Nanoha movie mini-post

Nanoha Movie 1st

After four months, a camrip of the Nanoha movie is out and I shamelessly downloaded it. Quality’s not too bad, especially when compared to previous experiences with other camrips I downloaded.

Spoilers are inbound, so if you’d prefer to wait for the Blu-Ray, best not to read.

Let’s just say, the whole movie is the first season of Nanoha, badass’ed by a factor of about 2.5. They put in 3 fights in the first THIRTY minutes alone. The henshin sequences were seriously pimped up (although thankfully, it’s only once for each of our heroines). Raising Heart probably got more lines in the first 45 minutes of the movie than in THREE Nanoha seasons combined and man, they really did made her badass as fuck. Built in FCS, Cannon Mode… even the “image training” shit got upgraded in to a military-style training program.

Obviously, the production crew really knew where to put their money and the fights are, at the risk of sounding tired, badass. Nanoha pulls off her most impressive Starlight Breaker in the climax of the movie, but Fate also gets to show off some new moves too. The overall choreography of the fights are really good as well.

One great thing about the movie is that Precia, Fate and Alicia’s backstory is explored and explained a lot more. Really, Precia is truly an idiot for not realizing that some things are meant to be lost as well as not noticing the happiness before her own eyes. Missing the tree for the forest much, sigh. Her story and character feels a lot more human and tragic compared to the original, where she mainly just acted like a abusing bitch to the end.

Of course, no mention of the movie is complete without talking about the “namae wo yonde…” scene. Suffice to say, even though I was prepared for it, it still hit me quite hard. Heck, the guy recording it was actually sobbing a little bit as well, haha.

Anyways, I’d better start to save up for the Blu-Ray. Geez, I do hope it doesn’t go over 10k yen for the special editions. No word yet on when or how the Blu-Rays or DVDs are coming out but hopefully soon enough.

18 Comments

  1. arigatou Said,

    April 30, 2010 @ 3:25 am

    namae wo yonde. Anyway even its 6 years… I still want to befriended by her. (she’s already 23years old in the current manga “Nanoha Vivio”) – correct me if I’m wrong.

  2. Nosgoroth Said,

    April 30, 2010 @ 3:46 am

    Oh god, hype just went up and through the roof, and even though I haven’t watched this one yet I already want to watch A’s The Movie. And perhaps they will fix StrikerS too.

    ASDASDASDASDASD

  3. Yuribou Said,

    April 30, 2010 @ 9:54 am

    Well, I watched it in the cinema, but I never realised how much better the fights were till I went back and watched the first season again…I just can’t help but wonder if they could have put a bit more backstory in…you know – what’s currently being explored in the Movie 1st manga. Now that story is interesting. Can’t wait for more of that…

    Fate is a lot more lovable in the movie I think. I wonder if Movie 2nd will be A’s in a nutshell. I’m hoping for a bit of inbetween and A’s together but that’s just me…

  4. shaoron Said,

    April 30, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    LOLI CATFIGHT!!!! WOOOOT

  5. Nestor Said,

    April 30, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

    Is it a subbed camrip (a la Disappearance) or just RAW? If it’s Nanoha, I wouldn’t mind the camrip, but I don’t understand japanese…

    Military-style Nanoha, more fights, cooler costume…Is it safe to assume that this something StrikerS should have been like?

  6. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 30, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

    It’s a raw camrip. You wouldn’t really need subs if you’ve watched the first season. Most of the dialogue is practically the same.

    And yes, this is what StrikerS should have been. I still wish they didn’t speed the canon up so fast and made Nanoha and Fate all grown up. Loli versions are still the best.

  7. AstroNerdBoy Said,

    April 30, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

    As much as I’ve enjoyed the Nanoha franchise, I wasn’t sure I’d be interested in seeing the movie or not. However, your review here makes me think that I won’t be disappointed after all. ^_^

  8. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 30, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

    @AstroNerdBoy: It’s a pretty good movie, way better than the crap that was StrikerS.

    Funnily though, according to canon, the movie is a in-canon movie that is being produced in Midchildia after the events of StrikerS because Nanoha and Fate are pretty much celebrities back there already.

    Now…. I am just hoping A’s will get the same treatment or possibly even better.

  9. Nestor Said,

    April 30, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

    Heh, well I was never really into loli (except for Eva) so the grown up versions never really annoy me. Still, aging up to 20-something is quite an overkill; 17 or something (like Negi’s disguise) would’ve been enough. Still, I think StrikerS main problem was that it has slow pacing and low character development, especially for the new meats. Too small budget for a 26 episode series I guess.

