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My Review on Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection Movie
After watching the movie, I can give 7 out of 10.

I say the minus point first.

Minus Point:
-The movie Reflection is the Part 1 of the story continual of Movie Detonation (No spoilers)

-Although 3 main characters have their spotlights, but mostly on Nanoha intense focused action simulation; somehow slightly ignored Fate and more slightly on Hayate than Fate spotlight focused. Almost feel like they are pseudo spectators.

-As is predecessor, these mages are general, but that's fine. But, only the facepalm part is dealing the 3 hybrid (Magic/Tech) massive mechs needs so much time to "FIGURE" out these mechs' weakness. Our human body for example, head and heart are vital spots, and that's also applied in these 3 massive mechs, but not head, is the center body of the mech. Fusion core of hybrid tech that keep rapidly nano-regenerating these mechs. "To kill the grass, kill their roots first."

-Arisa and Suzuka are back! :)
BUT, only a very, totally short time they appeared on the screen, and they serve no major purpose on the movie. Except Arisa encourage Nanoha part though.

Positive part:
-Finally, Nanoha franchise has returned to her roots! Not some sort of political conflicts, BS Mass weapons stereotyping POV, and idiotic mad scientist have no common senses of being a true villain than Iris. And that age or era, although is bittersweet; they embracing mass weapon designs and architecture without too much BS argues or some s***. That is the true Nanoha franchise I have been waiting for! And the best part is, we get to know the main backstory why Fate finally call Lindy Harlaown as her mother, as a pre-sneak peek of 3 years later of Nanoha A's Fate 13 years old called her "Mother", and it is so emotional too.

Summary:
Bittersweet of tech & magic cooperation before StrikerS BS stereotyping on mass weapon happens. Nanoha and her friends Fate, Hayate are back in action, in correct/original way. Mages are plain general, they are also not very responsive on counter-measurements especially on dealing 3 hybrid mechs. A society with high information tech than earth, but in combat is really lackluster, if compared to 3 Main Casts. Their information gathering are totally rely on Shamal, but not themselves :P "Hayate on the other hand, Good JOB!" I did noticed some fan-services mostly on transforming, but that's fine. And the 3 new clones of 3 main characters are so cool too and very funny, especially on Levi part. With all these fun and great thing, but it still have come to an end. This movie is the portion of the full story continual, a.k.a "Nanoha Movie 3rd part 1", part 2 "Nanoha detonation", so we have to wait for 2018 on cinema. While blu-ray or internet, 2019. But still, it is the true old school anime that make great again yet contained some new school elements without sacrificing the anime story telling quality! I highly recommended!

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Avatar pic of combat scientist. The best I could find so far Though.

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I see, sounds like we shall be able to enjoy it

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English subtitled version by ron: https://nyaa.at/view/1028120

So this movie was lot of fun, it's a lot of senseless action and not much more but it was very entertaining. The most outstanding things for me were probably the materials being actually fun characters with distinctive designs, Vita using a gun for son reason (what?!), Nanoha and Fate's sneaky handholding, Hayate's adorable raccoon tail and Bardiche getting a cool and proper long range mode.

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I did not even notice the handholding when I first watched it o_o

Edit: Also, what the hell is going on with Arisa's hand?? We might want to have a doctor take a look at that xD

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I hope to see a decent copy of the movie with subtitles. I can't wait to look out for those scenes you just mentioned above.

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bubbleduckie wrote:
I hope to see a decent copy of the movie with subtitles. I can't wait to look out for those scenes you just mentioned above.

The one I linked in my previous post is pretty much a perfect encoding of the highest quality possible for this movie, I also waited for ron to release his fansub to watch this movie.

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is there any word on when and if it will be released on dvd?, would prefer to have a legal copy of the movie instead of the downloaded copy

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You better hurry up, you are too late for the release news. This DVD and also Blu-Ray included news were already so old that even before release that give us chances to pre-order.

*ONLY LAST 1 STOCK REMAIN.
http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/KIBA-2307

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I've recently been addicted to the movie. That's what made me never publish this text.
I'll update text plot descriptions about NANOHA Reflection the comics chapter 02.
chapter 02:
When Kyrie was six years old, she lived happily and happily with her family. Kyrie has a different appearance not only with her sister and mother, but also looks similar to her father, she was also distressed.
After Kyrie finished the task of delivering things, alone around the long way home. When Kyrie passed through the church in she had come "refuge" before, she met Iris inside. When Kyrie met Iris at that time, Iris was naked and unable to speak. After Iris has only magic to "swallow" to flare gun was carried on her, Iris spoke in her voice.
Kyrie might think Iris was a "Fairy", she asked Iris to do something interesting. But Iris may not be able to do something, she asked Kyrie to take machines for exchange. At last, the two of them introduced themselves to each other.
When Kyrie came home and took machines, She asked her mother and sister Amita. At the same time, Kyrie was asked what to do with something, she refused to answer on the grounds of "secret". When Amita wants to help, she was rejected by Kyrie. As a result, when Amita was "gloom”, she was still comforting by her mother.
Kyrie sent the discarded machines to Iris's side, Iris used those materials and magic to make her clothes. After, Iris wants Kyrie to confidentiality to others, and whenever Kyrie is free, she often goes to church to get along with Iris. Kyrie had all kinds of days of joy and sorrow with Iris. Even Kyrie show to her own weird force and show it to her.
When Kyrie's not around Iris, Amita came to the church with her mother to see the situation. Iris has noticed that before they come, she was not found to hide. They found that the relic board in the church might be working. Amita tried to call "Artificial intelligence" out of the relic board, but Iris was completely unresponsive. Amita told "Artificial intelligence" what Kyrie had changed, also thanked Iris. When Amita left the church with her mother, Iris found a similar appearance from Kyrie and her father, and she seems to have a bad feeling about the planet in place.
When Kyrie came back to the church, she might be worried that Amita and mother found Iris. But Iris told her that she was not found. Although Kyrie's secrecy might be a mistake, but she got Iris's pacify. Iris may not be fully prepared for her plans for a fluke, and she used "It's nothing, don't worry" to hide for what she said to Kyrie.

