Manga: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid
"This is a tale of the only daughter of the former Ace of the Sky, Takamachi Nanoha; a fourth elementary grade student of the St. Hilde Academy of Magic... A vivid tale of Takamachi Vivio."Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid is the fourth entry into the main Nanoha continuity and the first to debut as a manga and not anime. It began running in Comp Ace in 2009. It's set four years after Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS and one year after StrikerS Sound Stage X.ViVid is actually more a Spin-Off than a true sequel and features Nanoha's and Fate's adopted daughter Vivio (first introduced in StrikerS) as a Magical Girl Warrior that turns into her teenage form when she needs to battle with the power of Sacred Heart - her... bunny plushie Device. That's right, it's a return to more traditional Magical Girl fare, complete with a rival Magical Girl in the form of Hegemon Ingvalt, a king from the era of Ancient Belka similar to Vivio. It also has many recurring characters from StrikerS, including the reformed Numbers cyborgs.The series is a lot Lighter and Softer than the standard incarnation of Nanoha and lacks a major antagonist and an over-arcing plot. It is by no means less action-packed though, as it focuses heavily on magical martial arts and feels much like a shonen series with magical girls.ViVid has full colored tankōbon called Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid FULL COLORS; Force has also full colored tankōbon.The anime of the series has started in April 2015.NOTE: Only general tropes for the series are listed here. For character-specific ones, check out the character sheets.
MGLN ViVid provides examples of:
- Adults Are Useless: In the Infinity Library arc, Hayate and Nove accompany the group of Inter-Middle participants. Fabia Crozelg fights the participants and is able to take down most of them, but neither Hayate, nor Nove nor Yuuno are there to help them. And among the late teen participates, Micaiah is one of them who gets curb-stomped, only Victoria remains, who on the other hand fights with Corona against an army of devils and cannot fight Fabia directly. Hayate just arrives when everything is over and she only repairs the collateral damage.
- Always Someone Better: The four main characters are just 10 to 12 years old rookies and they participate in the Inter-Middle Championship for the first time. Of course, there are plenty of characters who are much stronger than them.
- Armed with Canon: Vivio explicitly refers to both Nanoha and Fate as her parents. This shoots a hole through other material that tried to downplay Fate's importance in Vivio's life.
- Art Evolution: The art style changed after a few chapters. Noticebly, Erio looks older and has a different hairstyle in his appearance in chapter 11 from in chapter 2.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Used extensively in transformation sequences, but averted with the adults in all other cases. Averted in the anime, though.
- Canon Discontinuity: The first chapter features Vivio sending other characters a picture of herself and her friends, Corona and Rio. It's ambiguous whether it happens at this moment or in the past; Lutecia looks noticebly younger than in her actual appearance, but the biggest contradiction is Hayate. She and Reinforce Zwei wear their Ground Forces uniform and Hayate has the same hairstyle from StrikerS, despite she had already longer hair a year after that season (even if it's not the same hairstyle like in ViVid or in Force) and she already transferred back to the Dimensional Navy right after the disbandment of Riot Force 6, but Vivio became friends with Rio in the end of their third year, which makes this event implausible.
- This scene is left out (corrected?) in the anime, though.
- Clothing Damage: And a lot too, mostly for fanservice.
- Continuity Nod:
- Sacred Heart being a rabbit is obviously a nod to Vivio's former plush bunny in StrikerS. It's really heartwarming, since both bunnies are/were presents from her mother Nanoha.
- The Takamachi family has a water gun in the bathroom, which looks like Teana's Cross Mirage.
- In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st Tribute Comics, Vivio cosplays as Nanoha, and Einhart as Fate.
- In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd A's Tribute Comics, most of the major characters cosplay as characters from the The Movie 2nd A's cast. The Mid-Childa Team has Vivio as Nanoha, Victoria as Fate in Lightning Form, Lutecia as Fate in Sonic Form, Chantez as Yuuno, Els as Chrono, and Micaiah as Arf. The Belka Team has Miura as Hayate, Harry as Signum, Rio as Vita, Corona as Shamal, and Adult Einhart as Reinforce. Sieglinde and Fabia are the only two characters who avoid to cosplay.
- Did you notice there are two Fates, but no Zafira? And that Vivio is in the opposite team of her friends?
- Curb-Stomp Battle: A few on- and off-screen ones during the opening of the Tournament Arc. Chapter 25 has a montage of Team Nakajima curbstomping unnamed opponents.
- David Versus Goliath: Happens frequently with the newcomers and the veterans in the Tournament Arc. It's only played straight once, and the winning newcomer isn't even a main characternote .
- Demoted to Extra: With the exceptions of Vivio, Lutecia and a few of the Numbers, all the other recurring characters have had their screen time cut, even Nanoha and Fate. This isn't a bad thing though, as Vivio and Einhart do a very good job of copying their dynamic and a new generation of magical girls are stepping in to fill the gaps. Also, most of the characters from previous seasons are overpowered in comparison to the Inter-Middle participants.
- There is also a balance. Most characters who are Demoted to Extra in ViVid appear more often in Force. Likewise, almost every major character in ViVid doesn't appear in Force or is barely seen, like Nove.
- Fantastic Fighting Style: Strike Arts, Kaiser Arts or Black Jeremiah. All the named rivals in the tournament arc have some uniquely named fighting style, but it's not clear whether they are officially recognised or just their own variations. Parodied with Harry's ore-shiki, which means "Me-style" or "Style of Me".
- Fanservice: Much more than previous seasons. Up to Eleven in chapter 11 and 45.
- Fighting Series: With Magical Girls.
