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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
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魔法少女リリカルなのは
(Mahō Shōjo Ririkaru Nanoha)
Genre Adventure, Magical girl
TV anime
Director Akiyuki Shinbo
Writer Masaki Tsuzuki
Studio Japan Seven Arcs
Licensor United States Canada Geneon Entertainment
Network Japan Gifu Broadcasting System, TVS, Mie TV, TVO, CTC, TVK
Original run October 1, 2004December 24, 2004
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (魔法少女リリカルなのは Mahō Shōjo Ririkaru Nanoha?) is an anime television series directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, with screenplay written by Masaki Tsuzuki, and produced by Seven Arcs. It forms part of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series. It was broadcast on UHF for thirteen episodes between October and December 2004. The series is a spin-off of the Triangle Heart series and its story follows a young girl named Nanoha Takamachi who decides to help a young mage named Yūno to recover a set of twenty-one artifacts named the "Jewel Seeds".

Masaki Tsuzuki adapted the series into a novel, which Megami Bunko published in August 2005. Several soundtracks and drama CDs have been adapted from the series. A sequel to the anime series titled Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's produced by Seven Arcs premiered in Japan on October 2005, broadcast on Chiba TV. A film adaptation of the anime series was released on January 23, 2010[1].

Geneon Entertainment licensed the anime series for English-language dubbed release in North America at Anime Expo 2007 (June 29 – July 2). Due to Geneon switching distribution labels between September 2007 and July 2008, Funimation Entertainment distributed the series (in a single DVD compilation-volume boxset) approximately one and a half years after the announcement of the licensing. Many production-credits for the English-language dubbed release were missing.

Moderately well-received by Japanese-language viewers, all DVD volumes peak-ranked seventy-twenty-second and below on the Oricon Animation DVD ranking and remained on the chart for at least two weeks. The series received mixed reviews from English-language critics, with some praising and others criticising the pacing, visual style, and music of the series. G. B. Smith criticized the English-language dubbed release for its inconsistency in direction.

Contents

Plot

The storyline follows Nanoha Takamachi, a nine-year-old Japanese girl attending elementary school, who lives with her parents and her older siblings. Nanoha's regular everyday life ends when she rescues an injured ferret who reveals himself as a young shapeshifting mage named Yūno Scrya. An archaeologist from a parallel universe, Yūno came to Earth to collect a set of twenty-one dangerous ancient artifacts named the "Jewel Seeds" (ジュエルシード Jueru Shīdo?) that he first discovered in his own world. Jewel Seeds give living beings who come into contact with them unnatural powers, often turning them into monsters, and Yūno, injured while trying to collect them, must now rely on Nanoha while he convalesces in ferret form. He gives Nanoha an "intelligent device" (magical wand) called "Raising Heart" (レイジングハート Reijingu Hāto?), and she unexpectedly shows strong aptitude for magic. As the two gather the Jewel Seeds, Nanoha learns magic from Yūno while continuing with her ordinary everyday life.

In retrieving her sixth Jewel Seed, Nanoha encounters another mage named Fate Testarossa and her familiar named Arf. More than a year before the story began, Fate's mother, Precia Testarossa, went insane when her daughter Alicia died, initiating "Project Fate", an illegal research program of cloning and resurrection, making her a fugitive from the interdimensional police known as Time-Space Administration Bureau (TSAB). Precia cloned Alicia to create Fate and implanted her with Alicia's memories; nevertheless, she cannot care for Fate as she did for Alicia and abuses her regularly. Despite this, Fate is extremely loyal to her due to Alicia's happy childhood memories, which she takes as her own. In the series, Precia uses Fate to collect Jewel Seeds and reach Al Hazard, a mythical world where Alicia could be truly brought back to life.

Nanoha and Fate repeatedly face off against each other over each new Jewel Seed they find, and the TSAB soon interferes to prevent the collateral damage caused by their battles. Nanoha eventually manages to overpower Fate and brings her to the TSAB, prompting Precia to abandon her and attempt a dimensional jump to Al Hazard with the power of the few Jewel Seeds that Fate managed to gather thus far. Gathering her resolve, Fate decides to aid the TSAB and Nanoha in their fight to stop Precia. Although they manage to minimize the destructive side effects of using the Jewel Seeds, they fail to prevent Precia from finishing the spell, and her final whereabouts are unknown. Fate and Nanoha decide to become friends, but Fate must first travel to TSAB homeworld to prove she was an unwilling accessory in Precia's crimes.

