!!!''Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha'' is a redirect for the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise page, (or the [[VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable PSP games page]] if you use ''Video Game/Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha'') not for TheOriginalSeries.


->''"Because we both have the same goal, there might be no way we can avoid fighting like this. But I want to know! Why does she have such lonely eyes...?"''

''Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha'' is the first series in the ''[[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Nanoha]]'' franchise.

It starts with a typical cookie-cutter plot: twenty-one [[LostTechnology dangerous artifacts of incredible power]] called [[MacGuffin Jewel Seeds]] have fallen to [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet Earth]] following a cross-dimensional accident. A mage named Yuuno is badly injured while attempting to retrieve them, and is discovered half-dead by Nanoha Takamachi, an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ordinary 9-year-old elementary schooler]].

Having no other choice, Yuuno lends his [[{{Magitek}} "Intelligent Device"]] to Nanoha, transforming her into a MagicalGirl so that she can neutralise and [[GottaCatchEmAll collect the Jewel Seeds]] on his behalf.

Just as Nanoha is getting used to her new duties, [[WhamEpisode everything changes]] when she is confronted by [[TheRival Fate Testarossa]], a DarkMagicalGirl who is also attempting to capture all the Jewel Seeds. However, Nanoha senses something [[StoicWoobie pained and fragile]] behind Fate's ice-cold exterior, and resolves to discover the truth even if she has to [[DefeatMeansFriendship beat it out of her]].

Thus ends the introduction of ''Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha'', one of the most popular modern MagicalGirl anime due to the odd mix of MagicalGirl elements with incredibly flashy fight scenes. The premise of "MagicalGirl [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] Franchise/{{Gundam}}" led to a unique and successful show.

A movie titled ''Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st'' was released in 2010 and retold the original plot, but more in the style of the later seasons. It is treated by sort-of canon as an InUniverse biopic, so it is considered its own continuity. A companion manga titled ''Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Movie 1st The Comics'' was also released at the same time. Initially it appeared to be a prequel to The Movie, but it was later revealed to be yet another AlternateContinuity. Both the series and the movie have supplementary SliceOfLife Drama [=CDs=] called [[AudioAdaptation Sound Stages]]. In late 2013 another manga based on the same season started, titled ''Original Chronicle Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The 1st'', aiming to be a more straightforward adaptation with more AllThereInTheManual material reincorporated.

The anime was licensed and dubbed in North America by Creator/{{Geneon}}, but is now out of print. After Geneon USA shut down, Creator/FUNimation took over distribution of the original series and its sequel ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' until the licenses for both expired in 2011.

'''NOTE:''' Only general tropes for the series are listed here. For character-specific ones, check out the [[Characters/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha character]] [[Characters/LyricalNanoha sheets.]]

!!The original series provides examples of:

