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In any case Hayate didn’t do much that I personally consider good. As usual her job is reduce to apply the obvious and most basic sense of tactics, mostly of camera, and call it a day. I just don’t get the sensation of watching a mastermind strategist and for a show which relies so much on spectacle it feels… meh. Again, you need more than just hints of the battle but to show it properly and they got a handful of scenes which didn’t do much and then went back to the duels.

As for Jail and the Numbers… well to be fair I don’t know what is the point of the StrikerS’ storyline. The Relics stopped being important half way to the end, then there is the whole attack which goes down with the good guys being but a footnote to stop it and then a giant banana color space ship appears and at this point they were just throwing stuff at the screen and seeing what work.

I did like Jail’s angle with Fate however. It was by far the funniest, non-intentionally true but funny nonetheless. It was like they expected Fate to join them on the spot and when she says “No thanks” they acted like she was the unreasonable one. And keep in mind is not like they offer anything, a tempting reunion with her sister or mother… something to make change sides, no they just ask her. It just feels like they wanted this to be way more complex and emotional than it ended up and I find it so deliciously tragic.

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Well she was never characterized as any kind of tactical or strategic genius, and this is like her first actual independent command. Hell she has clearly been jumped up a rank past what she should have been (in manga set 4 years before StrikerS Hayate is 1st Captain and Nanoha is 2nd Captain, meaning one rank difference, while in StrikerS Hayate is 2nd Commander while Nanoha is 1st Captain, meaning 2 ranks of difference) so she can serve as a convenient scapegoat if things go south with RF6. So it's hardly suprising she is not some kind of tactical genius given and she herself admits that.
From what little we hasve seen she is mostly a competent first timer if not much more.

But I would agree that we did not see her doing enough commanding especially during the final fight.

The point of the StrikerS story is stopping Jail and his plans for the Cradle, but that story is introduced slowly because the first episodes are devoted to learning about RF6 and their members and fighting Gadgets. Only later does it ramp by first introducing Numbers and then hitting them with the Cradle. Also while I do defend a lot of choices that made the StrikerS, I never really liked the Numbers and their characterization or better yet complete lack of it.
As for the Cradle, I'm totally down with the ultimate threat being a ancient gigantic ass spaceship powered by a kid. That is totally Nanoha, a mix of technological and magical threats.

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Well then, I say we should move on to a more positive tone here. As much as I dislike StrikerS I did like some of its elements and I have often imagine how it could be improve. So maybe we can talk about that now: does StrikerS has any flaws you would like to see corrected? And how would you go about it

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Well as I said before my main beef with the season as it currently is are the antagonists which don't really feel like Nanoha style antagonists of previous seasons. They simply, and Jail in particular don't have redeeming features that would make them understandable or relatable. Even Prescia from first season who is an utter bitch is relatable because we know she is doing all of this for her daughter and her singleminded determination to right her wrongs has driven her into further wrongs. Therefore she is interesting.

Jail meanwhile has no clear goals other than nebulous science one. There are glimmers of complexity, he is vain and wants everyone to recognize how better he is than them. He seems to care more of his science than for his life and such. But those are only hints, the rest of the time he is a boring ranting mad scientist with no redeeming qualities.

As for how to fix it either fix Jail and drop the entire implantation of his daughters with himself and show that he does care about them and the Cradle is his plan how to ensure their safety and freedom from TSAB. And he wants that AT ANY COST, and is fully prepared to watch Mid burn if it is what it takes. That would make it more relatable since he would be doing it for hsi family, but he still would be wrong and an arsehole.

Or have one of the Numbers experience an actual heel-face turn or do something ANYTHING with them.

Or focus things more on TSAB side of things, so that Jail making a break for it with the Cradle is more him taking an opportunity that fell into his lap due to the infighting between the Administration/RF6 and black projects by the Council. This way the Cradle is not a part of some sort of MASTER PLAN by Jail that makes the Council and Regius look like idiots, but an unintended consequence of them messing with powers and Lost Logias they really shouldn't have out of desire to ensure protection of TSA System AT ANY COST.
Hell the lore even supports this interpretation of events up to a point, it's just that Jail completely stole the show to the point where most of the viewers think he is the one who independently made the cyborgs, found the Cradle, made the Gadgets etc. when in fact up untill his attack on the GF HQ he was working for the Council in projects they gave him.

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Since I allready spoke about the limiters and the helicopter that means the military section is over (I probably have more to say, but it would revolve around my interpretations and I don't remember it now) so here is the conclusion:

2.3.6. Conclusion
While the military side was not especially militaristic, considering the spirit of the show it’s militaristic enough to get the idea that the authorities are implementing steps to address the issue. Handling of Hayate is probably one of the biggest failings of the show, but even her handling was competent, when compared to some other shows since her troops do have respect for her. Basically, while I would have liked for them to have done more with this aspect the visual trappings and the idea that the crisis is being handled by the authorities through regular channels is enough to whet my military SF itch.

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I had to give this one a serious consideration, since to me it runs a bit deeper on what I could do to “fix” the season. Or at least what would I change to find it more appealing to my taste.

My first idea would be to grab most of the new arrivals and take them behind a building for summary execution… not really but I would eliminate most of the new faces: the Forwards, the Numbers, among others and focus the tale on Nanoha, Fate and Hayate side of things. Showing them not as veterans, which was silly, but as the young and talented people ready to replace the old guard see them at the start of what will be long and prosperous careers.

I like that because it fleshes out everyone, including Hayate who I always feel kind of flat. And then when Nanoha runs in to Vivio the idea of becoming a mother is not something she just agrees on a whim but an actual consideration she has to make, considering her age and what it could imply. For Fate the idea of her own family is a good one as well and if the villains are change to make them more related to her then it could be interesting. Hayate handling the political side of things and we looking more in to that can help cement her role as the “leader” of the group.

As for the villains I would leave Jail, but either remove the High Council or use them better. The cyborgs can be just mindless drones and the focus could be on trying to replace the mages with the easier to control and powerful combat cyborgs. Jail himself is fine as a mad scientist I just don’t think he fits the bill for main bad guy. Making some of the cyborgs develop consciousness and personalities can add that nice redeemable factor the Numbers lack, since these would have them despite being treat as mind controlled drones and not as default and yet acting as drones.

I can go in to more detail but the core of it is that I would change the story to have a tighter focus on less people and do lots to flesh out the universe they inhabit. From properly explaining how the TSAB works to introducing more necessary background information to give everyone the proper context.

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I would disagree with you on one thing up front. The "Aces" ARE veterans. They are ridiculously young BUT they also started equally ridiculously young and by the time of StrikerS for all intents and purposes they are veterans of 10 years of service. And in cases of Nanoha and Fate active COMBAT service. And in pretty much any military force much MUCH less than that makes you a veteran.