Production

Nanoha Takamachi first appeared as a minor character in the eroge visual novel Triangle Heart 3 released on December 8, 2000.[2] She first appeared, cast as a magical girl, on the merchandise CD Triangle Heart 3 ~Lyrical Toy Box~ released on June 29, 2001 and that was written by Masaki Tsuzuki, the creator of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha franchise.[3][4] Nanoha's first appearance in animation was in the first episode of the Triangle Heart 3 OVA-adaptation series that released on July 24, 2003.[5]

Seven Arcs produced the anime television series Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha with direction by Akiyuki Shinbo and screenplay written by Masaki Tsuzuki. Broadcast across six stations of the Japanese Association of Independent Television Stations, it premiered on October 1, 2004 and aired weekly for thirteen episodes until its conclusion on December 25, 2004.[6] Hiroaki Sano produced the music for the series. The series uses two pieces of theme music; the opening theme is "Innocent Starter" performed by Nana Mizuki, and the ending theme is "Little Wish (Lyrical Step)" performed by Yukari Tamura. The series was released across five Region 2 DVD compilation volumes in Japan between January 26, 2005 and May 25, 2005.[7]

At Anime Expo 2007 (June 29 – July 2), Geneon Entertainment announced its acquisition of the English-language license of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and of its sequel, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's.[8] However, Geneon cancelled its distribution agreement with ADV Films in September 2007.[9] Funimation Entertainment acquired rights for distribution of Geneon titles in July 2008, after which, Funimation announced that they would soon began distributing the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series.[10] Funimation began distributing the English release in a single Region 1 DVD compilation-volume boxset on December 29, 2008.[11] The release was dubbed by Geneon Entertainment in association with World Production Group.[12]

Adaptations

CDs

King Records released two maxi singles and two albums in Japan. "Innocent Starter" was released on October 6, 2004.[13] "Little Wish (Lyrical Step)" came out on October 21, 2004.[14] Alive & Kicking was released on December 8, 2004 and contained the insert song "Take a Shot" that was featured in twelfth episode of the anime television series.[15] The soundtrack album titled Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Original Sound Track that contained the background music used throughout the anime television series was released on May 11, 2005 and contains forty-one tracks.[16]

Drama CDs

King Records has released three drama CD adaptations of the series in Japan. The first, titled Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Sound Stage 01, appeared on November 26, 2004 and contained sixteen tracks; its story takes place between episodes two and three of the anime television series.[17] Sound Stage 02 followed on January 13, 2005 containing nineteen tracks, and its story takes place between episodes five and six of the anime series.[18] King Records released the final CD, Sound Stage 03, on April 6, 2005; it contains sixteen tracks, and its story takes place after the conclusion of the anime series.[19]

Novel

Megami Bunko published a one-hundred-eighty-page novelized adaptation titled Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (魔法少女リリカルなのは Mahō Shōjo Ririkaru Nanoha?) (ISBN 978-4-05-903506-8) on September 30, 2005. Masaki Tsuzuki wrote the text and Kōji Hasegawa did the illustrations. The plot of the book follows the same story as the anime television series.[20]

Film

An anime film titled Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 1st and adapted from the anime television series is scheduled to premiere in Japan on January 23, 2010.[21] Aniplex displayed a trailer of the film as well as character-design sketches and original drawings at its booth at Tokyo International Anime Fair 2009.[22] Although the film retells the same story as the anime television series, Masaki Tsuzuki emphasized that the movie is not necessarily the "true history" of the story, but a "new parallel history."[4] A manga based on the movie began publication in November 2009[citation needed].

Reception

In Japan, the first DVD compilation-volume peak-ranked 38th on the Oricon DVD chart and remained on the chart for three weeks.[23] The second through fifth DVD volumes each peak-ranked 39th, 29th, 72nd, and 49th respectively and remained on the chart for two weeks.[24][25][26][27] Before Geneon Entertainment's announcement of its acquisition of the license for the series at Anime Expo 2007, ICv2 reported that the series had gained a reputation among United States "hardcore" fans for its use of technology as a replacement for magic and being a magical girl series that uncharacteristically deals with more "real" and "intense" social problems.[28] Geneon's lack of a distributor between September 2007 and July 2008 left many English-language fans wondering as to what would occur to the distribution status of the series that Geneon had licensed - including Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. A fan pointed out that the English-languaged dubbed DVD boxset did not contain the credits for the director, automated dialogue replacement script adapter, and some voice actors. Many English-language viewers, even the more knowledgeable, reported being largely unfamiliar with many of the names of the English-language voice actors who contributed to the work.[12]

