Ultimate Destruction: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha Detonation

Good day. Yeap, just watched this movie yesterday (at the point of this writing).

For those who want to read my Reflection movie review, click here! And obviously, watch Reflection first before jumping in on this one.

Another 1hr 51min movie. But watching this movie felt like I have been in the cinema for 3 hours.

Story

Oh lookie lookie…

The story immediately picks up from where we ended last year with Reflection, so it’s already action-packed right off the bat.

The whole story is battle after battle, so you will never ever get bored at your seat. Despite the intense battles and destruction throughout the film, they didn’t neglect any character developments and providing enough context for certain elements. Character flashbacks are also aplenty, so no worries about the context.

Tsuzuki Masaki did it once again, Hamana Takayuki also did a great job directing the film too, Even without Kusakawa Keizo (who directed the first 2 Nanoha films before Reflection), the story still maintains its key elements and concepts.

The entire film is pretty much a buildup to the final battle with more villains appearing, who were the actual mastermind behind the scenes. The pacing is pretty fast, but the fast pacing writing somehow made the movie felt extra long.

The climax kind of falls short especially when the build up was so great, making me expect an epic battle. But wait, there’s more. Just when I thought the final battle is finally over, plot twist, the villain has a trump card. The final conflict isn’t really much of a battle, but the ending was epic. I have never seen Nanoha this injured before, and also a villain this desperate in the franchise so far.

The drama, the friendship are all being tested in this movie. The ending is happy, like how all great movies end. The manipulated ones then start their lives afresh.

Overall, it’s a well-written arc right from the start. The pacing was nicely timed for every sequence. The writing is really impeccable.

I really find this alternative universe to StrikerS/Vivid to be the better one. StrikerS did botched for the first half before they finally go back to their old roots at the 2nd half. Vivid felt like it has derailed the entire Mahou Shoujo genre totally to branch out to something new. Despite my slight skepticism towards Vivid’s route, I still wouldn’t mind for another season of Vivid, it really feels incomplete. I also wish this alternative timeline gets another couple of arcs, but I don’t think Masaki would be writing anymore new content, judging from how he paused a lot of his work on the Nanoha series.

Animations

Seven Arcs did it again.

I’m glad they maintained the quality, or even went further with their abilities. The combat scenes are a lot more faster, in contrast to the “slower” of the first 2 movies. Keyframes isn’t really their strong suit, it does show. They make it up with excellently done combat sequences and moves.

Character designs were great from the start and it still looks wonderful here. Colors were vivid and lines are crisp. There is seriously nothing to nitpick about here, it’s movie quality content here.

Comparing on what they achieved with the first two movies compared to now, it’s a big win for them. I wish they can carry on the streak with Trinity Seven Movie 2 next year, the promo images looked incredibly promising. I have always found their works to look a bit on the softer side, but hopefully they can change that after looking at what they achieved in this movie.

Music and Cast

Music were mostly carried over the first movie, which already sounds great.

The cast is pretty much the same except a few new characters. Yamadera Koichi, Miyashita Eiji, Ofuku Yumiko.

Yamadera did an excellent job being the ultimate villain here, his voice hits the spot.

Scores:
Story: 9/10
Art: 9/10
Music: 8/10
VAs: 9/10

Highly recommended to watch Reflection, then this one. This is probably one of the best written arcs to-date for the franchise. The new combat system embedded to the girls helped accelerate combat speed, compared to their previous systems. I really welcome any new series coming from this series. Be it Vivid or a new alternate timeline movie, I really don’t want to see the series die here, it’s too good to end here.

As you can see from reading this post, I absolutely enjoyed every bit of the movie, despite some minor flaws here and there.

I got these freebies before the movie screening. I have been dying for new badges and I’m glad I can decorate my bag, and they gave 3 badges of the 3 main girls too.

So yeah, that’s it from me. More posts are in the pipeline before I go on my cruise this Friday, so stay tuned!

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