Heaven’s Lost Property Season 1 Blu-ray Anime Review

Heaven’s Lost Property Season 1 Blu-ray Anime Review The king of perverts gains himself quite the little pet-slave in this dirty and hilarious series.

What They Say:
Tomoki’s life was normal until a wish-granting angelic android named Ikaros fell from the sky and started calling him master! Of course, thanks to his raging teenage hormones, most of Tomoki’s wishes have something to do with panties. And that makes things pretty complicated, because one simple wish can lead to a rampaging robot made out of frilly undergarments or turn bloomers into bombs capable of blowing up entire neighborhoods!

If Tomoki doesn’t learn to control his impulses around Ikaros and be more careful with his wishes, the chaos will only get crazier. Luckily, even with such a dirty mind, Tomoki’s heart is in the right place. His hands, however, are a completely different story.

This limited edition includes an artbox.

Contains episodes 1-14.

The Review:
Audio:
The language options for this release are pretty standard but solid fare for a high definition release these days in that we get both language tracks using Dolby TrueHD. The Japanese track has a good stereo presentation to it that stretches itself on occasion but largely just handles the dialogue and basic action and outlandishness well. The English mix gets the bump up to 5.1 and that has a bit more clarity and crispness to it, but some of it just comes down to the differences in voice actors where a lot of the Japanese track just seems to have a warmer and richer feel due to the deeper voices used for some characters. With both tracks, dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally airing in 2009, the transfer for this fourteen episode series is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 in 1080p using the AVC codec. The first disc has eight episodes while the second has six, giving it a good bit of space to work with. The show spends a good deal of its time in the 30′s for the bitrate even when it’s just a simple, slow panning sequence. There’s a lot of great, rich colors to it that stand out well, especially when it comes to the blues of the sky. The backgrounds have some good designs and details to them and even the characters have some good detail that you don’t always get. When the show picks up with the action, especially the silly sequences, it holds up really well and generally has a solid, strong presentation that lets you enjoy the fun of the show itself.

Packaging:
FUNimation’s release of Heaven’s Lost Property is a solid DVD/BD combo set inside a heavy chipboard box that has two keepcases inside, one for the DVDs and one for the Blu-ray’s. The box has a great shade of blue for its background which is mostly around the edges as the centerpiece is that of the characters themselves. The front cover uses a main character piece but arrays it with lots of super deformed versions of the cast while the back of the box does a massively filled piece where it showcases most of the characters in super deformed modes squished together. It’s definitely an appealing box that highlights what the show is about.

Inside the box we get the two standard sized clear keepcases that houses the two formats separately. The Blu-ray disc set has some strong fanservice material here with a chained and naked Ikaros with Tomoki next to her. The DVD keepcase uses another version of her in one of her usual outfits with Tomoki squished against her. Both are laid out the same but with some different colors applied to the background framing. The back covers are similar as well where it has softer versions of the character artwork in super deformed mode with the breakdown overlaid on top of it with the episode numbers and titles with their respective discs. Each volume also has artwork on the reverse side that has different pairings of the Angeloids together that are in various states of undress that highlights their curvy and sexy nature.

Menu:
The menu design for the show does a pretty straightforward sell of what it is, which is lots of fanservice, fun action and really amusing animation that’s all about the pervy nature as it features lots and lots of clips to some decent little instrumental music. It plays a few big scenes but largely goes for the skin and bounce as well as some good comedy while mixing in the serious side as well. The clip as menu isn’t my favorite but this one is pretty effective for setting the mood. The navigation is kept along the bottom with a simple little box edged by angel wings that’s cute and doubles well as the pop-up menu. Navigation is quick and easy and everything loads quickly, though as is par for the course, our players’ language presets are ignored.

Extras:
The only extras included in this release are the clean versions of the opening and closing sequences. And considering there are fourteen end sequences here that are all very different, it’s a very good extra to have.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Based on the manga Sora no Otoshimono created by Suu Minazuki, Heaven’s Lost Property is a fourteen episode series that lets perversion run wild, and thankfully so. We went into this show in a bit of an awkward way as we had watched the second season in simulcast form without seeing the first, so going back to this one was quite a treat. While there’s a lot of humor and sexiness to the second season, it has a larger, darker plot as well. The first season has the shadows of it but is much more focused on the comedy, the fanservice and the general fun of things, making for it to be quite the enjoyable experience.

