Heaven's Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork (Blu Ray) Review
Having previously reviewed Heaven's Lost Property Season 1, I'd described it as being naughty, filled with fan service and as fun as you'll let it be and I stand by that statement. So it should come as no surprise that Heaven's Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork should be just as delightfully sinful.
"Hiyori's a sweet, shy girl who's used to living in the background. Now, the wallflower is ready to bloom and reveal a big secret: she's totally infatuated with Tomoki! To get closer to the dirty-minded object of her affection, she joins the New World Discovery Club. With Tomoki's lazy love of peace and quiet, he's not interested in accommodating any new Club members and tries to scare Hiyori away with his usual perverted antics. Nonetheless, she remains committed to her crush and starts bonding with Ikaros, Nymph, and the gang - until a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. It seems Hiyori has a deeper - and more dangerous - link to the Angeloids than anyone suspected! How is she connected to the Synapse? Why is she trying to kill Tomoki, even after confessing her feelings? Find out in the hilarious, super-sexy Heaven's Lost Property movie, The Angeloid of Clockwork!" - Madman
The first half of the film acts more or less as a recap episode which may be slightly annoying for already established fans but is a great reason for new fans to jump aboard. Aside from this, any complaints about the film coming across as nothing more than a recap episode are somewhat unfounded. While it does revisit a number of elements from the series, it's told from a new perspective. Besides, having reviewed the first season back in March 2012, I was happy to revisit the gang once more.
The animation quality is just as great as I remembered from the series and having AIC back in the production chair would be the reason why. This little known but prolific anime production company is responsible for a whole swag of brilliant series such as Oh My Goddess, Persona 4 and El-Hazard. These guys have been at it since 1982 and are still knocking it our of the park. The animation is crisp and consistent throughout. AIC have done a fantastic job of balancing moments of hilarity, including a super deformed Tomoki, with action packed scenes and more tender heart felt moments. In this single movie you get quite a tasting plate of anime.
The English dub on this film takes on the vast majority of voice actors from the original series' and they do just as fantastic a job as previously. Their comedic timing is spot on and Greg Ayres in particular is brilliant. Madman's Blu Ray release is incredibly crisp and the colour simply pops off the screen and considering that their DVD and Blu Ray releases are the same price, there's no reason not to pick up the superior format. If you're a fan of Heaven's Lost Property, this review will hold little value - you already know how enjoyable this series is. If you're still not sure whether the series is worth a look, you could always grab this movie and get a taste of what's to come.