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Heaven’s Lost Property Forte: Complete Season 2 Blu-ray Review

heavens-lost-property-forte-blu-ray-coverU.S. Release

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 (48kHz/24-bit), English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles Color: White
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Discs: 2 (2 x Blu-ray)
  • Digital Copies: N/A
  • Run Time: 300 Mins.
  • Studio: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: June 25, 2013
  • List Price: $64.98

Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Series
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

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The Series

[Rating:4/5]

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Another season and another round of hijinks, salaciousness, and all around wacky moments in this sci-fi/fan service anime series that obviously has roots that stretch all the way back to Tenchi Muyo! If you’ve seen the first season, Heaven’s Lost Property, or read our review, then you already know the basic setup of the angeloids falling from space and disrupting the perverted high school boy Tomoki’s life. This season adds new angeloids, in the Delta angeloid, Astraea, sent by her master in the Synapse to kill Tomoki. The problem is, so much of her computing resources have been devoted to brute force, that she’s basically too dumb to carry out her mission. So, as you might have guessed it, she just becomes another one of the bodacious mythical beings surrounding Tomoki – hanging around his home and eating his food, because she can’t seem to fend for herself. The season also introduces a new, dangerous second generation angeloid determined to destroy Tomoki and all the other angeloids. All of this as the mystery behind the Synapse is explored in ever more detail, making for an interesting and more layered subplot.

Even as it stays true to the basic plot of the original series, and The Angeloid of Clockwork, Forte ramps up the humor, the puerility, and the sci-fi action with numerous lewd battles (yo-yo fishing?) and further character developments (the angeloids learn about love and explore their feelings) for a more satisfying series. The animation remains strong, with a sufficient amount of skin and bouncy bits to satisfy most fans of the genre, though the overuse of chibi is still an ongoing concern.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

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Video quality is pretty good for this AVC/MPEG-4 1080p encodement of Forte. The animation is colorful and generally free from any issues apart from the slightest hint of softness from time to time.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

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The original Japanese-language track is provided in Dolby TrueHD 2.0 (48kHz/24-bit) alongside an English dub in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit). Both are rather strong with clear dialogue and nice dynamic range. Being one of the more enjoyable English dubs, this one is a pleasurable 5.1 mix as well, with good atmospherics and discrete use of the surrounds. I still have a preference for the Japanese voice cast, however.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2/5]

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Two audio commentaries are the strongest supplements included, but there are also a large number of clean animations in addition to two trailers for the franchise.

The supplements:

  • Episode 04 Commentary
  • Episode 09 Commentary
  • Textless Opening Songs:
    • Ring My Bell (Tomoki Version)
    • Haato no kakuritsu
  • Textless Closing Songs:
    • Kaeru kara
    • Cosmos
    • Kakemeguru seishun
    • Miracle Guy
    • FF (Fortissimo)
    • Soldier in the Space
    • Kaerazaru hi no tame ni
    • Odoriko
    • Natsu no ojousan
    • Jiadai okure no koibitotachi
  • Heaven’s Lost Property Trailer (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte Trailer (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • Funimation Trailers

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

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In this second outing, Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte, this wacky bit of fan service get even more hyperactive, yet is a little deeper with its character developments and subplots involving the angeloid home world. Those who enjoyed the first season should find this one even better.

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Series
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

 

 

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