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Episode 4 is out by TheRon! I think this is the first episode I would call good and fun from start to end, it's about Rinne's backstory and what made her be how she's in the present, it's kind of reminiscent to the first Nanoha series.

Nothing really unexpected happens, but the episode was well directed, hopefully the rest of the series is more like this, but I think they will have to go back to the tournament and be again more of a sports anime.

Also Nanoha Picture Drama 02 - Nurse Girl Medical Shamal ~Prelude~ was included as an extra in the nyaa torrent, don't miss it.

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Alright, newest episode of Vivid Stike and I've got to say I was kind of surprised I actually really liked this episode. Much like A said above this is the first genuinely really good episode of the season thus far as appose to the episodes being so-so.

Before this episode I was pretty ambivalent towards Fuka and Rinne but after this one I genuinely have come to sympathise with Rinne more (although I think Fuka is about as interesting as a sack of rocks although she didn't really do much this episode so you know).

And I was actually surprised by the end of the episode although mostly by the brutality of it. I wont spoil for those interested but I'm actually kind of morbidly impressed that a series about people firing giant stun beams at each other decided to go in that direction violence wise. I salute you Vivid Strike that takes balls.

So yeah episode 4 seems to be the point that this season has started to pick up it's pace (much like the original season of Nanoha itself if you really thing about it, I guess 4 is the magic number). While I don't think this episode is as good as the best episodes of the first two seasons this is a good step in the right direction. If Vivid Strike keeps this up we might have something good on our hands.

Also hi I'm new! It's a pleasure to meet all of you I hope we have many more wonderful Nanoha discussions ahead! *Bows*

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Nice to meet you and really a GOOD EPISODE OF VIVID STRIKE? OMG! Maybe Ragnarok won't come for us.

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welcome to our little world

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It's nice to see other people think this episode was good, and care about Rinne too, she was kind of bland without her complete backstory.

And before I forget, welcome Kufokator!

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Well ViVid Strike Episode 4 is out and I totally get what your people are saying, I really do, and to the risk of being an asshole: No… like… no. This episode… sucks. You see there is a difference between shocking and being good. There is a difference between having drama for drama’s sake and making sense. You know it doesn’t make me happy to do this, is not like I like being a bitter old man who can’t enjoy anything but I have to say it. Also this was my reaction to the ending:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuOq0Twz31w

So the episode tells the story of Rinne, alright, and the best part is the start: Fuka training and then Nove talks with Fuka if she wants to learn why Rinne is such a bitch. Like… why did YOU wanted to know, Nove? But fair enough we learn the basics: 4 years ago Rinne was adopted by the Berlinetta or whatever and they are rich people with rich stuff. So far so good, but then it goes in the stupid territory: They meet the grandpa of the Berlinetta once and he decides to tell his son who, alongside his wife, decides to adopt Rinne because she looks a bit like them: same hair color and eyes. We even get the uncaring reaction of Fuka when her friend is taken away “Look, there she goes, my best friend… oh well”. And things look fine at first: new house, new nice family and new school for Rinne.

But then just as she settles in 3 girls decide to bully her because… I have no idea, and that gets worse when they learn she is adopted because… I have no idea. Anyway Rinne endures it, refusing to tell her parents because… I have no idea, until one day it happens: the bullies trick her and throw her precious thingy in the toilet and she recovers it but then the confrontation escalates and she has a call from home but the bullies take their bullying to the limit, break her phone and beat her up.

Turns out her grandpa died out of plot-convenience-disease, usually fatal sadly, and she was unable to get back in time to say goodbye. So after experiencing that nice little bit of trauma she returns to the school blaming herself for not being there to watch her grandpa die in person so she just goes to class the next day, as you do after you suffer a horrible family lost, and kills her bullies. I bet they will bullshit us about how she just send them to the hospital or something, but no… they died. She broke the skulls of two of them against the lockers and then crush the rib cage of the third one who she had previously break her arm. And so that is why Rinne is such a bitch with people… she is a bitch. So, that happen and I am sure nobody even consider giving this girl some psychological treatment or counseling; that is for pussies. What she needs is to learn how to properly break people’s bones.

So no… no ViVid Strike, you are not pulling this one on me. So they meet once, the old man buys them all hot drinks, and then she is adopted? Not only that but Fuka could not care less her best friend leave the orphanage and she just meets generic bullies who decide to be dicks with her for no reason, taking it from being funny to full on abuse, which Rinne, already stablish as a crybaby before, just takes without telling anyone. And then they throw piles upon piles of sad stuff near the end that she turns to homicide and we are supposed to sympathize?