* AllThereInTheManual: As would become tradition for the rest of the franchise this season has three [[AudioAdaptation Sound Stages]] which go into more detail on the world of Nanoha. While the first, and arguably the third, aren't to important that you can't figure out details yourself, the second Sound Stage is another matter as it deals with Precia's {{familiar}} Linith who was the one that created Bardiche and taught Fate magic. It is also the sound stage that explains Fate's relationship with Arf in more detail so not having that available to anime only fans is more then a little frustrating.
* AnimationBump: The first episode has an infamous scene in which the animation gets suddenly incredibly detailed and fluid. The strange thing is that the scene really isn't that important, it's just Nanoha and her family having dinner and Nanoha asking if she can keep Yuuno, so the whole shot looks strange despite being well animated.
* ByThePowerOfGreySkull: Averted for the most part. In the first episode, Yuno tells Nanoha a password she needs to say to activate Raising Heart but after that she doesn't need it.
* CollapsingLair: The Garden of Time, as a result of Precia's failed attempt to use the Jewel Seeds.
* ContinuityNod: The scars from Nanoha's father's "old job", Miyuki practicing her swordfighting technique, and other references to ''VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever''.
* CoolStarship: The TSAB L-class cruise patrol warship "Arthra". The {{Fan Sub}}s called it [[SpellMyNameWithAnS "Asura"]], which many fans prefer over the official spelling.
* CuteGiant: One episode had a kitten come into contact with one of the Jewel Seeds, which granted its wish of wanting to grow up... and grow it did, becoming as tall as the trees. Despite being giant, it still acted like a kitten, not aggressive at all. Provided the page image for MegaNeko.
* DemotedToExtra:
** Before ''Lyrical Nanoha'', there was a VisualNovel called ''Lyrical Toy Box'' (which was a SpinOff of the visual novel ''VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever''). In ''Lyrical Toy Box'', Nanoha's magical companion was Lindy and the villain was Chrono. In this anime, Lindy and Chrono are reduced to side characters as their original roles are respectively replaced by Yuuno and Fate.
** Several characters from ''Triangle Heart 3'', such as Nanoha's family and their supporting casts, are drastically reduced into being bit players here.
* DiscoveringYourOwnDeadBody: In episode 11, Fate sees what appears to be her own body [[PeopleJars in a jar]] and finds out that it's actually Alicia, her mother Presea's original daughter whom she was cloned from. Worse, Presea considers Fate to be a failure and willingly dies with the original Alicia's body even when Fate tries to save her.
* DramaticWind: Used to great effect during Nanoha and Fate's talk on the bridge.
* DrivingQuestion: Why does Fate have such sad and lonely eyes? This evolved into "Will you be my friend?"
* DungeonBypass: Chrono does one in the finale, apparently because he couldn't find the door to Precia's inner sanctum.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first few episodes of the original series were a standard MagicalGirl show, and it wasn't until ''A's'' that it really became a Franchise/{{Gundam}}-[[RecycledInSpace in-a-schoolgirl-skirt]] show.
** In a similar vein, we have Arf threatening to swallow Nanoha whole if she gets in their way too much, and then nothing comes of this, it is promptly forgotten when Arf appears again, and no mention is ever made to it again.
* EvilPlan: A strange example as it there isn't one until Fate shows up. Yuno just needed help recovering artifacts scattered by an accident. Eventually its revealed that [[spoiler: Precia wanted the jewel seeds to revive her real daughter and go back to way things used to be.]]
* FaceFault: Nanoha gets one in the first episode, when her father asks what a ferret is.
* FalseCameraEffects: Episode 1 includes a brief sequence of Nanoha running that is made to look like it was filmed with a hand-held camera. There's also a scene during the final battle where it get's splashed with water.
* GenreShift: Within the course of the original thirteen episodes, the series shifts from typical MagicalGirl fare to something more dramatic as well as becoming more action oriented in the process. By the end of the season the action and drama aspects have become central to the series.
* HotSpringsEpisode: Episode 5. It's the final time that there would be genuine fanservice outside of Sound Stages and the manga (at least until the ''[=ViVid=]'' anime).
* HumongousMecha: Precia deploys a variety of robots that clearly fall into the category to defend her lair in the finale. Nanoha proceeds to smack them down like she was an escaped SuperPrototype from a ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' show.
* ImperfectRitual: Precia Testarossa needed all 21 Jewel Seeds to open a portal to Al-Hazard, but only ended up in possession of 9, "thanks" to the title character and the Bureau's efforts. In the end of the series, she decides to go through with the incomplete ritual and [[spoiler:goes MIA. Her ultimate fate is still a major mystery of the series]].
* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: Episode 3 seems like a standard MonsterOfTheWeek episode, but it's the first time that Nanoha uses Raising Heart's [[WaveMotionGun Shooting Mode]] and it introduces several plot points that will be important come ''[=StrikerS=]'' (mainly [[spoiler:Nanoha's habit of pushing herself to the point of exhaustion and the [[ChekhovsSkill Area Search]] spell]]).
* MechaMooks: Precia's robotic army.
* MegaNeko: One of the kittens at Suzuka's mansion gets a hold of a Jewel Seed in episode 4 that makes it grow to a massive size. It provides page image.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: In the first four episodes.
* MoodWhiplash: [[spoiler:Precia whipping Fate rapidly converts most viewers from enjoying the somewhat humorous tone and subversiveness of the series to "PRECIA TESTAROSSA MUST DIE"]].
* MythologyGag: Lindy's fairy wings, Chrono's SpikesOfVillainy, and other references to [[TheAnimeOfTheGame the original Nanoha game]].
* OminousFloatingCastle: The Garden of Time, Precia's fortress.
* TheOriginalSeries
* PantyShot: Several in the first episode from Nanoha.
* PeopleJars: Precia had a few.
* PowerLevels: Nanoha's average magical power is given to be 1.27 ''million'', while Fate's is 1.43 million. All other mentions use letter rankings.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Saved Fate's life arguably. Of course, given the definition of "befriend" in use by the Nanoha fandom, it can also be employed to ''blow you up''.
* SayMyName: According to Nanoha, the first step of being friends (apart from massive lasers) is to simply say the other person's name.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: After Fate force activates the remaining Jewel Seeds, rather than wait for Fate to exhaust herself and potentially get hurt for biting more than she could chew, Nanoha defies orders to help Fate.
* SpoilerOpening: The original OP shows Fate and Arf from the start of the show, but they actually feature first in episode 4.
* StockFootage: Compared to later seasons, the usage of stock footage {{Transformation Sequence}}s is {{egregious}}ly high.
* StormingTheCastle: The season's climax is the storming the Garden of Time.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: "Take A Shot" for both Fate and Nanoha.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Used as Nanoha's cellphone ringtone.
* TheThingThatGoesDoink: Lindy's Japanese-style receiving room has one. Said room also happens to be ''on a spaceship''.
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Subverted - early on a monster tries to attack Nanoha, while she's transforming and gets flung buck by a barrier.
* WhamEpisode: Mostly related to Fate.
** Episode 4 - Fate's introduction. So far, the series followed a fairly standard MonsterOfTheWeek formula. Then Fate shows up, [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomps]] the MonsterOfTheWeek and then Nanoha in short order and takes the [[PlotCoupon Jewel Seed]] for herself. From this point, Nanoha starts struggling and the story shifts to focus more on her relationship with Fate.
** Episode 7 - Nanoha and Fate's last battle attracted the attention of the Time-Space Administration Bureau, introducing us the the larger setting and more "Magical Girl meets Gundam" elements. However, the real wham is when Fate reports back to her mother [[spoiler: only to be whipped for not bringing enough Jewel Seeds.]]
** Episode 11 - Nanoha [[DefeatMeansFriendship "befriends"]] Fate with her first use of the Starlight Breaker. However, Precia decides to go through with her plan anyway, with the TSAB tracking her down to her doorstep. However, the TSAB squadron finds [[spoiler: a girl in stasis that looks exactly like Fate. This girl is Alicia, Precia's real daughter. Fate is actually [[ReplacementGoldfish a clone made to replace her]]. Precia never saw Fate as a human let alone as a daughter. The last revelation [[HeroicBSOD breaks Fate]].]]
* XanatosGambit: Nanoha and Fate's final battle is one for the Time and Space Administration: Nanoha's victory or defeat is irrelevant. They would prefer she won (and thereby arrest Fate and recover the jewel seeds) but if she doesn't Chrono will step in and finish off the worn-out Fate. If nothing else the battle will allow them to track Precia's location.

