makes Nanoha think that there is more to Fate than meets the eye. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 1st is a retelling of the original series, which tells the story of two young mages and how their strong emotions shape their actions.
It’s unfortunate then, that the stereotypical mahou shoujo anime still reigns supreme.
The rather strangely titled Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st (simply calling it Nanoha: The Movie would have sufficed as there’s only one Nanoha in anime as far as I’m aware – feel free to correct me on this point though), is, as many anime fans may already know, about 9 year old Takamichi Nanoha, who answers a ferret’s cry for help, obtains an intelligent device named Raising Heart (or Raging Heart, I’m still not sure which is correct), and becomes a magical girl tasked with finding “Jewel Seeds”.
Cue the twinkly effects and soppy romance? Hell no! This is Nanoha, and she’d kick Sailor Moon’s arse from here to the next dimension.
As far as the story goes, the movie is nothing more than a condensed retelling of the first series. Now some have tried to claim that the movie is a parallel history rather than a straightforward rehash (I’m looking at you Tsuzuki Masaki), however the differences between the two are very small indeed. While the movie takes liberties in an effort to condense information, the content is still pretty much the same (the major points anyway), so it puzzles me how anyone could consider this an alternative take on the original series.
Which brings me to a major problem I had with the movie. The plot flows rather nicely throughout the film, and the story has been compacted to a pretty good degree, however sacrifices have been made in order to accomodate the shortening of a 13 episode series into just over 2 hours. The biggest problem with the movie is that it has lost much of the charm the original series had, something which affects the characters in a big way. Granted there’s more focus on the action, but one of the reasons why the whole Nanoha franchise works is because we see her grow from being a young, naive girl into the Ace of Aces, and much of that growth is missing from the movie.
Here’s what I mean. Part of what I liked about the original Nanoha series was seeing how she came to terms with her new role and how it affected her relationship with her family and friends. Unfortunately, the movie doesn’t have the time to go into this kind of detail so much of this is missing, and the upshot of this is that many of Nanoha’s later actions, her fights with Fate and such, don’t really have the same level of justification that they did in the series. The movie is nothing more than action for the sake of action, and the whole “alternate history” concept is only really noticable in a few small scenes..
But it’s still enjoyable nonetheless 🙂
As for the effect of the shortened plot on the other characters, while the original series made some effort to round out certain individuals, the movie does nothing of the sort. Granted this is because of time constraints, however one can’t help but wonder how fans of the series will take this distinct lack of characterisation and development, although in fairness to the movie, the viewer does get a good idea of Fate’s motivations.
One thing that I did like is the fact that the cast from the original series and it’s sequels have reprised their roles here, and their familiarity with the characters is telling as the performances are very good throughout. The only real downside to the acting is that there aren’t too many opportunities for the seiyuu to display their talents because of the nature of the movie (i.e. it’s far more action oriented), which limits their performances to a degree. As for the sound, the effects are exceptional throughout, especially during the combat sequences, while the music is very good not only in the scope of tracks, but also in their choregraphy.
In terms of looks, the movie is very clearly a reflection of the first series, and the characters and settings will be very familiar to those who have watched the original. The only real differences between the movie and the series are that the animation is, on the whole, better in the new version, and the action sequences are much more exciting now than they were before. Granted there are some minor visual alterations between the two, however these are nothing more than cosmetic changes to facilitate the belief that this is an “alternate history”.
Now, did I enjoy the movie? Damn right I did. While I may not be a diehard fan of the franchise, Nanoha really did change my opinion of mahou shoujo, and while I may seem critical of the flaws in the film, that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. The movie is very much an action based affair, and while this is an enjoyable romp in the realm of Nanoha, in all honesty I would much prefer to watch the original series. While the movie is a great way to while away a couple of hours, there is a distinct lack of character interaction that was part of the charm of the original series.
