Posted by psgels on 22 January 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews

This is the sequel of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, another anime I really liked. The series starts out pretty decent. A new enemy appears, who defeats Nanoha in a fight. The premisse of another one of those action series.

Well, those predictions get totally trashed into the ground by the next following episodes. The creators managed to create the most amazing person for the "antagonist" of the show, and the other bad guys have some of the most depth ever seen. Especially the middle episodes are just too sad to watch, and they only get better and better as the story unravels.

But yeah, with a show like this, there was no way for the ending to be not predictable, and yes, the last two episodes indeed seem to go right the way you suspected it. Still, the creators manage to make something decent out of it.

The characters, as I’ve already said, are extremely well developed. The main characters may look a bit like other main characters, but all the other characters totally make up for it (after all, Nanoha already got her screentime in the first season, so now it’s time for the other characters to shine, the creators made the right choice for that).

As for the graphics and sound department, this show certainly delivers. The art looks great, the character art is extremely cute and the CG looks amazing. If you however, compare it to the prequel, it’s very hard to see any improvements in it. You would expect that the creators would put a bit more time in the show to make the graphics even better. The music also is wondeful, fitting each and every scene. Well, almost every scene. The ED and the commercial tune really break all of the tension the series had been building up. That is a bit of a pity.

Why you should watch this: If you like cute character art, a heavy dose of morality and furthermore a great story, then you should watch this.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 03:47 AM)
    the original LoK:Blood Omen was a pretty expansive RPG tho. Nosgoth felt like a lived-in world with quite a sprawling story and landscape. You can equip weapon, armor, item and magic from an interesting set, and it was one of the few vampire games were you could use all of their famed forms: bats, wolf, specter and even a human disguise to talk to town-folk who will remain dead and come back as ghosts after slain.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 03:44 AM)
    @Aidan: well the company went bankrupt, so whatever they were doing didn’t work out for them too well. Eternal Darkness had decent gameplay imo- the sanity meter was a pretty cool concept. They tend do expect too much and overload their battle mechanics which aren’t as robust as they think.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 03:24 AM)
    Bloody hell. I was going to quit at Soul Reaver 2. And you tell me the game doesn’t even end there?
    Silicon Khight seem to me like a company who tend to go for story over gameplay. Same went for eternal darkness. Shit gameplay, good story. It’s a pity that sequel kickstarter didn’t get funded.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:35 AM)
    Time doesn’t do PS1 era 3D games any favors either. The never-before-seen scope and sprawling worlds end up feeling claustrophobic now, and low polygon models with no texture don’t get any better with age. The style, story and voice-acting still remain commendable tho.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:29 AM)
    @Aidan: That’s generally what happens when you break relations with the original creators (Silicon Knights of Eternal Darkness and MGS:Twin Snakes fame) and then overshoot your capacity so much that you end up breaking an already reduced game straight in half; the story of which doesn’t get resolved until LoK:Defiance.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:24 AM)
    I don’t think I’m invested in any anime/manga franchise’s story as much as Berserk; which probably sucks cuz we have a pretty high chance of never seeing it concluded. I speculate that if we don’t get to an important juncture before the next ‘break’ then the series will end up unfinished.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Kaiser: yeah it’s nice to see that Miura still got it, that was some of the kinetic battles that he’s known for. It’s all good to have him meeting his deadline schedules too; he might be back on the horse for real this time.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:17 AM)
    As someone who used to play this games demo on a PS1 and loves the design of the character and story…I think it’s fair for me to say that Legacy of Kain Soul Reaver kinda sucks.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:07 AM)
    I expected more of the chrono crusade author but the plot has now descended into a mess.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:07 AM)
    I the only one really disappointed by how the manga, World Embryo turned out? Ever since after the revealed the identity of the villain its all been downhill.

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