When I first watched Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's (the TV series), I loved it. It had a compelling story, great characters, and a beautiful OST. It eventually became the standard that I held perfection of an anime by and was the pinnacle of the Lyrical Nanoha franchise.
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.read more
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!read more
"Mahou shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A's" surpasses it's predecessor in literally ever aspect. For the longest time I've always figured sequels were inferior products just by definition alone, but Nanoha 2 proved just how wrong I was.
This adaption of the second season's events was handled far better than its prequel's attempt at the first season. Gone is the jagged pacing of the previous film, which I'm thankful for. Along with that the tale is just far more interesting this time around. Our heroes were up against a foe that actually felt more like a threat. This is largely because of the first fight in the film which highlights this fact. True to form like the prequel, Nanoha 2's antagonists are even more interesting, and have their own special dynamic that makes the film. We also get a glimpse at the world of these magi, which added a much needed scale to how the world works.With the stakes higher, action better, and script tighter, Nanoha's second film raises the bar higher.
So this is what having a budget looks like. Although I was a littler underwhelmed with the production values of the first film this second outing was truly outstanding. The action scenes were bright, vibrant, and eye popping. Transformation sequences were also stunning, and same can be said about the character designs.
The OST this time around was truly a force. Unlike the first film the music wasn't hidden in the background, and made itself present. It was incredibly affective at amplifying the tone of the show, and added to the overall impact-fullness of scenes. The voice acting was also solid, and everyone did a fantastic job except for one. Raising Heart's voice actress still is bad. Luckily she didn't have as many lines this time around so it didn't hurt the overall production as much as the first. Other than that small complaint no real problems in this department.
I'm still impressed by the amount of attention the villains receive in this series. Because of this the aren't really villains, but people with their own goals/hopes. The antagonists this time around are better than ever. The Knights were all interesting in their own right, and there Master as well. As returning characters go the whole gang is back in one way or another. Fate is still in my opinion one of the strongest points of this series. Nanoha I still find to be lacking, which is depressing considering she is the title character. She has no more depth beyond that she is kind which is a nice trait, but I would like a little more. Chrono and his mother also have layers added to them, which is a welcome addition. One complaint besides Nanoha is that Yunno sort of gets side lined because of the expanded cast. Although necessary considering how many more characters needed screen time/development I missed that furry bastard.
This movie knocked my socks off in terms of jump in quality. I really enjoyed this sequel, and couldn't of been more pleased.
Tighter script, fantastic villains, and a wonderful continuation of the Lyrical Nanoha series. This sequel raises the bar even higher, and delivers the goods. If you are a fan of this genre then I would highly recommend this movie. I was skeptical going in because of my thoughts of the first film (I still liked it, but just wasn't quite there for me), but this film gave me what I wanted. Anyways those are my thoughts, and always thanks for reading. read more
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A's is a movie rendition of the corresponding tv series, and a direct sequel to the 1st movie which covered the first season of the franchise. While the first incarnation started out as a fairly ordinary magical girl series, it eventually evolved into what could be described as the Magical Girl Lightshow of Befriending, involving flashy combat and interesting swaths of character development that made it unique in this genre.
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. read more