Yuri Level of the Day!

Today's yuri level is:

2, until I find out otherwise

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 1st

Yeah, that's right. The post you've all waited for. The post you've all hungered for. It's the Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 1st post!!

OK, that long title is not giving it the oomph it needs. Also, the "the Movie 1st" totally messes up with "the 1st Movie" vibe...

Did everyone read my uber-long Nanoha post? Yes? No? If you haven't, you might want to read the summary I put for the first season. And then possibly read the rest of it. Go ahead. This post'll still be here while you read. For the people who don't need to, here's some pics:

Dang, Fate's a BAMF.

Whassat, you finished? OK, let's get to the good stuff, then. Oh, and Extra Warning: This post will likely be highly spoiler-ific. Well, it already is, but it's going to get worse from here. If you haven't watched the movie or the first season yet, do that first. Now onto the show!

Small incident my butt.


Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 1st is basically Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha. But enhanced with ultra-steroids. Instead of 6.5 hours or so, everything (and plus some more) is condensed into 2 hours. The graphics and insert songs get huge upgrades. More of Fate's backstory is j-j-j-jammed in. And the fight scenes? FREAKIN'. AWESOME. About the only thing I can do that can aptly convey the amazingness of Movie the 1st is to tell you to go buy download  it.

Can't get better than this...
...Whoops, that was a lie.

Technical Details

Of course, if the movie was perfect, the world would implode, so there are some problems. The first is the transformation scene for Nanoha and Fate. OK, I understand this is a movie. And that the target audience is not, in fact, young girls, but rather geeky males in the age range of 19-47 (on average). But really? Did you have to make the transformation scenes worse? It's bad enough in the original and that had the Conveniently Placed Magic Swirls. Yeah, that's right. In the Movie 1st, the Conveniently Placed Magic Swirls have been erased. Ni*beep*les are in full view! That's just not cool. Not cool at all. 

Even Yuuno agrees and he's just a ferret kid!

The second problem is the device voices. Now, as far as I know, the directors didn't change any voice actors, just cut people's scenes. But on the first listen, Raising/Raging Heart's voice is definitely weird; Bardiche's weirder. And the reason is this: Intelligent Devices they may be, but as heard in the original three seasons, Raising Heart and Bardiche don't really have emotion or inflection in their voices. But yes, in the movie they do. It's actually a little irritating. But maybe that's just because I'm a hardcore fangirl.

Bardiche is telling her off for reprogramming his voice. And not fighting too, I guess.

The last problem I have is with the translation. Now, by all accounts and purposes, this should be the translated version from the official blu-ray disc. Yeah, Seven Arcs actually added an English subtitled version on their blu-ray disc. So it should be that a subbing group just ripped it and distributed it (because let's face it: I'm too poor to get a blu-ray player). This means that, rather than blaming a subbing group for not following fan and official translations, it's Seven Arcs fault. Because instead of the ever-so-intimidating Time-Space Administration Bureau, the TSAB is instead forcibly renamed Dimensional Administration Bureau. Really? DAB? That's just stupid.

If you're dyslexic, TSAB can look like STAB. And that's a lot more threatening than DAB-ing at criminals.

I did like how they translated the devices' lines into Japanese though... That was fun. Oh, and one more thing.

Chrono: Once a ****-blocker, always a ****-blocker.


Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 1st got a lot of upgrades. First, of course, is the graphics. 

But apparently not the translation.

The graphics in the movie got a huge upgrade. And I mean huge. I know that they had to draw a lot of new stuff for Fate's backstory, but not only did they do that, they redrew everything. As far as I can tell, there were no re-used cells at all. Which is expected when you're making a movie on a source material that's comparitively old, but it's still nice to see. They even changed the scenery of a few locations and upgraded the Jewel Seed corrupted enemies! I do miss Ein the Giant Cat though... 

Where'd the lake come from??

The next upgrade is Fate's backstory. When comparing the TV series and the movie, if I had to 'calculate' the percentage of backstory out of the entire season/movie, the season had about... 20%. The movie? About 45%. If I could do math, I'd give the percentage markup. If I could do math, I wouldn't make up numbers that are probably equal when taking into account the total time difference between the two media. Essentially, what I'm trying to say is that if they kept the same backstory scenes from the original season and put it into the movie, rather than two hours and ten minutes, the movie would instead be around an hour and a half long. What makes this even better is that all the backstory comes from the Sound Stages (drama cds) that most casual Nanoha fans have no idea exist. And makes the second season make a lot more sense. So, yeah, it's pretty awesome.

The descent into madness.

Two words: Fight. Scene. I won't elaborate on it since it's hard to put how awesome it is into words, but here're some screenshots. You really should go watch it yourself to fully appreciate the experience though.

You can't see it on the reduced size, but... Pink sparkles.
In case you can't tell the difference ratio, that little circle in the middle? That's her average spell circle.
Fate's response: Five-layer shield.
Absolutely useless.
The building's just there to show the absolute carnage Starlight Breaker does.
Yeah, you gotta see it for yourself. In high quality.

The last thing I want to say is about - drumroll please - the Yuri! *fanfare* Yup, couldn't go an entire post without saying something about it, right? Anyway, unlike the first season where there was actually some screentime for Yuunoha (not bashing), Yuuno is almost completely cut out. I'm pretty sure Raising Heart has more lines than he does. Really! On the other hand, NanoFate is... Well, I wouldn't call it an upgrade, but here. See for yourself.

So that when you reach... completion... it will be even sweeter.
'All the better to **** you with, Fate.'
In bed.
In bed.
Yuuno the Voyeur.

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And that's it. Holy crap, that took forever to type. And they're making another movie. Watch that take even longer than this one did. Actually, I think the time was mostly because I kept forgetting what I wanted to say. And because I kept getting sidetracked. >_> Anyway, thanks for reading and see ya next time!


  1. "Sorry! We could not find getmesomeyurigoggles.com
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    Aww... :/

  2. :) Movie 1st = love