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Magical Girl Nanoha and me picking up an old show

Well, you know there’s something called the “internet”? You know that there are certain not so perfectly legit sites out there…

And you know that when you’re a fan of Yukarin and Nana-chan…?

Well, lo and behold, I got all the Nanoha seasons…hey, sue me.

(Actually, on second thought, don’t. Because now I’m nearly flat broke. Except I live in Taiwan and somehow I’m surviving.)

Nanoha is a magical girl show that take the classic formula and adds a lot of emotional struggles and drama. Stuff that used to appear in the last four episodes of every Sailor Moon series (yes, I watched every episode and movie of Sailor Moon), appears very early in Nanoha. But the classic qualities of a magical girl is there – compassion, understanding, a fighting stick, a magical animal…

OK wait, WHO THE HELL MAKE THE STICK COMPUTER ACTIVATED??? Oh sure, we’re told that it’s still about magical powers, but hey!

Road Siruva Cartriji (Load silver cartrige)!

That’s a second seson thing. I’m only on episode 4 of season 2.

OK, OK, let me get this straight, so…this show was massively popular so that’s why they made FOUR seasons, right?

I dunno. I kind of like it. Even though it’s really because Tamura Yukari (YUKARINNNN) and Mizuki Nana are in it. Oh and Fate is soooooo cute!

Other than that, it really doesn’t impress an anime veteran that much. I do feel that unlike the classic magical girl show with like 40 + episodes, it’s nice to see everything wrap up in 13 episodes. I do also have to say that, damn, the new millenium magical girl shows sure are rather unhappy at times.

Not to mention Nanoha gets her ass kicked so often it is not even funny. What happened to super power ups and transformations in the middle of desperation?

The 21 century is desperate and ass-sucking indeed. Fuck the new millenium.

Strike Witches: The Evil Without

In our roundtable discussion on whether or not anime is art, Ray brought up an excellent point about that infamous scifi-fantasy-loli-pantsu fanservice vehicle, Strike Witches.  To wit, though the show has actual fodder for intellectual discussion, the mere fact that it shows school girls in a permanent pantyshot state renders this moot for the vast majority of viewers.  You cannot rehabilitate such a thing, the argument goes.  No amount of light will overpower this darkness.

Gaze into the abyss!

Nevertheless, with licensing confirmed for S1 and a second season reportedly on the way, an attempt should be made to see just what is good about this show.  And so, with both eyes open – fully cognizant of the anti-intellectual properties of the show – let us try to find some spark of creativity inside.

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