So what I see is that you basically want a story set during the time skip back when they were newcomers to TSAB. Which is fine, I would also like to see that, but a lot of the plots from StrikerS don't really work for them in such a case. For one the whole Vivio and motherhood subplot doesn't work if Nanoha is like 14. And same goes for politics stuff since not one of them would be highly ranked enough there to be able to influence the politics. You can still have politics, but the trio would be reacting and helping not leading.

So while some of the things from StrikerS can be reused, anti-magic technological opponent for one can be used regardless of their age or expirience, others can not and as such such a story would not really be StrikerS but season 2.5. Again fine with the idea of adding a season there, and it would give us a proper viewpoint to introduce us to how TSAB runs, but it would not be StrikerS with some changes.

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No need to make them younger, just give proper context to the entire thing. Or at least explain the circumstances better. We would be able to see more by putting them in protagonist roles and not playing support

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Ehh, kind of unlikely since they had to give them command ranks after all this time, which meant they had to have subordinates. And here they actually cheated to make sure they have an as low as possible number of subordinates by making RF6 an experimental unit at using small units to do big things.

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2.4. Optimism and positivism
It is thankfully still present, although I do not think it was as effectively cut with seams of darkness to provide contrast properly. And the main fault of that are the antagonists especially on the Jail’s part who are either underexplored or mere caricatures. As I said Jail is especially guilty of this because he has no redeeming qualities and is simply a mad scientist with zero ethics and no firm goals other than that one that he wants to be free to pursue lines of research he wants. While that can be fun he and Quattro crossed the line a bit too much to deserve anything but pure hatred and that did not sit well with me since it’s not good when I burn with hatred at some monster in a show. Basically he got old really fast and the only thing I wanted was to see him and Quattro on the receiving end of some terrible punishment followed by death. Obvious death, and not the kind of death that can later be used as an excuse for reviving the character. Such monsters should not get a second chance, just as their victims did not get that. Okay, well no one is beyond redemption, it’s just that in these kinds of cases redemption could easily take the rest of his life and in the end require the sacrifice of his life to hammer in his need to redeem himself. But I can’t see neither Jail nor Quattro doing something like that.
To have proper Nanoha style antagonists would require redesigning Jail (and probably reducing Numbers in number) or focusing more on TSAB side of things where we do have proper antagonists but who are sadly underexplored because space was needed for more Jail monologue or Hayate’s tea parties.
On the other hand, the cast is optimistic despite things facing them which is good, but things are a bit, a tiny bit too bright.
All in all things here are passable if not great.

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While I have more to say and will probably have a big final conclusion this pretty much rounds out main points on which I like this series and StrikerS. Magitech and lore was still nicely done and mostly details first and rule heavy. Combat is fun and tactical with there being counters to everything, plus it happens in the skies in form of magical dogfights + MASSIVE explosions. Characters are mostly fun on the protagonist side with some failed exceptions, but antagonists are mostly a wash with few potential exceptions that were not done as well as they should have. There is a light sprinkling of military Sci-Fi to strach my itch and promisse big booms. And finally it's not grimdark angsty bull, and protagonists solder on optimistic about the future, but the brightness was not as well cut with darkness here.
So StrikerS hits mostly all the targets if not excellently. And it's basically the only show that I know that properly combines these in the amounts I like. Do I think StrikerS should have been better? HELL YES it had some massive flaws. Am I still entertained by it? Yes.

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Again, not the point, their rank or their standing among the TSAB forces is irrelevant at making them protagonist and have more active “frontline” actions. Considering the heavy focus the previous seasons had on magical duels the inclusion of a poorly constructed military here always comes back to bite the series in the metaphorical ass.

I do agree the shows tone was overall… boring because of the positivism, mostly out of a poor balance of its elements and which we see an increase in ViVid: over-positivism to the point of exhaustion. StrikerS had some element with actual stakes but they came in too later and at times feel so force that they might as well be replace with the “insert sad stuff here” for all the impact it had.

The ideas here are quite nice, but they lack the context to put them to good use. The world feels a bit in the air in many important ways so when a new concept is introduce feels kind of cheap. My favorite example is ViVid, but this applies to StrikerS as well. For example: the Church. With no idea about how religion works in this world here comes a clear rip-off of the Catholic Church that has a vague theology around someone from unknown time ago that has a special standing with the TSAB. Again lacking the necessary context to explain why, how and when all of this happen.

The point is how… gratuitous it feels. Again, since we lack context they can come up with whatever so instead of feeling like a natural development the idea comes out of nowhere. Is just how I feel it honestly, that StrikerS focus more on adding stuff than using anything they had to the fullest potential.

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I was bothered by the Church until I finally figured it out. You know in the fighting movies how often the main character goes to exotic locale to learn to fight from some temple or something? And since it's a western movie it's a pastiche of eastern symbolism with no rhyme or reason and the Temple's only commandment is that peity is equal to how good you are at kicking ass?
Well the Church is that, only reversed. Easterners using the same idea only using Roman Catholic visual template. It's nothing more or less but an excuse to use gothic church architecture and nun outfits and along the way set up the person Vivio was cloned from.

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As I say I don't find positivism and optimism boring, it's just needs to be contrasted with some darkness so it doesn't get bland. You are right about Vivid. That thing has nothing to offset things and characters have no character.

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But this is not a fighting movie, nor did anyone learn anything of value at the Church. And I say this not just I am atheist (Which I am) but because story wise it really didn't add much. Carim is not just a religious leader but a military one and her contribution is based on said military rank, so... why make her the head of a cult? What important element does the cult bring? Yes the Kaiser’s DNA but that could have been from a museum, archeological dig site/investigation/expedition or… anything for that matter.

Usually when they add these things in fighting movies is because the philosophy of the “temple” and the power whiting it becomes a key element for the main character to solve its personal conflicts or bring a more sinister plot (Like with Doctor Strange) not just to have a 5 minute scene.

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I am religious, even if I'm not the part of the particular denomination whoose looks Saint's Church is exploiting, and it still set my teeth on edge each time we got a glimpse into anyone's thoughts that is from the Church.
Especially in Vivid with the stupid Chantez. My mind kept going "It's not how it works. It's fiction dude! It's not how it works.." etc.

But I'm now at peace knowing it's simply a way for them to play with the nun outfits and church arhitecture and on the whole none of it means anything. Hell the biggest point to that is the description from one of the dictionaries that goes into a great detail about how churches are nice and scenic. Which should never be a high point of a religion.

But yeah, while I'm fine now with it existing, and I think it fits the militaristic Belkan society, especially after they lost their home world/dimension, I would not miss them at all if they were gone.

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But that is the point. Are they Belkan descendants? I want to say no since Chantez and the Numbers were clearly inducted in to the cult so over the years many people would have converted. And besides is not like they gives us a luck in to the Belkan way of life so… I do not like.

