Snapshot: Sora No Otoshimono: Tokeijikake no Angeloid

Sora No Otoshimono Angeloid of Clockwork

If your really not sure what Sora no Otoshimono we actually took everyone on a little drive through the universe yesterday. So, if you are looking for some background on the series you can certainly check there!

Sora no Otoshimono: Tokeijikake no Angeloid, or Heaven’s Lost Property: Angeloid of Clockwork, is the movie that was released at about the same time as season 2 became available in English in the states; earlier this year. It is marketed as a sequel to Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte (the second season of the small franchise). However, if you have read the manga, this movie and the events take place during parts of the first season and throughout the second season. The story is told about a pretty important character, Hiyori Kazane, who was actually not featured in the second season of the anime except for one particular moment. So there were hopes that she would be placed in the beginning of the upcoming third season. However, this movie pretty much tells her story in an hour and half.

They hold to the important parts fairly well for most of the movie, until the movie begins to wrap up. Then the anime movie takes the story in a completely different direction. Which I feel like wasn’t the smartest or best decision. The ending of the movie should have happened as close as possible to what happened in the manga. It would have certainly made more sense to do it that way to continue with the emotions that they have built in the universe. Also, the way that the movie ends kind of makes me question what they will do in the third season, since she becomes a part of the group to some extent after what happens.  Overall the movie was enjoyable, and normally I like a little deviation between the two forms of media. The deviation that they put in place here, on the other hand, I just can’t agree with or get behind.

For those of you who don’t like subtitles and would rather just watch the dubbed versions aren’t going to be happy to hear, but the movie currently isn’t in English, and I don’t believe there are any plans to make it in English. I’m sorry to the bearer of bad news, especially since, despite the ending, there are some revealing pieces of the universe in the movie to help explain some more of what the synapse is, who the bad guy with wings is, and just what nymph said about Sugata being ‘real.’

Snapshot: Indie Game: The Movie

Indie Game: The Movie is a documentary about the creation of Indie Games and the lifestyles of those who work on them. The movie goes so much deeper than just a base explanation of the Indie Game scene, but they actually follow the creation of three games in particular; Super Meat Boy (Developed by Edmund McMillen & Tommy Refenes), Fez (Developed by Phil Fish & Renaud Bedard), and  Braid (Jonathan Blow).

Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky do a wonderful job not only taking a look into the video game development themselves, but bringing the ordinary people, that only get to see the finished product, along with them. The movie was funded by Kickstarter, giving them the chance to follow those mentioned earlier throughout their development process, expo showings, and, even onto the retail aspect of one of the games.

The music, composed by Jim Guthrie, does a great job at accenting the various emotions depicted throughout the documentary. Jim envelopes you into the movie with the various sounds and instruments you hear through out your time in front of the screen. He does a great a job at helping you feel how you see the creators feeling.

There are no amount of words I can really say to captivate all that is Indie Game: The Movie. Honestly, this is probably one of the hardest reviews I have even written because there is just so much I could say, but not so much that I could explain and describe accurately what is accomplished by this movie. The only real way to appreciate this piece of art and piece of informational enjoyment about the creation of video games is for you yourself to check it out. Indie Game: The
Movie is available now!

Derek Padakowski