The series revolves around the really fun character of Tomoki, a high school student who over the course of the series you realize does have a great heart, is a kind person and is someone that you’d generally want as a friend or to have your back. While we often get the good guy lead, it’s not that often that he’s also as perverted as we get here with Tomoki. As good of a guy as he is and as much as he cares, he also cares a whole lot about the female form and seeing as much of it as possible. So when he’s essentially gifted from above with an Angeloid, a pet-type servant named Ikaros who is definitely quite well endowed and subservient, it sets up all the basic kinds of things that you’d expect. But it manages it with a fair bit of heart along the way, simply because Tomoki’s pervy nature manages to be cute and fun and adorable rather than despicable, even if his actions are.

The arrival of Ikaros brings a lot of chaos to what Tomoki really likes though, which is the simple and quiet life that he has. The town of Sorami is off in the mountains so it’s an idyllic world for him and having her enter it brings a fair bit of activity as she moves in with him and he takes care of her as she learns what it’s like to be human. She’s got almost no personality due to it all being blocked from above but she’s intent on serving Tomoki with him as her Master. The emotion comes from Tomoki and his friends as they adapt to the situation, especially since Ikaros brings some otherworldly powers to it. When Tomoki gets upset about some panties that his best friend is wearing, suddenly his wish has it so that she can’t wear anything down there except what he approves. Which in turn leads to copious amounts of panties having a life of their own as they go off flying into the sky only to return several episodes later after migrating around the world. It’s goofy and silly, but damnit, it worked for me.

Tomoki’s friends are pretty amusing to watch as they fill their expected roles. His best friend is that of Sugata, a serious young man who seems to have a bigger idea about what’s going on with the Angeloids and the “new world” that he believes is out there. He has some amusing quirks and secrets of his own that makes him fun to watch and see what’s revealed about him. Similar can be said of Mamiko, the student president/chairman who comes from wealth and crime and uses all of it and her beauty to good effect with some calm and cool approaches. She and Sugata play off each other pretty well too which is a whole lot of fun. The interplay between them hits at great times and leaves you enjoying both of them more than you might expect.

The big win for me here though is the girl next door character, Mitsuki. She’s the kind of girl who definitely love Tomoki but can see all of his flaws and still be into him. She has all sorts of dreams about him, but they often end with her calling him out on his perverted nature. The two have a long history together that comes out and it’s really cute that Tomoki is into her as well, though he’s also wanting to just see the world in general by checking out other girls. It goes back to how they were as kids but it’s also rather heartwarming in how their relationship evolved over the years. With her way of playing it big, dealing with the sexy side of herself and coping with Tomoki’s personality. There’s something to be said for the way the two come together here over the course of the series and how she deals with the pressures of all the other girls that he goes after, especially when you have not just one but two Angeloids moving in with him for a duration.

In Summary:
Heaven’s Lost Property is a series that speaks well to my fanservice side as it goes big and doesn’t hold back from a lot of things. It’s the kind of show that while it does have some serious undertones to it and plays things straight at times with the characters themselves, it’s all about just having a really fun time without holding back on the sexuality. Or the hopes for it, the perverted nature of it and the way young men’s minds work. This season is a lot more humor oriented than the second season, which goes big, but what you get here is just a hell of a lot of fun and left me grinning throughout it. With some really good animation, plenty of attention on the whole female form and a good sense of humor and fun about it, Heaven’s Lost Property hits all the right notes for me and was a really fun season that has me eager to revisit the second.

Features:
Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 Language, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Language, English Subtitles, Clean Opening, Clean Closings

Content Grade: B+
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B+
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: B

Readers Rating: [ratings]

Released By: FUNimation
Release Date: December 20th, 2011
MSRP: $69.98
Running Time: 350 Minutes
Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen

Review Equipment:
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70″ LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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