Anime News Network's Carl Kimlinger described the anime series as one filled with typical magical-girl tropes and as one that takes otaku-targeted entertainment to "its logical extreme" - filled with what he described as a "neutron-star" of otaku obsessions.[29] Although Tim Jones of THEM Anime Reviews noted that the series did contain aspects typical of the magical girl genre, he stated that the anime had several unique aspects such as featuring characters fighting "physically" instead at long-range with magic and targeting "an older male demographic".[30] Davey C. Jones of Active Anime praised the series for building up to "intense double climax" with the revelation of Fate's backstory and the final battle on Precia's ship.[31] However, Mania Entertainment's Chris Beveridge criticized the anime series as too rushed, stating that it would have been "more engaging and fun" as a twenty-six-episode-long series as opposed to its current length of thirteen episodes.[32] Tim Jones lauded the last five episodes of the series as its highlight due to the dramatic change in style the series underwent introducing "intrigue and excitement" to the show, criticizing the first few episodes as "most forgettable, boring, and just plain uninteresting episodes of any show [he had] ever seen".[30] Both Beveridge and Kimlinger criticized the series for conveying a sense of maturity that is "out of place" in a storyline that follows third-grade characters at the age of nine.[29][32]

Beveridge described the anime series as having well-designed visuals with character designs produced with "strong, vibrant colors" that "all come across very well".[32] Davey C. Jones praised the visual effects applied to the spells as making them "look extra spiffy and, well, magical".[31] Kimlinger noted the use of multiple animation directors who gave "each episode a distinct look" and allowed the series to "retain a level of stylistic continuity" that he described as resulting in an "uneven, but ... undeniably appealing" look.[29] Although Tim Jones praised the character designs as "distinct enough to distinguish [between] the fairly large cast", he criticized the animation quality as ranging from "okay to downright lazy". He stated that "aside from the great opening song, the music, though good, is forgettable", but described the ending theme as "lame". Beveridge stated that the "solid" musical score helps convey the "action cleanly".[32]

Mania Entertainment's G. B. Smith criticized the English-language dubbed release by Geneon for having several inconsistencies in the performances, pronunciation of names and localization, but accredited these faults to the direction. Smith praised the voice actors in the English dub for the many of the main characters, stating that "here are several A rank performances that shine quite well"; however, Smith stated that "there is a noticeable drop off in the quality of the voices and the performances in the lesser and incidental characters." Smith noted that the subtitles and English dub diverged "sharply" in the way they name characters. Additionally, Smith criticized the English script for being excessively lip-synched producing "Weird Sounding English".[12]

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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (2004–2007) is a magical girl anime series produced by Seven Arcs and loosely based on the Triangle Heart series of games.

Contents

Season 1 (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha)

Is This What You Call a Mysterious Encounter? [1.1]

The first episode of the series introduces Nanoha and shows how her powers were first awakened.
Nanoha Takamachi: Under this great big sky, there are thousands, no, tens of thousands of people. All kinds of people with all sorts of wishes and feelings hiding inside. Sometimes, a person's emotions can touch and clash with someone else's. And there's people whose feelings can bond with another so perfectly, they can talk without saying a word. Well, this is a story about people like that, and what happens when they eventually meet. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is about to start!

Nanoha: I am the one who has been given a mission. Under the contract, release those powers unto me. Winds to the sky, stars to the heavens, and the unyielding soul to this heart! Magic to these hands! Raising Heart, set up!
Raising Heart: Stand by, ready. Set up.It's a veary good anime

My Magical Incantation is Lyrical? [1.2]

In this episode, Nanoha learns of the Jewel Seeds and starts trying to find and seal them.
Nanoha Takamachi: What'll you do when your powers come back?
Yuuno Scrya: I'll continue searching for the Jewel Seeds... alone.
Nanoha: I can't let you do that.

Nanoha: The way I see it, if someone needs your help and you have the power to help them out, there shouldn't be a doubt as to what you should do.

