This announcement is for a new series called ViVid Strike! A new Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha anime that will air this October. A new site announcing the anime was launched today.

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This announcement is kind of a complicated one. It is apparently not a direct sequel to Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid. It seems to be a kind of fresh start for the Nanoha franchise, to the point where they just announced it as ViVid Strike!. This is going to be a bit of a complicated show to announce, but I’ll do my best to try and get the main points across

Where to start here….Simply put there was a pretty big falling out between Nanoha’s VA Tamura Yukari and King Records which is a Japanese Record company. And at the same time there was a lack of BD release for ViVid. The timing of everything just made a kind of big mess and it seems like the Nanoha franchise….has basically decided to move on without it’s titled character. Maybe that is why they announced it without her name and why she’s clearly not in the cast list.

Personally, I just hope they handle this properly. Nanoha isn’t going to be part of this, fine. That’s unfortunate, but it’s not the worst thing they could do. All I ask is that they keep her out of the story in a respectful way. I mean have her be busy, just don’t have Vivio chat with her for whatever reason, that’s ok. Just don’t kill her off! They really better not do that. I’d rather have Nanoha around, but the movement towards ViVid and changing up the main character was a move away from her anyways. So just, let it be a tasteful transition. That is literally all I’m asking here.

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This is just a very strange moment. I’m happy to see more of the Nanoha Universe. It is a nice world with a lot of potential for stories. It’s a whole universe. You can just tell any story really from within that framework. I just hope this season is a good one and gives the franchise a kick start. It is a shame we don’t appear to be getting a ViVid 2. I did read ahead a little with the manga and there are more great fights ahead. And I’m definitely sad that it doesn’t look like Nanoha will be part of this franchise going forward. Here’s hoping this all works out for the best. Fingers crossed over here. This news isn’t very specific right now since we don’t have very specific information. I still wanted to open up the dialogue on this and let people know what to expect.

Source: Anime News Network

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  • Flower

    All I’m gonna say is … if they kill off Nanoha I … I don’t even know what I am gonna do. -_-

    • FlareKnight

      100% agree. If they go that route, rage will follow. Luckily I don’t think they’ll go that far.

  • Random Wanderer

    *hiding under his bed and hoping this will all go away*

    The Nanoha series is kind of a foundational anime series for me. While I started watching anime before I found it, I watched it right around the time I really stepped deeply into the world of anime, and started exploring more and more series. I know Tamura Yukari from Nanoha: it’s where she first entered my view, and it was the wonderful uniqueness of her voice, combined with the incredible work of Nana Mizuki as Fate, that caused me to start paying any attention to voice actors at all. She’s become one of my favorites, and just the news that she’s in something will often be enough for me to at least take a look at it.

    The idea that she’s left the franchise is… I’m not even sure how to describe it. I said the Nanoha sereis is foundational to me… well it feels like that foundation has been yanked out from under me, and I have nowhere to stand. In theory the idea of a series set in that universe but without her playing a part is entirely functional: that’s a big, developed setting and there’s a lot they can do with it. But something about this, especially with the Vivid anime having been left in an incomplete state… it just shakes me to my core.

    • FlareKnight

      I hear you. Nanoha wasn’t that foundational to me, but it was a show I really enjoyed. Honestly I kind of only got into it around the time when StrikerS was announced on an anime preview. I decided to dive in and certainly got hooked after that point. It is such a great show. For me Tamura Yukari is one of my favorite voice actresses. Though the character I connect her to most is Higurashi’s Furude Rika. But, I still get what you mean. She has a really unique voice. And the work done with Fate by Nana Mizuki was outstanding. Really made me like Fate’s character.

      It’s just harsh. The idea that Nanoha will not appear again in her own franchise is crazy. I do think it has great potential for stories in that universe that don’t involve Nanoha, but….I never would like the idea of her never appearing again. But, that’s where we are since I can’t imagine they want to recast her. It’s especially hard with ViVid left unfinished. The ending was so odd where it just felt like another episode and then….done. Now we’re never going back there. It just feels weird.

      I still will give this show a shot. I do want to see what they will try to do with it. But, the background stuff does shake me up. And it isn’t even close to as foundational to me as it is for you.

  • vinera

    hopefully the main heroine’s rival will be a BOY this time doubt it though. getting kind of tired of the “girl rival” only thing it was cool with nanoha fate now everyone and their dog is trying to copy this type of relationship just for popularity not for progression. I mean how cute would it have been to see vivio all flushed over a boy but that’s not gonna happen because of the “boys are reduced to background or side characters” policy this show has had going for it.

    • FlareKnight

      It would be an interesting change.

      But, I’d be surprised if it was a boy. I mean same gender rivals is pretty common throughout fiction. A lot of male characters have other guys as their chief rivals and often is the case with female characters as well. It’s not just a Nanoha thing.

      Still, it would bring an interesting change and I’d support it. The Nanoha franchise has tended to get a bit stuck at times and leaving male characters fairly sidelined. In the original series Chrono did get his moments, Zafira was at least at least a minor rival, and Erio did at least share some spotlight in StrikerS. But, I agree it’s not a show that balances the cast.

      Not that I hold that against it too seriously. I still enjoy the franchise and recognize that it isn’t the only franchise that could change things up with the rivals.

  • vinera

    it’s not the same gender thing that bothers me it’s that the show is obviously going to have main magical girl and her rival who will most likely be a girl too become a couple just because. instead of trying to do its own thing with character interaction, its going to rehash the yuri thing again. I don’t understand why otaku are allergic to men despite mostly being men themselves. why do so many rivals in this franchise have to be female specifically? I just feel with the yuri thing its trying to force something on the characters that doesn’t need to be there. look at prisma illya for example the first six episodes of the first season were good because it showcased miyu and illya’s growing friendship but then episode 7 happened and flushed all that down the toilet in order for illya to have a maid fetish for no reason the entire sequence was sleazy, creepy, and completely unnecessary. this is why we need more hayao miyazaki’s out there someone who still sees anime as an art form not someone who uses the medium as a pamphlet to promote their sick fantasies on.

    • FlareKnight

      In terms of why the rivals have to be female….again look to my argument below. It’s like asking why Naruto’s rival wasn’t Sakura. Does anyone actually ask that? No one cares when the male MC’s rival is a guy, just like no one should care when the MC’s main rival is another girl.

      It’s one thing to dislike ship teasing or outright shipping of those characters, but it’s another to complain about the rival not being a guy. I wouldn’t have a problem if they did that, but I don’t think they need to do that either.

      And while I wasn’t big on the Illya maid thing, I don’t think it ruined anything. That friendship is still well handled and an important part of the franchise.

      Might need to just take a breath.