And the star of this episode is … Teo, obviously. KAWAIIII!!
Teo For Best Intelligent Device
Easily the best part of the episode was the introduction of Einhart’s intelligent device, Asteon/Teo. That’s megaton-level kawaii there, gents! And … that’s really all I have to say about Teo itself. It’s no surprise that she (he? it?) is another stuffed animal-style intelligent device, because the writing on the wall for that was etched in forty foot tall stone columns. The part I found more interesting was Chris asking Nanoha for training videos in order to better protect Vivio. This is the first time I can think of that an intelligent device—outside of unison devices like Rein and Agito—has displayed such autonomy; the others are just, well, devices—they’re tools that follow orders. Very peculiar.
It’s Not About The Training
This was a training episode, but they hardly ever showed any of the actual training. Which, I realized, is totally fine. Without some kind of stakes, training is boring to watch. So why didn’t this episode bore me, if it was mainly fakes toward training that were never shown? (And when they were, the animation got all shifty.)
It’s because training in and of itself isn’t interesting. It’s necessary because they needed to show the passage of time, and they needed to show the characters striving, but that doesn’t make it entertaining on its own. I still enjoyed the episode because of the anticipation. Like with so much in life, savoring the upcoming contest heightens the pleasure. Too much would change from anticipation to impatience, though; fortunately, one training episode (with the first of the qualifiers at the end) is nowhere near triggering my impatience. It’s true what some commenters said—ViVid is starting to come into its own as a story in its own right. It took it a while, but I’m finally getting a little hyped.
Looking Ahead – Named Characters Face Off
I’m glad that ViVid is already planning multiple battles between named characters, because that’s what makes sports tournament stories like this so fun. Rio will probably face Harry “Buster Head” Tribeca; Vivio will face Miura (Kanae Itou), and perhaps Micaiah Chevelle (Asakawa Yuu)—I didn’t entirely understand what her elite seed meant. But most interesting to me is the potential for Einhart versus Corona. My first instinct is that Corona is screwed, but what if she’s not? We haven’t seen what Corona can do after her training. Perhaps it’s that assumption (that Einhart would beat Corona) that will lead to the upset most viewers won’t expect. Which is what I love about this kind of tournament—anyone really can win. Let the games begin!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Einhart’s device is super cute, so is Miura, & Chantez is Asumi Kana gold. Let the games begin! #nanohavivid 08
- I’m all for some hand-to-hand asskicking, but seriously. Use weapons, people. I’m reminded of a strip in one of the Order of the Stick prequel books, where a main character (Belkar) berates and belittles a monk for being more powerful if he just used a weapon. Crying monks aside, even acknowledged real world masters of hand-to-hand combat would always opt to use a weapon in a real fight. Just an old pet peeve, but I’d kinda like to see someone clean Vivio, Einhart, or Rio’s clock, just to prove that point.
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