!!The movie provides examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: It fixes many of the pacing and writing problems of the first season, and in general alters things to be more consistent with later seasons. It also animates some of the AllThereInTheManual material, largely about Precia, painting a clearer picture overall.
* AscendedMeme: The Movie [[AudioAdaptation Sound Stage]] Side F'', gives the popular meme known as "[[DefeatMeansFriendship Befriending]]" amongst english-speakers a nod, as [[{{Familiar}} Arf]] jokingly explains to an increasingly worried Erio and Caro that the only way to make life-long friends is to blow them up first.
* DemotedToExtra: Nanoha's family have no speaking roles in the movie, and her friends Alisa and Suzuka are just her {{Muggle Best Friend}}s without any depths.
** Yuuno never gets the opportunity to be a potential love interest to Nanoha, and Chrono's battle against the {{Mecha Mook}}s is barely seen.
* MonsterSobStory: Due to AdaptationDistillation, the movie does a much better job of explaining Precia's [[TearJerker backstory]].
* OrchestralBombing: The movie version of Starlight Breaker's {{Leitmotif}}, which is prefaced by a passage which sounds very much like it was inspired by Music/GustavHolst's ''Mars, The Bringer Of War''.
* PantheraAwesome: The little kitten that encounters a Jewel Seed in the movie, instead of a MegaNeko, turns into a giant, demonic, black panther, which sprouts large bat wings.
* ProductPlacement: [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=70718 Pizza Hut supports the befriending!]]
* RecursiveCanon: Though in classic ''Nanoha'' style you won't know it [[AllThereInTheManual unless you listened to the sound stages]].
* StunGuns: Nanoha explicitly sets Raising Heart to stun. Presumably, RH's default setting is "befriend".
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: The movie has the best English so far with the devices finally having learned proper grammar.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The ''Starlight Breaker'' is enhanced UpToEleven, which is also an understatement. This is probably one of the reasons why only three of Fate's limbs are locked instead of four, giving her a chance to cast shields to defend herself (the other reason is that Fate has no other option than to block Nanoha's ''Divine Buster'').
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: "Don't Be Long", replacing "Take A Shot" in the same scene from the original.
* VoodooShark: The first season had a few minor plot points that were later RetConned. For example, in the original series Nanoha was the one who thought up Raising Heart's staff and cannon modes herself, but after season one all new devices have predetermined forms and require hardware upgrades for new ones. Naturally, when they remade the first season for the movie, they made sure it was consistent with the later seasons. However, this opened up a new PlotHole. While Raising Heart having its staff and cannon modes pre-loaded makes sense, it's never explained why Yuuno didn't try using either mode before handing the device over to Nanoha.

!!The movie manga provides examples of:
* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: As a result, this version of Nanoha acquired the FanNickname "Emoha".
* TakeMyHand: After their final fight, Nanoha falls off a rooftop and Fate catches her. First she grabs her by the hand and then holds her with both arms Superman style. They were both too tired and beaten up to fly so they had an emergency water landing shortly after. Still a great rescue, especially since Fate jumped after her so fast the stretcher she was on ''disintegrated''.
* WhamEpisode: The fifth chapter of is especially shocking, when you consider the first four chapters were [[AllThereInTheManual a manual]]. It ''summarizes the entire movie'' in 21 pages. Minus Fate's and Nanoha's final big fight, which here takes place after the main conflict and is a lot more prolonged, continuing through the entire second volume.