I doubt whether fans of the Nanoha franchise will find this a bad film as it enompasses a good deal of the plot from the original series. That said, while I enjoyed the movie a lot, there really is no competition as I much prefer the series. This isn’t a bad film, not at all. It simply lacks some of the things that I liked about the original, and the fact that this is being pushed as an “alternate history” doesn’t help matters.
In truth, while Nanoha: The Movie (see how much easier that is?), may be good, it’s not the re-envisioning I expected or hoped for. The film could have been so much more if writer Tsuzuki Masaki, and director Kusakawa Keizou, had decided to follow one route only – either a complete alternate history, or a condensed retelling of the original series.
That said, this is a good action movie that suitably pays homage to the original, and while it can’t really compare to the series in terms of depth, it will serve as a great introduction for new viewers who, like me, simply haven’t realised just how good a mahou shoujo anime can be if done right.
First off, as any Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha fan can tell by the title alone, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st is basically a recap of the first season. Things like reused elements to keep the whole feel of the series coherent, summarized version of the story to stay on track with the original, and on occasions seemingly reused portions from the original series… all of these are to be expected I guess. I’m pretty sure the creator(s) were aware of this, so in order to make such a recap interesting, they would have to make slight alternations and focuses to the storyline, put emphasis on the highlights or important parts from the original, subtract what is not extremely beneficial to give the intended feel or express the intended message, and add some stuff unavailable in the original series. Of course, I think keeping on track with the original is very important, yet it’s easy to make it feel repetitive. So, the challenge for the creator(s) was how to make the movie feel different while still remaining loyal to the original. That said, I think the creator(s) did a pretty good job with most of it.
STORY – 9/10
A smooth flow from beginning to end, even though it was a combination of seemingly reused scenes accompanied with new stuff. The basic structure of the beginning and ending is pretty much the same as the original series, with Nanoha encountering Yuuno and becoming a Mahou Shoujo in the process, eventually leading to the emotional and inspiring scene at the end with Fate. However, the middle portion of the story was altered somewhat. In the original series, you get to see more of Nanoha and her life, while in the movie you get more emphasis on explaining Fate and Precia’s situation which leads to a deeper understanding of the overall story if you have watched the original series before. I felt that the different perspective was definitely a nice touch, because in the original series it was easy to “get the logic” but not necessarily the “understanding”, whereas in the movie it was easier to “understand” because you just get to know a lot more about Precia and Fate’s past, with a few touch-ups like how Fate became the skilled Mahou Shoujo that she is and how Precia became the woman that she is because of loving her daughter so much.
Along with more of Fate’s side of the story, there were also a lot more (or in a sense, an abundance of) showdowns between Nanoha and Fate. This was one thing that I didn’t mind but was also questioning. With intense battles, I think it’s also a good thing to have some “quiet times”, such that the audience can refresh instead of possibly starting to falter from being overloaded by the intensiveness thus possibly degrading the quality of a few of the battles. Thus I wondered if any of the battles can be taken out, and my conclusion was that ever single battle felt necessary. Through each battle, Nanoha gets her message to Fate little by little. You can’t just have Nanoha finally realizing Fate’s situation in a mere 2~3 battles. I think the amount of battles put into the movie was probably the ideal solution, but I suppose the fact that everything felt a little too compacted is inevitable in a movie that tries to compress a 13 episode series into a mere 2 hours, especially if more new scenes are added to it. The creator(s) did a very good job in my opinion, but the challenge was probably just too difficult to overcome completely.
ART – 10/10
I don’t think there was anything to complain about the art. My view of the Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha series is that it’s a cute series in general, and I think the character design, background, color choice, etc… all reflected that very well. It remained pretty much the same as the original series anyways. The magic battles were also magnificent, being very flashy and elegant, as well as powerful both visually and in the impressionistic sense; The shaking of the screen, details of the spinning magic circles, detailed animation of the weapon assembling and form changes, they were all well done, perhaps a slight level up compared to the original series. If you pay enough attention, you will also notice that both Raging Heart and Bardiche was slightly redesigned to make them both look a little more epic but still look very much like Raging Heart and Bardiche. There were redesigns with Nanoha’s and Fate’s battle costumes as well, though it might not be so obvious to notice for Fate if you’ve never studied her costume design (not like the difference of Nanoha’s costume is that easy to spot either). Again, nothing to complain about, and the extra touches didn’t feel out of place.