I mean talking about force drama. Things are always so clean in this show and then all of the sudden they do a 180° just for Rinne? No, it doesn’t flow with how the rest of the series is structure it feels obviously hammer in and out of place considering how everyone acts all the time: friendly dullness. The shock value is there but as soon as you start to think about it the story falls apart. I admit, different interpretations, but the rush way things were settle and the force way they accommodate everything for this tragedy to fall upon this person feels cheap overall. Yes, it was not the worst episode, but I think is not a good one.

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It seems like it is trying to be season 1 you know with how that started:first 3 episodes are meh but episode 4 bam omg dark. But this....maybe this could work though I am still scared because I saw the clip and.....jesus.

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Having time to calm down and reflect I think I might have been a bit too harsh on the episode, it does the job alright and as a standalone short is not THAT bad, but taking in to context with the rest of the show so far it doesn’t answer enough questions. We need to see what happens next.

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Well I finally got to watch Episode 4 and I have to say that I actually found the episode rather good.

I found the whole thing except for the last part very relatable. With my own experiences of being a bully victim myself, I can say that the way those bullies ganged up on her and then acting nice just so she would let her guard down made me remember a VERY similar situation I found myself in before. Rinne just quietly trying to endure the abuse and not telling her parents her troubles was rather realistic imo.

The last part with Rinne's reason for snapping like that made me annoyed though, I mean the way her grandfather died and those bullies destroyed her phone just as it happened was too contrived that it lessened the impact for me.

Overall I kind of think that the shock factor was played too much that the end result kind of felt cheap, but overall the episode was good EXCEPT for the last part

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Pretty much why I say the episode was not that good. I mean when you stop and think about it a lot of things don’t add up and they clearly were going for a tragedy.

But maybe episode 5 can save this if, and this is important, they finally show the lost. I mean the lost for Rinne and Fuka when their friendship broke apart. Because so far we saw a little of their friendship in episode one but we have never see much of either of them mourning the loss of the other. Yes, we saw Fuka crying a bit and then Rinne at the end but that was too little. Show me their friendship, their relationship and how that changed after their fight and why they might want to recover it.

Because so far they seem like distant acquaintances that would not mind not seeing each other again as they would getting closer to each other

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Maybe these two should take notes from Jack Atlas and Yusei Fudo from yugioh 5ds.

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I can see where your coming from with that. I still think the episode is good, not great but I did like quite a bit about what happened. And yes the bullies destroying Rinne's phone and then knocking her out on the same day that her grandfather dies is a little heavy handed and weird but you know contrived stuff like that does happen in story telling from time to time so it didn't really bother me that much.

As for Rinne going nuts on her bullies, I hope this doesn't make me sound kind of sadistic, but I actually found it kind of interesting that she would go so far. Like maybe there's a lot more to Rinne as a character then initially seen. Maybe she is a little darker, maybe your not suppose to view her as 100% sympathetic.

It's all going to depend on what we find out next about her. Because I'd like to think we'd find out more about Rinne as a character, if it turns out that one incident in her childhood is the sole reason she's as cold as she is now I will be a little annoyed since you know it sucks and all but I think your grandfather dying doesn't qualify as sufficient reason to make you so distant to people.

I would definitely like to explore Fuka and Rinne's relationship some more because at the moment Fuka feels like a really flat character. It's one of the reasons that I found their confrontation at the end of episode 3 so boring and hollow, I barely knew anything about these girls and yet the end of the episode treats their confrontation as "oh shit guys it's on now get ready things are about to go down!"

The best thing about episode 4, in my opinion is that it made me interested in Rinne as a character. Even if the rest of the season sucks I at least care enough about her to want to see it through to the end. And I'd like to see Vivid Strike be good, it's been so long since a Nanoha spinoff hasn't resulted in either boredom or apathy for me so I want it to succeed.

Sorry if that got kind of rambly I had a lot of things I wanted to express about this episode, and Nanoha in general, and I've been stewing on them for a little while. Maybe I should write actual reviews for these episodes? Eh that's probably to much work. Anyway here's hoping for episode 5 guys!

