- ViVid Strike!
- Season 2 of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid
- Season 7 (or the 6th chronologically) of the Nanoha franchise
- Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
- Keep watching: not even if you threatened to break my fingers
- One-line summary: more Nanoha (albeit so far without Nanoha herself)
The title doesn't say "Nanoha", the better to lure in victims who might otherwise have realised the danger. I knew better, though. I knew that this was Season 2 of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid, the show that finally beat me after I'd slogged my way through all previous seasons of this nearly unwatchable franchise. (Until then, it had only been "nearly".)
As a public service announcement, I will warn you about this... thing. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is a magical girl franchise aimed at adult male otaku and it likes FIGHTS!!! It characterises its heroines as nice, sweet, caring schoolgirls. It then makes them have lots of FIGHTS!!! They love it! This was taken to its ultimate conclusion in Vivid, which was about a martial arts tournament and portrayed its heroines as being incapable of saying or thinking about anything that wasn't FIGHTING!!! If you put them in a room with a book, their brains would fail. They'd probably start a fight with a mirror or something.
This episode starts well. I paused it to double-check that I wasn't watching the wrong thing. A girl is being bullied by boys. She starts beating them up, only to end up in hospital and discover that employers and the police don't like gratuitous violence.
What's that? Fighting can have bad consequences? Is this really Nanoha? Well, yes, because our heroine ends up at a martial arts gym and the franchise has once again embarked upon its usual masturbation frenzy about how wonderful it is to hit your friends very hard in the face. "You have a wonderful gift in your fists." "It would be wonderful if Fuuka discovered the joy in martial arts." Will our heroine join the gym? Will she agree to be her new friends' sparring partner? Will the episode drone on and on about fighting, fighting, more fighting and martial arts? (Yes.) Will Fuuka get over her childhood issues and bitterness about being disadvantaged? (The latter is well done, actually, and I'm sure Fuuka will be a worthwhile, interesting protagonist.)
Don't watch this show. As a survivor of nearly all Nanoha to date, I'm warning you for your own good. Don't even try it out of curiosity. It's not "so bad it's good". Once it gets into fighting mode, it's just dull and monotonous.