Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
February 16, 2013 by Dennis Amith
“Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork” is actually a very good film if you enjoyed the previous series. It’s full of fan service and sexual humor, so for those not into that, this is not for you. But for those who are and also enjoy sci-fi action, I do recommend watching the series before watching the film, so you know who the characters are and their part in the series. “Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork” is an animated film that fans of “Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property” will enjoy!
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TITLE: Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork
DURATION: 95 Minutes
BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (16×9), English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0, Subtitles: English
COMPANY: FUNimation Entertainment
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Originally created by Suu Minazuki
Chief Director: Hisashi Saito
Director: Tetsuya Yanagisawa
Series Composition by Yuuko Kakihara
Character Design by Yoshihiro Watanabe
Art Director: Hiromasa Ogura, Hiroshi Gouroku
Music: Motoyoshi Iwasaki
Chief Animation Director: Hiromasa Ogura
Anime Production: AIC A.S.T.A.
Featuring the following voice talent:
Saori Hayami/Brittney Karbowski as Ikaros
Souichiro Hoshi/Greg Ayres as Tomoki Sakurai
Ayahi Takagaki/Jamie Marchi as Mikako Satsukitane
Iori Nomizu/Kara Edwards as Nymph
Mina/Trina Nishimura as Sohara Mitsuki
Tatsuhisa Suzuki/Eric Vale as Eishirō Sugata
Kaori Fukuhara/Carli Mosier as Astrea
Yoko Hikasa/Colleen Clinkenbeard as Hiyori Kazane
Asuka Ogame as Daidalos
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!
Throughout the life of young pervert Tomoki Sakurai, unbeknownst to the young man is that admiring him from afar is classmate Hiyori Kazane. A girl who desperately wants to get closer to Tomoki and be part of their group. But will Tomoki ever recognize her and will his friends let her become part of the group?
This is the premise for the 2011 animated film “Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork”.
What is “Heaven’s Lost Property”?
In 2007, mangaka Suu Minazuki created the manga series “Sora no Otoshimono” (Heaven’s Lost Property) which was published in the manga magazine “Shonen Ace” and is still ongoing in Japan.
With the popularity of the manga series, an anime adaptation by AIC was produced and aired on television on Oct. through Dec. 2009, with a second season that continued in Winter 2010 and a film that was released in June 2011.
With the first two seasons of “Sora no Otoshimono” having been released in the U.S. courtesy of FUNimation, a Blu-ray and DVD combo set for “Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork” will be released in Feb. 2013.
While Hisashi Saito (“Bamboo Blade”, “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai”) becomes the chief director of the film, the main director is Tetsuya Yanagisawa (“Fate/Stay Night”, “Knight Hunters”, “Eat -Man”), screenplay by Yuuko Kakihara (“Fairy Musketeers”, “Kage Kara Mamoru!, “Persona 4: The Animation”), music by Motoyoshi Iwasaki (“Hamtaro”, “Geobreeders 2”, “Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat”), character design by Yoshiro Watanabe (“Bamboo Blade”, “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai”, “Onegai Teacher!”) and art direction by Hiromasa Ogura (“Jin-Roh – The Wolf Brigade”, “Ashita no Joe 2”, “Spirited Away”).
The series was known for its mature-themed anime series along with “Sekirei: Pure Engagement”, “Rosario+Vampire”, “B Gata H Kei: Yamada’s First Time” featuring perverse humor, fan service and sexual themes.
“Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property” focuses on a young high school teenager named Tomoki Sakurai, a perverted young man (who was influenced by his equally perverted grandfather) who has panties and sexual things that are constantly on his mind. And if there is one girl he occasionally likes to check out, it’s his neighbor and childhood friend Sohara Mitsuki. Who is aware of Tomoki’s perverseness and is unafraid to give him her special karate shop and knock some sense into him.
