Raised up in the same orphanage, Fuuka and Rinne were once close friends but parted company after a quarrel ended up with Rinne overwhelmed Fuuka with her martial art skills. Fuuka has a life in poverty after leaving the orphanage. An accidental encounter with renowned martial arts champion Einhald Stratos discovered Fuuka's hidden talent in fighting; Einhald offered Fuuka a job and coaching, encouraging her to meet up with Rinne again — in a ring.
If you haven't caught up to the manga, or haven't seen Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha Vivid S2, this anime drops spoiler after spoiler after spoiler. This is a sequal or side-story of Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha Vivid S2. Since S2 is not yet aired, you can either wait for it or read the manga.
Presumably Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha Vivid S2 will catch up to where this anime starts. This "review" will be deleted once that series is fully released and this series has been properly marked as sequal/side-story of S2.
Until then, be very aware of its place in the Nanoha timeline.
So, I don't usually write reviews. However, seeing as this anime only had 1 review, which gave it a rating of around 6-7, I had to write my own thoughts.
In my opinion, Vivid Strike is a gem. I'm not really into writing very long reviews, so let me be brief:
Why, you might ask? It's about some fourteen year old girls fighting in a martial arts tournament...doesn't sound too complex. That's precisely the point. There's no huge plot in this story. No one is fighting to save the world from some crazy evil supervillain. The plot is nice and simple: in a martial arts competition, Fuuka Reventon, a new competitor, seeks to show her childhood friend, Rinne, that the path she walks has corrupted her. I enjoyed the fact that the plot was simple, and did not overreach. It does what it needs to do--it highlights the characters, and focuses on the action.
Nothing much to say here. This isn't UFOtable, but it's not the simpsons either. Good animation.
I don't really care ether way.
A 10! Yeah, a 10. I'm not a guy who's reluctant to give out 10's. Again, the characters are simplistic but believable, and I like that about this show. Rinne has a believable backstory, Fuuka is as 1 dimensional as she is meant to be, and most importantly, side characters like Vivio (who was the hero in Vivid) have strong characters too. Einhart's character also shines--both her compassion for those around her, and her recklessness. They're good characters. Are they the deepest, most psychologically astute characters? No. But are they characters that make you feel like there exists some goodness in the world? Yeah. And that's good enough for me.
I love the fights in this show. That's all I have to say. Very realistic take on martial arts. Beautiful stuff. None of this Kaleid magical girl nonsense...these magical girls are basically from Hajime no Ippo!
Excellent anime. A must watch for fans of good fight sequences, tournament anime, and simple, strong characters with a simple, strong plot. Not overly ambitious, but very well done, with little to no fanservice (which I really was happy about), and an emphasis on character development and action. read more