I do find disturbing the fact that Sein likes to "tickle" little girls and the Church is somewhat Catholic… I mean this is why editors are so important, ones that know about the subject matter, because I would recommend toning that down. Which honestly they did but still

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But that is the point. Are they Belkan descendants? I want to say no since Chantez and the Numbers were clearly inducted in to the cult so over the years many people would have converted. And besides is not like they gives us a luck in to the Belkan way of life so… I do not like.

I do find disturbing the fact that Sein likes to "tickle" little girls and the Church is somewhat Catholic… I mean this is why editors are so important, ones that know about the subject matter, because I would recommend toning that down. Which honestly they did but still


Given the supplemental material that tells us how after the fall of Belka the Belkans scattered all over the universe, and that Sound Stage (SSX I think) showing Schaht and Sein I think escorting pilgrims, and that the temple is in Belkan DMZ, I would wager that the main body of worshipers are the Belkans and the Church with it's veneration of the Kaiser Olivie is there to keep the memory of what they did and the old Belka and it's positive ideas. But they also are accepting of the outsiders if they want to adopt more "honorable" Belkan ways.
But then we got Chantez... ughhh...

But meta vise it's there simply because the writers wanted to use the gothic church architecture more (the dictionary entry for the church is the most telling where it spends most time talking about how scenic the churches are and how common are they a spot for marriage and such) and the whole knight/nun/monk visual angle. Basically that joke that Hayate and Carim are buddies through their shared love of cosplay is hitting real close to the truth. They are nuns because somebody wanted them dressed and playing nuns.

Ohhhh, don't get me started on the GOD DAMNED Vivid and it's creepy skeezy Hot Springs episode and Sein's bullshit.
But honestly that entire angle probably never occurred them, and if it did, knowing how often they pander to the lolicons, they might feel fine with it.

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And yet we go back to wonder what the intent is since the author seems focus on adding stuff that sounds cool and then working out an excuse to explain it. Sometimes not even that, they just put stuff there give a half ass explanation and call it a day.

In the Church case I have yet to see someone state any sort of belief about… anything really. Or see them having any sort of cultural difference with the rest of the world beyond their outfits. To me the idea seems to be that they are religious but said believe does not comes to play at any moment of their public or private life.

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In the Church case I have yet to see someone state any sort of belief about… anything really. Or see them having any sort of cultural difference with the rest of the world beyond their outfits. To me the idea seems to be that they are religious but said believe does not comes to play at any moment of their public or private life.

I don't know if the word religion has been used in reference to their church. In practical terms they don't appear to practice any religion, they instead study the old Belkan history with the intend that people remember it through generations, other than hosting (mostly gay) weddings and having the general architecture of churches, they aren't really much like the churches of our world.

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Well is just that "church" and "religion" go hand in hand. So why use one without the other? I just assume they are religious because they act like an order and live in a place call the "Saint Church" I do not think is streaching it.

But then again you are right, they seem to not be practicing... well anything

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Oh on this I'm in full agreement with you Sansker. I know what they are supposed to be, a group dedicated to maintaining ancient Belkan customs, traditions and skills. That is why Karim is a Knight and not a Mage for example. They are also supposed to revere the actions of the greatest of the Belkans Sankt Kaiser Olivie, and probably of some other figures.

But we don't see much of that anywhere. Part of that is that they were pretty in the background in StrikerS due to previosly mantioned pacing and time constraint issues, and Vivid simply never had the heart to do anything more complicated with them.

The closest they came to feeling like a religion or believers, is that we are shown Schaht and Sein shepherding some PILGRIMS on a pilgrimage in SSX I think. So apparently that is also the think.

@A what do you mean "general architecture of churches they aren't really much like the churches of our world" their entire thing is taking the already present Gothic influences in Hayate's and Wolkie design from A's and running from them. They live or are based around a gigantic GOTHIC cathedral that would not be out of place anywhere in Germany/Central Europe.

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@A what do you mean "general architecture of churches they aren't really much like the churches of our world" their entire thing is taking the already present Gothic influences in Hayate's and Wolkie design from A's and running from them. They live or are based around a gigantic GOTHIC cathedral that would not be out of place anywhere in Germany/Central Europe.

Sorry, I forgot a comma there that I just edited in my post. I agree with you, I meant that the church of Belka isn't very similar to the churches from the most common religions in our world, except for the fact that both celebrate weddings and both have similar architecture.

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Ahh, you mean they simply dressed up something of their own into the skin of the Catholic Church and Gothic architecture. Got it.

Trouble still is like S says that apart from the visual parts, there isn't much to this religion/belief system that is shown in shows. As I say closes to an actual religion they got was the whole veneration of the Shroud of Sankt Kaiser and Sein and MissWTFIsWrongWithYourNameSchast guarding some pilgrims in SSX.

These next parts aren't totally complete, and in some cases my opinion has changed somewhat, but this is what I thought back in December:

3. The Setting
The thing I liked and the thing that disappoints me about StrikerS is that it tried so hard to flesh out it’s setting. It tried so hard to show us how TSAB and administered worlds work and some other things that can be done with magic like summoning and cyborgs. This worldbuilding is probably also responsible for the Belkans (more on that in its own section), since they wanted to introduce more Belkan style users.
Unfortunately, despite its efforts on one hand it did not do enough world building and it did too much by taking up time that could have been spent developing the antagonists.
For example, despite all the in Bureau politics shown we still don’t know the political system of TSA worlds. That is, I hope there is some civilian body over TSAB because the only other alternative would not fit the setting. That is that TSAB is basically a militaristic society a la the one in Starship Troopers where the only ones that get to decide on policy are the members of the military/police. That is unfortunately the vibe I got from that part where they showed Regius speaking to the council deciding on TAXATION with no civilian in sight.
It could be that until the shadow council was killed it was a sort of benevolent dictatorship with the shadow council in the role of shadow dictators ruthlessly deciding on the basis what is best for the majority of the society and using the three admirals and that meeting in GF HQ as cover.
While we are on the topic of TSAB, it’s a REALLY young organization with being like less than a century old (the calendar starts from the time they ended the wars, so they existed in one form or another before) and that doesn’t strike me as a necessarily stabile thing, especially since the heroes that founded it are still alive. Once they are gone…. The idea I got from A’s that they were quite a bit older, and more experienced and set in ways.
How do dimensions and space mesh when it comes to travel? Basically is each world in its own dimension or (more likely) are there multiple worlds in the same dimension, so you might travel between some of them using normal FTL? Did humanity start in one dimension and then spread to other worlds dimension, or are humans from those other worlds native to them? Why are they running into only human populated dimensions? Is it some sort of a limitation placed upon the teleportation mechanics?
These are some of the nitty gritty things basic I like to know about my SF settings. But I never got them and that saddens me.
Still I admire it’s attempt to paint a picture of how the system of TSAB works, it’s politics, it’s branches of service, how TSAB functions from the PoV fs someone inside the system, introduce new ways of using magic, introduce cyborgs etc. etc. Unfortunately, in their attempt to introduce all these concepts, which needed addition of new characters to show these points, they lost they the sight of the story making the development of antagonists almost nonexistent. And the story suffered for it.