Despite how she tends to dislike his perverseness and constantly beats him up, she knows deep inside that she is in love with him. Sohara is also aware that for some reason, Tomoki has had some unusual dreams involving an angel which tends to awaken him like a nightmare since he was young.
Meanwhile, with the start of a new school year… Tomoki meets Eishiro Sugata, a scientist who is trying to discover a “New World” and his friend Mikako Satsukitane, a buxom sadist who has a mafia background and is also the Student Body President.
One day, while Tomoki was outside, he sees something in the sky, a UMA (Unidentified Mysterious Animal) and she happens to crash land on Earth. The UMA reveals herself as Ikaros, a “Pet-Class Angeloid, Type Alpha” and together, the two are bonded by an invisible chain and Tomoki becomes her master.
In the beginning, Ikaros is an emotionless individual and because she is bonded to him and goes wherever he goes, it becomes somewhat of an annoyance for Tomoki, but at the same time, he realizes that with her abilities, it can help him make his perverted dreams come true.
Eventually, Sohara, Eishiro and Mikako learn about Ikaros and the two young women try to help Ikaros learn about how humans behave, while Eishiro tries to learn more about her programming and why she was sent to Earth, especially why she chose Tomoki. And in order to keep the activities of Ikaros private, they join Eishiro’s “New World Discovery Club” to see if Ikaros may have some tie to this new world of Angeloids and Synapse that Eishiro is currently researching.
Meanwhile, another Angeloid has appeared on Earth, and her name is Nymph, an “Electronic Warfare Angeloid, Type Beta” who can’t stand humans and is sent to Earth to confront Ikaros. But similar to Ikaros, the more time she spends with Tomoki and friends, she gets to learn about human-kindness and what a nice master that Ikaros has. Unlike Nymph, her master (Master of Synapse) is abusive, maniacal and evil…but because she is tied to him, she will do as he wishes.
It is then revealed after a confrontation between Ikaros and Nymph that she was sent by the sadistic leader “Master of Synapse” to possibly destroy human-kind, something Ikaros does not want to do…especially now that she has started to discover newfound emotions…love for Tomoki. But not just Ikaros, but also Nymph as she wishes more and more each day that she had someone like Tomoki as her master.
In “Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property Forte”
With “Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property Forte”, the sequel continues a few months later, but this time, a new Angeloid has been sent to Earth to kill Tomoki. Her name is Astraea, blond, well-endowed and is a close-combat Angeloid, Type Delta sent by Synapse to kill Tomoki, but despite her awesome power, she is very dumb. So, no matter what she does to try to kill Tomoki, due to her ability to keep falling all the time, Tomoki uses those moments to feel her up. And at first she is clueless and doesn’t like it but she starts to realize that she may be falling for Tomoki.
Meanwhile, Nymph shows Sugata that they can enter their own dreamworld. But when Sugata ventures into Tomoki’s dreamworld, for some reason certain things that can only exist in the dreamworld is also existing in the real world.
And while Tomoki and friends try to deal with Astraea, a new Angeloid named Chaos is sent to destroy Tomoki’s friendly Angeloids.
Which leads us to…
“Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork”
In the animated film, through flashbacks seen from “Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property Forte”, scenes from the second series are replayed, but this time, behind-the-scenes is Hiyori Kazane, a teenager who has a crush on Tomoki. In fact, she has had a crush on him for quite a long time but is shy and not sure how she can get close enough to talk to him.
She sees how fortunate Tomoki is to have friends and a cool group and she wants to join, so she can be close to Tomoki.
And as Tomoki goes into perverted mode and setting Hiyori up for “special testing” in order to become a member of the group, Eishiro feels he knows Hiyori from somewhere…but from where?
“Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork” is presented in 1080p High Definition. Because this is an animated film and not a TV series, everything from the scenes featured on the TV series and the footage shows much more shading and detail than the TV Series. Picture quality is much more vibrant, colorful and detailed. Art backgrounds are well-painted and there is a good amount of lighting effects, especially when featuring the Angeloid’s in battle or Ikaros wings come out. If anything, I found “Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork” looks very good on Blu-ray and AIC A.S.T.A. did a pretty good job with anime production.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork” is presented in English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0. It’s important to note that despite me typically watching anime series in Japanese, I chose to watch this series with an English dub because of the better dynamic range but mostly because FUNimation Entertainment really enhanced the perverseness and the craziness of the series through its dialogue.
Dialogue is crisp and clear with the action-scenes on both lossless tracks utilizing the surround channels.
The biggest difference is the Japanese version, while perverted is appropriate for Japanese audiences while the English dub really runs wild with mature themes and sexual perversion. But it all comes down to preference. Both versions are well-acted and I did watch it both in Japanese and English and enjoyed both voice acting, it’s just that the English version was much more perverted and the dialogue changes made the series quite fascinating and hilarious.
“Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork” comes with the following special features:
- Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by ADR Director Christopher Bevins, Greg Ayres (Tomoki) and Carlie Mosier (Astrea).
- Original Commercials – (2:00) The Japanese commercials for “Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork”.
- Promotional Video – (2:01) Japanese promotional video for “Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork”.
- Japanese Trailer and Previews – (5:16) The Japanese theatrical trailer for “Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork”.
- Original Teaser – (:51) Teaser trailer for “Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork”.
- U.S. Trailer – (1:02) FUNimation trailer for “Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork”.
- Trailers – FUNimation Entertainment trailers
“Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork” comes with the Blu-ray and DVD version of the film.
I have to say that when it comes to the “Heaven’s Lost Property” anime series and this animated film “Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork”, there is this perverted humor and style that is so unusual but just so darn funny, that you can’t resist watching it.
Yes, the series was created with fan service and major boobage galore, but unlike “Urusei Yatsura” or even “Chobits”, the perverted humor is heightened in FUNimation’s English dub but it’s the audacious nature of the series and its unusual character, Tomoki that draws you in. He may be the most perverted guy there is, but he’s a guy with a good heart.
The animated film is quite fascinating, because if you watched the series prior to watching this movie, you will see various scenes replayed. But this time, featuring a character who has fallen in love with Tomoki, no matter how others look down on him, she just loves him.
And as she begins to talk with him, she finds herself wanting to be part of the group like the other girls, but is not sure how to do it.
Of course, the girls are ready to take her in, but for Tomoki, he wants her to engage in his perverted tests. And as much as things are crazy, perverted and as always, Tomoki getting himself punished for his behavior, there is a side of him that is affected deeply because Hiyori is the first to show her true emotions towards him and confesses.
Of course, “Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork” is not all about love. There is the sci-fi element that the series is known for and in this case, what happens when Eishiro recognizes Hiyori from the Synapse? And why does Daidalos have an interest in her?
Without revealing too much, let’s just say that things get action-packed towards the end of the film, but also surprisingly emotional.
So, make no doubt about it, this sci-fi harem anime series is perverted and full of sexual themes but its important to note that there is no full frontal nudity or intercourse or anything like that. Private parts are covered by hair (or some cloud) and if anything, the series is more comedy-driven through Tomoki’s behavior and of course, the harem element as we know that Nohara, Ikaros and Nymph have fallen for Tomoki, add in another girl to the mix. But considering the mature humor, this film is not for the kids!
As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality is very good because it is a movie and not a TV series but also wonderful acting for both Japanese and English dubs, with a heightened perversion and humorous dialogue for the English dub. And a pretty wild, audio commentary.
Overall, “Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork” is actually a very good film if you enjoyed the previous series. It’s full of fan service and sexual humor, so for those not into that, this is not for you. But for those who are and also enjoy sci-fi action, I do recommend watching the series before watching the film, so you know who the characters are and their part in the series.
“Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork” is an animated film that fans of “Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property” will enjoy!
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