Manga Chinese ver: https://manhua.dmzj.com/mfsnnyreflection/69634.shtml
Manga English ver: https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/magical_girl_lyrical_nanoha_reflection_the_comics_ch02

This is I written the Chinese original text as follows:

Spoiler:
第02话
六岁时的缇丽耶与家人一起幸福、快乐地生活着。缇丽耶不仅和姐姐亚米塔、母亲有不一样的外表外,而且和父亲相似的地方也令她感到难过。
缇丽耶完成了送东西的任务后,就单独一人绕远路回家。当缇丽耶路过她以前来到过的“避难所”的教会时,与里面的Iris相识。当时的缇丽耶发现Iris的时候,全身**,又不能说话的“哑巴”。只有Iris用魔法“吞噬”缇丽耶身上携带的信号枪之后,才能放声说话。缇丽耶可能以为她是“妖精”就撒娇地要她做些有趣的事情。而Iris可能办不到,就要缇丽耶拿些机器过来做交换。最后两人就相互做自我介绍认识。
到了缇丽耶回家拿机器的时候,问了母亲和亚米塔。同时被问到要拿机器来干什么的问题时,却以“秘密”为由而无可奉告。当亚米塔想去帮忙的时候,也被缇丽耶拒绝了。结果被“打击”的亚米塔还是得到母亲的安抚。
当缇丽耶把废弃的机器送到Iris那边后,Iris就以此为“材料”用魔法变成了她身上的衣服。之后,除了Iris要缇丽耶向别人保密外,缇丽耶只要有空就去教会与Iris相处,过着各种各样的喜怒哀乐的日子,甚至缇丽耶把自身具有的“怪力”也表演出来给Iris看。
在缇丽耶不在Iris身边的时候,亚米塔和母亲就来到教会看看情况。而Iris察觉她们来了之前就未被发现地“藏起来”。亚米塔和母亲发现教会里的遺跡板(The relic board)系统可能还在运转,亚米塔试图想把遺跡板里的“人工智能”Iris叫出来,但Iris完全没反应。亚米塔就把缇丽耶变化的事情还是告诉给了遺跡板里的Iris,并感谢了Iris。到了亚米塔和母亲离开了教会之后,Iris就从缇丽耶和她的父亲身上发现了相似的样子,对自身所在的行星可能有不好的预感。
当缇丽耶回到教会后,可能担心亚米塔和母亲发现了Iris。而Iris就告诉她自己未被发现。缇丽耶的保密工作虽然可能会失误,但还是得到Iris的安抚。心存侥幸的Iris可能还没有充分的准备计划,对缇丽耶也使用“什么事都没有”的话语给隐瞒起来了。

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Can I just mention how

Spoiler:
Nanoha totally beat Stern WITHOUT Raising Heart?? I mean I know her FORCE-Designed Device is OP, but plz, Raising Heart allows her to use the full extend of her power...

DETONATION IS COMING SOON. <3

Spoiler:
Nanoha, stop being reckless, because based on season 3, your doom is coming soon, so plox, don't.


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Finally I could watch the movie, and I must say… it wasn’t too bad.

The movie suffers from having a large cast, they try to keep the focus on the Florian sisters, the three Aces and Iris but we keep adding to this even more characters, the Wolkenritter, the Materials and the Parents/friends of the Aces. Is hard to feel like the movie has a core theme as much as it just has cool scenes. There is a connecting thread but if I had to tell you what the movie is about I would be hard press to find a protagonist, which is part for the course in the franchise but still… everyone does have a time on the spotlight as mention by JinsenHo and that is more than what we get in other incarnations of the show.

Visually the movie looks fine and it even got some weird gory aspects later on that seem totally out of place. It keeps with Nanoha being a bit more ‘brutal’ of a Magical Girl show overall. I must say however the tone is more consistent that adventure yet serious time type of deal. If I had to offer negatives would be, again, the large cast. I don’t like the fact that the most interesting character moments are those we glass over and can’t seem to focus, also the movie seem like it had to cramp a couple of endings near the end with the big plot reveal.

Nanoha herself comes out as the weakest of the characters, mostly just focusing on her desire to use her magic to help people and how not being able to affects her. Is just walking the same path we have been walking already, Nanoha never fails or looses her chance to help she just feels like she did and is quickly corrected. I think they wanted the idea of fairy tales happy endings compare to a harsher reality to be a thing, but the movie doesn’t earn that motive because is always quite fantastical in nature but I am a sucker for happy endings myself so I give it a pass.

Overall the movie is fun to watch, a bit slow at first but it quickly picks up. A much better outing from the Nanoha franchise and I wish we had a series to explore everyone a bit more in depth. So if I had to give it a rating I guess I would give it an 8 out of 10