3.1. Fate’s explanation of mass vs magic tech, and the implications
Her explanation that magic is more difficult to abuse than the mass weapons I found as laughable. Consider the fact that normal tech requires entire worlds of industry and support to make effective and not to mention that they will break down rather quickly without competent maintenance. So to have a mass based weapon you need an educational and industry (of VARIOUS types) base to make it function properly. Meanwhile any kid with minimal training and an intelligent device (and sometimes even without that) can wreak destruction on a MUCH grander scale. Mages don’t really need a supply line or ammunition to do their thing. Which is why the ground forces distrust of navy is understandable (if a bit shortsighted) since the Navy is drawing away the best, while they are stuck trying to police a population of which a significant percentage are Mages of all types. It is understandable if a bit shortsighted. The ground forces are dealing to threats at local level, while the Navy is handling Lost Logia cases which are threats at dimensional level. If Ground Forces fail a neighborhood is destroyed. If Navy fails worlds are destroyed.

3.2. The Belkan Church
The part that did feel out of place was the whole thing with the Belkan Church. Firstly, when I first saw it, as a Christian (although not of the denomination that was used as a template), it rubbed me wrong constantly when they would call them nuns and such. That is until I figured out that they are not supposed to be in any way an allusion to Christianity but are basically just another of those monk orders (usually of Buddhist variety stuck somewhere on Tibet) whose idea of enlightenment and spirituality is being able to punch somebody’s face in the best. Only instead of abusing the Buddhist aesthetics they use Gothic ones which fits considering whose aesthetics Belkans use. When I think back about it, considering how much Western entertainment abuses eastern aesthetics and marries them to things that have nothing to do with the visuals, it’s kind of refreshing to be a subject to the reverse.
The second issue with the Belkan Church, is that it kind of flies contrary to what was said in A’s, where Belkan magic was considered something mythical and rarely seen. And yet here is this entire region of inhabited by Belkans right on the bloody capitol world of Midchilda. Theoretically it might be argued that the reason they know to use Belkan style magic, presumably they used Mid before, was because of the Wolkenritter who helped them rediscover it, but that seems unlikely considering that their figure of veneration is a notable Belkan mage AND they do value combat abilities a LOT. Given that it’s kind of unlikely that they managed to forget Belkan magic.
But eh fine, I didn’t mind them too much once I figured out their trick.

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I can see you are able to witness the flaws I see in the setting. Sadly I do not handle participation awards and so the attempt does feel weak and lazy. I just don’t think they put in the effort to deserve a kind look, they just seem to have been cutting corners and going along.

The main issue with magic is that, unlike mass bass weapons, it can break the fabric of reality itself. Which not even our nuclear arsenal can do… so no, magic is way worse than mass base weapons. Funny thing is that the entire “many powerful mages can’t act in a small area” is throw out the window and never brought back again.

As for the Church… is silly, nothing else to add there. I doubt there is a “trick” there in all honesty. They just wanted to add the Catholic aesthetics and names, vaguely hint to their religion and call it a day. Since, as far as we know, their faith has nothing to do with their combat abilities, since we neither have a picture of what exactly is a Belkan Training nor what the Church believes.

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I would not agree about the magitech.

All technology is dangerous if you don't treat it right to a bigger or smaller degree. But if you understand it you should be able to know pretty much what will happen if you do something with it. In Nanoha verse the magic works in exact same way, it has rules that are defined and studied by in scientific way and making something work with magic is an engineering challenge.
So unless you are fucking with some sort of ridiculously advanced macguffin you don't understand, but seriosu shit can also happen if you try to do that with sufficiently advanced technology. And they understand that in universe which is why they are wary of Lost Logias and the first instinct of TSAB is nearly always to detain everybody involved in them no matter where they are and take their toys into their safe keeping.
The advantage of magic is the fact that it can be used in a more environmentally friendly (clean energy) and humane way (attacks can be made nonlethal). Which is HUGE. And it can also do a variety of other things that would simply be impossible to physics as we know it. And again all of this runs on rules. This is not the stupid bat wings and chants magic which might or might not work.

Of course I can see the weaknesses. I can see weaknesses in pretty much any setting (maybe not in Brandon Sanderson's setting since he is the master world builder) but given what they set out to do which was mostly make a series about cute younger sister Nanoha and add bunch of tech porn on top of it, it's surprisingly tight. Well it was, baring a small minority of errors, until Vivid and especially Strike started doing nasty things to it.

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You do sounds like pro-magic supporter, don't you? Well I admit that I'm more like pro-tech supporter. Magic isn't everything you would have believed. First, if it wasn't technology in the first place (maybe), Nanoha, A's, & StrikerS timeline would not have ever existed in the space time continuum. Plus, with our developing techs today might getting closer to have EMP like these, non-lethal.

Today non-lethal possibilities:
-DREAD
-EMP
-Taser
-Active Denial System
-Concussion grenade
-Gas grenade
-PEP (Although having lots of controversies and disagreements)

If in Nanoha verse POV:
-Endo/Exo magic vest & body coverings (Strong against Chain Binder)
-Anti-Magic bullets/A-targeting bullets & grenade
-Tuning blade (Frequency blade)
-Endomagic / Taser Microbots
-Anti-Magic Canon (portable)
-ADS (Active Denial System) Canon
-Flash Weaponry (Larger AOE) (Temporarily disorient enemies)
-EMP weaponary
-AMF, or JMA (Jamming Magilink Attacks)
(AMF act like burning your mana, while JMA acting like Warcraft 3 Silence spell effect; jamming spell casting despite having full mana)

"The advantage of magic is the fact that it can be used in a more environmentally friendly (clean energy) and humane way (attacks can be made nonlethal). Which is HUGE. And it can also do a variety of other things that would simply be impossible to physics as we know it."

About this one, I totally disagree. This is the lamest excuses of all time. This ideology is mainly origin from Communist. Not to mention that Mid-Child is a Communist planet. Look at our today's world, especially Chernobyl today. Although the center of Chernobyl still highly radiated, but we humans still managed surrounding areas of Chernobyl habitable even for one month stay. And sarcastically, we didn't use magics at all. And the weapons above I mentioned.

You might ask me why Mid-Childa is a communist planet, check this link. This is all the Nanoha verse answers you can get there. That's also included why they would not have ever existed if it is not technologies.

Check:
<<The Al-Hazredians were temporally-displaced Terrans>> & <<Mid-Childa is communist>>.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WMG/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaOpenTwo

"And they understand that in universe which is why they are wary of Lost Logias and the first instinct of TSAB is nearly always to detain everybody involved in them no matter where they are and take their toys into their safe keeping."

