Alternative titles: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid
Manga adaptation by A-1
Years have passed since the events of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, and Nanoha and Fate’s adopted daughter Vivio is now ten years old and in elementary school, with dreams of becoming a magical girl herself.
Zigg’s verdict: Bad Old Days
I don’t think anyone was expecting a new Nanoha anime to be a world beater, but there was at least some hope they’d continue to go down the intriguing techno-magical military path they’d started with in StrikerS. Alas, perish the thought. This is 100% a return to the roots of the franchise – that is to say, a highly icky mix of overtly sexualised fanservice and shonen-style brawling designed to sew up the otaku audience from top to bottom. It’s as transparent as it is disgusting and as vapid as it is creepy. Worse still, the show can’t even commit to the simplicity of its premise, instead throwing in a hundred pointless characters, cameos and dull, heavy chunks of exposition. There’s a very very minor kick from seeing some old characters but otherwise this is pure, unadulterated crap.
Gee’s verdict: I Was Going to Watch That One Nanoha Show With The Cool Chick who Punches Stuff But Now I’m Not Sure Anymore
As my first exposure to the storied Nanoha franchise, I probably chose the wrong one as my introduction to it. ViVid is, to put it lightly, pretty fucking bad. The show makes no attempt to get you accustomed to its weird anime lesbian magitech universe, so a couple dozen characters get thrown at you at once. Even ignoring the impenetrable presentation, there’s a ton else to point out. Like the completely skeevy fanservice of its underaged protagonists? Or how about the fact that one of said underaged protagonists can turn into a physically adult woman with the mentality of a child? Or how about the plain fact that despite being the first episode, it still looks like shit? Point is, this one isn’t worth your time.
Jel’s verdict: Creative Creep Factor
I have to hand it to ViVid for finding a new way to make underage fan service creepy. Normally the writers will pass off sexualizing a young looking character by saying “but they’re ACTUALLY 1000 years old!” or something like that. ViVid flips the script and just makes the girl temporarily older! Now you don’t have to feel so bad ogling her since she’s actually… oh no wait, that is much worse any way you look at it. Even IF you somehow remove the creep factor – and that’s a big IF – this episode was ugly, poorly directed, and just dumped tons of cameos on you for the sake of dumping cameos on you. Also Nanoha is basically god at this point, right? Can’t she just nuke the bad guys and go back to writing ketchup messages on omelette rice? I’d like to think even the most diehard Nanoha fans will realize how lame this episode was, please watch something better.