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No no it is perfectly fine that you are talking about this series. I do understand why people like this episode but to quote my friend I showed him the scene and he replied that the oc villain from the fanfic I am working on is even worse compared to what Rinne did to those bullies but to me that scene was too Madoka like for my taste. But it is good to see another person passionate about the series and here is hoping that episode 5 will you know feels like the series even if it is a spin off instead of let's keep making the series more and more uncomfortable.

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And then came around ViVid Strike Episode 5 and… well that surely bring down the tension by a megaton.

So if you are curious about the consequences of Rinne’s actions here they are: nothing.

They say it was national news, yet Fuuka did not hear about them even if back there she was Rinne’s friend, and it was call the “Bully’s Victim Revenge” by tabloids since it involve the rich Berlinetta family and it affected the brand in nonspecific quite irrelevant matters. The families off the three girls, who didn’t die, were willing to settle the issue outside court and not press charges. However we see the Berlinetta parents talking and the mother thinking it was all her fault and she push Rinne too much in to that academy and it seems that they know the truth and blame themselves for not noticing before, matters made worse since Rinne was… somewhere, and decided she does not want to come back home and wishes the adoption to be reversed.

We then see Rinne talking to someone, somewhere. Is never said if she was in custody or not, nor are we told the law for such cases so I presume is Japanese law which I do not know the rules. Anyway Rinne laments that she wants to see Fuuka and runs away… for no reason, to try and get a phone to talk to the Berlinettas one last time. In her walk she is taken away by a group of men that turn out to be related to one of her victims and they start to punch her without Rinne fighting back.

Her future couch arrives and saves the day but Rinne does not move until she hears the bullies lied and said Rinne was their friend and they just tease her a little and she attack them. That causes her to get angry and show her powers saying she would apologize if the girls had apologize to her back but if they insist on lying then she doesn’t think what she did was wrong because… go fuck yourself. She even brings up we don’t know the name of the bullies because the man who attack her said his sister was Sara and Rinne asks him: “Which was Sara?” causing him to attack and the couch punches him.

Then it cuts the flashback and brushes over how Rinne was talk in to going back home and practicing martial arts to become more powerful and protect her things. And yes, is address as a side note. Fuka seems face by this series of revelations but gets over it out of camera and explains herself later in a bath with everyone that those events were so long ago that it doesn’t matter anymore (So… we just waste two and a half episodes, good to know) and she will beat Rinne because she is cruel and so she will beat her up and… eh, even the show says this is silly. But they are glad Fuka is back to the girl they know her to be… despite the fact she has no personality and never change in the slightest to earn any concern in the first place.

We are then torture by having Huracan, Fuka’s device, being deliver by Witch Girl and everyone except for Sieg and Victor returning from ViVid to spar with Fuka. So the latter shows her Barrier Jacket similar to Einhard and battles with Sword Girl and has a cue to fight with the others as she wonders how will she face Rinne.

And so… yeah. I won’t say much other than: Weak. So the entire drama is now push under the rug, Fuka does not give a fuck and we are continuing to fight. I mean I know this show is not good with subtle elements but my God did they screw this one. Is like the skim over character motivations. Fuka as the lead is so bland and uninteresting that the fact this all revolves around her fighting Rinne makes the entire thing feels dead. I don’t even have the energy to be funny about it, this is just bad.

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Well this can't be good. 5 episodes in and we're going back to meh territory. Jesus is something interesting gonna happen like maybe a Colony drops, a virus infecting people, maybe a rogue group of mages, or I don't know something actually happening but for reasons that are important? Sorry you have to suffer through this. I really know that it was a good idea to not watch this spin off because it feels like they keep taking so many steps backward at least that's what I think. but then again what should I know I am just that guy who only likes seasons one and two and everything out afterwards I just don't care.

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Okay so I've just finished watching episode 5. I wanted to keep my opinion as unbiased as possible so I haven't read the other posts yet. I'm going to read them after I post my own but from what I can gleam it seems like the response for this episode is a meh.

So for my opinion this episodes first half is good. Not as good as last weeks but I had a feeling it wouldn't be as good.

So the first half of the episode takes place during flashback land which kind of surprised me, I didn't think we would see more of Rinne's flashback right now, I figured we'd have to wait to further on down the season. This takes place a few weeks/months maybe after the end of the last episode.

I wish we had focused a bit more on the aftermath of the last episode as oppose to skipping ahead as far as we did. I'd have loved if we had seen the reaction of Rinne's parents to hearing the news about what she did to her bullies. Essentially Rinne's parents and the parents of the bullies have decided to resolve the issue privately, they won't press charges but Rinne has to be transferred out of her school into another.

