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.’

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Snapshot: Sora No Otoshimono

Sora No Otoshimono Manga

Let the media review begins, and at what better place then perhaps one of the best manga and anime series of the last couple years; Heaven’s Lost Property, which is the English translation of Sora no Otoshimono.

My first taste of Heaven’s Lost Property was through the anime, which is rarely ever the right way to start. Similar to books and movies based on books, its often better to start with the writing. However, after watching both season’s of the anime I was able to get around to reading the manga this past week. Well at least as much as I had available to me; considering the story as actually still in production. Today I will be letting you into both the world of the manga and the anime.

For those who haven’t had the fortune of enjoying the series, Heaven’s Lost Property follows the once peaceful life of Tomoki Sakurai. Tomoki has lived in the same city his whole life, and much of that time has been without the care of his parents who are constantly on business trips and vacations around the world. However, he hasn’t been all alone. His neighbor, and childhood friend, Sohara has been keeping an eye on him, and has kept him in line as much as she possibly could. There has also been the girl in Tomoki’s dream that has been keeping him company through his sleeping hours. One day Sohara convinces Tomoki to talk to a peer in their class that is referred to as one of the smartest students in the school, Eishiro Sugata. This is beginning of the demise for Tomoki’s peaceful life. Sugata convinces Tomoki to meet him at a location under a large tree that has been alive for many years in the fields of the city to discover The New Continent as well as find out the real reason behind  this dream. On his way to meet up with Tomoki, Sugata runs into some trouble and tries to warn Tomoki not to go there. The only problem is Tomoki is already at the location, and the cell phone call breaks out during the warnings. This is the night where Tomoki see’s the skies open up and release one of the most important people to him, Ikaros, an angeloid from the Heavens. So yes, Tomoki’s peaceful life has shattered, but a much more interesting and fun filled life has just begun; especially as their friend circle opens up and they meet more angeloids.

That’s the story in only the first couple of chapters of the story. So yeah there is a lot… A LOT… more that happens. The story is really great mixing both ecchi fan service comedy with combat and strong emotional ties and problems. I myself became very attached to Ikaros right from the beginning, and that was before the details about angeloids come into place. Along the journey the group sure does have a great time, as well as some tough ones, as make new friends, compete in absurd compeitions, and take a particular guy who begins to despise the downer (which means human in the series) Tomoki.

Sora No Otoshimono Anime

All that being said the anime follows pretty close to the story for the entirety of the first season, with just a few small changes to character introduction times. For example Nymph, an angeloid that plays a large roll in the story, comes into the story a lot sooner in the anime, then in the manga. There a couple of other small things that are switched around for the purpose of flow, or at least I would assume they are for the purpose of flow. Which is just fine with me. Personally, I like it when the anime has some differences so this way I can still have some chance of surprise when I watch all the characters comes to life.

The second season is where there is quite a bit of difference between the manga and anime. The manga dives quite some more into the darker side with some a particular character that comes into place in Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte. They even cut out a character almost completely from the second season, that comes into a fairly large amount of play in the manga even after the second season. There is a movie that tells her story that was released under the name Sora no Otoshimono: Angeloid of Clockwork; which I will dive into when I do that review. Also, there were quite some difference in the timing when things happened from the manga to the anime. Overall, however, they still told a great story and hit the major plot points.

It was certainly one thing to read all the things that happen in this story, but to watch it made it so much better. They do a great job with the character models and coloring to make everything just pop. The Japanese, and American, voice actors are completely top notch. I love every second that I submerge into the Heaven’s Lost Property universe. It just keeps getting funnier and tugs more and more at the heart strings. I’m looking forward to whatever they creators throw at us next! I highly suggest checking the series out, even if you’re not all that large of a fan of anime. It’s certainly a great time.

Reviewer’s Note: If you do wind up watching the series make sure you watch the bonus scenes after the credits roll at the end of the episode.

Snapshot: High School of the Dead

 

Welcome zombie lovers to an anime that has all you desire in a short, manageable, and enjoyable series.

The series revolves around a group of teenagers as the zombie apocalypse occurs on Earth. While they all have their own reasons for survival they soon find each other and begin to work as a group to survive and make the best of the situation. You don’t get much information on each of the characters as the story begins, but you do get to see their personalities evolve due to the harsh conditions and brutal killings occurring all around them.

