Remember ViVid Strike!…? Well, say hello to Vivio’s “mom”!
It’s been three years since I first saw ViVid Strike!, so how I missed all the “back-story” of that Anime until very recently is beyond me….
Welcome to the Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha universe!
This whole story begins way back around the time of Cardcaptor Sakura, or a bit afterward, with Nanoha and Nanoha A’s: We meet fourth-grader Nanoha as a normal girl (no surprise there), who, one day, just so happens to happen upon an injured ferret who, in reality, is a mage, named Yuuno, from another world (also not very surprising). Nanoha then becomes the Sailor Moon version of Cardcaptor Sakura and tries to collect a number of crystalline relics for her ferret friend — in a race against a troubled adversary whom she ends up defeating and then befriending. Nanoha, and the once-adversary Fate, then have to face off against a grimoire’s quartet of avatars, in A’s, all while the grimoire’s afflicted owner is blissfully unaware of everything going on (until the end, when she uses her power to fix the broken grimoire at long freaking last…).
In Nanoha StrikerS, Nanoha and her magical friends are all grown up and subsequently stupidly powerful. So, it’s only natural that they wanna spend substantial time training newbies in magical girl-ness (“gayer-than-rainbows” gynoid Subaru among them) all-the-while some bad guy’s trying to kill them all off. It is during this series that some of the familiar ViVid Strike! characters are introduced — including Vivio (a test-tube baby who manages to escape her captivity), Lutecia (a summoner child with “troubles,” is a teenaged Sister in ViVid who helps organize the “fight-of-ages” between Fuuka and Rinne), Nove (owner of the gym Fuuka attends, who’s a teenaged “numbers” test-tube creation based on Subaru in StrikerS), and even Miura at the very end of StrikerS (she appears as a little kid in a photo with Vice during the end-credits of the very last episode).
Finally, we have Nanoha ViVid! With this series come fresh new animation style and story into the mix. This series, in short, is the primer for the events of ViVid Strike!, and more of the familiar ViVid fighters are introduced alongside being re-familiarized with some of the “old favourites.” Many of the “numbers” from StrikerS are now Sisters of the church of “Sankt Kaiser,” and Nove is working to become a coach and trainer for fighters. Vivio, Nanoha, and Fate are now a proper family, and Vivio herself is beginning her training with Nove as a celebrity fighter. Miura is being trained by Hayate’s grimoir’s avatars Vita and Zafira, and has yet to transfer to Nove’s team. Einhart is this series’ Rinne, feeling she has to be the strongest person alive and that the whole world is against her — though, she has a far more “sway-able” heart than Rinne it seems; only two episodes in, she’s already trying to work alongside Nove, Vivio, and the others.
All caught up, now! Now…, consider how ALL this would be very different if Yuuno had the magical prowess to collect the “jewel seeds” on his own…!
If you were like me, and happened to watch ViVid Strike! before all the Nanoha lead-up series, well thankfully ViVid is stand-alone enough that it doesn’t really matter. That said, as I’ve found, knowing where those characters ultimately came from made re-watching ViVid afterward a lot more enlightening.