I understand that quite a few people are probably disappointed that Rinne didn't get punished further for her actions but my feelings about it are that if an investigation had taken place the evidence of the bullies abuse would have been made public and the parents wouldn't want that ruining their reputation. This is a rich person school after all and rich people can be dinks.

I liked Rinne in her flashback because, despite her understandably (if perhaps over the top) reaction to her bullies she feels guilt for hurting her family and actually decides not to fight back when the brother of one of the bullies confronts her. She's fully willing to let them beat her up until one of the bullies brother reveals that said bully has denied that they did anything wrong with her. Just like that her switch has flipped and she has become her colder, more remorseless mode (I seriously thought she was going to break that dudes arm).

The other character we get a bit more introduced to is Jill, Rinne's future trainer. I didn't mention this in any of my previous posts but I've had a funny feeling about Jill for a while, I think there's something off about her. It started in episode 3 when she was talking to Nove and she told her that some people wanted to interview her students. She deliberately left out Rinne's plans for her students, like she wanted to bait them and not give them a choice but to accept their challenge, and she had this frown on her face as she walked away from Nove.

Later on when she prepped Rinne up for her match with "what's her face" she gets this little smirk on her face as she tells Rinne to "show them the difference in talent" and multiple times in the fight while Rinne is dominating her opponent she gets a similar smirk and the shiny glasses thing that anime characters do when their thinking something nefarious. Her philosophy that only people born with talent are worth it is interesting, it seems kind of villainous but at the same time the Nanoha verse is full of people who have ridiculous amounts of natural talent so she's not exactly wrong.

The thing with Jill is I don't think that she's strictly a villainous character, I do however think her philosophy has rubbed off on Rinne in some way and that, whether intentional or not, she's helped feed Rinne attitude on the battlefield and made her a colder character. The thing is this episode shows that she isn't a bad person, she showed concern for Rinne when she was kidnapped and went out of her way to save her. Now unless the show pulls some bullshit and is like "Jill arraigned for the kidnapping" I think her saving Rinne shows that she isn't bad and it makes me curious why she has such a remorseless stance on fighting.

While I liked this episode's first half there were problems I had, some of them nit-picks admittedly but I still felt I should point them out. First off all, Rinne beating the shit out of her bullies made national news. If that's the case how come nobody in the main cast knew about this incident until "long purple haired girl whose name I don't give a shit about" did research on her? This made national headlines, wouldn't you think that would be a huge source of gossip amongst the Strike Arts community if somebody who violently beat the crap out of three students suddenly became a major competitor in their sport? Also if Fuka is really suppose to be Rinne's childhood best friend why the hell wouldn't she have heard about this if it made national freaking news! Unless her orphanage had no TV or Radio and she was living under a rock over the course of those months I feel like she would have heard about that.

Another thing that made me kind of uncomfortable, when the bullies brother was beating up Rinne the brother did something to her clothes, there was a ripping sound. They weren't implying what I think they were implying right? Because if they were, Vivid Strike no, just no. Also at the end of the flashback (and this is super nit-picky) "purple girl" mentions Rinne's whole "I couldn't save what I loved because I was weak so now I'll be strong so I won't lose anything again" philosophy. I have to ask, were did she get that quote from? Did Rinne have an interview with a reporter and make that quote, or is she just assuming that's what Rinne would say because either way that's stupid.

Okay as I said overall I liked this episode...s first half. I'm going to get into the second one but I feel like I've made this post a bit to long so I'm going to make a separate post for the second half. Stay tuned!

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Okay so second half of Vivid Strike episode 5. Sorry these posts are so long winded, I'm honestly kind of surprised that I'm rambling so long about this episode but I guess I had a lot of things to say about it. I hope this doesn't become a habit for the rest of the season, *cringe*.

Now I genuinely liked this episodes first half and I liked Rinne and Jill and this episode once again makes me curious to check out the season for them, the other half focusing on Fuka though? Urrrrkkk.

Okay so everyone takes the revelation of Rinne's past way too goddamn well in this episode. At first I thought it was just the anime thing of people, as the Nostalgia Critic would say, "Taking shockingly bad news really well" but no later on when we focus on Fuka again (in the hotspring because of course) this gets brought up.