The Town's in a Lot of Danger? [1.3]

A Jewel Seed causes a city-wide catastrophe in Nanoha's home of Uminari City.
Raising Heart: Area search.
Nanoha Takamachi: Lyrical, magical! Search for the root of this terrible misfortune!

Nanoha: Now I can seal it away!
Yuuno Scrya: It's impossible from here, you have to get closer!
Nanoha: It's all right, I can do it! We can do it, can't we, Raising Heart?
Raising Heart: Shooting Mode. Set up.

Nanoha: (voiceover) That was my first mistake since becoming a mage. It doesn't feel too good when you realize that you're the reason for someone else's suffering. And when I decided to help Yuuno, I knew that, or I thought I did... From now on, I'll do better than my best. I'll give it everything I've got. This isn't just for Yuuno anymore, this is my decision, my choice. I'll collect every last one of those Jewel Seeds. I'll make sure that something like this never happens again.

This is a Town of Hot Water, Uminari Hot Springs! [1.5]

Even while going to a hot spring to relax, Nanoha worries about the Jewel Seeds and the mysterious girl she met.
Yuuno Scrya: Nanoha, go after the girl!
Arf: Do you really think I'd let that happen?!
Yuuno: I'll make sure it happens!

Feelings That Can't Be Understood? [1.6]

Nanoha's friends start to notice her preoccupation with Fate and with her activities as a magical girl.
Arisa Bannings: It just irritates me! It's obvious that she's worried about something. And it's obvious that she's trying to decide on something and that she's in trouble! But no matter how much we ask her, or offer to help with it, she won't tell us anything. She's lying straight to our faces about everything!
Suzuka Tsukimura: No matter how good a friend we are, there are some things that we just can't tell each other.

Is This a Third Magician? [1.7]

Amidst Fate and Nanoha's continuing fight for the Jewel Seeds, a third group arrives.
Nanoha Takamachi: Wait a minute... All I want to do is talk to you for a bit, Fate. I have an idea though. I'm not some spoiled kid, so if you wanna fight, let's fight. But if I win... Will you talk to me?

There's a Really Big Crisis? [1.8]

Nanoha meets with the Time-Space Administration Bureau and learns the full details of the situation.
Lindy Harlaown: On rare occasions, worlds are born that evolve too much, too quickly. When the pressure of that evolution becomes too great, they tend to destroy themselves through technology and science.

The Decisive Battle Above the Ocean [1.9]

The last of the Jewel Seeds are sealed away by Nanoha and Fate working together.
Yuuno Scrya: (stopping Arf) Hold it right there! We're not here to fight with you, we're here to help her!
Crono Harlaown: Are you insane?! What do you think you're doing?!
Nanoha Takamachi: I'm really, really sorry about disobeying your orders... but I can't leave her alone like this!

Nanoha: (silently) Someone to share my feelings... Someone with whom I can split the loneliness and sadness in half... That's it. Now I understand what I want. I want to share my feelings with this girl. (out loud to Fate) All I want... is to be friends.

Memories That Lie Beyond Time [1.11]

Fate and Nanoha battle for the last time.
Nanoha Takamachi: Try this one. It's a variation of my Divine Buster!
Raising Heart: Starlight Breaker.
Nanoha: Now with greatest power! Starlight... Breaker!!

The Time of the Sealing of our Fates [1.12]

The Time-Space Administration, aided by Nanoha, advances to the final battle against Precia Testarossa.
Crono Harlaown: You can choose whether or not you want to run away from reality, or you can face it head on like everyone else who's ever suffered!

Nanoha Takamachi: Chrono-kun, what’s going to happen to Fate-chan now? Chrono Harlaown: Even under the circumstances, she can’t deny that she was an accomplice in the dimensional interference. It’s because this is a felony. Normally, the punishment for this would be imprisonment for a couple hundred years… Nanoha Takamachi: No way! Chrono Harlaown: However! The situation is unique this time, and it’s clear that she didn’t willingly participate in the crime. All that’s really left is getting the higher-ups to understand. But I’m confident in my ability to do that, so don’t worry. The Time-Space Administration Bureau isn’t so cold as to question a girl who unknowingly committed a sin when she was simply trying to fulfill her mother’s wish Nanoha Takamachi: Chrono-kun, are you really a nice person underneath everything? Chrono Harlaown: (blushes) A-as a government official, it’s only natural to make such a remark! It’s not like I’m voicing my own opinion!