Sounds more like propaganda than safe keeping. TSAB doesn't even care about the safety of people, but only interested in Lost Logia. They use this lame excuse to obtain more lost logia to maintain their status, position, and power when the time comes that civilians or soldiers rebel against them (3 TSAB MasterDipShit). And codename "Unlimited Desire" would not happened if their intention of obtaining Lost Logia is not due to greed on power in the first place.

And this is also the perfect opportunity for ancient Belkan conspiracies groups to get easy revenge on TSAB. Check this title from the link I provided.
<<A conspiracy of old Belkan nobility is aiming to overthrow TSAB and the Saint Church>>

And although you did not cover this, but I will elaborate it for you. It is because of they too relying on magics, they started to become weaker over the years. It already formed into a habit or mindset of "Magic is everything", "Magic is the answers", so in war or battle, they just keep rushing, battling without deeper understanding of consequences of their actions and tactics. If you say that Nanoha have become stronger over her years, but in the contrary, she also became weaker over the years too despite many war experiences she got compared to her 9 year old status. Right now in Force manga, she is mostly relying on technologies, raising heart Excellion to get her job done.

But what if one day she had met a faction of mass-weapon that is more focused on covert ops, guerrilla warfare, Nullifying expertise (EMP & AMF/JMA), counter-measurements, and most their abilities are from highest quality training especially close quarter combats ("US Marines & Spetsnaz"), she won't even stand a chance at all. Even some highest threat is JMA/AMF or EMP Attack of Sniper Rifles that will totally destroy the whole TSAB operations too.

About that part, check this title from the link:
<<Sending the Wolkenritter against the Hückebein was the worst possible thing that could have been done.>>

"Nanoha & TSAB is magic;fire", while the "New mass-weapon faction is pure abilities; Bucket of Sands" scenario

P.S. Did you really learn about more on politics? I know science, maths, and logics are essential to our lives, even myself is so fanatic on Physics too. But our world societies are full with politics that will change the good intention to evil even without our notices. So I learn some politics to protect myself from involving into unnecessary politic games. After learning, I saw many TSAB plots, and their flaws are mostly blaming excuses onto technologies to promote magic using, while on the other hand they can promote and use techs for their own purposes, for example they might deal with their rebels with their techs like AMF/JMA even it is not shown on anime, but if you think logically, it will really happen. TSAB in StrikerS is almost like very semi-Game of Thrones if I'm not mistaken.

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Improvised Version based on feedbacks

I love this franchise so much. But I’m going to focus more of this anime seasons problem first. I have to show problem first since I want this franchise to be improve from our feedback. You will get my most pure honest review and concern on this season.

First and second Season of Lyrical Nanoha were masterpiece. It was however a little pale and bland when it comes to action packed fighting, but at least the author did focus on the integrity of these stories. Settings are consistent, each of every characters do have purpose in story-telling and character development, no confusing background, no bias ideology, and most importantly it does following the genre of magical girl correctly. First season story-telling maybe little weak compared to 2nd season, but the strongpoint for first season is the strong bond and feelings between Nanoha and Fate. And by watching 2 main characters, you will immediately get the picture or insight what was really happened back then without too much explanation and confusion. Looking at them, you will easily get the whole story. And 2nd season (A’s), story-telling is improved a lot from first season. It giving you more detail background on Wolkenritter and Hayate-Chan, adding some climax and intense moments in some episodes. Example episode 2, when you watch Nanoha linker core being infiltrated by Shamal’s hand, it giving you tense moment. And making you afraid on what will happen to Nanoha. And a moment when Wolkenritter being sucked into Book of Darkness, it almost giving you fear that these characters will not return back or they might already die during this process. While ending is really some kind lacklustre, but it eventually explained in Movie A’s. So these 2 seasons of Lyrical Nanoha is the mark of the result of improvising the author’s mistakes even though they have some flaws but not really a big one. So what happen to season 3?!

Bad & Worst Parts
StrikerS has zero consistency/integrity, massive confusion, Settings that is contradicted, Poor Villain & technology designs, biased ideology, Adult/Seinen theme that was written by children, low effort writings, questionable battle tactics, lame excuses, tragic moments are mediocre, questionable main characters during they were in life threatening situations, while action packed scene were improved in this season but worsen in story focus/goals; it is almost feel like this season is an experimental (Eechi naked girls) instead of final product itself. It really hurts my soul just to re-watch this whole season again to do this review.
First I will start this part first. Although this maybe only my complaints, but this is where the part it hurt me the most.

Insulting Biased ideology
I think Fate should know better than that. Magic is much more dangerous than mass weapon, since just like Sansker said, it will tear the fabric of reality itself. Breaking the law of physics. Magic is like unconventional warfare dangers while mass weapons are more onto conventional warfare. Think which war is much more brutal? Vietnam war or Landing on Normandy? And to the main point, TSAB is keep demoting the use of Mass Weapon while secretly creating mass weapon for themselves. Since when Hayate, Nanoha and Fate became into TSAB puppets, blindly believing TSAB is a justice organisation. I thought them would be better or wiser on this kind of topic. If TSAB keep teaching about magic is justice just like what Fate said, they really should destroy all of their spaceships, infrastructures, technologies, buildings and etc then living a life again like in middle ages. Oh, fired all scientist, engineers, and inventors! Problem Solved! If that was true, then today our world technology will bring 90% destruction than it brings benefits. The major problem TSAB having is their irresponsible on handling mass weapons, keep using ancient Belka to brainwash people and use this excuse to hide their arrogances. Does TSAB even know this phrase if their main language is English? “Always remember: Power in the wrong hands can destroy the owner. The same power that gave victory to Samson is what destroyed him.” Technology is innocent, the criminal is the users. The technology they hated the most “WMD”. But ironically, “WMD” did save our world, especially on preventing unnecessary more deaths in WW2 in Japan, and turning potential WW3 into Cold War, revolutionizing new warfare but without bloodshed; Technology competition, and Business/economy as new warfare.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbuUW9i-mHs

These 2 evidences are already enough to show if power is use it wisely & properly, it will bring benefits. But what TSAB did is the total opposite.

Magic vs Physics dangers levels in a nutshell
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jArr4O-gfz5Vhq8q4cHElsrs3xY3gxDK

Settings Contradiction
Ok, Settings. Settings in this season is set in alien planet with high-tech sci-fi world, for the worst basic infrastructure even for this kind of settings.The setting is trying to blend in sci-fi with 21th century lifestyle, but done it in a very little consideration. I would like to give credit to Mechwarrior and Heavy Gear settings on how they explaining their technology limitations due to their background and history. This season setting is pathetic. It is half-baked, juvenile, lack of backstory on what happen. That it approach makes Doraemon 22nd century world setting looks more consistent and realistic, I’m not joking. At least Doraemon 22nd century world setting has “Utopia” design consistency.