So after hearing all about what Rinne went through what is Fuka's response? "I feel bad but there's nothing I can do about it now". THATS IT???!!! Are you serious?! That's the reaction you give when you learn your former best friends story, how she lost her grandfather and went on a bloody rampage against her abusers? And the other thing that pissed me off, Fuka's reasoning for why she wants to fight Rinne? "Because she looked at as like trash".

Screw off Fuka, what right to you have to make that kind of reasoning?
1. You've known Einhart and co for less then a couple of weeks but all of a sudden your now indignant because Rinne may have been kind of cold to them.
2. She may have been kind of frosty but she only got mad at you when you started pushing her about her past. If anyone is pissed off about Rinne's treatment it's you.

When Fuka says that, "I'm the one interfering with her world so no wonder she's mad at me" she's exactly right. Fuka has no leg to stand on in this conflict, she has nothing to gain by fighting Rinne.

This is what annoys me the most, Vivid Strike is presenting this eventual battle against these supposed close friends but here's the thing, there's no investment in this fight. Nanoha and Fat- oh I'm sorry I mean Fuka and Rinne have barely any meaningful interactions together as friends. It's been five episodes now and I barely feel like I understand what makes these two so goddamn special as friends. And now it feels like even Fuka doesn't care that much about Rinne now. When Rinne called out for Fuka during her half of the episode I could barely understand it because it doesn't feel like they're close enough for that kind of response, the conflict between these two has no meaning to it in anyway.

I mentioned Nanoha and Fate because it gets more and more obvious with each episode that Vivid Strike is trying to create a Nanoha Fate story all over again (Fuka even does the eye thing that Nanoha did and mentions wanting to beat Rinne up to snap her out of her funk) but there's no teeth to it. For a franchise that's made it's mark on stories of friendships the relationship between these two characters feels so hollow and skin deep, it feels like their wasn't enough to them as friends to justify this rivalry.

The Nanoha and Fate rivalry had layers to it, you could read so much into their interactions and why Nanoha would go to such lengths to save this "sad eyed girl" she barely even knew. Their relationship throughout the first season felt more genuine then anything Vivid Strike has done for these supposed former childhood friends. It feels like Fuka's fighting more for Einhart and co then Rinne at this point.

Another thing, why do Einhart and co think Fuka is the bees goddamn knees? Thus far, besides her super punchy powers, Fuka has yet to show any outstanding qualities either as a fighter or a person and yet everyone seems to flock to her, for some reason. It feels like the same shit they did with Thoma in Force, introduce a character and prop him up by talking about how goddamn amazing he is when they never do anything that special.

Do you know what I want to see for this Fuka Rinne confrontation? I want to see Rinne beat the shit out of Fuka because think about this, Rinne is suppose to be even stronger now then when she lost to Vivio. Vivio is the 7th U-15 contestant. How the hell can you tell me that by training for a few weeks Fuka will somehow beat Rinne whose second only to Einhart as the strongest competitor by rankings? I would actually be very interested if Fuka lost to Rinne and she had to appeal to her in an entirely different way and the final conflicts are between Vivio, Einhart, and pink haired girl.

Oh and another thing that bothered me about this half is they dropped a shitload of characters from Nanoha Vivid in this episode. Now I don't particularly care for Vivid, the only reason I know who these people are is because I've checked out the character page on TvTropes a few times. So seeing these people here did nothing for me. And I feel like that's an annoyance I'm going to have to get used to for the rest of the season.

So I've figured out now that the characters introduced on Rinne's side of the story I like and want to see more off. Fuka's side on the other hand can get lost, I have so little investment in her as a main character it's staggering to me.

So yeah I had a lot I wanted to get off my chest, overall the episode was fine, the first half was genuinely pretty good but the second half really dragged it down in my opinion. I'll keep watching this season all the way but I think it will be in a love (Rinne's side)/hate (Fuka's side) kind of way. So anyway here's hoping episode 6 has a lot more Rinne in it!

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Claps hands Bravo Bravo and I thought I was the only one who figured out the obvious comparison between two of our favorite girls. This is like what the second time they're copying the first season except this one's even worse and finally someone also agrees with me on the fact that these two new characters are trying way too hard to be like Nanoha and Fate except they had a really strong development but Rinne and Fuka...... I agree if we do see these two fight I never thought I'd say this but I want our main heroine airquotes to be beaten down with an inch of her life because so far from what I've been reading from you guys I still don't care about Fuka and the fact that they're trying their damndest to make another Nanoha and Fate and Vivio and Ein it's like they think we're stupid. Also comparing Fuka to Thouma is not a good sign. Dear god at least in a fanfic series I'm working on I gave Thoma a lot of depth it actually made him develop but if I was doing like what they did in force and what they are especially doing in this season...... I think I would stop being a fan of the series and just stop writing my FanFiction all together. Still not a bad post.

