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YMMV: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid

YMMVs introduced by ViVid:

  • Contested Sequel: The main issue is a lack of an overarching plot.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Since most of the old main characters are Demoted to Extra in ViVid, they can be considered as this.
    • An early popularity poll, when only a few of the Inter-Middle participants were just introduced, has following characters in the top 10. Tenth is Erio, ninth is Corona, eighth is Caro, seventh is Lutecia, sixth is Nove, fifth is Rio, fourth is Einhart, third is Nanoha, second is Fate, and first is Vivio. It's impressive to see that Nanoha and Fate were still that popular (well, they are the original heroines), but more impressive are Lutecia, Erio and Caro, who are above Subaru and Teana.
      • This poll was started at the time, when the Takamachi family, Team Nakajima and the Forwards visited the Alpine family in Carnaaji.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the end of chapter 35, the translator makes a gag by letting Miura saying "It's my manga now, bitch!", after she defeated Vivio in the tournament. In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd A's Tribute Comic, all major competitors but Sieglinde and Fabia are cosplaying The Movie 2nd cast. They are later divided in the Mid-Childan and Belken teams, with Vivio opposing her friends, Miura and Harry. One could say, Miura is stealing her friends, too.
  • Moe: Nanoha always had a strong element of moe (before Force anyway), but ViVid really pushed it to new heights with characters making cutesy poses and winking at you every other page. Even twenty-something Nanoha and Fate are no exception. Looking only at the magazine posters and the artbooks you'll never guess it's a Fighting Series, and not some kind of ecchi manga revolving around cosplaying, hot springs, beaches, and generally dressing little girls as inappropriately as possible.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Vivio being a clone of the Sankt Kaiser isn't really explored, except for the connection with Einhart. There's no mention of how a clone of the central figure of their religion showing up affected the Saint Church.
    • Also, it's mentioned at one point that the reason Vivio lacks many of the abilities she displayed in StrikerS is because her Linker Core was damaged during the battle on the Saint's Cradle. This could have been an interesting character exploration if we'd gotten to see Nanoha's reaction to having effectively magically maimed her daughter, but instead it serves solely as a blatant excuse to nerf Vivio so that she doesn't curb stomp the other girls in the tournament arc.
  • Unfortunate Implications: For being a manga so focused on family and friends, no one seems to notice or care that 12 year old Einhart lives alone and in her own words has always been by herself.

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