English: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2004 to Dec 26, 2004
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.581 (scored by 21433 users)
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action drama magic magical girl
Synopsis3rd 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.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
Sequel: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's
Spin-off: Triangle Heart: Sweet Songs Forever
Alternative version: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 1st, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: Lyrical Toy Box
Characters & Voice Actors
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. Overall, the animation is tight and beautiful, but that first episode has burned an image, of what anime COULD be like, in my mind for ever.
The sound is well placed, the voice acting is quite pleasant but the Opening song is well beyond my expectations. Innocent Starter" has found a permanant place in my 5 star playlist.
The story is your typical magical girl with a more mature touch (strange considering the youth of the characters). It does not fall in the trap of overly cute to the point of mindless "kawaiiness" that 99% of "Magical Girl" shows contain. That makes it new in my book!
The characters really shine, besides the robot like, ultra caring of Nanoha herself, she is defined like a "passive aggressive" (all things can be worked out with words before violence) but more than willing to kick some !$! if she has to, kind of character. The character "Fate" is the truly dynamic character entity of this story and her pain and suffering is eclipsed only by Nanoha's compassion. Such character development is undoubtedly rare in "Magical Girl" anime prototypes. Fate-chan is, and will forever be my favorite character.
This is an extremely valuable series, and a bargain at even the most outrageous prices of English Anime DvD's. If it is liscensed, I suggest picking it up with all due haste!
I found myself looking forward to each new episode, all the way through the series' completion. I was ready with my popcorn and soda, and even brought out my most comfy chair, providing myself with the ultimate enjoyable experience.
Overall - 8.5, could not use decimals so I bumped it down to a 8, only because It's sequel is even more innovative and exceptional. read more
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 ferret from another world. (Pause while that soaks in a bit, boy does it sound silly when I read that) Overlooking the silliness of that, this ferret, named Yuuno has a mission to retrieve some magical artifacts that have slipped into the world so Nanoha agrees to help him. The story starts out pretty predicable and not all that exciting, with the first few episodes being a monster of the week kind of format. Eventually a rival emerges after the same thing as Nanoha but for more sinister reasons. This rival is Fate, and this is when the story really starts to pick up and become more exciting. By episode 7 or 8 I was on the edge of my seat as the action built up to the exciting climax. The story has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and while some of the plot lines were predictable others came as a surprise. In the end I was left with many emotions as the story puts you through the full range from sadness to joy. It was very well done indeed!
Character wise, this show is truly outstanding. Fate and Nanoha are two of the most interesting characters I have seen. The story does a great job in developing them and growing them into what they become by the end. The two familiars, Yuuno and Arf are also fleshed out pretty well and are also very interesting and fun characters. The chief villain is also very well written, and while she is a mean and vile character I felt a wide range of emotions about her too. The supporting characters are pretty good, in a short series like this they don’t get a lot of development, which is ok because doing so would have taken away from the ones who deserved the screen time.
The cast is really good, especially for the main characters. Rie Kugimiya is one of my favorite actresses but shines in a small role as one of Nanoha's friends. The music is also great, the OP, EN songs are catchy, especially the opening. I found myself singing along frequently! Animation is good too, I loved the character models for the most part. Though I’m not a huge fan of how the men and boys were drawn but that’s a personal preference. I’m not a big fan of boys who don’t look like boys. Particularly Yuuno, if they hadn’t told me he was a boy I wouldn’t have known. Also as staple of magical girl anime is the transformation scene. Weeee! We get to see a naked 3rd grader changing into her magical outfit! Hooray! The problem is not so much that I had to endure this scene, it’s that for the first 7 episode or so I had to endure it EVERY TIME!!!!! The FULL SCENE! Come on we’ve seen it 8 times already I know Nanoha's body better than my own now how about the short version now and then?
Despite my frustration with all the transformation scenes for the first half of the show, in the end it didn’t damper my enthusiasm and enjoyment of it once the last episode was over. If you’re a magical girl fan, this is a cant miss show. And if you’re not, this is still a cant miss show.
kinda have the same plot going on.. ^^
Nanoha (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha) is about to find a new power within yourself,a power that may be stronger then you expected. As Sakura in CCS has her "wand" ,Nanoha use a diffrent but similar magic-releasing object calld "device" .
Both start off very shoujo, but Nanoha is a tougher anime than CCS and has more spectacular fights.
Magicl Girl yumminess, but Nanoha is the best Mahou Shoujo series ever... The second season that is!
Magical girls at their finest! Both features girls who had normal life at start and by a fated encounter, would turn into our adored mahou shoujo of today.
It's like the exact same thing it's not even funny.
Both Anime's are mahou shoujo, with CCS being mostly about Sakura Kinomoto - a fourth grade girl attending Tomoeda Elementary.
MGLN deals mostly with Nanoha in the first few episodes of the season, then it switches between both her and another girl.
Both Anime's have magic, both anime's have a story line, while CCS is far longer ( and more interesting my opinion) they both do fairly well in this genra. CCS is an old anime though, having been out for at least six year's from the posting of this recommendation.
Though, if MGLN keeps up on the seasons it 'could' prove be quite a rival, provided the makers actually make a season that focus's on the events between two particuler seasons.