- Full-Contact Magic: All those heavy-impact punches and kicks still count as magic. Vivio especially, she's attempting to weave magic and martial arts together, something that her ancestor was apparently a grandmaster of.
- Genre Shift: On the surface it appears to be an attempt to return the series to its roots of Magical Girl cuteness, but it's so overloaded with various martial-arts related tropes, one could almost be forgiven for mistaking it for a shonen fighting series.
- Gratuitous German: Strada's "Jawohl" is incorrectly spelled as "Ja houl".
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Painfully so. Training from Hell and superhuman determination are useless unless you've won the Super Power Lottery, and even so, some characters are bigger winners than others.
- Hero of Another Story: While the tournament follows the underdog story in Vivio and her friends, the story also fleshes out the friendly rivalries and camaraderie of the returning contestants like Sieglinde, Victoria, and Harry, making it difficult to chose whether to root for the newcomers to overcome the veterans or for the veterans to survive long enough to finally to conclude their personal duels.
- Hit Points: Used in both the mock battle and the Inter-Middle Championship in order to prevent the fights from dragging for too long and increasing the risk of injuries. Even so fighters can be KO'd before their hit points reach zero.
- Hot Springs Episode: Chapter 11/episode 5. Though, it introduces Rio's Adult Mode.
- Idiot Hair: Many characters introduced in ViVid have ahoge for no reasons. It's easier to count the characters who don't have ahoge.
- Improbably Female Cast: While the previous seasons was already bad with this trope, ViVid takes it Up to Eleven than any other series of the main continuity. Only two new male characters, one of them being a Posthumous Character, have been introduced in ViVid. There aren't any featured male Inter-Middle participants despite it's not restricted only for females, as Erio has the option to enter it in his world. So far, the only male characters who have appeared in ViVid are Erio, Genya, Claus, Voltz, Zafira, Edgar, Yuuno and Lei. And they don't have much screentime either, three of them are just only cameos.
- Let's Get Dangerous: What everyone looked like to Einhart when she first gets to see Nanoha & Co. in action.Einhart: It must be wonderful to have two such gentle and family-devoted mothers... but they can do magical combat too?Nove: *starts collapsing in giggles behind Einhart and Vivio*
- Lighter and Softer: Stubbornly defies the franchise's gradual slippage into Darker and Edgier territory by ditching most of the military sci-fi elements and playing up the franchise's Magical Girl roots with a dosage of Kung-Fu Wizard for good measure.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: It includes appearances from characters from every other entry in the series, even StrikerS Sound Stage X and just keeps piling more new characters on top of those and that's before the Tournament Arc. Just look at this picture and how big the cast is already. To be fair, the number of new introduced characters is still lower than in StrikerS.
- Mood Whiplash: Do not read this back-to-back with the other currently running Nanoha manga, Force, or you'll be in need of a new metaphorical neck before you know it.
- Mundane Made Awesome: The school festival from chapter 64 to 66. Aside from the whole magic thing, the cast makes simple events like arm wrestling really awesome.
- My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: Arguably the whole point of the series, with multiple practitioners of different fighting styles squaring off to see who will come out on top.
- Not Just a Tournament: Averted. There are no evil schemes behind the tournament, despite there are several descendants of people from the Ancient Belkan era participating in the tournament, which is either coincidence or destiny.
- Off Model:
- In some recent chapters, the author forgets to draw noses. Or mouths. And Micaiah's closed eye is placed a bit too low.
- For those who are used to the old character designs, the ones from the anime can... take some getting used to. The anime does have some off-model moments.
- In episode 10, Nove and Otto's color palettes are swapped◊.
- "On the Next Episode of..." Catch Phrase: "Lyrical Magical! I will do my best!" (occasionally pluralized) taken from the original series.
- Panthera Awesome: The snow leopards of Shutra, which Olivie and Klaus kept as pets as shown in a flashback.
- Panty Shot: Happens a lot.
- Reality Ensues: While Vivio and her friends are the main characters, it is noted that they are still amateurs going up against very seasoned professionals. With the exception of Miura, who was trained personally by the Wolkenritter, every time one of the girls went up against a veteran (Rio for Harry and Einhart for Sieglinde) ended up in a loss. Even against each other, Vivio was a hobbyist compared to Miura's dedicated practices.
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- Super Robot: In much the same way as the previous casts tended to be seen as expies of either Real Robots or their pilots. Those individuals that are reincarnations/decendants of ancient warrior-kings tend to come across as general expies of these.
- Shout-Out: In Episode 2 of the anime, Vivio's 100m dash result is the same as the world record set by Usain Bolt in 2009, 9.58 seconds!
- Time Skip: A 4-year one between StrikerS and ViVid. And one year between Sound Stage X and ViVid.
- To Be a Master: To be declared the strongest in all dimensions (at least, within the 10-19 age group).
- Tournament Arc: The DSAA Inter-Middle Championship. The whole tournament itself is structured in several other tournaments. First, after going through the preliminaries, the fighters are going to fight in the City Tournaments. Then, the winners of these tournament will participate in the World Tournaments, and finally the fighters who are end up victorious will decide the champion in the Inter-Dimensional Tournament. Since the story is about Team Nakajima's first tournament, the Tournament Arc is actually only about the preliminary.
- World of Badass: If there was any doubt before ViVid made it obvious that kicking ass and taking names is a requirement for any girl over the age of ten. They even have an Inter-Middle Championship where the best of the best go to beat each other up with magical kung-fu for fun. With no shortage of candidates.
- However, most of the participants are still much weaker than the TSAB mages.
- X Meets Y: Lyrical Nanoha + Dragon Ball.
Alternative Title(s):Vi Vid, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vi Vid
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS Science Fiction Anime and Manga Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force