SOUND – 10/10
I never disliked any of the Theme Songs or OSTs used in any of the Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha series, so there was nothing to complain about this either. I’m sure some people might want to hear at least a few new soundtracks (unfortunately I couldn’t tell if there were because there were some retarded anime fans that liked to yell or make idiotic comments while I was watching the movie), but I think more so than that, it’s important to make sure every piece fills the puzzle nicely. I would of course actually be glad to hear some new soundtracks as well, but in a sense I’m just plentifully happy with refreshing my memory of the series with the usual soundtracks. The only specific flaw for me was when Arf marched towards Precia with a rage. The sound effect made it appear as though Arf was wearing iron boots. o_0 But, it was so minor I just decided to overlook it.
CHARACTER – 9/10
There’s nothing new on Nanoha’s side, but as said before there’s a lot more emphasis, therefore character development, on Fate’s side of the story. In a sense I was happy about this, yet in a sense I was somewhat disappointed. Nanoha is obviously the main character, so logically speaking it would be best to give her the most depth in the story. However, like said before it’s probably a better idea to change the focus of the movie to make it not look just like a total recap of the original series. I suppose for people who have watched the original series before, the shift in emphasis would be beneficial. On the flip side, for people watching the movie for the first time, they might feel Nanoha a bit lacking in quality when compared to Fate, asides from Nanoha living up to her reputation of a “Magical Cannon Girl” as named by fans of the series. Nonetheless, I think character development on Fate’s side was well done. You get a few more flashbacks of her or Precia’s memories as new pieces of information to enhance the story. Characters were introduced as necessary, everyone felt like a necessarily component of the story, and every character was likable in their own way(s). At least, I found every character to be interesting. Even if they’re are just minor characters, you can still get a general sense of their personality and their importance to glue the story together.
OVERALL – 9/10
I was more focused on the creator(s) decisions or evident differences of the movie when compared to the original series since I didn’t expect much in terms of a different story, so that’s probably why I’m giving Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st such a high score. Basically, I enjoyed noticing and studying the differences, which in return I was amused by the amount of decision making put forth to making this movie. I guess another reason I gave a high score is because I’m a big fan of the Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha series. I felt that the original series was already pretty good, and the creator brought forth something different (it’s different enough to me anyways) that was also enjoyable, so I didn’t hesitate to stick a positive impression in my mind. Despite being so short, I still think the movie still manages to capture the whole feel of the original series well. Another thing is that I loved was the scene near the end where Nanoha and Fate conversed before the farewell. Nanoha said what I consider as perhaps one of the greatest quotes of all time, and Fate’s reaction to it just makes me almost burst into tears while feeling so happy for her. That highlight was in the original series, and I was very happy that it was in the movie as well. Neither the movie nor the original series would’ve been as great without that scene.
Unfortunately, in the end I suppose I still suffer from knowing the general story beforehand. Even if has been over 2 years since I watched the first season of Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, a few reminders from the movie allowed me to remember the general story very quickly. The upside of that was that I get to remember how much I liked the series to begin with. The downside of that was that if I wanted to enjoy the movie as I did, I couldn’t just sit there and watch it like it was something I’ve never watched before. I was too aware of many things from the original series that I had to kinda tweak my mindset a bit in order to absorb everything fully. Either way, I still think Nanoha fans would be able to enjoy the movie. For people new to the Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha universe, the movie would probably be a great introduction to the series, except I’m somewhat under the impression that if you do watch the movie first, the first season might not appear as good. It’s your call though. I would recommend watching the original series first, then jump to the movie as if it’s a super long OVA that covers more details of the overall story. If you do watch the movie first though, you can still try the original series right after, or jump straight to the A’s season without a problem. And of course, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st also works as a single story on its own.