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ViVid Strike 6 is out... boy do I think they make it interesting. Cut the training, gave some small back story for Miura and then show 3 of her ribs being turn in to dust which should be impossible but oh well... anime went as predicted.

Now if Rinne goes and breaks Vivio and Einhard's rib cages I can consider myself a happy person.

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Ouch for once I don't have anything to say except damn.

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Okey dokey Vivid Strike episode 6. I've been busy with tests for University so I've only just been able to watch the episode.

Thankfully this episode was mostly action based and didn't have nearly as many infurating moments as last weeks did so hopefully this post shouldn't be as long.

(As an aside I love how two posts ago I mentioned maybe doing reviews for this show then dismissed it only to do exactly that last week. Funny how stuff works out).

Anyhow this episode opens up essentially a couple of days before the Winter Cup, Fuka has completed the preliminaries and is now officially registered in the tournament. A part of me is kind of glad that we skipped over the majority of Fuka's training, if the show wants to focus more on the actual plot of the season then Training montages I'm happy with that.

The girls are giving their brackets and we establish who each person is fighting, Fuka, Vivio and Einhart are all fighting a bunch of Jobbers so I'm not going to bother going in depth with that, the important part is that Miura is going up against Rinne in the final match of day 1.

The bracket system is kind of interesting since, based on the way it works, the victor of Miura and Rinne's fight goes up against Vivio next round, then Fuka. What's interesting is that Einhart is in Block D, the very last bracket far away from the others. Considering that beating Einhart is very clearly Rinne's main goal it makes me curious what's going to happen? Was my prediction last week correct and Rinne is going to beat Fuka, or is Fuka going to beat Rinne and fight Einhart in the finals? It feels weird if the latter is the case since that fights not going to have a whole lot of tension to it in comparison to the Rinne fights.

Anyway this episode is one that heavily focus' on Miura (which I feel like would have raised red flags about her fate even if I hadn't already been spoiled about it) as she stays with Fuka at (Nove's house I think?) cooks diner and trains a bit. Honestly while I'm not particularly fond of Miura I do find her interactions with Fuka in this episode kind of cute, I honestly wish Vivid Strike had more of these interactions (but I'll get to that later).

Now the first day of the Winter Cup begins, after fast-forwarding through a bunch of reintroductions to Vivid characters (again don't particularly care about them) and through Vivio and Fuka's fights (spoiler alert they stomp their opponents) the main event match between Rinne and Miura begins.

Interestingly Rinne deliberately handicaps herself during the fight, since Miura doesn't use grapple and throughs neither will she, instead both combatants rely on strike attacks. Initially the fight seems to favour Miura who seemingly overpowers Rinne multiple times and knocks her on her ass twice (in Winter Cup rules your only aloud to be knocked down three times before getting effectively KO'ed) however the good guys quickly realise that somethings wrong as Rinne, gets knocked down, but then gets up again, never gonna take her down!

Jill then reveals that instead of focusing on Offensive moves Rinne has focused on something more vital, Core Muscle Strength!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Y73sPHKxw

By increasing her defence Rinne can now tank blows that would have knocked her out previously but also increase the power of her strikes. This quickly proves to be Miura's undoing as no matter how hard she hits Rinne she wont go down and eventually Rinne ends the fight with a punch strong enough to shatter three of Miura's ribs.

Now as I previously mentioned I'm not a practicably big fan of Miura's character so seeing her get brutalised doesn't really effect me in the way the show intends (in fact if I'm being honest it makes me a little happy since she came of as a little bit Mary sueish in Nanoha Vivid) but I'm sure fans of her character would be devastated.

Now something I wanted to bring up, which I mentioned previously, is the interactions between Fuka and Miura in this episode. This is by far the most interactions we've had between Fuka and the cast of Vivid this season which kind of bothers me. Even though the show is called Vivid Strike the cast of Vivid really haven't felt all that substantial, it almost feels like they're there for fanservice for the Vivid crowd. Aside from probing up Fuka I couldn't really tell you what the Vivid cast has added to this season thus far.

