「本気の気持ち」 (Honki no kimochi)
We delve more into what makes Einhart tick as the fateful meeting between Belkan ruler throwbacks takes place.
Einhart’s Hegemon Past – I Spoke To Soon
So, last week my overriding feeling was “Enough of this memory junk, it was better in Dune, get on with the fighting!” And while I do think it was done better in Dune … no, well, more interestingly (in later books, not the original one), that’s no mark against Nanoha ViVid. What was lacking was enough time spent delving into why Einhart-chan is doing the things she’s doing, and we got enough of that here. So yes, I spoke too soon, and I actually do care about what Einhart-chan is dealing with here. I’m still watching this mostly for the fighting, but at least one of the main cast has some kind of character conflict now.
Sometimes it’s not what’s said that matters. Sometimes it’s all about what’s said on your face. I’m constantly surprised when TV, movies, and comics don’t make full use of what they can do better than the pure written word of a book: unspoken communication. To be sure, a book can do it as well, but when you can bury meaning in the actor’s portrayal, where the watcher isn’t sure it happened (but it still hits home)… *shivers* And then again, I’m not surprised that it’s underutilized, because those kinds of subconscious communication are hard to deliver and hard to direct.
When Einhart knocked Vivio away, and then her expression … it’s such a small thing, but it really was painful. It made me feel Vivio’s discomfort, her confusion, all of it springing from very real (and very common) miscommunication brought on by differing expectations. A good moment that built both characters nicely.
Magical Fist Fight of Feelings
The last battle was nice in a very sports anime kind of way—you don’t necessarily know how it’s going to end. (Which reminds me, I should watch more sports anime.) But more than that, it was the feelings. After Einhart all but dismissed Vivio the week before, seeing them go into adult mode and having Vivio fight her nearly to a standstill is the foundation of a more equal friendship. Plus, you know, exciting action, so that’s fun!
I especially liked that Vivio didn’t win. I wasn’t necessary; all she needed to do was earn Einhart’s respect with her earnest effort, and winning wasn’t required for that. It would have also rang false, since Einhart was painted as outclassing Vivio throughout both battles. This means that Vivio will have to put in a lot of hard work to be a proper rival to Einhart … something that’s not common on the-fate-of-the-world-is-on-the-line action anime, but is more common among sports anime.
Looking Ahead – A Beautiful Friendship
If I didn’t know this was based on a manga, I’d say this was the end of the first light novel. The end of this episode left me going “D’aaawww, Einhart-chan is embarrassed! So, what’s next?” It sounds like this series will continue with the martial arts focus (as in, tournaments as much as anything), which is cool with me. Also, yuri. I think we can safely count on more yuri. Says Stilts in his guise as Captain Obvious, I know, I’ve been a real help.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – We delve more into what makes Einhart tick as the fateful meeting between Belkan ruler throwbacks takes place #nanohavivid 03
- Einhart-chan is taking responsibility for Vivio, HNNNNNG~!!
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