For the movie itself, I won’t be reviewing it as a comparison to the series but as a standalone, mostly because it is possible to watch this movie without having any other knowledge of Lyrical Nanoha.
The story in the movie is pretty blunt and right to the point; basically, our main herione Nanoha gets involved with a young boy from another planet named Yuuno, and his quest to collect the scattered Jewel Seeds that have fallen to Earth. At the same time, another young girl named Fate is also after these Jewel Seeds. The two girls’ conflicts, and own inner conflicts as well, are the major driving points of the story.
The movie isn’t something that’s very hard to follow or understand, however it does go a bit deeper then what you’d expect from a magical series. It’s a pretty well written story that mostly focuses on the relationship between Fate and Nanoha. The story flows pretty nicely since it’s mostly focused on the rivalry along with growing friendship between the two of them. Speaking of rivalry, you should know that there are quite a few fight scenes in this as well. The movie focuses a lot more on these scenes then one might expect, especially if you’re already familiar with the show where these didn’t occur as often. While the story could’ve focused a bit more on some other characters or even had the fights occur less frequently, you have to remember it’s condensing 13 episodes worth of material into a 2 hour long movie. The movie basically covers all the events and relations between characters that you need to know.
The story itself is, like I said, more in depth then you’d normally expect. While the movie doesn’t totally screw you over and ride along on the dark side like Madoka Magica, it does have it’s fair share of moments that may leave you in shock, and also in awe. Everything flows smoothly together and these more or less shocking moments flow with it as well. Events in the movie are paced a bit faster then I’d like, but again – it’s condensed material. Standing alone, the story is an easy to follow one that’s driven mostly by its characters and their own actions.
As for the characters themselves, the movie mainly focuses on the two rivaling girls – Nanoha and Fate. Nanoha is a motivated, friendly, and overall likeable character and a very good fit for a magical girl movie lead. Fate, on the other hand, is a cold and distant girl who fights with loneliness in her eyes and determination in her heart. The two girls do indeed clash because of their own motives for the Jewel Seeds, but throughout the movie we get to see the relationship between Nanoha and Fate grow as Nanoha continues to work harder to get along with Fate and eventually become her friend.
While the characters aren’t the most original, the way that they’re presented and used in this movie is done so well that you almost forget that Nanoha is the nice-girl archetype while Fate is the emotionless girl one. It can easily bring a smile to your face to watch as Nanoha does her best to reach out and help Fate, and it’s nearly heartbreaking to watch exactly what Fate has to go through and how hard she’s trying to do what she thinks is best, even if it means being alone. The movie doesn’t try too hard to flesh out the characters or anything like that either. The bonds and connections between the two girls is really just something you want to sit back and appreciate.
The only downfall with the characters is that no one else is really focused on or given much screentime other then Nanoha, Fate, and anyone else involved with the Jewel Seeds. Again though – condensed material. It’s much rather preferred that this movie focuses on the major conflicts and relations between the main characters then the side ones.
As for the animation, considering it was made in 2010 and it is a movie it’s only natural that you’d expect the most out of the animation, and that’s what you get. The battle scenes are extremely fluid and really engaging to watch, along with the transformation scenes. (despite the fact that these were pretty infrequent.) Something that people may have an issue with is the really big eyes that are used on, well pretty much everyone, but it’s something that can be easily overlooked when you consider the well-done (and improved) character designs and fight scenes that take place in this movie.
The soundtrack isn’t something that I can say is the most memorable. While it is indeed there, most of the tracks aren’t something that you’re going to remember or really want to look up later on after the movie’s over. Most of it consists of pretty average battle music and just some nice pieces to fit the mood. The seiyuu’s all do a great job and fit their roles very well, but again it’s nothing all too fabulous. One thing I will give you as a treat to the viewers though is, “Namae wo Yonde.” Look up that OST. I can honestly say that it is the most emotional track in the soundtrack. You’ll thank me later.
