|HLP: The Clockwork Angeloid|
When I saw the end of the second season of the anime (HLP Forte) and I found out there was a movie, I had high hopes. The ending to Forte was pretty well done, I was expecting something less, but not too much less. This anime's general vibe is more of a perverted one, more focussed on the panties side of life, at first I thought it was just a humorous anime about a guy who had girls at his command, but I was pleasantly surprised. The anime whilst being fun filled and hilarious also had quite a dark side, incorporating abuse of slaves, the ethics of slave labour (To which the main was strongly opposed in general) and the skewed minds of tortured, warped and manipulated beings. So I had high hopes for the film, and those high hopes were more then fulfilled! The best part was the fact that the film was based around a new character (Hiyori Kazane), instead of the original main (Tomoki Sakurai). The opening 30-40 minutes were clips of old episodes seen from her point of view, or at least old clips from episodes, with clips of her edited in between, but this allowed the viewer to get to know her thoughts and personality. This continued through the whole film, this innocent view of the world. The only flaw I found with the film were the scenes that reflected the anime, the perverted, giggly stuff, which I think misrepresented the film, but at the same time I think it complimented the film, gives you A. a reminder of the anime it's about B. The way the character reacts to these kinds if acts, and her tolerance of it because of her feelings.
The ending was very sad, and a beautiful twist on the whole story so far, making a classic HLP fight, except with a reluctance to hurt the person hurting you.
The change in main character for most of the film is what made this film so beautifully made and brilliantly contrasting to the anime. In the previous anime's, Nymph and Ikaros had both of their lives looked upon and shown, and this movie continued to show the lives of others, and how the actions of ones self can reflect onto others.
I have given this film 4 1/2 out of 5 for its brilliant plot line, fantastic contrast to the original anime and for its very sad yet partially happy ending.