Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid – 05 (And now, onsen fanservice.)

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid – 05
魔法少女リリカルなのはViVid
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid episode 05

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid - 05Lutecia pulls the book “Hegemon Invalt” from the library, which is about Einhart’s ancestor, to lend it to Einhart. Outside, some distance from the residence, Einhart opens up to Vivio about the strong memories of Klaus Ingvalt that she has. She recounts how things were then, and his friendship with Olivie Sägebrecht, who is Vivio’s ancestor and one of the most powerful combat mages ever known. The two walk back to the house and are met by Nove. They head to the training grounds, where Einhart witnesses a sample of how powerful Nanoha is. Nove explains that the different girls (and Erio) belong to different teams. Vivio offers to spar with Einhart, which she happily accepts.

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid - 05Lutecia lets Corona know that the intelligent device she made for Corona has been completed. Back at the house, Sein arrives from the church to gather eggs and vegetables. That evening, Lutecia announces the opening of the large onsen on the lodge property. Suddenly, the girls become aware of something in the water touching them, which turns out to be Sein. Sein ends up grabbing Rio from behind, leading Rio to emergency activate her intelligent device and kick Sein’s butt. Everyone scolds Sein for her actions, but she ends up turning it back on the girls. Lutecia says she’ll be forgiven if she cooks dinner and breakfast for everyone, something Sein is happy to do. Einhart learns that they are having a two-team battle simulation tomorrow and is excited about that.

Thoughts/Review:

Despite this episode mostly being an excuse to see naked babes in an elaborate onsen, I did like it a lot, and not for the fanservice.

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I liked that Einhart is opening up to Vivio. It has always been evident since we learned of Einhart’s genetic memories that the events of Klaus and Olivie weighed heavily on her. However, in her opening up to Vivio, she admitted how much these memories are starting to overwhelm her, which is sad.

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Seeing Nanoha and company in the cityscape training grounds reminded me a lot of the training Nanoha supervised in the StrikerS series. Even though Nanoha as limiters on her powers, they still can’t touch her. 😉

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Still, this is a pretty impressive training ground that Lutecia built, just for the purpose of a long weekend visit. I got the feeling at times that this place of Lutecia’s and Megane’s will become some kind of paid resort at times in addition to being a farm.

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Sein’s mischief in the onsen made me think of Chamo’s introduction in Negima. For a brief moment, I wanted this to be Yuuno, since Yuuno can shape-shift to a ferret. Of course Yuuno would never do that.  I hope we get to see Yuuno again.  Arf too.

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While on the subject of Sein’s mischief, this was used as an opportunity to showcase Rio’s mage abilities, including the fact that she too can assume teenage form. I’m not sure what the deal is with having these young girls suddenly appear as teenagers in order to fight.

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I note with some interest that Fate, Nanoha, and Megane did not get into the onsen. (Erio not being there is understandable since he’s the only guy in the group.) I would have figured that they would have joined the group with that cliched, “the more, the merrier” mentality. But I guess there’s a limit on how much fanservice can be done, so we’ll have Fate and Nanoha planning the battle simulation, and Megane doing whatever Megane does.

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So, another fun little episode comes to an end. There may not be a lot to this series, but I like it just the same.

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid - 05

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6 Responses to “Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid – 05 (And now, onsen fanservice.)”

  1. andmeuths says:

    A quick worldbuilding note about Rio – having one Mana Conversion Affinity – the ability to convert mana into some kind of elemental magic (Fate and Erio’s affinity is Lightning, for example) is not common. Having two affinities is even rarer. Rio demonstrated two affinities in this episode – Lightning, and Fire. Which was why the entire cast was so impressed.

    http://nanoha.wikia.com/wiki/Mana_Conversion_Affinity

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I guess I need to go back and rewatch the scene. Was there fire and lightning in her attack?

      • andmeuths says:

        It was commented upon, when the cast was impressed by Rio, if I remember correctly.

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          Yeah, I remember the comment. I just didn’t notice a fire-lightning combo when the scene happened. I have since noticed it because I was looking for it. 🙂

  2. Eldritch Gentleman says:

    As far as “turning into teenagers to fight” goes it’s pretty simple. Teenagers have longer reach and more muscle mass than kids which translates to greater effectivness during fights.Since Vivio, Einhart and Rio are primarly hand-to-hand combatants teenage form is very advantageous to them.

    On a non-combat related note… maybe to allow fanboys to swoon over them without making it creepy XD

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Teenagers have longer reach and more muscle mass than kids which translates to greater effectivness during fights.Since Vivio, Einhart and Rio are primarly hand-to-hand combatants teenage form is very advantageous to them.

      I do understand that part, though I think back to when Fate and Nanoha got started at 9 years of age. Of course, they weren’t doing a lot of hand-to-hand then. I also think back to StrikerS, where this adult skill of Nanoha’s was simply due to her heritage. Making Rio (and I guess Corona) have a teen form makes Nanoha’s unique ability not so special any more.

      On a non-combat related note… maybe to allow fanboys to swoon over them without making it creepy XD

      Well, considering how the girls get serviced so far (and someone told me it is more severe in the manga, which doesn’t surprise me), I’m not sure how much that’s a factor. 😆

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