Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha Movie 1st

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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).

So, you're Nanoha?

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).

And you must be that Fate Testarossa...

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.

And this is the only scene in the movie that felt so odd

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.

2 responses »

  1. The original Nanoha series spent about 4-5 eps pretending to be an actual Mahou Shoujo show. Then it basically changed into more of what the movie was like, culminating with the big Nanoha/Fate fight. If you liked the movie you should definitely watch A’s as it is definitely shifted into full on Flying Mecha Loli mode. Which isn’t a bad thing since it is rather entertaining, it’s just definitely not a magical girl show. I have to rewatch the movie but most of what was cut out was just their original skirmishes against each other and the monsters to try to get the jewel seeds. Not much missed honestly.

  2. So it’s not really a magical girl show? LOL. I should have known.

    I have to confess, even when I was a pre-teen those magical girl shows were never my thing; it was mostly fighting shows and mecha shows. Guess I am still a real newbie when it comes to magical girl shows.

    Though I don’t like lolis that much, Flying Mecha seems to sound better. 😄

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