Manga: Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force aka: Mahou Senki Lyrical Nanoha Force
Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force is a manga, part of the Nanoha franchise. It's set six years after StrikerS and is considered the fourth season, even though ViVid chronologically predates it by two years In-Universe and a few months in Real Life. It's running in Nyantype, Newtype's Spin-Off magazine.The plot revolves around a new Lost Logia called the Forbidden Book of the Silver Cross, which is somehow linked to a mysterious affliction known as the Eclipse Virus. When a young traveller called Tohma rescues a girl called Lily from a series of cruel experiments involving the Forbidden Book, he too becomes infected with the Eclipse Virus. This grants him superhuman strength, incredible magical power, a potent Healing Factor and near-perfect Anti-Magic abilities, but also an uncontrollable thirst for murder.Meanwhile, Section Six of the TSAB mobilise to confront a new group of villains wrecking havoc across the non-administered worlds: the Huckebein Family, whose members all carry the Eclipse Virus. Finding that conventional magical weaponry is useless against the Anti-Magic of the Eclipse Virus, the TSAB attempt to bring Tohma into their fold while the Huckebein try to do the same.Notice how the "Magical Girl" was dropped from the title. Indeed this instalment departs from the signature Nanoha style, going further into Darker and Edgier territory than ever before, in rather sharp contrast to the concurrently running ViVid manga. Fandom reactions have been sharply divided.Nyantype also runs a companion feature called Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force NEXT, which is a sneak peak with illustrations and detailed descriptions of new weapons and equipment that will be appearing in the upcoming chapter.A four-panel comic based on the series, called Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force Dimension, began serialization in Kadokawa's 4koma Nano Ace magazine on March 9, 2011.For various reasons, Force was put onto a six-month hiatus in September 2013.NOTE: Only general tropes for the series are listed here. For character-specific ones, check out the charactersheets.
MRLN Force provides examples
Adult Fear: You just learned one of your loved ones is infected with a recently discovered disease that is incurable and can kill them. Worse, you learned of this when his wanted poster shows up one day and there is no information on how much they were involved in the crime is only a teenager. This is how Subaru is feeling towards Tohma.
The series has almost reached the point of intentional parody with this, with it being nearly impossible to fit both of the swordswomen and their current blades into one panel.
Big Damn Heroes: Done so far by Fate and Subaru, both saving Nanoha in the nick of time from a certain death. Then shortly thereafter, pulled off by LILY, of all people. Who remembers her purpose, and dives in to save Tohma by Assuming Direct Control of the Book of Silver Cross. Also inverted with the Huckebein saving each other from the heroes.
Continuity Nod: Nanoha tells Tohma that "this may hurt a little", just like she told Vivio in StrikerS, before blasting him in the face with her Fortress.
Continuity Snarl: In chapter 29, Fate states that she's not familiar with age-changing magic when she sees Curren do so, almost as if she'd never been through the events of ViVid where Vivio and Einhart have such abilities.
Although she worded in a way that she would not expect someone like Curren having age-changing abilities, and may have not anticipated it during a fight. Add to fact, Curren's way of doing it was to use a reverse, and it implies that Fate was not familiar with the method of using an inverted Adult Mode variant compared to Vivio's, and to the extent, Einhart and Rio normal method.
Curren's powers in that regard also seemed to not actually be magic, but shape-shifting her body directly, possibly using the virus. Although Fate has still seen someone transform that way: Arf.
Corrupt Corporate Executive. Hades Vandein, and if the string of arrests following him in Chapter 26 are a thing to go by, he wasn't the only one.
Darker and Edgier: Maybe a bit too dark. The first villain is introduced sitting at the altar of a church, which he ransacked, and killed the three nuns there while waiting for Tohma to arrive.
Deconstructor Fleet: Force is taking the Reality Ensues approach to some of the Nanoha franchise's concepts, such as Defeat Means Friendship. So far, the more friendly the approach taken by Section 6, the more stubborn and aggressive the criminal's response, and even prefer to run away.
Diabolus Ex Machina: Aside from Anti-Magic, inducing these in the narrative seems to be the Huckebeins' main power. Arguably, doesn't quite fit the trope, though, as this comes about at the beginning of the story, and is able to be worked around and countered.
Dream Team: Special Service Section 6 adds a number of the Combat Cyborgs to Riot Force 6 from StrikerS. They have yet to do anything though.
End of an Age: Force shows the start of the end of the magic age, with the Eclipse having Anti-Magic strong enough to actually obsolete magic and force the (re)introduction of physical weapons, unlike StrikerS where the heroines could simply power through it.
Eviler than Thou: Chapter 26 shows that Vandein has such a massive killing intent that the cast in the area see hallucinations of it. It's hard to say if it was illusion powers or if he is that evil. Keep in mind that none of the Huckebein did this.
Evil Versus Evil: In chapter 19, Veyron and Arnage engage in a fight against other two Eclipse infected guys.
Again in chapter 23 where Cypha fights against the equally infected Grendel family.