I have to admit, I really did enjoy watching this movie. It was nice to see the story more focused on the plot and two main characters as opposed to the series, which took a little while to really set the story forward. The only thing that brings down my enjoyment is the fact that I had already seen the series and knew what was going to happen, but thankfully this movie doesn’t use the copy and paste formula when it comes to animation and gives you pretty much the same storyline, but with newer scenes (for lack of the better word) and better artwork as well.
Overall, if you’re a fan of the Lyrical Nanoha series and you’ve yet to see this movie, I’d highly recommend you pick it up since I highly doubt there will be much to disappoint you. You can still watch this movie without seeing the series, but I wouldn’t really say that’s the best way to approach the Lyrical Nanoha franchise. If you do plan to watch this first and you enjoy it, at least go back and watch the original series as well. Both truly show how great a mahou shoujo can be when it’s done right. & I can undoubtedly say that Lyrical Nanoha did just about as much right as one could expect.
1: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A’s
English: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A’s
Japanese: 魔法少女リリカルなのは The MOVIE 2nd A’s
MAL Score: 8.15
Six months have passed since the events in the previous movie. Fate has returned to Uminari City with Lindy as her legal guardian and is living the life of a normal elementary schoolgirl along with Nanoha and her friends. The reunion between the two new-found friends is cut short, however, when they are assaulted by four ancient magic users who identify themselves as the Wolkenritter. As the motives behind the actions of the Wolkenritter become clear, Nanoha and Fate find themselves in a race against time to stop the reactivation of a highly dangerous artifact known as The Book of Darkness.
Needless to say, I was absolutely excited after I found out that A’s was going to get a movie version like the first season. After all, the first movie was great. It trimmed the fat of the first season to make a stellar narrative. Of course that meant that with A’s, something was going to be cut out. This was probably what I was most worried about that since I found it hard to cut scenes out of A’s without losing something.
Now, without further ado: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A’s.
Since the movie itself is an alternate re-telling of A’s, the story is overall very similar minus one set of characters whose actions did guide certain events along. For example, Nanoha’s Starlight Breaker + to break the barrier and Reinforce’s Starlight Breaker were all cut out from the movie. Despite the missing portions from the original story, the it still acts as a smoothly written and captivating narrative.
Art and Animation: 9
Movie budget. Need I say more?
Unlike the TV seasons and the previous movie, the soundtrack was composed by Misa Chujo as instead of Sano Hiroaki. My first reaction when this was announced was definitely negative. Sano Hiroaki had always created such a beautiful, pumping OSTs that always fit the moods of the scenes they played in perfectly. As such, I was pleasantly surprised when I watched the movie and heard the OST. While it was not as good as Sano Hiroaki’s, it was still well composed and fit the movie really well.
There were two insert songs.
“Snow Rain ~ver. Holy Night~” by Ueda Kana was played at the same scene that the original Snow Rain was played in the series. The difference between the two was, of course, the instrumental but the new version still meshed really well with the scene and as such created the same impact it did in the original series.
The second was “Sacred Force” by Nana Mizuki which played at the same time that “Brave Phoenix” played in the original. While Sacred Force went well with the scene, it just didn’t have the same chilling feel that Brave Phoenix had in the original.
The last aspect of Sound is of course the voices. Starring the same stellar cast as the original series, the movie did not disappoint overall in this aspect. My only issue is with the defense program’s cry. Originally, it was given an eerie and highly feminine cry. This was meant to drive home the connection it had with Reinforce (this and the feminine shape you see on the defense program’s body being Reinforce’s former hollow shell). However, the movie gave it a more monstrous male roar. In a sense this somewhat distanced it from Reinforce while still keeping the feminine shape stemming out of the body of the program.
What the story lacked was definitely made up for with character development of the knights especially Reinforce. In the original, Reinforce’s appearance was sudden and did not make too much sense until the end. However, the movie does a good job of building her up from the very beginning of the narrative. However, the movie does a good job of building her up from the very beginning of the narrative. At the same time, the development of the knights is also extremely well done.