Nanoha Takamachi: You don’t have to be so embarrassed about it
Chrono Harlaown: I’m not being embarrassed about anything! What?! Don’t laugh!

Season 2 (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's)

The Beginning Comes Suddenly [2.1]

Six months after the first season, Nanoha is living peacefully when she is suddenly attacked.
Nanoha Takamachi: Lyrical, magical! Glimmers to be blessings, come into my hands. Ring and echo under the guidance. Divine Shooter... Shoot!

Nanoha Takamachi: Listen to me...
Raising Heart: Divine...
Nanoha: To what I have to say!
Raising Heart: Buster.

With the Broken Past and Present [2.7]

Fate, Nanoha, and Amy keep an eye on the Wolkenritter while the senior members of the TSAB are back at headquarters.
Amy Limiette: Oh well, I'm sure there won't be that many emergencies going on while they're gone. (sirens sound)

Vita: Hey you! Nano-something or other!
Nanoha Takamachi: It's me, Nanoha! Na-no-ha!

Christmas Eve [2.9]

The master of the Book of Darkness is finally revealed to Nanoha and Fate, and the final battle begins.
Nanoha Takamachi: So I'll be... a demon. (activates Raising Heart) Maybe I am a little demonic. But you're going to listen whether you like it or not!

Destiny [2.10]

Nanoha and Fate are attacked by the Book of Darkness itself as it seeks to avenge the knights
Aria Lieze: Chrono, release us from your bind. We can only freeze them in the few minutes when it starts to out of control.
Chrono Harlaown: But even then, the mistress of the Book of Darkness won’t be a horrible criminal who would deserve the punishment of being eternally frozen. That’s illegal.
Lotte Lieze: Because of that…! Because of that law, this tragedy has been allowed to repeat itself. Even Clyde-kun… even your father had to…
Graham: Lotte.
Chrono: There’s another problem with your plan besides its legality, Admiral. First of all, releasing them from that frozen existence shouldn’t be all that difficult. No matter where you hide it, no matter how much you try to protect it from everyone, someone will find it one day and try to use it as their own. Anger and sadness… desire and lust… Such wishes will lead people to it… to this sealed power…

A Gift For Christmas Eve [2.11]

Nanoha continues to fight the Book of Darkness, now in hopes of rescuing Fate.
Nanoha Takamachi: (addressing the Book of Darkness) Nothing is forever. It can't be. 'Cause everyone changes. Whether they want to or not, they need to change. Myself... Even you!

Book of Darkness: Just drift off to sleep, and you can live happy in that world for the rest of forever. A lovely, warm, never-ending dream.
Hayate Yagami: I can't. Because that's only a dream.

Night's End, Journey's End [2.12]

The battle against the Book of Darkness comes to its final conclusion.
Crono Harlaown: We can never change the past. What's done... is done! That's why I'm going to fight now, and change the future!

Nanoha Takamachi: All right, here we go, Fate, and Hayate! (those two nod) Now with greatest power! Starlight...
Fate Testarossa: Sudden lightning! Plasma Zanbar...
Hayate Yagami: I'm sorry... and good night. Echo, whistle of lasting closure! Ragnarok...
All three together: Breaker!

Season 3 (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS)

A Wish for the Pair [3.8]

What was supposed to be a simple training battle causes chaos amidst the members of the Sixth Mobile Division.
Nanoha Takamachi: I wasn’t at the scene but Vice-captain Vita has already scolded you. So I think you’ve already reflected on your mistake. I won’t scold you a second time. But Teana, I think you try too hard every now and then. It’s becoming a bit of a problem. You have to remember that you aren’t fighting alone. Our position in combat has us surrounded by allies. That’s why you made your mistake today. Think about it carefully and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Nanoha Takamachi: It’s strange. You two, what happened to you? I know you’re trying your best, but a mock battle isn’t a brawl. If you’re just pretending to listen during practice and then being this dangerous during the real thing, then training has no meaning, does it? Let’s do it properly, like we do in practice. My training… is it really that wrong?
Tiana Lanster: (crying, screaming) I just don't want anyone to get hurt anymore! I don't want to lose anything anymore!
Subaru Nakajima: Tia...
Tiana Lanster: That's why I want to get stronger! (prepares a spell)
Nanoha Takamachi: Why don't you cool your head a bit? (prepares a spell) Cross fire.
Tiana Lanster: Phantom Bla-
Nanoha Takamachi: Shoot. (The spell nullifies Teana's attack and stuns her)
Subaru Nakajima: Tea! A bind?
Nanoha Takamachi: Stay still and watch. (fires again)
Subaru Nakajima: Nanoha-san! (Tea gets hit again) Tea!
Nanoha Takamachi: The mock battle ends here. Today, the two of you have been shot down.

