「覇王の拳・創主の願い / 決着の意味」 (Haou no Ken Sou-nushi no Negai / Ketchaku no Imi)
“Hegemon’s Fist ・ Creator’s Desire / Conclusion’s Purpose”
Continuing my tradition of only double-posting for reasons other than me personally being late, episode eleven and twelve are finally here! This concludes the first cour, with a second coming eventually. Still not entirely sure when.
First of all, a mea culpa, as I’m wont to do as of late. Last time I guessed that Corona would win, because it would force more growth on Einhart than another victory would. Which is true, but I didn’t factor in one critical element. As Longhaul said:
A twist to “who will grow more from a win/loss” is who would grow more/continue to grow from later matches in the tournament.
Zounds! Right you are, my friend. That threw my calculus off, along with my personal preference for Corona. That said, this battle still turned out great, and only increased how much I like Corona. Whereas the others are powerful, or skilled, or have mana to spare, Corona has none of that. In a way, she’s the anti-Miura, and good for all the reasons I found Miura’s battle unfulfilling two episodes ago. She’s the exact opposite of the dumb, unimaginative fighter who barrels her way through her problems. What she has is poise, intelligence, and creativity, and those are a lot more fun to watch.
A Technique Not Suited To Peace
Corona’s Nephilim Fist is a handy little technique, and damn near a gamebreaker. Being able to program people’s abilities into it and use them yourself is ridiculously strong, and something I heartily endorse—I’m a big fan of creative theft. It remained balanced though, because of the small delay in the moves’ activation—a sort of tax for not taking the time to pound those abilities into your body yourself—keeps it from handing Corona the win. It was all cool, and it reminded me of Negima, when (early on) Negi ghetto-rigged a power up by invoking a partner contract with himself. And anything that reminds me of Negima (other than abrupt endings) is fine in my book.
Likewise, her Nephilim Fist: Full Control Mode reminded me of one of the early arcs of Bleach, of all things, when Uryuu controlled his own body with strings of reiatsu. (Don’t jump on me if I got that wrong, Bleach fans. It’s quite literally been years.) But that … that felt wrong. I agree with Einhart—that’s not the kind of ability a competitive fighter in a peaceful time should be using. I mean, it’s not that she can’t, it just feels like a life-or-death technique. That feels like the kind of ability that could leave her body broken, and while I guess Nanoha-verse magic doesn’t allow for that (usually) … well, it worries me.
And the fact that Olivie used techniques not unlike Corona was using at that point, adds an interesting facet. I always assumed it would be Vivio that would be reminding Einhart of Olivie, but Vivio hasn’t had the same life that Olivie did, and doesn’t have her memories. She hasn’t needed the technique that Corona developed. Thankfully.
And Victory Goes To: Einhart!
Despite my preference for Corona, I liked how this battle ended. Unlike Miura, Einhart did not win by just barreling through, though she certainly played the bruiser that she is. No, it was her superior skill, speed, and perception—earned through diligent practice—that won her the day. Figuring out Nephilim Fist, blocking it, and eventually exploiting the slight delay to deck Corona out were good ways to get ahead. And as for the final clash—well, Corona went head to head with someone she knew was stronger than her. It wasn’t a bad bet at that point in the battle but it didn’t pay off. It was a good battle, and Corona found why she wants to fight, rather than just tagging along with Vivio and keeping up with her friends. Good fun, would watch again.
Lutecia’s Match, & Lutecia’s Rival
You know the named character is going to win a match when they go in against an unnamed character. That one is easy. I wonder why more pure magicians like Lutecia don’t compete, though? After all, she seemed to do pretty well, and it feels like flying would be a good way to keep out of reach of those pesky melee fighters. (Pfft … pedestrians.)
It’s clear that Lutecia’s match wasn’t about Lutecia though, nor was the one that followed it. It was all about setting her up against her new (apparent) rival, Fabia Crozelg. Now, as much as I love the martial arts of ViVid, I’m a finger wiggler at heart, so I’m going to enjoy seeing these two go head-to-head. Apparently all these martial artists don’t develop any mental defenses, which doesn’t seem smart. Fortunately, I have a feeling Lutecia has those in spades. She’s a former terrorist, after all. She’s seen some shit. A few creepy arms reaching out of the mind-mud isn’t going to freak her out. Plus, she can fly. That might help.
Wrapping Up Corona versus Einhart, & Foreshadowing What’s To Come
Most of this episode was wrap up for Corona and Einhart. On Einhart’s regret about beating Corona: Well, I’m not going to go into it. My immediate reaction was, “She wouldn’t have been happy if you let her win,” which is obviously true. But then again, I’m a lot older than Einhart, and with age comes (some) wisdom, or at least enough knowledge to masquerade as wisdom in low light. Fortunately Nove pepped her up, so we won’t have to hear much more of that. Bonus points: Now she’s all gung-ho to win, right before she goes up against the kawaii former champion. Goooood luck with that, Einhart-chan.
As for Corona, she gets more points for retaining so much poise, even after suffering a defeat. Not that I’m surprised—it’s not like any of these girls would freak out and shout at their friends; it’s too rose-colored of a story for that. Corona is the least likely of them all, though.
As for the rest, it was all just build up to the next battles. The only thing I can really say is that I’m glad they’re continuing to take the time to do things like this, instead of rushing through. Also, I’m looking forward to Harry’s next match waaaay more than I am Miura’s. As adorable as she is, I just don’t look forward to seeing Miura fight. I have a feeling it’s going to annoy me. Hopefully I’m wrong.
Looking Ahead – Split-Cour, Apparently
So, Nanoha ViVid isn’t over! Apparently it’s split-cour. The fun part: I have no idea when the next part airs. The end card for episode twelve mentions an interval, but I haven’t been able to find when the second half will be running. It could be immediately, actually—syoboi is showing a thirteenth episode airing this coming Wednesday. But that could also be another special, and I did hear there were two, with the 12.5 recap episode presumably being one of them. So, uh… Yeah. Not sure when we’ll get more of this, but apparently we will!
As such, I’m not going to give final impressions so far. I’ll give a short summary, though: Started off introducing too many characters, and mainly running on nostalgia, but ViVid has really come into its own once it morphed fully into a sports tournament/martial art anime. It’s been a lot more fun, both to watch and blog, since then.
As for whether I’ll be blogging the second cour … well, I honestly have no idea. It depends on when it airs, of course—if something else supersedes it, then I won’t cover the other half. But even if it airs immediately, I’m honestly starting to feel some burnout, so I may dial things back to keep from flaming out entirely—even though I expect the best matches are still to come. And since I’m not dropping Arslan, and we all know I’m going to blog the next season of Prisma Illya… Well, we’ll see. Either way, I’ll be watching it whenever it returns. Until then!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The Corona vs Einhart match was even better than I expected, while 12 just tidied things up for this cour #nanohavivid 11 & 12
- The flashbacks sealed Corona’s defeat. Her wanting to do something (martial arts) that her friend (Vivio) likes, even though it wasn’t as much her thing, is something I can really understand, though. I’m glad she found her own reasons.
- I feel like they kept forgetting to show Goliath when he was in the background, and I swear Corona tore of the ring more than was shown. Didn’t she kick rocks at Einhart at one point? Don’t be lazy, A-1!
- Miura wants to completely break Vivio-san? This girl says some frightening things o.O
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