This category is kinda subjective isn’t it?
This movie is definitely something I’d definitely recommend that you watch the movie. However, I would also recommend that you watch the TV series first if you didn’t as it will fill in a lot of gaps. If possible, buy the DVDs or Blu-rays because they are worth every penny spent.
Genre: Action, Magical Girl, Drama, Sci-Fi.
Length: 1 movie, 2 hours 40 minutes.
A side note guys – I ADORE the “Mahou Shojou Lyrical Nanoha” series. It’s my favourite series. Therefore I may ramble on a bit thoughout this review.
This movie is a retelling of the 2nd series, “A’s” … Most retell movies only have improved animation going for them, truncicating the plot to cram it into a shorter time limit. Nanoha had previously proved an exception to this, as the first movie not only perfectly retold the season, but ADDED details and backstory. It’s a bit interesting to note now that 2nd movie DOES cut out a rather significant plot point, but I always hated that particular plot point, and never thought it made much sense. It’s replaced by some more character development for Adrmial Lindsy and Chrono’s father, which is a GOOD thing.
Animation is amazing. It’s easily a 10/10. The movie budget does not disapoint, as even the most complext of action sequences do not present a dull in animation.
Action is incredible, it looks amazing and feels amazing. Much of the high impact action is intertwined with some fairly emotional moments (Such as Nanoha fighting down Reinforce while Fate struggles with her identity)
Characters are as likable and fun as ever, with Nanoha and Fate taking center stage in all their glory. Interestingly, the yuri overtones between the two appear more obvious than the series (theres seriously a moment where they hold onto each others hips and stare into each others eyes….) but that’s pretty cute. Nano-Fate is a thing. In the actual series, it was a bit more subtle. A non intuitive viewer might’ve had more trouble picking up their relationship. It’s more obvious in this movie. Take it or leave it whether thats good or not. I’m personaly indifferent.
My only disapointment was the end scene: In the series, it shows Nanoha and the rest grown up, in their “adult” forms. This was such an incredible highlight for me, marking the end of an era and the start of something amazing (Nanoha StrikerS). In the movie, only Fate appears SLIGHTLY older (and even then, by about a YEAR at maximum) and the rest are looking the same age. I can only hope that the StrikerS movie appears!
SORRY! I tried to keep this as short as I could, but this IS a movie from my favorite anime series. Anyway, 100% recomended!
Visually speaking, the movie is extremely shiny and polished, despite a few moments of off model that were barely noticed. While the first movie looked great, it still resorted to stills in combat scenes, but 2nd A’s makes these weaknesses far less pronounced, leading to a ton of fluid movement. Regardless of the actual content of the movie, it sure does look appealing, especially for those into moe aesthetics.
Unfortunately, it falters in the story department. This was to be expected, as the series was 13 episodes long with minimal filler. Trimming at anything significant would weaken the narrative, and unfortunately there are a few plot threads that simply will not make sense to those who haven’t seen the tv series. That is most likely the greatest weakness of the movie, and I would have to recommend you watch the tv series first.
What it does focus on, it does fairly well, and offers a lot of humanization to the antagonists of the story which makes the storytelling a more balanced affair. It’s not too easy to take sides in this conflict for good reason, and that makes the movie more involving to watch. The movie actually doesn’t spend that much time pew pew’ing all day as compared to the first movie, and focuses some on developing the characters’ personalities and inner thoughts. Still, due to time constraints, certain key players from the tv series are left hanging but still left there leaving you wondering what they’re supposed to do. I felt they could have fit them in more cleanly.
In the end, I was very much satisfied to see Nanoha animated after an absence of three years. This movie is much more for fans though, and while I’d recommend that you could skip the first television series for the first movie, I really can’t say the same for this. So, if you’re into the series, you should know what to expect. If not, then try the television series, and give this a pass for now.
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