However, which is more deadly.. the living or the walking corpses. That seems to be the major question in all zombie scenarios. Let’s just face it, when push comes to shove there aren’t really many people you can rely on or trust. Well there is plenty of the darker side of the living throughout this series; from a corrupt and crazy teacher to left wing protesters who don’t believe that the recently dead are really ‘zombies.’ Hell there is even a number of looters that you get to peek in on and some people who are only out for their own safety.

While only about half of the manga is in anime form (and just barely half of the series is in English til the rest of the English copies release later this year), it is more than worth the watch. The only problem is the questions that are left and the want, no, need for more episodes.

There is plenty of action and comedy throughout the whole series; not to mention the amount of boobs and fan service.[lol]

Snapshot: Rosario + Vampire

I spent quite some time watching both seasons of the Rosario + Vampire series, and I must say that it was well worth the time I spent watching the anime.

Before, I even start really talking about the topic of the hour, forget everything you know about vampires.. and well just about every other monster. Also, don’t expect this series to be a downright scray and creepy experience. This series is deffinately a romantic comedy mixed with a lot of ecchi humor and panty shots.

The story revolves around Tsukune, a young man who has failed the high school entrance exam. With fear of his son having to stay back a year, Tsukune’s father runs into a peculiar person who offers papers for Tsukune to attend a school called Yokai Academy. However, to the human race, Yokai academy has a dark dark secret.. it’s actually a school for developing monsters. ‘Monsters’ go to this school to continue their education while learning how to coexist in the human world. On Tsukune’s first trip to the school he finds that he has no cell phone reception and the bus only comes once a month, so he is quite literally trapped there.

Also, within minutes of entering the monester realm he meets a beautiful girl named, Moka. She reveals herself to be a vampire. However, she is completely a sweetheart. However, she reveals that she isn’t as easy as her emotions are sweet. She must wear a Rosary to block her true power, and she is unable to remove the charm herself. (Honestly, Tsukune doesn’t believe a thing she says.. at first..)

However, once classes start Tsukune finds out about the school’s true nature and that everyone of the classmates he is sitting around is a monster. He also learns that humans can’t normally pass into the monster realm, and often hunted when they do. Uh oh.

As the story evolves Tsukune meets plenty of new friends who become infacuated with him. The true question is will Tsukune stay in attendance at his new academy? Will everyone find out that he is a human before he even has the chance to make the decision? What is Moka’s true nature?

The series is a great watch even with its abundance of sappy 10 second love scenes. The fights, although often short, are pretty enjoyable. Also, the many situations that Tsukune gets him in are pretty entertaining. As I said earlier, forget everything you know about monsters (especially vampires) and remember that this is mostly a romantic comedy. However, I’m sure anyone from a noobie anime watcher to an anime veteran will enjoy the series.

Sailor Moon 20th anniversary

Hello Everyone! For Who Is Not a Sailor Moons Fan Lets Give You A Quick Description. Hot Girls That Have Magical Powers That Kick Evils Ass All The Time With a Twist Of a Love Story. If You Don’t Remember In America It was on toonami before captain planet and sometimes dragon ball z. If You’re a Fan That loves It As much as I Do You Already bought all the manga  books + preordered them. But in case your just finding out save some money and buy the New Box Set that comes out on Amazon on nov 20th. You save some money and the box is beautiful with art work! So grab this box set while you can.

Remember The art books? If you never went to your local comic book shop and actually saw them you have no idea what I’m talking about. When I was about seven I saw them for the first time. My comic book shop got them imported and they where such a big hit in Japan! But in America we did not receive a English version. About that time when I was seven they were around 70 dollars because of shipping and of course they had to make some money on them. But Today’s Date I have seen them on eBay for around 41 dollars to 200. But before you go spending your money we officially found out sometime in 2013 we get our own art book that has special art that has never been seen before! We do not have a official date but we know that 2013 is the time.

So You Think That’s all the good news? One last thing before I forget. A New Sailor Moon Anime Is Being Released in 2013. World Wide but this does not mean it will be dubbed it might be subbed. That’s All I know. Honestly I want it dubbed I really never get the full affect unless it is. I Want to know what finally happens to sailor moon in the stars series I know I can go watch it on YouTube but I don’t want to spoil it for myself. So I’ve been waiting all this time for a dubbed version of stars and I’m so ready if this happens! No promises though! Hopefully we won’t have that corny intro theme song. I hope we get a real one if this happens. Are You Excited?