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Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid Of Clockwork

Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid Of Clockwork

Movie
Genre: 
On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Grade:
B-
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 35 Minutes

This wouldn’t be the first time that Funimation has released a film from one of their popular properties that isn’t quite actually a film. Angeloid of Clockwork: The Movie is a lot like Shakugan No Shana: The Movie. It’s basically a rehashing of the previous seasons, a bit haphazardly, leading into a bit of new footage made specifically for the release.

In this release we see flashes of the seasons leading up to the movie but from one specific characters point of view. Not much changes as far as the footage is concerned, but the rehashing does lead up to the reveal that is all important for said character, which equals out to a tribute to that character as they exit the shows canon.

If you haven’t seen the series I wouldn’t suggest watching this release as a way of crash coursing the series. Character introductions are pretty flimsy and the way the film jumps around from memory to memory sometimes seems pointless, losing an inexperienced viewer along the way.

The finale of the film is pretty good though. The design of the Angeloid of Clockwork character is pretty awesome, very steampunk, though the end is pretty typical for an anime. No surprises there. For me, someone who has followed the series, I got a few laughs out of it and my already established connection with the characters made for some decent moments in the film. It doesn’t change the fact that more then half of the movie is actually retracing my steps with the series.

PICTURE QUALITY:
Color is simply brilliant here, even if definition sometimes suffers from occasional soft spots. Still, the picture holds up rather well for the most part, looking crisp with good line definition. I only covered the second season on DVD so I don’t know how sharp the series looked on Blu-Ray, but it comes pretty close to looking perfect here, so that must be a great bump fore the series on BD.

I was more then a little disappointed with the audio on the English dub. Dialogue is very low and everything else seems to overpower it so you have to turn up the volume a bit higher then I like. When dialogue is at a decent enough level the rest of the soundtrack blasts you out of your seat. I had hoped to simply turn on the subs to read the dialogue as it flowed out, but the disc only comes with English subs when you put it on the 2.0 Japanese audio, which I ended up doing for most of the film. Surprisingly the 2.0 Japanese audio sounded better then the 5.1 English dub mix.

BONUS FEATURES:
Commentary, commercials, Promo Videos, Trailers and Previews in the shows native language, Teaser, and U.S Trailer. Really nothing to get excited about.  

AJ Garcia
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