In Sci-fi Communist Planet Mid-Childa, still using 4-wheeled vehicle for civilian use and chopper? Wait what, CHOPPER? In Cyberpunk settings without Space-Frigate are using dropship. Suddenly, this anime made me fell in love with Starcraft Medivac. And you would already notice this Doraemon Pic, their vehicles are hovers, not wheeled. And you guys are not stranger to TSAB technology. If TSAB can’t even manufacturing Hover vehicles, I’m still wondering how they can be manufacturing Space-Warships which is more technological complex than small basic civilian vehicles. If they want to use chopper, at least use a better design one.

Oh, WAIT!! I know why! They keep demoting technology as evil. So they rather going steps backwards more and more, then they will eventually become happy when they reached their downgrade lifestyles to middle ages/dark ages. Now that’s explain everything. Now I understand why they rather use an incompetent chooper design with a face-palm excuse that they using magic to stabilize Chopper hovering and flying.

Mature/Seinen theme & Story was written by children
StrikerS hates you, it takes the excellent Nanoha franchise and just tagged on with shitty low effort plot, settings, villain character designs, high quality flashy battle scenes, low quality story-telling, and adding more confusion just to make this season more mysterious but end up disastrous (E.Y.E- Although it is confusing but done it in a good old mysterious fashioned way) to worsen your Nanoha experiences. How did you screw this up? If you want to make this season more mature a little more, at least do some references on Seinen category. Drifter Manga (I know it was not in 2008, but this is the best example I could give right now). Drifters main Seinen concepts are realistic battle tactics, darker tone, philosophy, importance of communication and simple story concept that made this anime so engaging and intense (Human v.s. Evils). StrikerS could go back to drawing board to make their overall plot/goal more simple yet can adding more intense and climax, but instead “Ignore it, it’s too bothersome. Let’s continuing harassing our fans.”. Think this, we adults have specific taste on different type of colours, but Children likes all Colours (a.k.a Rainbow). Do you ever witness professional webpage or any media designs with too many colours inside OR only 2 or 3 types of colours like Facebook and Twitter? Anime StrikerS is in this kind of situation, “1 or 2 plot is not enough; boring, how about adding more plots to make more variety, more fun.”. StrikerS first plot was to collect Relics, later ending up Dealing Saint Cradle and many more confusions like Trainees development, dealing with numbers then forget Relics from first plot. Which plot is the real focus? Seriously. And next....(Sigh). They didn’t even bother to do some research on politics. It’s really feels like what kids would thought “Everyone are nice people, but there are some people who are bad. What is politic? Does it affect good and bad people?”. They didn’t even give us a concrete answer on what TSAB politics is (Maybe Communist & Militaristic e.g North Korea but in more humane way). Worst is 3 main characters are acting like a bunch of puppets without doubting on TSAB politics and their histories, but blindly believing TSAB is Justice. Are 3 main characters still in 9 years old mind-set but with 20 years old physical body? Adult should have doubting nature instinct since they have experienced many different hardships and some distrust or some minor betrayal in their lives at least. This shows they didn’t even pay any attention on the most basic elements in Seinen Category. Just like Sansker said, no need to be much more like Madoka, but at least make it more reasonable and believable. And everyone in this Season are too optimistic. Isn’t this alone already contradicted what Seinen category focused on? This is the lowest quality writing for Nanoha franchise that is emphasizing on real battles; not Moe sports genre to be specific. You messed with this franchise to let this to happen. You messed with the main characters’ politic vigilance, messed with Settings consistency, messed with the plot focus, messed with Seinen genre. You clearly willing to bend things to create new things, yet you refuse to do some efforts on double checking your mistakes on this anime season before releasing.

Poor Villains & technology designs
Villains. This is where it gets interesting. Villains main purpose are to give story tense moments, climax and character development for heroes’ example like “My Hero Academia”. Let me say this part, Villains in this season can just go away. These villains don’t even take their role seriously. They do not pose any serious threat and menacing aura at all. Well I’m glad that author improvised from here to create best Villain in “Nanoha Detonation” especially “Maxwell the Terminator”. But still I have to mention it for further feedback. Jail Scaglietti, the worst villain of all time, maybe Nanoha Force villains are better than what he did. And he did so many mistakes especially he always ignoring the dangers of enemies’ communications will give his enemies more chances to kick his ass and communication is also a tool to boost troops morale. Best example on misused communication when Jail open communication from Fate to her Erio & Caro, he just digging his graveyard even deeper. If he really wants to do this, he should at least mute the communication link and just only show Fate desperation scenery to Erio & Caro, reducing their morale. Communication in war is very critical for huge success, especially for “Blitzkrieg tactic”. This tactic is traditional Prussian/German manoeuvre warfare combined with Revolutionary “Radio based command & control” for that time. Without communication, Blitzkrieg will never a success for many German Nazis battles in WW2. And the most face-palm part is when Jail Scaglietti have so much resources to create Numbers and Drones, he just wasted all his resources and potential on legions of mindless level 1 drones. And don’t get me start on Level 3 drones. Level 3 is just level 1 drone but bigger size. I would give so many good credits to “Maxwell the Terminator” because of it. Maxwell at least his generic Nanobots/Terra Form Units are far more menacing & reliable than mindless drones created by Jail. Jail resources is supported by Huge Corporation TSAB and yet still acting more inferior competent than Maxwell where Maxwell resources are from his remaining and self-funding for about around 30-40 years. Is it deja-vu for Triple A company quality v.s. Indies quality? I would rather surprise this season have Anti Magic Technology, well sort of. Their AMF is so unreliable and forgettable because it does pretty much nothing. If I was Jail Scaglietti, I would rather use my own new invention of “Jamming Magic”. This invention does not reduce burning Mana from user, but entirely silencing spell casting even though the user has full Mana. And Villain should pose a serious threat to Main Characters so that these villains will not look like morons. But author instead give 3 main characters “Cheat-Codes” to destroy overall Villains atmosphere. And not to mention, it destroyed the overall intense moments, tragic and the fear of witnessing your beloved characters weaknesses like what A’s did. Reigius, well I don’t have much say. It’s mediocre but at least done a better job than Jail Scaglietti. His character does demonstrate the dangers of “Lucifer Effect”, so he has done his job, & I give him credit for that. Last but not least, 3 Mastermind of Evil(Laughable) (Legendary Admirals). Commencing “Unlimited Desires” while ignoring their dire future consequences. It already stated so obvious <<DESIRES/LUSTS>>, lusts will never feel enough. It will keep growing until it destroys yourselves. And the Villain I hated the most since they are mostly responsible for my cute Hayate-Chan being blindly believing TSAB justice while at the backdoor is majority corruption.
On Quattro part, her evilness cannot withstand Nanoha Buster firepower. If villain cannot withstand main characters’ firepower, so why are you “author” putting so much effort on creating so many pointless villain characters with no sense of tension? If antagonist cannot withstand main character firepower, how can they create rising action & climax of this whole season. I do admit I did yawn 12 times after re-watching this season.

