In brief: Now I know why there’s all that fuss about Fate Testarossa. Amazingly, this movie made more sense than Space Battleship Yamato Revival (the movie I reviewed in the previous post).
I’d been curious about this franchise since it gets mentioned every now and then. However, girly magical things have not really been my main interest in anime (never really was an interest, I’m a mecha fangirl, remember?). But curiosity is ever so hard to resist, and I decided to check out the original series. However, at roughly the same time the subs for the movie came out; so instead of laboring over the series I decided to check out the abridged, movie version. Hence this post.
So what do I think? I think it was a well-made movie. I don’t know what details were set aside (since I only got to the first episode of the original series), but the movie never left me worrying about what I missed out from not watching the original. The origins of the jewel seeds that the two main characters are fighting over, and the main villain’s motives, are adequately explained. It was so thorough it surprised me, and broke down my misconceptions about the franchise (which for the record is: just another show about girls using magic and pretending to be very cute).
As for the battles between Nanoha and Fate, they were grand and a pleasure to watch. And for a change, a female creature with furry ears and a tail was not annoying to see. Even the transformation sequence with the nakedness doesn’t really repel me. Well, it’s not the focus and thus doesn’t irritate.
This has been a good introduction into the world of Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, and watching this movie is a testament to my ever-evolving tastes. (But no, I’ll never ever turn and worship Suzumiya Haruhi. I still do have my limits.) I heartily recommend this movie to anyone who wishes an introduction into the world of Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, or, to just any curious bystander who wants to know what the fuss is all about.