First Look: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid

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Alternative titles: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid
Manga adaptation by A-1

Premise:

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.

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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.

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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.

10 thoughts on “First Look: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid

  1. I agree and why was does einhart have to be a girl specifically? I find the lack of little boy characters or any male character for that matter disturbing. also I tried to explain my statement about the lack of boys on blog site random curiosity but was shot down by fans for not “getting” the essence of the franchise. also I saw a manga picture depicting a naked vivio on top of a naked einhart and went off site straight away.

    • All of us here would probably agree with you, there should be more boys. The big difference between Nanoha and shows like Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, or Precure is the target audience. Nanoha is aimed at adult men instead of young girls, which as we have all pointed out is pretty creepy and gross. Unfortunately you’re probably going to run into a lot of those fans on sites like RC or other anime blogs.

  2. I know this is why I respect authors who do what they want with their story instead of what the fans what them to do aka pandering. I hear with nanoha originally she was going to end up with chrono but something happened to prevent that don’t know what though.

    • I am assuming you are referring to the Lyrical Toy Box short, which was a Triangle Heart spinoff and the precursor to the entire franchise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_RBghAfiW8 It is neat to see all they changes they did from Chrono being the antagonist to Yuno being a female fox looking thing. Still I personally loved Fate’s back story, character, and role in the initial series, and if you haven’t done so already I strongly recommend at least watching the first Movie.

      As for magical boys Strikers actually shows a fair few, though most are in the background to flesh out the universe a little bit. Erio is the only one that stands out and he and Caro do end up being a pretty cute pair. Strikers is a bit rough but its a lot of fun if you can get into it.

      And I haven’t read it but I know Force has a male lead who ends up caught in the battle between both Nanoha and co and the bad guys. Hopefully when we get this out of the way that will be next to be animated in a few years.

  3. I’m just getting tired of this “girl rival only” thing that has gotten into the heads of producers and studios for the last few years with mahou shoujo shows. Not to mention einhart and miyu from prisma illya are just copy and paste verisons of fate with different hair, eye color and not so tragic backstories. girls in anime now automatically must have romantic feelings toward each other, they can’t be best friends or as close as siblings anymore; case in point I saw a tumblr post once about usagi from sailor moon being bisexual and I just shook my head; apparently this people have never heard of admiration and that you can admire someone without liking them romantically speaking.

    • The anime landscape has been full of creeps for a long time. I’m not surprised that fans would want lustful undertones on everything at this point, but I suppose you could chalk that up to desensitization.

  4. they’re not taking risks anymore don’t get me wrong most of this season has great shows. I thought of two concepts they could use: why not make a story about a kid in grade school who is considered a jinx by his classmates and tries to overcome it or a vampire love story set in elementary school between a vampiric boy and a human girl not the most original of concepts but in the hands of a good studio they could be great stories.

  5. it would be nice to a kid mahou shoujo couple like sakura and syaoran from ccs again but I know no studio would want to disappoint otaku creepos so that will probably not happen since most otaku have a “no little boys whatsoever” policy nowadays.

  6. during the nanoha timeline what happened to the jewel seeds? they didn’t even seem part of anything after season 1. they just seemed like “the items” that were there just to get the plot started unlike the clow cards that had a point in the story and sakura’s growth as a character. I hope just shows like nanoha and madoka are not the future staples of mahou shoujo because power through suffering narrative can get really old really fast.

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