An Important Experience [3.09]

The forwards come to learn about a near-death experience in Nanoha's past that influenced the way she trains recruits

Shamal: Nanoha-chan apologized to all of us for pushing herself too far and kept smiling in front of us, but having been told she might not be able to walk again, let alone be able to fly, I can’t imagine how she must have felt.
Signum: (To Teana) There are battles that must not be lost even if it means being reckless or risking your life. However, that time you missed your shot, was it a situation where you had to shoot even if you risked the safety or life of your comrade? Using a move like that in training, just whose sake was that for? What was it for?
Shario Finenio: Nanoha-san doesn’t want any of you to go through what she did. So that you don’t have to push yourself and to be absolutely, positively sure that you come back safe and sound, she has been training you with care, thinking about your safety the entire time.

Pain to Pain [3.13]

The real reason for Section 6's founding is revealed, as the division attempts to identify their enemies and care for Vivio

Hayate Yagami: (seeing a crying Vivio latching on to Nanoha) I guess there are some opponents even the Ace of Aces can’t defeat.

Fate Testarossa-Harlaown: How have you been, brother?
Chrono Harlaown: (embarrassed) Don’t say that. We’re both adults now.
Fate Testarossa-Harlaown: That has nothing to do with us being brother and sister, Chrono.

Hayate Yagami: To me, you’re the people who saved my life and my beloved friends. I don’t know what will happen to Section Six, but…
Fate Testarossa-Harlown: You already told us that when we joined. Both Nanoha and I chose to be here knowing that. It’s okay.
Nanoha Takamachi: Besides, getting me into the instructors’ squad and setting up Fate-chan’s examinations were things you and your whole family was instrumental in
Fate Testarossa-Harlown: So now we need to help you achieve your dreams.
Hayate Takamachi: That’s no good, we’ll keep helping each other forever.
Fate Testarossa-Harlown: That’s what friends are for.
Nanoha Takamachi: (salutes) Commander Yagami, I don’t think that you’re doing anything wrong right now.
Fate Testarossa-Harlown: (salutes) So it’s okay. Give us your orders like always with pride in your heart.

Mothers&Children [3.14]

The Forwards go out with the captains while they discuss dealing with the prophecy and the potential threat of Lieutenant General Regius's proposed inspection

Verossa Acous: (on Hayate) Rare skills, powerful magic, strong power and the authority to have other people serve her; having that power implies a degree of isolation. That’s what I think. Of course, she’ll be needed. She’ll be relied on. But not as a person, it’ll be the power she possesses being relied on. (pause) Of course, that’s an extreme case. It’s not actually like that.
Teana Lanster: Yes, I see. “Pressure and loneliness come with power.”
Verossa Acous: Anyway, what I’m trying to say is, well, I’m sure that a lot of things will happen between the commander and the front line members, but I’d like you to treat her not just as a superior, but as a person, another girl. Not just Hayate but the captains, too.
Teana Lanster: (salutes) Roger. The frontline members will do the best they can.

Pain to Pain [3.21]

The members of Division 6 fight desperately against Scaglietti's forces

Dieci: Using such a small girl to power such a huge ship, is it really something we have to do? I’m not really sure about this “Engineer’s Revenge.”

"Quattro: Oh, that. That’s just the Doctor’s excuse. Doesn’t mean a thing.

Dieci: Really?
Quattro: He’s always had one goal: The completion of biomanipulation technology and the creation of a space to do that. The Cradle is here to make that dream a reality. Well, I’m sure a minimum of several thousand people are going to die here, but it won’t even take a hundred years to make up for that. The Doctor’s research is here to save people! What’s wrong, Dieci-chan? Have you stopped beliieving in your big sister and the Doctor?
Dieci: No, that’s not it. Not at all, but… when I see such a weak small life, living and moving like this, I think that maybe they don’t have anything to do with it.
Quattro: Before you saw them, you could easily pull the trigger, right?
Dieci: Sorry, I just got distracted for a second.
Quattro: Really?
Dieci: I’ll do as I was ordered. If I don’t, it’ll be bad for my sisters on the ground.

