「アインハルト・ストラトス」 (Ainharuto Sutoratosu)
The more things change, the more they stay the same. The new generation is the last generation with a Belkan skin.
Vivio is to Nanoha as Einhart is to Fate
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
“If it ain’t broke, break it!”
The more I watch, the more it becomes clear that this new generation is a rehash of the old generation. Vivio is the upbeat and hard-working Nanoha to Einhart Stratos’ overly serious Fate (right down to their gendered roles, with Fate playing the papa while Einhart has the memories of her male ancestor). It goes further—Rio Wezley (Kitamura Eri) is to Nanoha and Fate’s friend Alisa Bannings as Corona Timil (Fukuen Misato) is to their other friend Tsukimura Suzuka, personality-wise. It’s all superficial differences that separate the generations, like the friends being able to use magic, or Vivio and Einhart being inherently special in a way Nanoha and Fate never were (or at least, not to as large of a degree).
It’s nice, in a way—we know the formula works, so it ought to work again, even if this is apparently more of a martial arts/sports story. But couldn’t they have tried to mix it up a little? It feels unambitious, even if I’m sure it’ll still work.
The Solution To Everything: YURI
If there’s any rule in the Nanoha universe, it’s that the solution to any problem is yuri. Enemy unconscious? Sleep with her. (Not that way, you pervs.) Need to get cleaned up? Yuri bath time. I still wish they’d stop being coy and admit that Nanoha and Fate are gay married, but I’m not going to complain if their go-to move is yuri. The other move? Friendship through superior firepower (trope!). I’m happy Nove didn’t get Worf’d (trope!) like I was expecting, and instead one-upped the kiddo. Now it’s up to Vivio to befriend the crap out of Einhart to secure her future yuri-husbando. It all leads back to yuri in the end, people.
Looking Ahead – Martial Arts
Einhart’s overly serious schtick is, to be frank, tiresome. Where original series Fate was compelled for very good reasons, these ancestral memories just make me go, “Blah blah blah, inherent memories, whatever. I read Dune, get on with it!” The lesson Einhart will have to learn is flamingly obvious, so hopefully they’ll get it over with quickly so we can get on with our violent yuri befriending fun, with a definite martial arts tournament bent this time around. I can dig that.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Vivio is to Nanoha as Einhart is to Fate. The more things change, the more they stay the same #nanohavivid 02
- Nove’s reaction to Einhart mirrored mine. “Blah blah blah, they’re normal people now, kick to the FACE!” Nove is best Saito Chiwa character, aside from Subaru. See what I meant last episode?
- Kaiser Arts are the only reason to live. SO SERIOUS. SO FATE. Take a chill pill Einhart, geez.
- Shouldn’t researchers be super interested in Einhart’s memories? If the Belkan Wars are so shrouded in mystery, scholars should be ALL OVER her, to find out what really happened.
- Nanoha, you smooth talker you. Also, yowza!
- Stilts note: You can expect most Nanoha ViVid posts to go up on Saturday, and occasionally Sunday.
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