Lame Excuses
This may not cover in StrikerS anime, but it did cover in Manga. AMF training and resources are so expensive that forcing Nanoha & Fate can only teach newcomers basic countering AMF training. Are you kidding me? Are you telling me that Endo technology and Magnetic technology are more expensive than Astronomy training & Technology? And after StrikerS, it seems more & more villains are using countering magic technologies and tactics. So, what are they going to do by that time? Suicide run? TSAB should focus more on security than resources & costs of training infrastructure. If you can’t have a better security in critical strategic location, it will cost you more losses than countering AMF training itself. And Nanoha & Fate are better instructor to teach countering AMF, why should they even bother on hiring another instructor when their focus first on teaching in smaller groups first. Lame excuses just for TSAB to swimming into a pool of gold coins. I think I have found another irresponsible conduct by TSAB. And about training time, if you want to improve yet you refuse to do some sacrifices, how can you become successful in life? And retraining the whole TSAB, can they just admit to take some time and slowly. Are they expecting rocket sciences?! It’s not like that they are in very dire situations where time & speed are critical for preventing unnecessary deaths like in WW1 for “Tanks” & WW2 for “Atomic Bomb”.

Questionable battle tactics
Ignorant & Overconfident will soon tragically misplaced

This is the hardest part, why would Jail Scaglietti showing his appearance and declaring war on his enemy TSAB before crippling TSAB logistic points, key production facilities, and most importantly their main intelligence point “Saint King Church”. Saint King Church is best known for reading or predict future. And if what I recall correctly, maybe some potential Jail’s Numbers may infiltrate this Saint Church, pretending to be converted to the cult just to gather information and assassinating key members in the shadow of the church would be wiser for invasion in TSAB. Why would he did not conduct this? Saint King Church members are mostly women, Jail have so many naked women in his stasis tank, why would he failed to realized this and sending some of them to do assassination and infiltration would be a wiser choice instead? If you want to kill your enemy, would you alert your enemy? In logic sense you wouldn’t. But Jail was so ignorant enough to do so in Episode 17. Like Jail is so underestimating the dangers of misusing communication. And this situation really did happen in WW2 between Hitler & Stalin.
<< Even more intriguing, though perhaps just as likely to be fake, are the letters Hitler allegedly wrote to Stalin in December 1940 and May 1941, swearing on his "honour as a chief of state" that the German troops gathering on Russia's borders were destined for the British Isles, not the Ukraine. If genuine, the May letter does indeed indicate that Hitler's psychopathic mendacity trumped Stalin's pathological mistrust. >>
https://nyti.ms/2SklATb
Why would you giving your enemy a chance to strike you back for no reason? Is it pride, ignorant, or overconfident? These attributes are your early grave in war times.

THAT’S HOW JAIL Scaglietti DEALS WHEN KIDNAPPING VIVIO!!!

Spoiler:

Credit to Sansker: “Seems like the whole kidnapping Ginga is just to give Subaru something to do”
Again…… Why Jail Scaglietti always trying to motivate his enemies?

Jail drones defences v.s. Verossa Acous & Schach Nouera in episode 19

Tragic moments are mediocre, also questionable during they were in life threatening situations
How can you create tragic and intense moments when these moments were 10 years ago in the past? Because we already know how Nanoha is acting & her condition is fine in her present 19 years old time. Tragic moments are more effective in present time, not past because you will never know what will happen next. And fearing they might do some mistakes that will cost their lives. We humans’ nature are always fearing the unknown. And most questionable thing, did Nanoha, Fate & Vita getting “Cheat-Codes” from their unseen God before they almost died? If you give your protagonists cheat codes in tragic & intense moments, you know you are going to ruin this atmosphere which is so emphasized by Seinen genre.

Saturated Action packed scenes used as hiding its poor story-telling and its deficiencies
I’m too lazy to talk about this. If you have watch this anime StrikerS, you will get what I mean. This kind of situation is somehow reminiscing todays’ animes using over saturated harem, eechi and abused fan-services to hide its poor story-telling.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKyi6uU0YF0

Never ever use your final product as rocket science Experiment
Can you explain it to us, what are you trying to show us? Does MRI have any relationship with naked girls? Most MRI today I saw people always have or some coverings. Why would TSAB MRI technology need to take off all your clothes including under-wearing. Is it TSAB is really sickening in their heads? Is TSAB still feel not enough even they have so much power & authority, and they even went so far trying to invade other peoples’ privacy? TSAB is getting out of hand being a governor. Is there any meaningful story-telling purpose or reasoning on doing this? How this nobody noticed this? Why is this not mentioning in any of the review?

TSAB governing & Military strength quality

*If I want to hire a soldier, I would rather be hiring Guardsmen from Warhammer 40K. Even though they have no magic, but at least they are more reliable than TSAB. At least Guardsmen have some manly guts and bravery to deal with Tyranids. I could imagine that TSAB mages saw only one Tyranid Carnafex, they would retreat so hilariously with baby diapers.

Zero consistency/integrity, massive confusion
Fate did mention about she is trying to hunt down Jail Scaglietti for a long time. Before StrikerS, I’ve never recalled him being mentioned in any context at all. And the author didn’t even bother elaborating what was happen before StrikerS. What was triggering Fate in doing so? They didn’t even explain how dimension & space works and how does it affect FTL travel? Or did they open wormholes to create shortcuts? And does this franchise have some hidden unknown Xenos, and do these unknown lives have any contribution for TSAB, Ancient Belka, Al-Hazard technology and progress? Again no explanation. About story zero consistency, I have already mentioned above. Some part I didn’t mention, even building & infrastructure should have meaningful scenes and purpose to it. Does Saint King Church contribute important elements, and what are the Cults really doing, their real purpose. If Carim contribution are mainly Military, so what is the point of whole Church buildings? And don’t even get me start on weak excuse on Kaiser’s DNA. Carim could just hiring a job as communications officer like what Red alert did. She would seem much more badass than being priestess disguised as communications officer. Does this church have some sinister plot or rumours like Saint King Church is secretly working or partnership with Ancient Belkans trying to seek vengeance to overthrow TSAB, like some kind giving an appropriate mysterious feeling to this Church.

Good Parts
Now go to the good points of this season. Does this season have good points? Yes, although with so many flaws this season had, still it has its best and memorable moments. First is Main characters’ development, new character that eventually lead to cute fandom, sense of balance between BG & Yuri, consistent platoon uniform design, improved combat scene, and showing characters that were despised or humiliated by societies eventually proving they are wrong “Erio & Caro”.

Improved Battle Scenes
I want to focus on battle scene first, since this is the flashiest and most iconic ones that attract many newcomers into Nanoha verse. This picture explained thousands of words into it.

