2011 Spring Cleaning Anime Challenge Review: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Movie the 1st

Takamachi Nanoha is a normal fourth-grader who feels a little useless and out-of-place with no purpose. Then one day, she saves a ferret, who turns out to be a mage from another planet who came to this planet to search for the jewel seeds. Nanoha agrees to help, but this task gets complicated when another girl arrives to steal them.


(Note: this is a review for a Japanese BD)


For those not aware this is an alternate retelling of the first season of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha.  The thirteen episodes of the TV series are condensed and redone into a two-hour movie, and by all accounts, it is not a bad retelling at all.  Some aspects from the TV series are given more detail in the movie and it helps to develop some of the cast members like Fate’s mother and gives her more of reason for the way she turned out.  Gone are some of the aspects from the TV series that gives it the paint by numbers feel that it starts with.  Some events from the movie play out differently than the TV series but they work nicely and do not feel rushed or handled poorly.

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