Tomoki is determined to return to his quiet and peaceful life, but living with two Angeloids is not helping. If he thought that was bad, a third Angeloid arriving that is determined to kill him isn’t going to help.
Heaven’s Lost Property (Season Two) Forte
What did you watch?
And that was my third full viewing of season two of Heaven’s Lost Property. Unlike season one which was almost exactly as I expected, season two didn’t hold up quite as well. There were some great moments, but also a lot of fairly uneventful things. As always, it managed to attack some interesting questions that leave you with a lot to consider. It’s not something you would expect from an ecchi harem comedy, but here we are. Anyhow, before I get ahead of myself, here’s the review and don’t forget there will be spoilers.
Tomoki has had a pretty eventful time since Ikaros fell from the sky and made him her master. Not long after that Nymph moved in with them. Well, things are about to get a lot tougher. Even as Tomoki tries to control his teenage urges, a third Angeloid arrives and she’s not going to help in either department. Not only is she stunning, but she is determined to kill Tomoki.
On top of this, Tomoki has started to get weird dreams again. In an effort to get to the bottom of them, the group enter Tomoki’s dream only it’s not a dream but a gateway to the Synapse. You’d think this staggering discovery would be a hot topic, but no one other than Sugata seems to care. So, it’s back to the usual round of festivals and Tomoki’s outrageous attempts to see naked girls.
What did you think?
All my concerns aside, this series really is a ton of fun. I love how most shows will employ a comedic element to soften the more serious nature of the show, well, in Heaven’s Lost Property they have the serious story running in the background to break up the comedic tones. It’s all backward. It would be a great idea if they worked towards a conclusion to the story as it really needs that, whereas the comedic skits can work on their own. If they had done that it would elevate the entire series.
What was your favourite moment?
Much like in season one, there is one episode that stands out. That was episode seventeen. I really enjoyed all of the festival episodes. They were a lot of fun, but nothing comes close to the introduction of Mask du Pants. Seriously, I was crying all the way through this episode. This one, along with episode four from season one are two of the greatest episodes of anything I’ve ever seen. Just everything about them was spot on.
What was your least favourite moment?
It may seem outrageous, but the last episode was a real letdown. We had just had the big fight against an enhanced Chaos and I was hoping for some sort of resolution with the Synapse, however, that never happened. Instead, we got another Tomoko episode, which would be fine normally, but they also tacked on a weird wedding segment that didn’t seem to do anything.
Who was your favourite character?
When I first watched this season, I noted that it appeared to focus on episodes that played on the characters strengths and weaknesses. I also said that the characters grow on you and I cannot disagree with either of those statements. If anything, I enjoyed the characters more this time around. It was like visiting old friends. That said, I have to say that Tomoki was my favourite. Never have I seen anyone so committed to anything in my life. You probably don’t agree with a lot of the things he does, you shouldn’t, but he never gives up.
Who was your least favourite character?
I’m going to say the winged ruler of the Synapse for mostly being a vicious and controlling jerk, but also for there not being any resolution. He’s still there and I can’t see him stopping in his attempts to kill Tomoki and retrieve Ikaros anytime soon. Please let there be a resolution in the movies.
Would you like some more?
More Mikako! I mentioned how much I enjoyed the festival episodes, especially as Mikako was behind each of them. I also said that I would like a new festival episode every year. Basically, I would like to see Mikako putting the others through another crazy game again and again. I also love how she doesn’t get flustered by anything and seems to relish the chaos.
What have you learnt?
The biggest lesson from season two of Heaven’s Lost Property is that you can always add a busty girl with a massive sword. It’s a fact that it’s impossible to break the story with this element. Sure, you can do it wrong, but it’s not her fault. And in this instance, Astraea was probably one of the best things to happen to the series. Ironically, not because of her sword or large bust. She showed that determination and her willingness to do the right thing allowed her to break free from her tyrannical master.
Something else to consider is the way this series used a serious story to compliment and slew of comedic one-shots. I don’t think it quite nailed it as the serious story was forgotten a little too often and the only person that seemed to care about it was Sugata. I wonder if he had been the main character and Tomoki a side character, would it have worked better?
I often mention how characters are essential and if you get them right, the audience will watch them doing anything. It feels a little like they leant on that too hard in this season. Plot is important too. You can get away with a little, but this series seemed to tease that there was much more than it was willing to divulge. That made the ending that much more unsatisfactory. As with anything, it’s about finding the balance.
Other Posts in the Series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – A Full-frontal Hero Arises in the World!
- Episode 2 – An Airborne Prismatic Panty Adventure
- Episode 3 – Angeloid Directive Zero
- Episode 4 – Love and Triangles, Revisited
- Episode 5 – Hot Night With the Big Fish
- Episode 6 – Swimsuit Surf Brigade, Go! Go! Go!
- Episode 7 – The Brainy, Heart-pounding Transfer Students
- Episode 8 – For Whom the Shooting Festival is Held
- Episode 9 – The Delusional Story That Began With a Lie
- Episode 10 – Where the Melodious Words Of an Angel Go
- Episode 11 – Off We Go To My Bathhouse Paradise
- Episode 12 – Chains of No Escape
- Episode 13 – Queen of the Sky
- OVA One
- Season Two: Forte
- Episode 15 – You Strip, Too! The Return of the Full-frontal Hero
- Episode 16 – Bombshell! The Angel is a Big Boob
- Episode 17 – A Proud-fought Battle
- Episode 18 – Mortal Combat! Hot Spring Snowball Fight at 1.4° Below
- Episode 19 – The Brother Who Came From Heaven
- Episode 20 – Reach a Decision! The Up and Down of Heaven and Hell
- Episode 21 – Eating Watermelon Tomoki
- Episode 22 – The Song of the Angels Echoes in the Sky
- Episode 23 – Shoot-out! Fishing At the Jumbo Carnival of Dreams
- Episode 24 – Peek Into the Fantasy Field
- Episode 25 – The Edge of an Indiscriminate Requiem
- Episode 26 – Forte Wings Soaring for Tomorrow