Like Magical Girls who hunt for items such as Clow clows or any other elemental magic,like family ties/bond,friendship development issues,do you like magical girl animes where you can connect with a misguided character who wants to please a member of her family,than Magical lyrical Nanoha for you,mixes elements of basic magical girl and advanced Technology and time demensional travel,in cardcaptor Sakura,Sakura needed to hunt clow cards to keep they're magic from falling into the wrong hands or dystroying the world,Nanoha hunts jewel seeds to keep alternate time demensions from being thrown off balance or dystroying other realities.
Although some may find them too similiar, I think it makes for excellent viewing. Like Cardcaptor Sakura (Cardcaptors), Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha tells the story of a young girl gifted with magical powers and a small animal-like thing giving her guidance, collecting potential dangers to the world while learning about friendship and acceptance and gaining strength. Both have similiar comedy and art.
both are magical girls & they have a similar history but you can say sakura is kawaii whit every one since the only rival its shaoran but since nanoha its loved and reconized by everyone even when she grows up( not like sakura ),like fate. well ibelibe they are both master pieces tha you should watch if you like this kinds of series
This anime is similar since it's about mahou shoujo, slice of life, and school life
Do you enjoy bright colors and sparkly explosions? Do you ever wish that there were more magical girl shows with gradually expanding casts of protagonists and lighthearted action fare? Do you like your anime sprinkled with oodles of happiness~? If so, then congratulations, these two shows will probably appeal to you! CCS is more episodic in nature, while Nanoha tends to follow one large story arc.
Practically The Same Genre, Just Takes Different Apporaches, Nanoho Is Collection Gem's Like Inu Yasha Expect With The Staff And What Not, One Would Automaticly Think Card Captors, And As For Card Captors, It Collecting The Cards With The Staff.
Both About The Same Ammount Of Action, Just If You Like More The Friendship Thing, Nanoho Is The Way To Go, And The Lover Naturally Card Captor Sakura, Love One And You Will Surely Love The Other One ^_^
As Sakura in CCS use her "wand" ,Nanoha use a different thing but similar magic-releasing object called "device"they collecting power to make them become a stronger magic user.and the both character is also moe!and they also have cute voice.
Almost the same thing happens, the main heroine gets a rival, the rival agrees to go onto her team in the end and they become lovers....
Cardcaptor Sakura is by far loved more by one of my friends and it is quite awesome, but they are both Magical Girl anime. I watched Cardcaptor Sakura first and it was worth watching.
Both series has quite a story that is dramatic, comical, emotional, magical, and packed with action.
Both series contain a main heroine who has her life changed forever after a certain incident. In both series, the main girl's friendly personality and determination wins the friendship of many characters. They are also thoughtful and puts others before themselves.
Both series also contain the theme of capturing treasures with rivals and other obstacles in their way with a sidekick. Classic magical girl series that is a must watch.
Both are happy magical girl anime about a very young and innocent girl who is bestowed magical girl powers by a talking little animal.
They both evolve around a young, normal ever day school girl who's life is turned completely around by the depths of magic/fantasy and must face against un-natural forces of evil in order to retain what is lost - In Cardcaptor Sakura, that is the Clow cards, and in Magical girl lyrical Nanoha that is the jewel seeds.
Both of them faces challenges, obstacles and especially rivalry against other ones who are similar of their kind.
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.
Both are out of the ordinary magical girls shows targeted at a mature audience with similar protagonists who share a similar relationship. They both also have a cute design who can fool the viewer on their true nature.
Madoka is much more dark and psychedelic than Nanoha, though.
Similar Genre. Parallel ideas and concepts.
Both of them prove that it's still possible to create a mahou shoujo anime that is both original and creative. They both play with your emotions - while Nanoha just tickles them, Madoka kills them mercilessly.
Come on! Magical Girls? Kick ass girls? Yup. Both have them. But these shows are no ordinary magical girls that kids these days should watch, particularly Madoka. Be warned to get fckd up in Madoka. In a good way.
similar characters personalities,similar plot and both have a small pet that gives them power.
Both are seinen magical girl series by the same director.
Rather than the typical romance series aimed at shoujo audiences, both of these series have more mature themes.
Additionally, the story gets darker with each episode progresses. There are also sci-fi themes as well as containing drama, action, and comedy (less so in later episodes).
Nontheelss, these two series are not your typical magical girl anime(s).
Both start off as generic magical girl shows before becoming drastically different. While Madoka starts becoming much darker, Nanoha focuses more and more on action. Both have almost completely female casts and a lot of yuri subtext.
Both are magical girls shows but Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is a much darker anime and unlike a magical girl story anyone would expect. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha appeals better to more audience and much less serious compared to Madoka Magica. Its best if you watch both of them.
Both normal school girls came across a magical injured creature that asked for their help and it changes their life forever. Fighting to protect the people they love from dangerous beings. Unlike 'Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica' , 'Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha' have a longer story line, and it definitely won't disappoint you if you watched it. 'Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha' starts from the main character as a school girl to a full grown adult. This anime was the first anime I watched and I instantly fell in love with it.
both are magical girl anime and both twist the typical magical girl genre
Opening Theme"Innocent Starter" by Mizuki Nana
Ending Theme"Little Wish ~lyrical step~" by Tamura Yukari
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