Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

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Synonyms: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
Japanese: 魔法少女リリカルなのは
English: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2004 to Dec 26, 2004
Premiered: Fall 2004
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:30 (JST)
Studios: Seven Arcs
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Theme: Mahou ShoujoMahou Shoujo
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.411 (scored by 4264042,640 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #22072
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2025
Members: 104,657
Favorites: 1,074

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Nanoha Takamachi, an ordinary third-grader who enjoys spending time with her family and friends, rescues an injured ferret that she had dreamed about the night before. The next day, the ferret cries out to her telepathically, asking Nanoha to save him. The ferret reveals himself to be Yuuno Scrya, a mage from another world who is trying to collect the dangerous 21 Jewel Seeds that he accidentally scattered across the world. He enlists Nanoha's help, gifting her the magical wand Raising Heart, and teaches her how to become a powerful mage.

Days later, after reclaiming a few of the Jewel Seeds, another mage appears: Fate Testarossa. Stronger than Nanoha, Fate refuses to divulge her reasons in trying to collect the Jewel Seeds. Nanoha senses a melancholy in her eyes, but Fate refuses to communicate. Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha is a story about the clash of emotions when goals collide.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kameyama, Toshiki
Sound Director
Kusakawa, Keizou
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"Innocent Starter" by Nana Mizuki

Ending Theme

"Little Wish ~lyrical step~" by Tamura Yukari


Mar 5, 2022
I have heard about the Nanoha franchise for many years now, so I checked into it. While I’m not blown away, it is entertaining enough to keep my attention, which is rare for me.

The story essentially follows the adventures of Nanoha becoming a magical girl, collecting the jewel seeds with her animal sidekick, which is standard fare. The plot takes an odd turn when science fiction is thrown into the blender. Yes, Nanoha is not a pure magical girl show.

I happen to be a sucker for sci-fi, so this was a pleasant surprise for me. However, I have to admit this element has ...
Apr 30, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Lyrical Nanoha (season one), in a few words, is a series that's very difficult to recommend, but if you can deal with the negatives, it could be worth investing time into. Let's start with the positives.

The series starts as a typical magical girl series with a focus on a "collect the items" mission and turns into something different by the end. There are a lot of great visuals and original songs here, and character designs tend to be mixed; Nanoha and Fate look great, but other characters fade into the background. The series somewhat mixes the slice-of-life genre with the magical girl aspect by giving ...
Jun 13, 2017
Preliminary (1/13 eps)
I only saw the first episode of this and then dropped it.

Nanoha does not act like a nine-year-old. She is in third grade, yet
she's very perceptive for a third grader and can be sickeningly sweet,
too. She is simplya normal caring, idealistic third grader.

I found Arisa very annoying and bratty. Like how she yelled at a dog to stop barking but she loves dogs? She's a hypocrite!

There were some religious things in it, the thing that I hate the most
about anime.

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