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.