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
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Score: 7.591 (scored by 21141 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
While perusing over titles in the magical girl genre it is almost impossible to miss that which is the Nanoha franchise these days. Touted by many as a revolutionary magical girl show with its Gundam like magical battles and its supposed expansive universe, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha is certainly not lacking any hype.
However, as reactions may vary, I found this show to be quite the disappointment. This show can definitely be split into two halves.
The very beginning is typical enough for a mahou shoujo show, it certainly plays off the very roots of the genre with how Nanoha first finds and comes into contact with magic, but what the show does after that is where the problems arise. The story is very mundane, and lacks any attractive force to it. Almost set up like a monster of the week show, Nanoha does very little to entertain. I was left questioning what was so damn unique about this show when everything about it just seemed so uninspiring, flat, and just frankly boring. One thing is for sure though and that is I couldn't see what so damn exciting or riveting about the fights at this juncture compared to other mahou shoujos.
The show however does become much better in its second half or so when the character Fate Testarossa arrives. I was reaching the point of insurmountable rage about how this show could ever be considered such a classic in the genre when everything about it screamed boring. Fate, probably the best character in the show as far as I can see, injected this show with much needed life. Finally the universe in this show finally starts to be explored, even if just a little bit. There's a tangible conflict beyond finding little jewel shards. The conflict is exciting, and the events that unfold were nice to see. The relationship that Nanoha forms with Fate also becomes a very endearing one to behold.
Another major improvement in the show was the action. Finally it started becoming more exciting. It wasn't the most riveting action ever by any means, but it finally achieved a standard of reasonably entertaining. I do however criticize the action in this show for lacking any sort of mental exercise. The action mostly consisted of beam spamming, shields, and binds, all which were executed at random intervals and varying strength. There is no real strategy to each engagement, so I can hardly consider it top tier action.
However despite my positive comments on the second half, the jarring contrast between these two halves of the show is quite stark. Everything before Fate was a very light hearted mundane affair, but one of the things we're treated to in the second half is much darker (Compared to the first half) and it is hard to believe that this is the same show. It never really felt like there was a transition to this sort of violence and such as the show went along. Worst, it was only at this point that the show seemed like it really wanted to take itself seriously.
The reason I take issue with the show suddenly wanting to take itself very seriously is that it becomes rather hard to hold a strong enough suspension of disbelief over the course of this show. I often quip that this show's title should be Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Therapist Girl Nanoha, because really, Nannoha displays wisdom way beyond her years. She's shown to be like an adult at the prime age of 9. The way she talks to both foes and allies displays a mental maturity beyond many adults you see in real life.
Further things that arise over the course of the show that one must question is the incredibly weird family situation that Nanoha is in. The way they accept her going out at night without much suspicion, the way the mother lets Nanoha leave for months at a time with strangers for no good reason at all, is mind boggling. If a story wants to take itself serious, I also expect them to take care of such details seriously as well.
Unfortunately, despite the major improvements in the second half of the show, it nonetheless concludes in a disappointing manner. The final conflict delivered isn't the type of conclusion I thought it deserved, and many of the characters were shafted. There were a couple of nice moments between some of the characters at the end, but everything felt rather underwhelming.
Overall, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha isn't a bad series. If it had focused more on the elements presented in its second half, had better execution, and other such touch-ups, I'm sure I would've considered this quite the nice show. As is though, it skimps out on too many corners its story and presentation, and the first parts of this were extremely boring. It is hard to see this as a great show, let alone the classic that many tout it to be.
This is both an overrated anime and a mahou shoujo, but is not a waste of your time.
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.
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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