Sunday, November 06, 2005
Mahou Shoujo Rirical Yuri Aesu 3
Nanoha's an interesting series--a mahou shoujo series for guys, as a wise fan once described it. Take your average mahou shoujo show and add more action to it, plus magic weapons that talk in Engrish, no commercial tie-ins to sell toys, and no Kero-chan flying around eating all the food in the house. The result is pretty fun to watch--I'd buy the R1 DVD, although the odds are Nanoha will never get licensed--and if it did Congress would probably pass a law saying it's illegal because of the transformation sequences. I have to admit the fanservice sometimes makes me feel like a roripedofiend for watching it, since the majority of the cast is, like, eight years old. Scenes like this one from episode three make me think they're deliberately trying to give the loli-yuri doujinshi authors ideas...and no, they don't kiss next, they just hug.
Episode 3 took a break from the fighting for plot exposition and for Nanoha and Fate to recover from the smackdown in episode 2--and looks like next time Raging Heart will be Raging Heart Rabu Cartridge Level Up or something like that. The cartridge system thing is interesting, although if it's so powerful, why doesn't everyone in the magic world just use it? They mentioned it's "dangerous", but the Cloud Knights have been using it for a while and haven't blown themselves up yet. One cool thing about Nanoha is the bad guys aren't completely bad (well, Fate's mom was, but Fate herself wasn't)...I'm looking forward to seeing what this season's "bad guys" real motivations are. Although usually regardless of the reason, good people don't go activating things called the "Book of Darkness".