「サプライズ・アタック」 (Sapuraizu Atakku)
It’s time for battle practice with the old guard! …next week. We’re ramping up to it this time, with some tantalizing teases of what’s to come. Also, it’s the onsen episode.
In Which Einhart Learns That Vivio’s Mamas Are Kind Of Badass
I, along with Nove and you and everyone else, got a hearty chuckle when Einhart was expressing scepticism that Vivio’s nice, beautiful, warm-hearted mothers would take part in a magical battle. You’re damn right they do! Once again, it was nice to see the old guard in action, as the White Devil and comrades do some proper Nanoha-style training, by which I mean full power, total destruction. I’m still a bit worried that nostalgia is the primary driver of enjoyment. Is it because my nostalgia is so overpowering, and this is a solid episode without it? I don’t know; I’ve been drinking the Nanoha Kool-Aid for so long, I’m utterly impartial. But if it gets me some Hayate and the Wolkenritter soon, I don’t care. Nostalgia me up, baby!
In Which Stilts Contradicts The Things He Just Said
I say all that, but it wasn’t all nostalgia. There was, of course, all the ecchi onsen fun, which can largely go without comment—it’s an onsen scene, okay? You know what you think about that. It was a nice excuse for Rio to strut her stuff, and show that she’s kind of a badass too. Using both lightning and fire is (apparently) impressive, and she certainly took care of Sein (Mizuhashi Kaori … another dual-role seiyuu) quickly enough. I’m conflicted on her having an adult mode too … while it was only the two genetic throwback girls, it made a certain kind of sense, but now everyone has one? Gah! Though hers looks like it’s mostly in her hair, so … well, if it lets her compete with the older girls, I’ll put up with it I guess.
Likewise, Corona picked up her new intelligent device, with the tacit promise of showing us what she can do next episode. I look forward to that.
Looking Ahead – Are You Ready To Ruuuuumbbbble?
They cut the episode right before the best part, AHH! Which is good, because I want them to take their time and give this team battle the royal treatment, but damn, I wanna see it now! I’m still on the fence whether this adaptation is too slow or just right (don’t want to rush it, but not much happens each episode), too fueled by nostalgia or as good as it can get (I feel like some Numbers are superfluous, but they’re not bad characters, and it’s still early), and whether A-1 is animation up to Seven Arcs levels (that’s a no), but next episode ought to answer it all. If it’s proper Nanoha-style combat, much is forgiven. Bring it on!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Practice & onsen time. Einhart learns that the mamas are badass, while we learn that Rio is too. Next time, team battle! #nanohavivid 05
- Nanoha got her long skirt back. I guess now that she’s a mama, she’s not being sexualized any more. Fate, of course, as the papa, kept hers. Wait—that didn’t make sense.
- “I do hard.” Yeah you do, Brunzel. Yeah you do.
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