Ranked #1390

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha

Alternative Titles

English: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
Japanese: 魔法少女リリカルなのは


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2004 to Dec 26, 2004
Premiered: Fall 2004
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.541 (scored by 25,641 users)
Ranked: #13902
Popularity: #783
Members: 54,607
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Third grader Takamachi Nanoha stumbled upon an injured talking ferret after hearing his telepathic cries for help. The ferret turned out to be Yuuno, an archeologist and mage from another world who had accidentally scattered the dangerous Jewel Seeds throughout Earth. Without the strength to collect the Jewel Seeds, Yuuno had resumed a ferret form and needed someone else to take on the task for him. He gave a red jewel to Nanoha explaining to her with this she could transform and use magic to combat the monsters that threatened them due to the Jewel Seeds. But the monsters are the least of their worries, as Yuuno and Nanoha are not the only ones out to collect the Jewel Seeds.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Testarossa, Fate
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Mizuki, Nana
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Takamachi, Nanoha
Takamachi, Nanoha
Tamura, Yukari
Tamura, Yukari
Scrya, Yuuno
Scrya, Yuuno
Mizuhashi, Kaori
Mizuhashi, Kaori
Kuwatani, Natsuko
Kuwatani, Natsuko


Shinbou, Akiyuki
Shinbou, Akiyuki
Kameyama, Toshiki
Kameyama, Toshiki
Sound Director
Kusakawa, Keizo
Kusakawa, Keizo
Episode Director
Kamitsubo, Ryouki
Kamitsubo, Ryouki
Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(0/13)

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Opening Theme

"Innocent Starter" by Nana Mizuki

Ending Theme

"Little Wish ~lyrical step~" by Tamura Yukari

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Dec 5, 2008
As a fan of anime, the magical girl genre has not always been a favorite. Perhaps I have watched the wrong shows up until now and got a bad impression of it. Up till now, magical girls are usually extremely silly shows with way to many loli's, overly long and indecent transformation scenes, and perverted magic animals from other worlds or dimensions. Did I miss something? Happily, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha is not one of those.

Starting out there is nothing particularly original or extremely interesting about this show. Nanoha, an ordinary young girl gets magical powers from a magic using read more
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Dec 5, 2007
Nanoha is not spectacular in part, but as a whole it shines. I can explain this by saying that the animation, sound, story, and character development as seperate entities are nothing remarkable (with some deference to the opening sound track) - As a complete intertwining smorgasbord of sensual imagery, these elements form an exceptional, and enjoyable investment of time.

The animation got me hooked in the first episode with two short lived but highly innovative sequences that are never again revisited in style or similarity. Lukily for me, that was not near as important in further episodes as I became further engrosed in the series. read more
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Jan 23, 2015
Let me start off by saying that I am a complete fantasy maniac. In other words, I really love watching anime that include transformations, spells, and talking animals. This probably tweaked my rate on this anime up a little. If any of you like fantasy anime, then you'd be missing out on a lot of things if you didn't or are not going to watch this anime.

Story [9]

The story line for this anime was (in my opinion) exceptionally good. It was not as easy to predict as I thought it would be. I enjoy it when there are sudden plot twists or confusions because read more
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Dec 4, 2014
In 2011, director Akiyuki Shinbo teamed up with Studio SHAFT and writer Gen Urobuchi to create an anime by the name of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Prior to Madoka, Shinbo was known to have only directed one other series from the Magical Girl genre.

That series was Seven Arcs 2004 anime, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

Now, why do I bring up Madoka you ask? Well its because they are extremely similar (as most anime directed by Shinbo are). Heck, if it wasn't for Gen Urobuchi turning Madoka into a deep dark pit of death and despair, I'd think they were the same show. But Nanoha, being a read more
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both are good magical girl anime. kinda have the same plot going on, however Nanoha has fanservice.  
reportRecommended by zenime
Anime: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
Both are deviations from the traditional mahou shoujo format, and while Madoka is the darker of the two, Nanoha is far more accessible and appeals to a much wider audience. 
reportRecommended by Archaeon
Anime: Nanatsu-iro★Drops
The heroine finds a cute animal or stuffed animal that can talk and takes it home. The animal then turns her into a magical girl and tells her that she has to collect jewel seeds or star drops. Soon after she has to compete with a rival magical girl. 
reportRecommended by Canal
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Magically assisted mecha/sci-fi girls duking it out against their enemies. Both main characters have potential and slowly learn to draw out that power. 
reportRecommended by AidanRyuko
Anime: Vividred Operation
A lot of elements in this show seem to be heavily borrowed from the Nanoha universe:

- Magical girl/mecha crossover, complete with (fanservice-heavy) transformation scenes;
- Main character who wants to be friends with everyone and doesn't take no for an answer;
- Antagonist with a cold and distant outer appearance, who seems to be manipulated into doing 'bad' deeds and may not be all that bad;
- Main character's sidekick/animal mascot is a ferret. 
reportRecommended by AO968
Anime: Mai-HiME
Started as an ordinary school girl, Mai and Nanoha had a twist of fate that changed their whole life. In both stories, the main characters gained power which led them to be an experienced user of magic as they met foes and allies along the way. 
reportRecommended by chibuki

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