    A Nanoha A’s movie would be nice, but personally I prefer a story that occur between A’s and StrikerS; Hayate and the Wolkenritter needs more non-villain spotlight…

  10. Blacksun88 Said,

    May 1, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

    damn i really want to watch this !! ur review only make me want to watch this more badly. i guess nanoha had completely change many of us (me included) about mahou shoujo series. I could hardly imagined myself to be so anticpated for a mahou shoujo movie if I had not watched the series ><

  11. Zextrace Said,

    May 2, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

    >>Fate is a lot more lovable in the movie I think. I wonder if Movie 2nd will be A’s in a nutshell. I’m hoping for a bit of inbetween and A’s together but that’s just me…

    I love Fate, always have…But you were not kidding. Can’t place my tongue on it, but she seems a bit kinder, and her back story certainly helps to maximize the empathy for her. And she’s just so tragic a character. Splendid. Heh, loved her angry battle roar when she realized Nanoha was still standing after her Phalanx Shift,
    and when she put up the five shields for a fruitless attempt to defend against that nuke they call STB.

    This is what happens when cute girls are given too much firepower. I can’t make up my mind whether to admire their prowess, or to fawn over the moe aspect.

    All of the characters were probably better in the movie, though. Nanoha was slightly lacking in character development I thought, but she made up for it with sheer will of force and determination. Kind of reminded me of a moe version of goku, heh.

  12. Nestor Said,

    May 3, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

    So, under you’re *ehm* advice *ehm* I decided to watch the movie RAW and damn, the actions are awesome. The duel at the drowned city is just insane; they must have put those buildings just so we can see how destructive the spells are. The finale is a bit anti-climatic though; I half-expected that they would actually show some fights with Precia, considering that movie adaptations has had its share of buffed up final battles (Gurren Lagann’s Simon VS Anti spiral fistfight comes to mind).

    Anyway, on the whole, I’ve wished that there are more Magical Girls that brings Peace through Superior Firepower like this instead of the old (and tastes like diabetes) power of love, friendship and all that rubbish. Sure, Nanoha has those moments too, but she uses them to harden her resolve, not directly throw love or whatever to the enemy.

    As the second anime movie I’ve watched this year (Disappearance was the first), I now firmly believe that the movies are the only one worth expecting this year. Most of the series this year are moe-fodder (and many aren’t good), Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou has serious pacing problems, Angel Beats has me rooting for the villain (though since it’s only been 5 episodes, my opinion might change), and the Negima OVA greatly disappoints me (everybody looks fatter, and the Chachamaru “winding” scene is nowhere as funny as the manga). Durarara is probably the only one I really enjoyed. On the other hand, there seems to be plenty of nice movie Blu-Ray’s to expect this year like Nanoha the Movie, Disappearance of HS, Rebuild of EVA 2, Macross F the False Diva, and Unlimited Blade Works. Did the anime industry got the over-moe plague or something?

  13. Zextrace Said,

    May 3, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

    >>Anyway, on the whole, I’ve wished that there are more Magical Girls that brings [s]Peace[/s] [b]Frienship[/b] through Superior Firepower like this instead of the old (and tastes like diabetes) power of love, friendship and all that rubbish. Sure, Nanoha has those moments too, but she uses them to harden her resolve, not directly throw love or whatever to the enemy.

    Fixed for great justice.

  14. Zextrace Said,

    May 3, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

    And then I realize there is no bbc code.

    /facepalm

  15. Anonaymous Said,

    May 3, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

    >>Blu-Ray’s to expect this year like Nanoha the Movie, Disappearance of HS, Rebuild of EVA 2, Macross F the False Diva, and Unlimited Blade Works. Did the anime industry got the over-moe plague or something?

    Nanoha and Disappearance are both moe fueled anime, even if there is more to it then that…But there is no denying the moe aspect of Nanoha and as for Disappearance, lol Yuki.

  16. Nestor Said,

    May 3, 2010 @ 5:47 pm

    I said over-moe, not merely moe fueled. A little cuteness is always welcome afterall; Macross F also has them, and I’m still looking forward for them. But those series doesn’t solely rely on moe and also had other strong points; at the very least, Nanoha has awesome magic battles, Disappearance has a good story and presentation and Macross F has epic space battles and Yoko Kanno soundtrack. Moe is fine (I still has some soft spot for Working!! and K-On!!), it’s just that this year has too many of them…

  17. Anonaymous Said,

    May 3, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

    What Nanoha and Disappearance don’t have is ‘moeblobs’ this is true. But that’s probably partly why both the characters from Nanoha and Disappearance are so popular, because quite frankly, I’m sick of purely driven moe-ish characters without any significance except their failed attempts at being moe.

    Depth + moe is a powerful combination.

  18. Wild Goose Said,

    May 18, 2010 @ 5:41 am

    So essentially this is to Nanoha what Do You Remember Love? was to Macross: an in-universe movie.

    Well, sounds awesome, and DYRL got retconned to being canon, so the precedent is there…

    Interesting.

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