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Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid #1 (Live-ish)

April 7, 2015
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Watching Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid #1 as I write this. Semi-live impressions. I’m gonna give this show a fair shake and come in with no expectations, after all, it’s a new group doing this and the original Nanoha did well by breaking off from its original source material.

The episode opens with a narration of some landmass being at a constant state of war, which is a pet peeve of mine, since you really can’t have too long an extended state of war. At least, not to the level where fiction normally tries to get us to buy. Anyways, initially it looks like a medieval setting, but there are hints that it’s somewhat advance. Also, there’s… Vivio in this flashback, so either this refers to her past self or this is complete fantasy. The flashback/narration ends by revealing that this world at war was Belka, a world/magic style that’s only been mentioned in passing since season 2.

Cue opening sequence/song. We start off the episode proper with Vivio who’s doing a nice callback to the original Nanoha, where she inner-monologues that she’s a 10 year old going to the local school. We then get a scene where Vivio’s having breakfast with her mom, Nanoha. She describes her mom as a government worker. Basically, they’re trying to make it seem as if our characters are in a somewhat fantastical but otherwise totally mundane world. I like that. I like that a lot.

Hmm, after some mundane stuff, we’re introduced to Nove Nakajima. No idea who she is. Probably some character from the manga or whatever. She’s probably related to Subaru “Rainbows are straighter than” Nakajima though. We’re later then introduced to a buncha girls I don’t recognize. Again, probably from one of the many manga that followed Nanoha season 3.

Then we have a bit where the 10 year old girls are doing kickboxing. Vivio seems to be a bit of a Mary Sue who is perfect at everything yet modest, blech. We get a nice but short bit where Vivio spars with Nove. This is amusing since it breaks the mundanity of the show so far.

Vivio goes home and we get to meet her mom, Fate. Yay. I liked that they implied that Vivio is Nanoha’s biological kid, but it was inevitable that they’d have to show Nanoha’s lesbian lover eventually.

Man, I’m totally meh on Vivio being such a Mary Sue.

Hmm, we get a brief look at our main antagonist/lesbian lover. Someone challenging and beating peeps up in street fights. Followed by more Mary Sue-isms and characters I’ve no idea who they are… oh wait, those girls from earlier were probably the Numbers from season 3? Eh, who knows/cares yea?

Okay, the episode’s over now. I wished there was some action toward the end rather than all this fuuuuucking backstory acknowledgement. I was fine with the inner monologues that explained everything, but when it came to the post-StrikerS characters, we get soooo much fucking implications but no explaination.

It’s as if they did a Star Wars movie where they explained the stuff that’s happened in the movies but then they have loads of Expanded Universe stuff and they don’t explain those. So the source material that people are not likely to know is the stuff they expect you to know.

Compound that with Vivio the Mary Sue and well, I suppose that taken on its own, this show isn’t the worst fucking thing ever of the season (yet). But I’m extra disappointed because at around the halfway point, I thought it could be a good starting point to introduce people into the Nanoha-verse, but then it pulls the Expanded Universe crap.

I give Vivio a solid Bleh. I’ll give it a few more eps. Hopefully we’ll get some solid action to compensate for the lameass storytelling. I doubt it, but one can only hope.

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A Day Later
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And now that I’ve some time to mull this episode over, I’d have to stick by my initial impressions. A thumbs down. I’ve pretty much said all that I needed to. It’s a Star Wars sequel that assumes you haven’t watched the movies but have read the Expanded Universe, and it has Prequel level storytelling.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 12, 2015 2:17 PM

    why couldn’t vivio’s rival be a boy her age? vivio and einhart are just clones of fate and nanoha when they were kids was demand for them(nanoha and fate) so high that the creator couldn’t even try to give the new main characters realistic kid personalities?

    • April 13, 2015 12:00 AM

      Someone with a Y-Chromosome in Nanoha? In a non-token character position? *GASP!*

  2. May 18, 2015 12:23 PM

    having a boy/girl kid couple in a mahou shojo show would be a nice change of pace for once. besides I’m getting tired of this “girl rival only” thing that studios seem to be copying to get fans in magical girl show nowadays.

    • May 18, 2015 10:53 PM

      True, although I’d give the Nanoha-verse a pass on this. Otherwise, I get whatcha’ sayin’.

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