Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte DVD Review
“Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte” is slightly better than the first season.
Tomoki, his friends (Sugata, Mikako, Sohara) and the two Angeloids (Ikaros and Nymph) are back for 12 more episodes in this second season dubbed ‘Forte.’ This batch of episodes sees the arrival of two new Angeloids (Astraea and Chaos) who are looking to kill certain characters (I won’t say who). Other key plots and subplots involve entering dreams, the mysterious angel Daedalus, a marriage, festivals, fights, and more information about Synapse (the Angeloid World).
Having found the first season to be borderline intolerable, I was happy to see that ‘Forte’ was a SLIGHT improvement over the first season. Don’t get me wrong, the second season still contains more of the same cringe worthy elements that the first season included (ala the fanservice, dopey humor, perversion, and screaming characters). However, this season does explore more of the mythology of the Angeloids and the worlds while also playing around with more Greek based mythological elements as well. The show works well when it focuses on the Angeloids (and the fights between them), but when the unbearable humor rears its ugly head (see Tomoki turning into a woman named Tomoko), it makes me want to eject the DVD and toss it out a window.
Summary: If you are a fan of the first season of “Heaven’s Lost Property,” you will enjoy ‘Forte.’ Everyone else should skip this series entirely unless you adore stupid humor and an overabundance of shameless fanservice.
‘Forte’ looks colorful and sharp on DVD, but I have to say I am a little surprised that Funimation did not go the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack route as they did with the first season.
This set contains English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Japanese Stereo audio tracks. The Japanese track is the one to play here as the English dub is a bit irritating thanks to the grating voice of Tomoki (played by Greg Ayres). The rest of the cast is solid though.
* 4 postcards.
* Trailers for “Sekirei,” “Cat Planet Cuties,” “Heaven’s Lost Property,” “Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte,” “Yamada’s First Time,” “Strike Witches,” “Okami-san And Her Seven Companions,” “Rosario + Vampire,” “My Bride Is A Mermaid,” “Black Butler,” “Dragon Ball Z,” and Funimation.com.
* Commentary on episode 4 by English voice director Christopher Bevins, voice actor Greg Ayres, and voice actress Trina Nishimura. They don’t have much to say.
* 2 textless opening songs and 11 textless closing songs.
* Commentary on episode 9 by English voice director Christopher Bevins, voice actress Jamie Marchi, and voice actress Carli Mosier. Lots of chatter about characters and voice acting.
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