Fake Kill Scare: Chapter 26 shows the group about to arrest Hades Vandein but we see Teana hacked apart immediately by him. Next panel shows she is alright and that everyone in area saw the same hallucination.
As the lead character Tohma is a male, and almost all of the Section 6 personnel are adults already, so "Magical Girl" does not fit this series at all.
Gratuitous English: Averted for Tohma's and Isis' Devices, which are the first non-unison types that speak Japanese and have proper conversations with their masters.
Gut Punch: The Darker and Edgier tone of the series is settled quickly on Chapter 4 with Veyron welcoming Tohma in a church filled with nun corpses, and specially cemented shortly after in Chapter 7 when Cypha nearly killed Signum who was never truly defeated onscreen until that point. Things were never the same after that.
He Knows Too Much: The fate of Marty. Kurt reveals that Hades Vandein plants explosives in the brains of all of their Eclipse infectee experiments, Grendels included, in case of such an event. Thankfully, it seems he survived.
Since the appearance of the Huckebein, who are completely immune to magical attacks, the TSAB ban on mass based weapons has been relaxed somewhat. As a result Special Service Section 6 is now equipped with experimental hybrid weapons that convert magical energy into pure kinetic energy or plasma.
Meanwhile Tohma, Veyron and Arnage are using Dividers that look and behave like mash-ups of conventional Earth weapons, though how they work has not been explained.
Isis uses chemical explosives in liquid/gas state, which she then delivers by molding them in the shape of butterflies or birds with her device. So that could also be considered an equal parts magic/kinetic weapon.
Knockout Gas: Arnage's knockout gas was used to stop Reacted Thoma's rampage.
Within this story itself, the switch from Tohma's lighthearted travels with Lily to Teana visiting the site of an apparent Huckebein attack with many dead or severely wounded and back also counts.
Chapter 27 was basically this in a nutshell the narrative switching between The Grendels making an escape attempt and failing (due to Nanoha) and Curren & Veyron's attack on the holding cell and fighting Hades Vandein.
Murder by Cremation: A variation occurs in the first chapter. When Tohma was discovered sneaking into the facility containing Lily and successful gaining a reaction with her, the people in charge of that facility attempts to get rid of both Tohma and Lily by activating the lab's heat sterilization function, burning the entire area at temperatures that could melt metal. Fortunately, the Viral Transformation of Tohma had already completed by then, allowing him to protect both himself and Lily and subsequently escape.
People Jars: The research facility, where Lily was, had some. Though the things stored in there really couldn't be called "people" anymore.
Plaguemaster: The Huckbein theorize that Vandein has a hand in initiating the Eclipse outbreaks.
Power Nullifier: Chapter 29 reveals that some of the new Anti-EC equipment include bullets filled with antibiotics to hinder an infectee's Healing Factor.
Pragmatic Villainy: Arnage and Veyron attack the aforementioned two other Eclipse-infected because the Huckebein don't attack innocents willy-nilly and their doing so brings unnecessary attention on the Hucks, who are convenient to misblame.
This also extends to their behavior around Tohma. They make the effort to avoid harming the people he loves to avoid causing disfavor with someone they want to join them. Arnage is the only one who seems sincere on her feelings with wanting him to join though.
What happens when The Magocracy encounters Anti-Magic strong enough that they can't train or power through it? They're forced to throw out their old magic-based playbook. Furthermore, due to the dependence on magic, the kinetics they invent to try and circumvent the problem are Flawed Prototypes.
A sledgehammer is taken to the series mainstay of Defeat Means Friendship. The friendlier the approach made by Section 6, the more the villains think they can get away with things, leading to more stubbornness and aggression or running away rather than Heel-Face Turn.
Sequel Escalation: Force carries on and escalates the themes StrikerS started the series on of a Darker and Edgier shift away from idealism, as well as giving an Anti-Magic that is actually powerful enough to force a paradigm change rather than the nearly worthless stuff in StrikerS that was quickly forgotten about once the characters took off the Power Limiters.
Shameful Strip: When the Huckebein capture Tohma's group, they proceed to strip them of all the equipment they can remove. Unsurprisingly, while Tohma is able to keep the Instant Armor that comes with his Black Knight form, Lily and Isis are left completely naked while their enemies interrogate them.
Smug Snake: Most of the Huckebein, although Cypha, Fortis and Curren take the cake and eat it. Arguably, some of them can give Quattro a run for her money in this department.
Stern Chase: Tohma spends much of the story fleeing the TSAB and law enforcement after breaking into the lab and saving Lily.
Technically Living Zombie: Almost every Eclipse infectees are this, but most extreme example is Huckebein. As seen in chapter 30.
Webcomic Time: The manga started in July 2009. It took a year to get from the introduction of the main character to the first battle (about a day in-story), and another year to wrap up said battle (about an hour long).
Hades Vandein thinks he is this since he wants to find ways to use the Eclipse virus for positive uses... but the infectees he creates go out and kill people, before dying horrifically themselves.
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Along with potent powers, the Eclipse seems to have a rather detrimental effect on the victim's mind by stripping them of their morality and turning them into sociopathic assholes.