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.