Quattro: (thinks) Stupid Dieci-chan, you’re a boring girl like Cinque and Sei. A weak life that can’t do anything is no different than an insect’s. No matter how many you kill, more will keep being born. Playing with them and abusing them, throwing them into a cage and watchng them suffer, it’s so much fun! Right?


Lutecia Alpine: Zest will be gone soon. Agito will go somewhere too, I’m sure. But when this festival is over, Doctor, Uno and the others will look for XI for me. Then my mom will come back. Then I won’t be unhappy anymore.
Caro ru Lushe: That’s not true!
Lutecia Alpine : I don’t like talking to you.
Caro ru Lushe: If you want to be happy, then no matter how unhappy you are, you can’t make others unhappy or hurt them! If you do that, you won’t find what you want, especially happiness!

Stars Strike [3.23]

While the Forwards begin gaining the advantage over the Combat Cyborgs, Nanoha reaches Vivio, only for her to attack

Mach Caliber: You taught me the reason for my being here, my strength and power which you adore so much. Don’t make everything a lie.
Subaru Nakajima: (in a flashback) When a war or a disaster or something bad happens, I want to be able to save people who are sad, in pain, and shouting “Save me!” To take them straight to somewhere safe by my own power. (thinking in the present) To be honest, I’m always scared and uneasy about fighting, about hurting someone, my hands still shake. But this power in my hands isn’t to destroy, it’s to protect. The power to break through a sad reality.

Lightning [3.24]

Fate battles with the mastermind behind the entire incident while Erio and Caro battle the summoner Lutecia.
Erio Mondial: Fate isn't wrong about anything.
Caro Ru Lusie: If she's in doubt, then we will be right there by her side. If she's in trouble, we'll be right there to save her.
Erio: If she, for some reason, is wrong, we'll be there to scold her and then return back to her. We, all of us are here for her.
Caro: So, don't lose. Don't hesitate.
Together: Fight!

Fate Testarossa: Sorry and thank you, Erio, Caro. There’s nothing to doubt, right? Because I was weak, I was hesitating and worrying. I will probably always repeat this. That’s fine. Because all of that makes me.

Teana Lanster: I don’t know what you’ve been through, but if you recognize your crimes and seek asylum, I think you’ll be allowed a fresh start.
Nove: There’s no way that’ll happen. We’re combat cyborgs. There’s no way of life to us other than just fighting and winning! (Deed tries to get up but Vice hits her in the head with a perfectly aimed sniper bullet, knocking her out. Teana advances on Nove and holds her dagger to her throat)
Teana Lanster: Even weapons that exist only for fighting can laugh and live kindly. (Cut to Subaru holding Ginga in her arms) You may have been born a combat cyborg, but I know a girl who’s more human than anyone, who’s stupidly kind and tries her best.

Quattro: (hearing of her sisters’ defeat) They’re all complete losers. Well, it’ll all work out if I’m around? Right, Doctor?

Final Limit [3.25]

The final battles wind down to their conclusions on the Saint's Cradle.
Vita: If I don't destroy it, it'll hurt everybody! I won't be able to protect Hayate and Nanoha! If I can't break through that shielding, there's no point! So then, Eisen! Break through it!

Raising Heart: Wide Area Search successful. Coordinates are specific. Distance calculated.
Nanoha Takamachi: Found you!
Quattro: Area search? No way! She's been looking for me this whole time? But this is the deepest part of the Cradle. Nobody could make it all the way down here... (glances at readout, eyes widen) She's going to just blast through the walls? Oh Dear Mother of God!
Raising Heart: Clearance confirmation. Firing lock is cancelled.
Nanoha: Blaster Three! Divine... Buster!

Vivio: All my sadness, my pain, they were fake, created things. I can't be allowed to live!
Nanoha Takamachi: You're wrong. No matter how you were born, the Vivio that's there crying is not a fake or something that was merely created. She's the spoiled girl who cries all the time and can't even get up on her own when she trips. The girl who hates her green peppers, the girl who pats me on the head when I'm lonely... My beloved Vivio. I'm not your real mama, but I'm going to try my best to be. So don't say that you can't be allowed to live. Tell me your true feelings.
Vivio: I... Nanoha-mama... I love you! I want to be with you forever! Mama... Save me!
Nanoha: I will. Whenever, no matter what happens!

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