The core basic concept is very solid. They did improvise from their previous 2 seasons battle scenes. Battle scenes right now more detail, much engaging, and even more animations than previous 2 seasons. Which is the one I can’t deny that since I almost got fooled by these action battle scenes when this anime season is so poorly written and no consistent. But I did have one small complaint though, if they did show a scene where Nanoha group (Tea & Subaru) under advance AMF countering training, I would be very happy that Nanoha is really did care more about their lives since after StrikerS, most opponents & enemies are always using mass based weapons and heavy AMF tactics. Well, I did like StrikerS action battles because these battles scenes concepts are the Grandfather for Nanoha Reflection & Detonation Movie.

Main Characters’ Development
This part is a haven for majority NanoFate fans, including myself. The author did really put more effort into Nanoha & Fate character development. Remember when Fate was worrying about Nanoha being to reckless again? This part is the first step introducing 2 main characters have gone through harsh experiences especially in episode 9 flashbacking even though it is an invasion of privacy. Through these experiences, NanoFate have becoming more mature and more vigilant on every actions and decision they try to make. The second part for Nanoha becoming more mature throughout the entire season, was the support or side character, Vivio. You might say Vivio is isde character. It is true, but you can’t deny that Vivio is the one let Nanoha realizing her responsibility and she already have the rights to become foster mother for Vivio. That further maturing Nanohas’ point of view and the first time fully accepting heavy responsibility to raise Vivio. Responsibility itself is enough to prove characters’ attitude improvements, have we often see many people with heavy responsibility? And not just responsibility, Nanoha had developed her love to Vivio as her own child even though at first she tried to find foster mother for Vivio. Nanoha occupation as Aces & instructor alone is a heavy burden already, but she still willing to raise Vivio, it is already considered as motherly sacrifice for her child, even though Vivio have no any blood relationship with Nanoha. About Fate part, she also had done her part to support Erio & Caro during their young age. So often we would see Fate is much busier than Nanoha, yet she still able to foster or supporting Erio & Caro. Fate’s character is also mature in this season too.

Spoiler:
New character (Vivio) that eventually lead to cute fandom
Everyone can’t deny that, neither did I. Many cute & funny non-H doujinshi in NanoFate webpage are mostly from this character Vivio. After Vivio appearance, many Nanoha doujinshi focusing on their family lifestyle and adding fun & cute moments for us to enjoy. Although Vivio is a side character to begin with, but her impact in fandom is very significant. NanoFate couple is already supporting life blood of this franchise, but with Vivio, it supporting even more than we could have ever imagine. That is the reason alone that keeps Nanoha franchise alive before Nanoha Reflection & Detonation.

Consistent platoon uniform design
I don’t have to talk about this too much right? Nanoha forwards & Fate forwards can be easily distinguished by looking their uniform colours and overall design. And then, what is the point since this anime season is overall 90% inconsistent.

Sense of balance between BG & Yuri

Spoiler:
I did found out that new fandom normal couple & Yuri couple, well you know; Normal couple is “Erio & Caro” while Yuri Couple “Teana & Subaru”. Even though in fandom, Yuri is always being emphasized more than BG is always being ignored most of the time. But I think that author did considering using these 2 fandoms to support this franchise life span. Even though did not turn out so popular due to all of these spotlights were taken away by Vivio herself XD. But at least author did try his best on that part. Well I have to admit that Erio x Caro is indeed a very cute pairing. Well about Teana x Subaru part, I don’t know much yet.

These fan service scenes can be watch at episode 10.

Showing characters that were despised or humiliated by societies eventually proving they are wrong “Erio & Caro”.
Erio flashback on being rejected by his foster parents due to his background at episode 17 while Caro at episode 5 being looked down by TSAB incompetent morons. Well, let’s face it. TSAB always complaining this and that, do they ever once looking themselves into the mirror how incompetent they are. So, you know in the end that Erio & Caro did proved themselves they are more reliable & competent than complainers. They did prove that personal background doesn’t affect one’s success if they do not ever give up and do not life a live concerning peoples’ opinion onto them.

Final Verdict
4/10
*My personal experience 3/10
*This anime season as learning to improvise 5/10

This anime season get this kind of score because all of these flaws like story inconsistency, questionable battle tactics, poor villain design, poorly written Seinen story, insulting biased ideology, contradicted setting, and more that I have mentioned above are like the way that anime is crumbling then later they cleared it off by using improved battle scenes. But still you will have some questionable design whether this is a good anime or very mixed bag but nearly dropped to even lower score. All of those design did not make a feel like Nanoha franchise and magical girl category aside from battle scene. I don’t give this anime 2/10 because of the core concept is very strong. Using fandoms as enjoyment and most importantly main characters’ development is the strongest point in this season. Not to mention Vivio is also the main reason why this Nanoha franchise is still alive till today even before Reflection & Detonation Movie. Vivio is also the main key for Nanoha further developing mature attitude of what adults should have, and even Fate have this kind of attribute on Erio & Caro under her caring. Although my personal experience is a suffering to watch, it hurt my soul and heart really bad that I couldn’t sleep well after re-watch this anime season. This is the Nanoha season so far I did not find it very enjoyable. But at the bright side though, I give this StrikerS 5/10 because it seems the author of this franchise improvise his mistakes from this anime then creating the best Nanoha movie in this day “Nanoha Reflection & Detonation”. The author himself did uses some elements from this anime like improved battle scenes for creating intense moments during detonation battles, and improving more details in battles of detonation whereas StrikerS had improved details on battles. But why would we have to watch this anime when there are much better selections and alternatives to watch Nanoha series especially the movie ones. This anime season is single-minded, characters other than protagonist are brain dead. In my opinion after all these disappointments, it just not as good as the movie ones and previous 2 seasons. Now if you want to skip StrikerS, you won’t be missing out anything unless you want to watch Vivid & Vivid Strike. I’m watching you, don’t ruin this franchise up in the future. This is my overall review for Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS.

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Wow, I'm pretty sure this is the longest post in the site, leaving fanfiction aside at least.

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I suggest not to bring irrelevant issues into the discussion. After all, there are unrelated problems that make it difficult for others to understand. We should try our best to keep some key points to discuss.

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And to think I have been told I over analyze stuff. But it is a rather wide way to look at it. I have no love for StrikerS but my opinion has mellow over the years.

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I recently rewatched strikers and was thinking of doing a review for it and seeing the long review recently posted has sparked my drive quite a bit. Not sure if to do it episode by episode or by different aspects or maybe a combination of both.

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You can do your review style. I would gladly to see many different opinions from you guys. Although I do admit that my opinions are too harsh compare to my last review. I improvised from it because it seem that I using the formula of "Anger to spark enthusiastic" from one specific YouTuber but failed so horribly. So instead I will use my old mellow, gentle formula and style like what I used to in my future review.

In short, I don't like StrikerS but I appreciate the Author learned his mistakes from this eason to create Best Movie in this period of 2 years. So, I will give credit for it.

Strategy & Sciences are Foundation of Logic Principles. :P

Avatar pic I created so far.
Temporarily replace my old one to celebrate official worldwide Blu-Ray release