If this season had focused more on the Vivid cast and shown how, individually, various members interacted with Fuka and became close friends with her these moments of them being hurt would leave more of an impact. I think my complaint from last week, about why Fuka decided to battle against Rinne, would have made a lot more sense if the season had shown say Einhart or Miura helping Fuka out and become genuine friends with her. You don't even have to show Fuka becoming super close with all of them, if the show had just focused on Fuka and her closeness with Einhart, Vivio and Miura that would be fine. Then I'd be able to buy that Fuka would want to stand up against Rinne for disrespecting her friends. There should be more show and less tell so I could feel invested in Fuka more as a character.

Now despite the above this was actually a pretty good episode this week, Fuka was nowhere near as annoying as she was last week, the fight was pretty good and I'm looking forward to seeing the aftermath of this confrontation. And it had plenty of Rinne in it which pleased me immensely. Come on Vivid Strike keep up this momentum, I wanna see Vivio fight next!

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So long story short six episodes now and they finally have a small bit of momentum and I couldn't agree with you more on the whole Vivid characters just feeling pointless like really pointless but at least Rinne is interesting minus her slaughtering of those kids( why wasn't she arrested for that I'll never know). Overall not that bad of a post if you don't mind me asking do you have a cell phone like an Android phone?

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In all honesty I just find odd how some stuff feels heavy handed. Like Miura’s staying at Nove’s place for no other reason than to explain her backstory to Fuuka. Like the writer could not come with a realistic or interesting way to justify it and then just shove Miura there. It comes out of nowhere and since we barely even see Miura talking with Fuuka so far the entire sequence comes across as the writer catching up to make the emotional impact resonate when Miura takes her very physical impact.

And Rinne… oh boy, I didn’t even notice her getting up after those punches was supposed to be impressive until they tell me. I was like: “Wait, really? That looks fairly standard to me” because Miura just punch her lightly, nothing indicating it was a specially strong punch until she use her “sword” thing. If we have seen Rinne taking damage from hits before then maybe saying such blows would knock her out would carry more impact but since it was never stablish how much endurance she had before they saying she increase it comes across as pointless.

I might be nitpicking, but honestly is only because everything seems so wrong: the pacing, the execution, the writing… impact? Yes, like an ant pushing a tricycle so the bare minimum to be consider an impact. Oh, and the brackets… I would not be surprise if Fuuka beats Rinne and then goes to fight Enihard or if Rinne beats Fuuka and then goes to fight Einhard. That is how little those fight mean, there is no difference at all.

And this weekend we will see the next one. This is going to be fun…

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Sounds like my friend was right I think the series is evolving from the love tap training from ViVid to love tap fighting in this season........ lame.

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Well ViVid Strike Episode 7 is out... what did you guys think? I am honestly asking.

Me? Well Rinne and Vivio's fight remind me of Dragon Ball Z... but not in the way you probably are thinking. More on the lines of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emnQIbAGKAM

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Wow so let me get this straight we went from copying the first season to trying to be dark but we don't know what we're doing to now being Dragon Ball Z abridged....... I'm cool with that one. Hey makes it be funny but the question is Vivio Goku and Rinne Jeice or vice versa? Because if this is going to be Dragon Ball Z abridged from now on, then I may start watching it. Nice one.

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If you watch the episode and see the fight between Vivio and Rinne then I hope you can see how the first is Goku and the latter Jeice

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Lol oh my god my friend would not be happy with that comparison because he loves DBZ over this series. Next is going to happen is vivio going to turn Super Saiyan, Fuuka and Rinne are going to go Super Saiyan also and then they're going to be fighting a random person for 10 episodes.

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I didn't expect the result of the fight in today's episode, that was a surprise for me. Also Vivio's mamas got a small and blurry cameo and were briefly referenced by Rinne and Vivio.

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You know... I did not notice those two standing back there.

Also, yeah... they actually did it. I knew this could go either way but in my humble opinion they miss the point. And they couldn't have miss it any worse if they had fire in the opposite direction and the point was in another country altogether

I will be honest, this one was better than usual. The fight move well, at times, and the overall episode, as a whole feel stronger but put in context… yeah, not good. Leaving aside the pulling out of nowhere moves, the never stablish concepts and the rules they also never explain… I wonder what the hell is there to do, since this was suppouse to be Fuuka and Rinne’s tale.

I mean yes, I am curious but in the same sense you are curious when you see a house burning and a man bathing in gasoline and running inside. You know is headed for disaster, you don’t know what is the guy thinking but you have to see it to the end.