Franchise: Lyrical Nanoha
This is a disambiguation page for the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha franchise. Please don't link here, unless you're referring to it in general. If the link that brought you here mentioned any particular series - including Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (The Original Series) - and not the franchise as a whole, please redirect it to one of the series pages listed below.
Female bonding at its awesomest.
It has been noted by TV executives that Magical Girl
series usually have Multiple Demographic Appeal
— not only are they popular among 4 to 9-year-old girls
, but also among 19 to 30-year-old males
. Shows such as Pretty Cure
attempt to please both demographics
is made exclusively for the second
The series has a rather unusual production history. Nanoha first started as a Token Mini-Moe
in a certain H-game
named Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever
, part of a trilogy of such H-games. She was a very minor character, but proved popular enough to eventually get a mini Spin-Off
game where she becomes a typical sickeningly sweet Magical Girl
. A few years later they decided to make an anime based on that, and so Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
was born. Said series proceeded to throw in
a bunch of tropes that would be more associated with Humongous Mecha
shows for good measure, simply because a production crew member noted that Nanoha's costume design
made her look like a Gundam
. From there on she went on to become one of the most Badass Magical Girls
yet to have existed.
What makes Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
unique is the detail put into the fight scenes, much to the delight of the seinen
market's nostalgia for grand space battles
and fist-pumping action. Many people who can't stand typical Magical Girl
shows enjoy Nanoha
because of this. It is also unusual among more dramatic and action-packed Magical Girl Warrior
series in that Nanoha loves
her job, enjoys her powers, and makes responsible decisions regarding them extending into adulthood. In fact, her job and adventures extend
well into adulthood, period.
Over the years Lyrical Nanoha
has branched off into a multi-media franchise with several separate continuities:Primary continuityAlternate continuitiesSupplementary works
- A Light Novel adaptation, with mostly the same plot as the first anime, but with a few key deviations. Illustrations by the same artist as the movie manga. It has never been translated.
- Original Chronicle Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The 1st - yet another revisit of The Original Series events, this time in manga form, while also pulling elements from the movie, sound stages and light novel. (2013)
- Three volumes of manga detailing various slice of life moments throughout A's and StrikerS, including six chapters that bridge the ten years between them.
- A set of Audio Dramas called "Sound Stages":
- A semi-canon (though its status is debatable) 4-volume anthology manga called Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: Comic à la carte in the post-StrikerS continuity, as well as extra volumes for the Movie 2nd A's and the INNOCENT continuities;
- Countless Yonkomas for almost every installment and continuity, up to the movie sound stages. Some are bundled as Omakes after the main manga volumes, others run in the same publisher's magazines;
- Lyrical Nanoha×Prisma☆Illya - a one-shot non-canon Intercontinuity Crossover manga with Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA, which features Nanoha and Fate circa the first season (though looking like they do in the movie) teaming up with Ilya and Miyu after some time/space weirdness traps them in a pocket dimension together;
- Numerous artbooks, guidebooks, character profiles, collectable cards, colored pamphlets and other things of dubious canonicity. Also a truckload Side Story Bonus Art and other promotional materials from the various magazines publishing the different Nanoha manga.
The entire series is animated by Seven Arcs and written by Masaki Tsuzuki, who has a habit of radically shifting its tone and feel
between almost every installment.
The franchise as a whole and the supplementary works provide examples of: