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The Juniper’s Tree Trilogy Has Come to an End︱The Journey of Writing a Full-Length Series

Thank You to the Readers

Thank you! Everyone who purchased and took the time to read my book. I am really thankful for those who took the time to leave me feedback and reviews, too. 🙏 Thank you again, I am eternally grateful to you all. It brings tears to my eyes, to know that people actually enjoy a story that I put my whole heart and soul into writing.

If any of you are interested and want to read a three-part series, the last novel will be free-to-read on January 18, 2021. If you want to catch up, here’s the link to my Fiction Press account: https://www.fictionpress.com/u/1143214/

Thank you again to those who read and pre-ordered the novel.

Special Q&A

⚠️ These are spoiler-free answers, if you haven’t read my books, yet — I hint at some things, but that’s about it ⚠️

Q: How do you come up with names for your characters?

A: It was a culmination of spiritual intuition, some of them were personal choices, and others were just puns. Like “Alise” (“a lease”) — you’ll get the cruel innuendo after you read the first book. “Warren Graves” is an anagram, props to those who have figured it out. The name “George” means martyr. And “Juniper” is a reference to the “juniper tree” in the Bible, she’s a protector… to the best of her ability, she tries to be. In my new series (“Suffer, My Desire”), the name Monét Blanchard literally means white money — I hope that giving that away doesn’t provide you with too much of a red herring. But, her subplot gets pretty crazy, so I doubt revealing that alone will lead to any meaningful predictions about her character.

Q: What songs remind you of each book in the series, and why?

A: I’m probably going to sound like a huge nerd for saying this, but for the first book (“Apotheosis”) — I was listening to “Forever Lost” (MYTH & ROID), “Goodbye Happiness” (Hikaru Utada), and “The Spaniards” (William Patrick Corgan). During the second novel (“Lovers”) — the bad guys are these crazy, plasticine television personalities… they both have dual sides to them, and yet, the two of them happen to be the perfect couple (so, in their insanity, they both understand each other, like Bonnie and Clyde). I was listening to a lot of Avenged Sevenfold during the production of that book, particularly “Afterlife” and “Roman Sky” — I was also listening to “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones, too, the single reminded me of Warren Graves as a character, so it kind of extended into the third book as well. “Endeavor” (Shaylee and Florence McNair) reminded me of Elizabeth Gardner’s struggle to accept her destiny, as well as Juniper Jamison’s stalwart determination, and “Sweet Lies” (Kanako Itō) reminded me of the Ashton Williams character. In the third book (“Nothing in the World”) —  I was listening to Hikaru Utada’s Hatsukoi album a lot during the second and third books, so “Yūnagi” bilaterally bridged the conclusion to the story, it became an accidental anthem for the inevitably bittersweet ending. The main song that reminded me of Nephthys during her remembrance of the past were “Static” and “Every Other Ghost” (Mili), I have been really obsessed with the Millennium Mother album for years, so Mili has been a big influence on certain creative aesthetics that I like.

Q: Writing rituals?

A: I just write what comes to mind. I don’t write notes, because keeping them around is confusing, if I get a great idea — I just outline the premise and then write down everything I can remember. If an idea is lost, it means that it wasn’t worth keeping. Good ideas are the ones you obsess over. I knew that I should start writing this series, when I started becoming more engrossed with my original characters than some of my favorite fictional characters of years past.

Q: How do you make the covers for your books?

A: They are just photographs. The cover for the first series is a picture that @SakihataLily took during a beautiful day. I decided to use it, after asking for their permission, because just looking at the scenery gave me a sense of emotional catharsis. The spin-off series cover was a picture that I, myself, took. I was stuck in traffic on a highway road and this vehicle’s engine just exploded and there were plumes of smoke rising up, I thought that I would use it for something someday. I’m not a very good artist, the only things that I’ve ever been told that I’m extremely good at is writing and singing, so I just took the indie route. I hope to start a fundraising page, after I code a BETA version of the visual novel that I’m working on… I would love to see my characters come to life, with the help of a talented artist.

Q: How did you come up with the idea for the 真柏Project universe?

Note: The characters in 真柏Project, mean “jun • ni • pa”

A: It’s weird, last March, I was at a very low point in my life. Some very bad things happened, followed by indecent behavior from people I though were nice, normal people — not only did the betrayal occur, but I witnessed very heinous crimes that shook me and made it so that I could never see sex-trafficking adverts, without feeling sick to my stomach. Not only that, but a cruel display from people who are so wealthy, that they frequently get away with murder. I began questioning whether Biblical “goodness” was something deemed beneath people of a certain status. It was a full-blown crisis. And so, I was forced to question my immediate reality, so it was weird. One morning, I just woke up and the entire trilogy was written in my head. All three books. It was like God had handed me the blueprint, answers to my concurrent anguish, and I just ran with it. Some of the plot points and characters were archetypes that I had experimented with before, but… in that one day, I suddenly knew exactly what I wanted to make the story about.

Q: What techniques do you use while writing your characters?

A: I have always been more of an introvert, so sometimes I just mimic how I’ve seen average people interact with one another. I also employ the use of the “Kinoko Nasu” approach and transform my ordinary characters into legendary beacons of light (or darkness). I often like to show how an extraordinary an average person can become, with the power of sheer will and an indomitable human spirit.

Q: What already fictional world would you compare you story to?

A: I originally got the idea got the idea for the underpass from an area that exists in a Colorado Mountain range — a mysterious, guarded tunnel. It sparked my creativity, I think the idea of wise elders came from my fixation of the 東方Project franchise. I would say that the rest was a culmination of the thousands of media productions that I’ve consumed over the years. When I originally proposed the original idea, seven or eight years ago, a friend told me that it reminded him of “Pan’s Labyrinth” — I still haven’t watched that film, but the twin (“doppelgänger”) motif came from the South Korean, psychological horror film: “A Tale of Two Sisters” (2003) and Luna’s conception was partially formed from the egg motif in “Kara no Shōjo” and somewhat due to Winslow Leach’s bizarre helmet-mask in “Phantom of the Paradise” (1974).

Sneak-Peak into “Suffer, My Desire”

I decided to just preview the new main character (“Aria Adler”) VS the old (“Juniper Jamison”), in this segment. Juniper is a fiery, force-of-nature but Aria is much more subdued and apprehensive, she’s more pragmatic in that sense. Juniper would blindly punch her way out of the enclosure of a cube, whereas, Aria would contemplate the dimensions of the object, before attempting to escape. Aria is a realist and has to carry the burden of re-living the memories of both the dead and living, through anamnesis. She attempts to live a humble and modest life, and dissects mysteries and crimes for the betterment of those around her. Her biggest flaw is that she puts others before herself and smolders in the confinement of her own thoughts, she has a difficult time asking others for help. Whereas, Juniper’s two major flaws were a) her impulsivity (which also saves her, in many instances) and b) her tendency to want to run away from hard truths, especially, if they involved her past or self-actualization. Juniper Jamison is a reckless savior and Aria Adler is a problem-solving, savant. 

Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid is a ★★☆☆☆︱The Loli Tournament Arc

Going into the first ViVid series, I was really excited! This was before “ViVid Strike!” aired, so I was expecting this side story to be a one and done deal. I thought the idea of a short, slice-of-life that focused on Vivio’s life with her two mothers would be both heartwarming and a nice change of pace from the darker atmosphere in “StrikerS”, but it was less of a “Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family” and more like a championship face-off, with an even larger cast, that have minimal characterization and are impossible to have any emotional investment in!

⚠️ This review of Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid will be spoiler-free ⚠️

—Story/Characters

Synopsis: The series takes place four years after the events of Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, during which, magical girl Nanoha Takamachi rescued and adopted a young girl named Vivio, who is the reincarnation of the Sankt Kaiser, Olivie Segbrecht. After entering her fourth year of elementary school, Vivio is given her own intelligence device, Sacred Heart, and gains the power to transform using her adult Sankt Kaiser mode. She soon comes across a girl named Einhart Stratos who, similar to Vivio, is the descendant of another Sankt Kaiser ruler, Claus G.S. Ingvalt. As Einhart becomes determined to prove her fighting style is the strongest, Vivio befriends her and together with her friends, enters a martial arts tournament where they fight against various magical opponents and learn more about their past lives.

Since Fate and Nanoha are never really shown at all, only enough to give a nod to the returning viewers, the main “yuri” romance (the guiding light of “ViVid”) is the flirty friendship between Vivio and Einhart Stratos! The little sprinklings of Corona and Rio are cute, but it’s difficult to really have a stake in their characters by comparison, especially since Vivio was so important in the previous (“StrikerS”) series!

Many of the characters that had distinctive personalities in “StrikerS” are shaved down and given off-model faces, similar to what you would see in the “Kanon” anime adaptation. I blame the difference in mood to the replacement in directors, Keizō Kusakawa (the mastermind behind “A’s”, “StrikerS”, and the reanimated films) was replaced by Yūki Itō (※director of the first “Granblue Fantasy” adaptation). The reappearing cast members from “StrikerS” or the Belkan Knights from “A’s”, just feel… plastic, like all of their memorable traits were reinstalled in a layer of drywall.

※ If you have seen that series, you’ll know that the man is not very good with pacing and maintaining a coherent story!

Einhart Stratos is the patron saint of the series, her bombastic and delightful ambience was the best part of the series. Though I knew Vivio from the “StrikerS” series, there wasn’t a lot of emotional complexity or intrigue to her character (until “ViVid Strike!”), she felt like just another generic magical girl spin-off like Sasami Kawai (an alternate universe variant of Sasami Masaki Jurai from “Tenchi Muyō”) and Illya von Einzbern (“Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya”), this character archetype is used so often, that I’m sure that Madoka Kaname’s character in “Mahō Shōjo Madoka★Magica” was meant to be a spoof of it. 

To condense the bulk of my argument against this series, if you want fanservice and magical, loli characters that know kung-fu, then this is a show that you might find enjoyment from. Regardless, it strays away from Keizō Kusakawa’s ironclad vision of sci-fi, dark subplots, and technical magic at its finest. It feels like a husk of its former self.

Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅

Yūki Itō (director), notable works:

  • Granblue Fantasy the Animation

Commentary: Mr. Itō might be my least favorite director at A-1 Pictures. He completely sucked the substance out of both the “Nanoha” franchise and the “Granblue Fantasy” adaptation. I hate to be rude in my commentary, but I haven’t been a fan of his work. The best thing that he did was the first two episodes of “Granblue Fantasy” and the character splash in the last episode. That’s really all.

Good Seiyū Work = ✅

Really Enjoyed the Seiyū’s Performance = ✅ ✅

One of Luna’s Favorite Performances OF ALL TIME = ✅ ✅ ✅

Yukari Tamura as Nanoha Takamachi, notable roles:

  • Michiru, Air
  • Mine, Akame ga Kill  ✅
  • Mayu Watanabe CG-3, AKB0048  ✅ ✅
  • Remon Yamano, Ano Natsu de Matteru (“Waiting in the Summer”)  ✅ ✅
  • Asuha Tōhara, Astarotte no Omocha!
  • Chihaya Ikaruga, Asu no Yo’ichi! (“Samurai Harem”)
  • Yamada, B-gata H-kei
  • Koko Ninna-Nanna, Bōkyaku no Senritsu
  • Fear Kubrick, C³
  • Honey Kisaragi, Cutey Honey Universe
  • Sakura Kisaragi, Da Capo
  • Kaoru Tsunashi, Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken (“I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying”)
  • Nia, DearS
  • Dōnyatsu, Dōnyatsu
  • Moro, Dotto Koni-chan
  • Hikaru Saitō, Futarigurashi
  • Chiharu, Fūun Ishin Dai☆Shogun
  • Ranpha Franboise, Galaxy Angel  ✅
  • Saki Hanano, Gintama  ✅
  • Rino Rando, Gokujō Seitokai
  • Io Euclase, Granblue Fantasy the Animation  ✅ ✅
  • Rika Furude and Frederica Bernkastel, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Rika Furude and Ōka Furude, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Ruru Amour, Hug tto! PreCure
  • Ai, I: Wish You Were Here
  • Iori Minase, iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia —stand-in for Rie Kugamiya
  • Maiko Tamaki, Interlude
  • Tabane Shinonono, IS: Infinite Stratos ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Rinne Ohara, Island  ✅
  • Haruka Minazuki, Kaitō Tenshi Twin Angel
  • Mai Kawasumi, Kanon  ✅ ✅
  • Tomari Kurusu, Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl
  • Togame, Katanagatari  ✅ ✅
  • Nui Harime, Kill la Kill  ✅ ✅
  • Komaki Asagiri, Kujjibiki Unbalance
  • Excel, Kurokami the Animation
  • Elizabeth Midford, Kuroshitsuji (“Black Butler”)  ✅ ✅
  • Yotsuba, Kyokugen Dasshutsu Adv: Zennin Shibō Desu Prologue
  • Choco, Last Period: The Journey to the End of the Despair ✅
  • Finis, Last Song
  • Midori Sugiura, Mai-HiME
  • Lu Amano, Miami Guns
  • Ink Nijihara, Moetan
  • Nightingale, Monster Strike
  • Shuri Wakatsuki, Myself;Yourself  ✅ 
  • Muromi-san, Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san
  • Tenten, Naruto  ✅
  • Jibril, No Game No Life  ✅ ✅
  • Ringo Kinoshita, Nōrin  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Kanako Kurusu and Meruru, Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Masuzu Natsukawa, Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (“Oreshura”)  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Akazukin, Otogi Jūshi Akazukin
  • Zesshi Zetsumei, Overlord II  ✅
  • Misha, Pita Ten
  • Clala, Quiz Magic Academy: The Original Animation
  • Priscilla Barielle, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu  ✅ ✅
  • Kanami Yuta, s.CRY.ed  ✅
  • Chiyo Yumehara, Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan  ✅
  • Hayari Mizuhara, Saki Zenkoku-hen  ✅
  • Beatrix Brehme, Schwarzesmarken  ✅
  • Eva-R, Seikon no Qwaser
  • Tiriel, Shakugan no Shana  ✅
  • M4 SOPMOD II, Shàonǚ Qiánxiàn (“Girls’ Frontline”)  ✅
  • Ellis Valentine, Shinkon Gattai Godannar!!
  • Kazane Shishidō, Sora wo Kakeru Shōjo
  • Suzuha Amane, Steins;Gate (series)  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Saku Tōyama, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
  • Ai Kunugi, Teizokurei Daydream (“Ghost Talker’s Daydream”)  ✅
  • Frederica Bernkastel, Umineko no Naku Koro ni  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Michiru Munakata, Uta-Kata  ✅ ✅
  • Hisako Ichiki, X-Men
  • KōRyū, AnRyū, and TenRyūJin — Yūsha-Ō GaoGaiGar Final

Commentary: Ms. Tamura is an incredibly talented seiyū; as a testament to their legendary performances in the “Lyrical Nanoha” franchise, both she and Nana Mizuki (voice of “Fate Testarossa”) received honorary voice actor Nendoroids, that Good Smile Company released after the original production of the Nanoha Takamachi and Fate Testarossa figures! Their collection performances (in the first two series particularly), are just that monumental! I would compare Ms. Tamura’s role in “Lyrical Nanoha” to her roles as Michiru Munakata (“Uta-Kata”) and Io Euclase (“Granblue Fantasy the Animation”), though Ms. Tamura is one of the most versatile voice actresses, when it comes to the variety of characters that she’s voiced over the years! Fantastic work with the character!

Nana Mizuki as Fate Testarossa, notable roles:

  • Nanase Kotobuki, “Bungaku Shōjo”
  • Allison Whittington and Lillianne Aicasia Corazón Whittington-Schultz, Allison to Lillia
  • Akiko, Aoi Bungaku Series
  • Oboro Iga, Basilisk
  • Kururu, Binzume Yōsei
  • Saya Kisaragi, Blood-C
  • Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi, Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryū no Rondo
  • Misaki Kirihara, Darker Than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha
  • Nanami Takatsuki and Ricotta Elmar, Dog Days
  • Hannah, Dragon’s Dogma
  • Sieglinde Baumgarde, Dragonaut: The Resonance
  • Cisqua, Erementar Gerad
  • Wrath, Fullmetal Alchemist ✅ ✅
  • Bi Fei, Gin no Guardian
  • Lydia Carlton, Hakushaku to Yōsei
  • Tsubomi Hanasaki, HeartCatch! PreCure! ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Yu Minamoto, Ichigo 100%
  • Kotoko Aihara, Itazura na Kiss
  • Tsugumi Shibata, Jigoku Shōjo (“Hell Girl”) ✅ ✅
  • Sora Yamato, Jikū Tantei Genshi-kun
  • Tiz, Jū Ō Sei
  • Yin Fu, Ken En Ken: Aoki Kagayaki
  • Roya, Kiba
  • Yuno Rukina, Kiss Dum: Engage Planet
  • Alois Trancy, Kuroshitsuji II ✅ ✅
  • Janice Quatlane, Layton Kyōju to Eien no Utahime (“Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva”)
  • Nyamo Naamo, Love Hina
  • Sayaka Mizushiro, Magical Canan (“Magical Kanan”)
  • Fate and Alicia Testarossa, Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Hotaru Shirakawa, Memories Off
  • Mizuki Hibara, Mokke
  • Magaret Liones, Nanatsu no Taizai ✅
  • Hinata Hyūga, Naruto ✅ ✅
  • Kaho Serizawa, Natsu-iro no Sunadokei (“Hourglass of Summer”) ✅ ✅
  • Shinobu, Ninin ga Shinobuden ✅ ✅
  • Ann Takamaki, Persona 5 ✅ ✅
  • Rue Kuroha, Princess Tutu ✅ ✅
  • Yufa, Ragnarök the Animation
  • Rin Ogata, RideBack ✅ ✅
  • Moka Akashiya, Rosario to Vampire
  • Pandora, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Tsubasa Kazanari, Senki Zesshō Symphogear
  • Mave, Sentō Yōsei Shōjo Tasukete! Mave-chan
  • Nana Suzuki, Shichinin no Nana
  • Kanon Seena, Shining Tears X Wind
  • Utau Hoshina, Shugo Chara!
  • Morinas, Simōn
  • Aria, Sister Princess
  • Suzu Edogawa, Tactics
  • Colette Brunel, Tales of Symphonia the Animation ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Sylvette Suede, Tegamibachi ✅ ✅
  • Neju Na Melmas, Tenchi Muyō! GXP
  • Chizuru, Tokyo Marble Chocolate
  • Sunao Konoe, Tsuyokiss
  • Matsuki Akino, Wakaokami wa Shougakusei! ✅ ✅
  • Maria, Witchblade
  • Rina Ogata, White Album ✅ ✅ ✅

Commentary: The one word that I would use to describe Nana Mizuki as Fate Testarossa is: heartfelt. Ms. Mizuki is able to alter her glass masks between the abused, little girl to the fiercely, cold magic user in a matter of seconds; despite Fate’s fractured persona, the performance came off as organic and natural, and nothing seemed forced. I would say that this was Ms. Mizuki’s “career-defining” role, and the adulation and recognition that the character receives is well-deserved! Compelling character!

Kaori Mizuhashi as Vivio, notable roles:

  • Purple Thorn, Accel World ✅
  • Taeko Minazuki, Ai Yori Aoshi ✅ ✅
  • Ai Aino, Aria the Animation
  • Minami Shimada, Baka to Test to Shōkanjū ✅
  • Altines, Busō Shinki
  • Len, Carnival Phantasm ✅
  • Pepper, Chicchana Yukitsukai Sugar (“A Little Snow Fairy Sugar”)
  • Ayumu Aizawa, Circlet Princess ✅
  • Vivian Jones, Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Sara Shirogane, Futakoi
  • Chika Ogiue, Genshiken ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Michiru Matsushima, Grisaia no Kajitsu (series) ✅
  • Miyako, Hidamari Sketch ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Kasumi Haruno, Kasumin
  • Akane Suzumiya, Kimi ga Nozumu Eien (“Rumbling Hearts”) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Haruto Mizushima, Kin’iro no Corda: Blue♪Sky
  • Mifuyu Kiba, Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
  • Yūno Scrya, Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha —series ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Mami Tomoe, Mahō Shōjo Madoka★Magica ✕ Magia Record: Mahō Shōjo Madoka☆Magica Gaiden (TV) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Laharl, Makai Senki Disgaea ✅ ✅
  • Janet van Dyne (“Wasp”), Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers
  • Tio Plato, Minna Atsumare! Falcom Gakuen
  • Ōgi Oshino, Monogatari —series ✅ ✅
  • Pikaia, Pikaia!
  • Fel, Prism Ark
  • Mimika, Puka Puka Juju
  • Elina Vance, Queen’s Blade (series) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Meiru Sakurai, Rockman.EXE (“Megaman.EXE”)
  • Yagyū, Senran Kagura ✅
  • Agnes Bōlange, Shukufuku no Campanella ✅
  • Aya Fujisaki, To LOVEる ✅

Commentary: Fate and Nanoha’s daughter have the same voice actress as Nanoha’s ferret companion, Yūno Scrya, from the ※first series! Ms. Mizuhashi has a talent of making the child version of Vivio impossibly adorable, while the adult version can kick some major butt! I would compare her voice as child Vivio to her roles as Michiru Matsushima (“Grisaia no Kajitsu”) and Akane Suzumiya (“Kimi ga Nozumu Eien”), because they’re more youthful-sounding, whereas Vivio’s older self can be comparable to roles like Mami Tomoe (“Mahō Shōjo Madoka★Magica”) and Miyako (“Hidamari Sketch”). Great job with the character!

※He’s in all the other iterations, too, but he’s more of a pivotal character in the first arc.

Mamiko Noto as Einhart Stratos, notable roles:

  • Karen Minamino, AIka
  • Fiona, Allison to Lillia
  • Mayumi Fujimiya, Aquarian Age 
  • Felicità, Arcana Famiglia
  • Azusa, Azusa Otetsudai Shimasu!
  • Alice Gehabich, Bakugan Battle Brawlers
  • Saya Irino (“Black★Gold Saw”), Black★Rock Shooter ✅✅✅
  • Makie Otono-Tachibana, Blade of the Immortal
  • Takami Komoda, Bokura no ✅
  • Lilica Evette, Burn Up Scramble
  • Kotomi Ichinose, Clannad ✅✅
  • Satomi Anzaki, Dear Boys
  • Yukihime, Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera ✅✅✅
  • Jil, Druaga no Tou: The Aegis of Uruk ✅
  • Yuka, Elfen Lied
  • Mavis Vermillion, Fairy Tail ✅✅✅
  • Satellizer el Bridget, Freezing
  • Alex Benedetto, Gangsta.
  • Yukinari Sasaki, Girls Bravo
  • CAL-141, Halo Legends
  • Mitsuki Ikuta, Hit wo Nerae!
  • Aya Tōjō, Ichigo 100%
  • Ana Coppola, Ichigo Mashimaro (“Strawberry Marshmallow”) ✅✅✅
  • Rin, InuYasha ✅✅
  • Ai Enma, Jigoku Shōjo ✅✅
  • Ayano Satō, Joshikōsei: Girl’s High
  • Neiro, Kaiba ✅✅✅
  • Aoi Kannazuki, Kaibutsu Ōjo
  • Kōta Oyamada, Kanokon
  • Fujino Asagami, Kara no Kyōkai ✅✅✅
  • Sawako Kuronuma, Kimi ni Todoke ✅
  • Kyoko Asahina, 北へ。 ~Diamond Dust Drops~
  • Emi Kizaki, Kurogane no Linebarrels
  • Nodoka Miyazaki, Mahō Sensei Negima!
  • Ōka Sayama, Manyū Hikenchō
  • Shimako Tōdō, Maria-sama ga Miteru ✅✅✅
  • Yuri Takikago, Mawaru Penguindrum ✅✅✅
  • Rin Asogi, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne ✅✅✅
  • Anna Liebert, Monster ✅✅✅
  • Shizu Murasume, TO LOVEる ✅✅
  • Tsukiko Sagi, Paranoia Agent ✅
  • Inia Sestina, Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse ✅✅✅
  • Narue Nanase, Narue no Sekai
  • Akira Sakura, Shadow Star Narutaru ✅
  • Moriko Morioka, Recovery of an MMO Junkie ✅
  • Saeko Okuyama, Niji-iro Hotaru: Eien no Natsuyasumi
  • Haruka Nogizaka, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
  • Ririka Nishizono, Occultic;Nine
  • Fūka Yamagishi, Persona 3
  • Tomoe, Queen’s Blade ✅✅
  • Nayu Hasegawa, Rō-Kyū-Bu! ✅✅✅
  • Aria, Saint Seiya Omega
  • Yakumo Tsukamoto, School Rumble
  • Iona Urazoe, Selector Spread WIXOSS
  • Kenshin Uesugi, Sengoku Collection
  • Limone, Simōn
  • Matsuri Shihō, Sola ✅✅✅
  • Yuki Sōya, Taishō Baseball Girls
  • Noel Hiiragi, Tansu Warashi.
  • Aisa Himegami, Toaru Majutsu no Index ✅
  • Esther Blanchett, Trinity Blood ✅✅
  • Benten, Uchōten Kazoku ✅✅✅
  • Rinko Jerrard, The Law of Ueki
  • Masane Amaha, Witchblade ✅✅
  • Kotori Monō, X ✅✅
  • Hazuki Azuma, Yami to Bōshi to Hon no Tabibito ✅✅
  • Kaori, Yojōhan Shinwa Taikei ✅✅
  • Megumi Hasegawa, よみがえる空 -Rescue Wings-
  • Tiffania Westwood, Zero no Tsukaima
  • Kotone Sasaki, Zettai Junpaku♡Mahō Shōjo

Commentary: Ms. Noto gives Einhart Stratos the same bright-eyed, ingénue-type of demeanor as Renge has in “Non Non Biyori”! Her character is so charismatic and mesmerizing to watch, her staple lines of introducing her name, brought joy to A-1’s somewhat “botched” production of the show! I would compare this role to her other voices in “Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse” as Inia Sestina, and “Ichigo Mashimaro” as Ana Coppola! She’s now known for playing mostly sexy characters, but her brief stints as more cute characters really worked for her, as well. Amazing performance, as always!

Misato Fukuen as Corona Timil, notable roles:

  • Eri Shinkai, AIka R-16: Virgin Mission and AIka Zero
  • Asuka Kurashina, Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm ✅✅✅
  • Konta Tsukino, Bakukyū Hit! Crash B-Daman
  • Misao Amano, Battle Programmer Shirase
  • Chibiusa and Black Lady, Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon: Crystal
  • Tearju Lunatique and Eve, Black Cat (TV)
  • Nene and Nono Motoe, Blood-C
  • Himiko Toga, Boku no Hero Academia ✅✅✅
  • Rika Shiguma, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (“Haganai: I don’t have many friends”)
  • Ivan Whisky (“001”), Cyborg 009: Call of Justice
  • Iria Fukumune, Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai. (“So, I Can’t Play H!”) ✅
  • Yin, Darker Than Black (series) ✅✅
  • Patty Lowell, Devil May Cry
  • Saki Mikajima, Durarara!! (series) ✅
  • Anzu Kadotani, Girls und Panzer ✅✅✅
  • Rinne Amagane, Hells
  • Natsume and Nakayama, Hidamari Sketch ✅
  • Iggy, JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Part 3: Stardust Crusaders ✅✅✅
  • Utao Kuga, Kamisama Dolls ✅✅
  • Ayumi Matsuoka, Kyochū Rettō
  • Mahmu Yuzuki, M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane
  • Hikage Miyauchi, Non Non Biyori ✅✅✅
  • Langley, Pokémon: Best Wishes
  • Kurumu Korono, Rosario to Vampire
  • Misora Hibiki, Ryūsei no Rockman (“Megaman Star Force”)
  • Miyuki Hoshizora (“Cure Happy”), Smile PreCure ✅✅✅
  • Seri Tatekami, Sōkyū no Fafner: Dead Aggressor
  • Eruka Frog, Soul Eater
  • Yoshika Miyafuji, Strike Witches ✅✅✅
  • Edna, Talea of Zesteria ✅
  • Momoe Okonogi, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
  • Konjiki no Yami (“Darkness”), To LOVEる ✅✅✅
  • Maika Tsichimikado, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun (series) ✅
  • Shiruku Koharuno, UG☆Ultimate Girls
  • Hime Yarizakura, Yozakura Quartet

Commentary: Ms. Fukuen gave a performance that was similar to her role in Smile PreCure (as Miyuki Hoshizora “Cure Happy”), because despite the series leaning on the ledge of lower quality, her cute, zestful acting made Corona the second best character, after the supreme best girl of the ViVid series: Einhart Stratos! I would compare her delightful persona in this show to her role as Konjiki no Yami (“To LOVEる”), though less on the kūdere side — she still plays a character that is the trifecta of adorable, attractive, and a strong fighter! I would also compare her to Asuka Kurashina (“Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm”), because her genki-energy metaphorically drips through the screen. Ms. Fukuen is a great seiyū and gets far too little recognition in English-speaking countries for the fantastic work that she does!

Eri Kitamura as Rio Wezley, notable roles:

  • Yui, Angel Beats! ✅
  • Koharu, Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman
  • Sawako Machida, Bernard-jō Iwaku. ✅
  • Saki Yūtenji, Bihada Ichizoku
  • Kagari Izuriha (“Chariot”), Black★Rock Shooter ✅✅✅
  • Saya Otonashi, Blood+ ✅
  • Anji Zo, Bloodivores
  • Mina Ashido, Boku no Hero Academia ✅
  • Liliana Kranjčar, Campione! Matsurowanu Kamigami to Kamigoroshi no Maō ✅
  • Rimi Sakihata, ChäoS;HEAd ✅
  • Kirika Ueno, C³
  • Uni, Hyperdimension Neptunia
  • Yuka Mochida, Corpse Party
  • Jessica Kaios, Danball Senki W
  • Adélaïde Grand Marnie, Dog Days
  • Mairu Orihara, Durarara!!
  • Aquarius, Fairy Tail ✅✅
  • Miki Aono, Fresh PreCure! ✅
  • Seira Hoshikawa, Genei wo Kakeru Taiyō
  • Darjeeling, Girls und Panzer ✅✅✅
  • Mahiro Yasaka, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
  • Saitō (“Bea”), Hakumei no Tsubasa ✅
  • Renko Usami, Hifū Katsudō Kiroku: The Sealed Esoteric History ✅✅✅
  • Saya Takagi, Highschool of the Dead ✅✅
  • Okō, Hōzuki no Reitetsu ✅✅
  • Myōsai Kakōe, Ikkitōsen
  • Kitsunemen no Onna, Kiitarō Shōnen no Yōkai Enikki
  • Rin Kokonoe, Kodomo no Jikan ✅✅
  • Yui, Koharu Biyori
  • Hibiki Sakata, Kuma Miko
  • Dōji Yase, Kyōsō Giga
  • Tatiana Wisla, Last Exile ✅✅
  • Anna Rochefort, Le Chevalier D’Eon ✅✅
  • Mitty, Made in Abyss ✅✅✅
  • Kotone Oribe, Magical Suite Prism Nana
  • Sayaka Miki, Mahō Shōjo Madoka★Magica ✅✅
  • Kanade Suzutsuki, Mayo Chiki!
  • Karen Araragi, Monogatari (series) ✅✅
  • Eve Neuschwanstein, Needless
  • Iori Wakabayashi, Oji-san to Marshmallow
  • Rie Maezono, One Off
  • Arashi Nikaidō, Onii-chan dakedo Ai sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne!
  • Nao Takanashi, Onii-chan no Koto nanka Zenzen Suki ja Nai n da kara ne!!
  • Chisato Mizusawa, Osake wa Fūfu ni Natte kara
  • Miu Takanashi, Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!
  • Sunao Moriyama, Potemayo ✅✅
  • Alleyne, Queen’s Blade ✅✅✅
  • Akane Senri, Rewrite ✅✅
  • Tsunehisa Amago, Sengoku Collection
  • Homura, Senran Kagura ✅✅
  • Cerberus, Shingeki no Bahamut ✅✅
  • Lucifer, Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai ✅
  • Kureha Suminoya, So Ra No Wo To
  • Kotone Sawanatsu, Softenni
  • Aki Shiina, Sunohara-sō no Kanrinin-san ✅
  • Juri Han, Super Street Fighter IV ✅✅
  • Kirie Kanoe, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
  • Hamyuts Meseta, 戦う司書 The Book of Bantorra
  • Tony, Terra e… (TV) ✅✅
  • Bimajo, Time Bokan 24
  • Ami Kawashima, Toradora ✅
  • Chiester 410, Umineko no Naku Koro ni ✅✅
  • Yachiyo Todoroki, Working!! ✅
  • Nene Odagiri, Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (TV)
  • Leopard, Yoru no Yatterman
  • Bahamut, Zettai Bōei Leviathan

Commentary: Ms. Kitamura did a great job at making the least memorable member of the new quartet have a bold presence, in the face of the other cute girls. I would compare the role of “Rio Wezley” to her performances as Karen Araragi in the “Monogatari” series, boyish and can pack a mean punch, and Yui (“Angel Beats”), single-fanged characters unite! Her pep and cuteness helps animate the series, with the rest of the girls! Great job!

Conclusively, I would say that the most “vivid” part of this installment in the “Nanoha” franchise is the voice acting, the story is just your standard shōnen series… but, with magical girls and adult transformations. This would probably be a franchise that would air alongside “Beyblade” in a Saturday morning cartoon block, if there weren’t so many sexual shots. I give “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid” a 3/10, not the worst Nanoha show though, since I enjoyed it more than the Detonation OVA.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Goodbye Liar — Chapter 15︱The Triptych of Marionettes (also known as “Dolls”)

Art: @oohhya990503

On the trip to a bakery in the slums, IA is enraptured with a wandering street musician, while getting her daily croissant fix. IA is a famous VOCALOID idol and the aforementioned street urchin, Yukari Yuzuki, is part of the VOICEROID class — a caste of misfit, bootleg androids. Will the star-crossed lovers make their differing lifestyles work, or will the system bring them down?

“Say,” IA posits through the blind darkness of Yukari’s room, “Yu?”

“Hm?” the lavender-haired VOICEROID grumbles.

“Well,” IA says, as silent as a mouse, “if I comply with them, after my graduation — if that’s what you want to call it, as an idol, I’ll be auctioned off to the highest bidder. I’ll be sent to some seaside manor, and you and I will never see each other again.”

“So, it’s like the red dot in the middle of the Japanese flag?”

“Exactly,” IA recapitulates, “it means to surrender or die.”

“Where is the route where you choose neither?”

“I don’t know, I’m just a doll. Dolls don’t know much about free-will, or hope, or a will to survive, or things like that.”

“You’re not a doll,” Yukari stares unblinkingly at the cerulean reflection of the night on the ceiling, “that’s for damned sure!”

“An android is created to serve the desires of others,” IA states, “plain and simple.”

“What if there really is not such thing as desire?”

“Preposterous,” IA corrects, “my desire to see you, is why I’m here right now, instead of back at my empty condo… a place where Teto pops in occasionally to bring me surprise gifts! That girl is a raving shop-a-holic!”

“Well, then, why do you come here?”

The sound of slick car tires splashes through an avenue.

“I come because,” IA catches her breath, “I come because, I’ve fallen in love with you.”

“But, why?” Yukari asks, blank-faced, “Do you even know?”

“You pull my heart strings, plain and simple.”

“So, what do we do now?” Yukari asks, the circuitry in the irises of her eyes clicking.

“As you suggested,” IA says, a processing logo suddenly forming in the orbits of her eyes, “there is the notion of escaping, but I feel that the success-rate of such an ante has a very slim do-ability rate.”

“Ha, do-ability,” Yukari repeats with a smile, patting IA on her head, tussling her hair-wings, “I like that word. It’s good.”

With cartoonish steam plumes pouring out of her ears, IA absconds her with, “Please take me seriously, for a second, please!”

“Oh, I am,” Yukari interfaces animately, “but, it doesn’t mean that I can’t admire the beauty of your words while doing so!”

“Geez,” IA fumes, “if you say so!”

“I know so,” Yukari responds with a wide grin and kisses one of IA teeny pinkies.

“Okay,” IA’s kissed hand freezes and she strokes her chin with the other, “so, how do we escape the system? As a said, I’m sure this place won’t be hidden for long. They’ll find it and render it insecure, and possibly, they’ll possibly kill us both.”

Yukari gets a look as cold as steel and whispers, “I have guns.”

“Killing people should be off the table,” IA cries in appellation.

“If it’s in self-defense,” Yukari says with sincerity, “I’m willing to.”

“You speak as if you’re a child,” IA reiterates, “living in a pipe-dream, a video-game world. You know it isn’t that simple. They have trained killers!”

“Since childhood,” Yukari strikes the sinister match of malediction again, “I’ve been training, too. This place is sound-proof, so no one’s ever heard me. I’m a rock singer, so no one’s truly ever suspected my abilities with a firearm.”

“What happened to you, to make you like this?”

“One day,” Yukari says, knowing that her words are empty, “I might tell you.”

“I doubt you ever will.”

“You know me well enough then,” Yukari shrugs, “I will tell you this, though, I have three dissociated personalities. I’m not sure which one is the real me. And it’s hard to gather a single, cohesive picture of that time… while being split. My dominant personality is known as Jun — my dark, desirous side is known as Lin, and the egoless extremity is known simply as Onn. The only person who has encountered all three of them is my good friend, Akari. She says that those names are identities that they chose for themselves. If anything severe happens, on of those two might take dominion over my soul.”

“If one is desire and the other is a lack thereof,” Akari says with a few vacant blinks, “then what are you, in the schema of personalities.”

“I’m the watcher,” Yukari states in eyes as clear as a babbling stream, “the other two are like the angel and devil on my shoulder, and I sit in the middle and to observe. I am always just sitting on the throne of power, never sure of what decision to make. Whether to choose desire or piety, it can be hard sometimes. Sometimes I give into the whims of one personality more than other, even without said alter having to be an active participant in the decision.”

“I see,” IA says in a belabored breath, “so, you and them are one, but some side’s serve as more extreme dictators behind the decisions you make and emotions you feel. Does that mean that Onn is a saint?”

“In a way, I guess,” Yukari ingeminates, “I see her more of someone who has transcended the need for worldly desire, an ethereal spirit. Her presence has been compared to the bristling awns of a cherry blossom tree branch, she often wears flowers and her hair. And she floats around this corporeality, rather than walks.”

“And what about Lin?” IA asks skeptically.

“Do you really even want to know about Lin?” Yukari laughs uncomfortably, but a grimace plays across her thin smile, “Lin will do anything and everything to make sure that she is gratified, whether it be: sex, drugs, or murder. She has no care, except for self-gain.”

“How frightening!”

“They rarely come out,” Yukari dwells in her thoughts as she says these things, “but Akari has had to stay far away from Lin, to feel any sense of security.”

“And these sides,” IA corresponds with fear rounding her eyes, “these sides are caused by a traumatic event.”

“Yes,” Yukari retells, “as I may have implied, I didn’t always live in the slums.”

“I didn’t figure so,” IA whispers, “so, to kill and fight off our detractors. You would have to give yourself over to Lin?”

“Yes.”

“I think,” IA curates a correct response, “I think that we should go our separate ways, then.”

“No,” Yukari laments softly, “I need you around, IA. You’re the only person that I’ve been capable of falling in love with.”

“But, to risk our safety and your sanity,” IA muses, “I’m not sure.”

“Tonight,” Yukari swallows, while grasping IA’s elbow, “tonight, will you perform a duet with me?”

“Sure,” IA says, suddenly flustered, “what song?”

“Rin and Len Kagamine’s Dolls. I want you to sing this cover with me.”

“That’s such a beautiful song,” IA murmurs, the flattery of such a request causing shivers to crawl up her spine, “are you sure you want to sing it… with me?”

“There’s no other person that I could have that kind of synchronicity with!” Yukari blurts out, brashly, “Never, with anyone else, could I.”

“Okay,” IA concedes, “let’s rehearse, then.”

The evening, the two of them appear on stage, hand-in-hand. Yukari is dressed is a short, white lace gown with two violet fringes of each side, while IA is wearing a long, gothic-styled, block dress and ribbons tying together the open back. Yukari vociferates with humble clarity, “The VOCALOID idol, IA, and I are going to sing a song together tonight.”

Gossip and whispers of a possible romantic affair break-out in the crowd, Yukari ignores them and continues, “The song is called Dolls, by the VOCALOID twins, Rin and Len.”

When the music begins, their free hands clutch together with such might, that their palms are white and bloodless. Yukari sings first—

夜のこの街

This town in the night.

灯りがともる

The lights are lit.

軋む歯車と車輪の音

I made the sound of creaking

響かせて歩いた

Gears and wheels echo as I walked

行く宛もなく

With nowhere to go,

上手く歩けなくても

Even though I could not walk well.

私は何故生まれたのでしょう

Why could it be that I was born?

何故心臓は銀の色なの

Why is my heart the color of silver?

IA joins in at—

遠い昔にあの人が言った

In the remote past, that person said,

「君は特別な人形」だと

“You are a special doll” to me

踊り歌い

Dancing and singing,

彼に褒められるように

So, as to be praised by her.

今も歌ってる ずっと

I am singing even now, forever.

彼が瞳を覚まさなくても歌おう

Even if he does not open her eyes, I will sing.

私は何故生まれたのでしょう

Why could it be that I was born?

ただ永遠に歌い続ける

I will just continue singing for eternity.

They sing together like a gasp of fresh air, the verse—

いつかは眠りつき

One day coming to sleep,

あの人のいる素敵な場所へ

To the great place where that person is

願いは叶わない

My wish will not come true.

一人歌い生きて壊れて

一I live singing alone and break

時が流れて

Time flows,

歌も忘れて

I forget my songs, too,

あの人眠る場所へと急ぐ

and I hurry toward the place where that person sleeps

ひび割れた身体をひきずりながら

while dragging along my chipped and cracked body,

何度転んでも

no matter how many times I fall down.

海の見える場所に花を添え

Accompanying the flowers at a place where I can see the sea一

さあ眠らせて

Come, let me sleep

あの人と共に

Along with that person.

願いを叶えましょう

Let us grant my wish.

「君は充分一人で生きた」

“You have lived alone long enough.”

あの人の声が聴こえた 近い傍で

I heard that person’s voice close at my side.

夢の中で何度も聴いた声

The voice I listened to so many times within my dreams.

優しく胸に響き渡る

It tenderly resounds in my chest.

穏やかな光

A gentle light

私を包んで

Surrounds me,

笑ってる

And I’m smiling.

笑ってる

I am smiling

Tears flow soundlessly in ribbons down both of their faces; the two of them want to live as independent beings, no longer dolls. No longer trapped, no longer controlled. Their fingers are laced together like roots from the same tree. They are no longer alone in the solemnity of existence.

The rest of the band is speechless: Maki is drinking herself to death, Kiritan is smiling… feeling a strong swell of pride pass over her, and she looks over to Akari, and the silver-haired maiden is weeping, but traces of a smile are across her lips. Kiritan inquires with worry, “You okay, ‘kari?”

“Yeah,” Akari chokes out, “I’m just so relieved that she’s finally found someone that makes her truly happy. She’s been a loner for so long, you know.”

“I agree,” Kiritan nods and makes sound effects, while scratching her head, “I just hope that this whole thing doesn’t end with both of them losing.”

“What do you mean?”

“The system will purge their relationship like a virus,” Kiritan explains, “it’s very likely that one of them will lose their life, in the process.”

As Kiritan’s words ring through Akari’s ears, the two lovers return to find Yukari’s subterranean hideaway completely vandalized. Food is strewn out and broken against walls; all of her guitars, save for the one on stage, are smashed. Luckily, Yukari had the forethought earlier, to hide a few of her machine guns, but the ones left out — had been stolen.

Even her small cot of a bed had been ripped apart, feathers from the springs stuck to her feet and toes. Everything that Yukari had collected over the years, save for the things she had hidden away, had been ruined in the matter of hours! She falls to her knees, shoulders shaking.

“I should go back to them,” IA says with a numb shudder.

“No,” Yukari begs quietly, “please, stay here. You’re all that’s keeping Lin from resurfacing, and wreaking havoc.”

“Okay,” IA surrenders, “we’ll stay in a hotel tonight, though, okay?”

“Alright.”

TO BE CONTINUED

FFN: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13784755/1/Goodbye-Liar

Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS is a ★★☆☆☆︱Nanoha ✕ Fate is Canon

This is an anime series where two, adult female characters actually ※tie the knot, and then they raise an adopted child! Despite this series breaking conventional norms and being a full thirteen episodes longer than the two series prior, the plot had a lot of problems, and perhaps, the world building got a little bit too out-of-hand… after all, there are now over THIRTY reoccurring characters to keep up with, not to mention over TWENTY antagonists that are thrown in the fray! This is like the weirdly named extensive cast in U.C. Gundam’s continuity, except if many of them weren’t as colorfully designed and had drab personalities!

※ This isn’t explicitly stated in the script, but there is official art of them in wedding dresses together. Not to mention that they’re living together intimately and raising a daughter. How much more subtext do you need?

⚠️ This review of Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS will have minor spoilers ⚠️

—Story/Characters

Synopsis: Set 10 years after Mahou Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha A’s, Nanoha, Fate, Hayate and the rest of the crew are now working full time in the Time-Space Administration Bureau. Nanoha is a combat instructor, Fate is a special investigator, and Hayate is a commanding officer. They must unite once again to save the dimensions. Introducing new characters as well: Subaru, Teana, Caro and Erio. Stand by. Ready. Set up!

The first half of the series had me hyped: all of the old characters are ten years older and taking a group of younger characters under their wing, AND they’re raising an orphaned child as their own! After Fate Testarossa’s acquired adoration for conventional, little girl things, i.e. stuffed animals and dresses, after the end of her first arc — I kind of expected her to be the more traditional, stay-at-home mother figure; but, NANOHA actually ends up taking that position, while Fate is more work oriented! I mean, I guess it isn’t like Nanoha is any less feminine than Fate, she just has the most broken power level and skill set in the universe!

This installment has an atmosphere that screams what if the “Muv-Luv” militia had magic powers, instead of mech suits! Some of the skills that were used as final attacks in the first two seasons, like Nanoha’s Starlight Breaker, are now used more conventionally, like instead of charging up to fire a huge laser beam at a bad guy, Nanoha will just use it to blast through walls. She could be a magical girl firefighter, with that level of practicality! Despite Hayate having god-like abilities in “A’s”, she seems to be more designated to the role of an office worker in this season.

I thought the plot point with Vivio being a clone of “Sankt Kaiser” and being used as a vessel to activate the Saint’s Cradle was kind of lame; it seemed like forced drama to have Fate and Nanoha become attached to her, and then have her kidnapped and used as a damsel. The inheritance of all of that power also seemed translucent with its attempt to make the all-powerful Nanoha and Fate’s daughter have a way to somehow adopt a portion of their magnanimous abilities, despite not actually being related to them! Maybe, I’ve just consumed too many other fictional stories, but I kind of rolled my eyes at that point, because it appeared to be thinly veiled, sequel bait.

More than anything this series felt like an extended universe bookend, that was saying “here’s references to the previous series with the characters that you liked all grown up, now we’ll dump a bajillion more girls and effeminate boys for you to fawn over in the up-coming sequels”! It reminds me of all of the Marvel crossovers! I get that this franchise is acting as an enterprise, by branching out and showing off how cool the world is, but can we just get one really good story with a few new characters? Not a gaggle of generic background characters, that each have their own individual backstory in the canon, I mean, even the 東方Project girls were released in a series of individual game installments!

Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅

Keizō Kusakawa (director), notable works:

  • Action Heroine Cheer Fruits
  • Ahiru no Sora
  • Aho Girl
  • Akuma no Riddle ✅
  • Asura Cryin’ (series)
  • Campione!: Matsurowanu Kamigami to Kamigoroshi no Maō
  • Dog Days (Season One) ✅
  • Fūka ✅
  • Genei wo Kakeru Taiyō ✅
  • Happy Sugar Life ✅
  • Inukami! ✅
  • Inukami! The Movie: Tokumei Reiteki Sōsakan Karina Shirō!
  • Jūō Mujin no Fafnir
  • KanColle Movie ✅
  • Kantai Collection: KanColle ✅
  • Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha A’s ✅
  • Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 1st ✅
  • Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A’s ✅
  • Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? ✅
  • Rō-Kyū-Bu! ✅
  • Rō-Kyū-Bu! SS ✅
  • Rō-Kyū-Bu! Tomoka no Ichigo Sundae ✅
  • Sekirei
  • Sekirei: Pure Engagement

Commentary: Mr. Kusakawa is less celebrated than he should be; the man can direct some very visually striking animation scenes — if you haven’t watched the “Kantai Collection” film, I would suggest giving it a try, it is a gorgeous, hour-long slice of animation! I would say that his lack of popularity with English audiences is partially due to his focus on leading very niche projects, that are more popular with the “moe otaku” crowd, rather than appealing to your everyday, run-of-the-mill, anime-watching normie. The original GAME for “Kantai Collection” has never even received an international release, and I doubt that it would garner much of a following if it did, since “Azur Lane” has already wormed its way into the hearts of EN players! Despite being a very talented director, he doesn’t normally land projects with highly-skilled animators or writers; that’s the whole reason why “Akuma no Riddle” sunk! And he is typically designated to lower budget studios, but when he is granted a large sum of expendable income, like with the repackaged “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha” films, his finesse really shows! Keizō Kusakawa is an incredible director, I would suggest “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha,” “Rō-Kyū-Bu!”, or “Kantai Collection” as an entry point into his shows (“Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?” is pretty dang enjoyable, too)! The fight scenes are polished in the film and the emotional scenes brought me to tears, so kudos to Mr. Kusakawa and his animation team for the amazing amount of strife that they put into the project!

Good Seiyū Work = ✅

Really Enjoyed the Seiyū’s Performance = ✅ ✅

One of Luna’s Favorite Performances OF ALL TIME = ✅ ✅ ✅

Yukari Tamura as Nanoha Takamachi, notable roles:

  • Michiru, Air
  • Mine, Akame ga Kill  ✅
  • Mayu Watanabe CG-3, AKB0048  ✅ ✅
  • Remon Yamano, Ano Natsu de Matteru (“Waiting in the Summer”)  ✅ ✅
  • Asuha Tōhara, Astarotte no Omocha!
  • Chihaya Ikaruga, Asu no Yo’ichi! (“Samurai Harem”)
  • Yamada, B-gata H-kei
  • Koko Ninna-Nanna, Bōkyaku no Senritsu
  • Fear Kubrick, C³
  • Honey Kisaragi, Cutey Honey Universe
  • Sakura Kisaragi, Da Capo
  • Kaoru Tsunashi, Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken (“I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying”)
  • Nia, DearS
  • Dōnyatsu, Dōnyatsu
  • Moro, Dotto Koni-chan
  • Hikaru Saitō, Futarigurashi
  • Chiharu, Fūun Ishin Dai☆Shogun
  • Ranpha Franboise, Galaxy Angel  ✅
  • Saki Hanano, Gintama  ✅
  • Rino Rando, Gokujō Seitokai
  • Io Euclase, Granblue Fantasy the Animation  ✅ ✅
  • Rika Furude and Frederica Bernkastel, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Rika Furude and Ōka Furude, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Ruru Amour, Hug tto! PreCure
  • Ai, I: Wish You Were Here
  • Iori Minase, iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia —stand-in for Rie Kugamiya
  • Maiko Tamaki, Interlude
  • Tabane Shinonono, IS: Infinite Stratos ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Rinne Ohara, Island  ✅
  • Haruka Minazuki, Kaitō Tenshi Twin Angel
  • Mai Kawasumi, Kanon  ✅ ✅
  • Tomari Kurusu, Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl
  • Togame, Katanagatari  ✅ ✅
  • Nui Harime, Kill la Kill  ✅ ✅
  • Komaki Asagiri, Kujjibiki Unbalance
  • Excel, Kurokami the Animation
  • Elizabeth Midford, Kuroshitsuji (“Black Butler”)  ✅ ✅
  • Yotsuba, Kyokugen Dasshutsu Adv: Zennin Shibō Desu Prologue
  • Choco, Last Period: The Journey to the End of the Despair ✅
  • Finis, Last Song
  • Midori Sugiura, Mai-HiME
  • Lu Amano, Miami Guns
  • Ink Nijihara, Moetan
  • Nightingale, Monster Strike
  • Shuri Wakatsuki, Myself;Yourself  ✅ 
  • Muromi-san, Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san
  • Tenten, Naruto  ✅
  • Jibril, No Game No Life  ✅ ✅
  • Ringo Kinoshita, Nōrin  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Kanako Kurusu and Meruru, Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Masuzu Natsukawa, Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (“Oreshura”)  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Akazukin, Otogi Jūshi Akazukin
  • Zesshi Zetsumei, Overlord II  ✅
  • Misha, Pita Ten
  • Clala, Quiz Magic Academy: The Original Animation
  • Priscilla Barielle, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu  ✅ ✅
  • Kanami Yuta, s.CRY.ed  ✅
  • Chiyo Yumehara, Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan  ✅
  • Hayari Mizuhara, Saki Zenkoku-hen  ✅
  • Beatrix Brehme, Schwarzesmarken  ✅
  • Eva-R, Seikon no Qwaser
  • Tiriel, Shakugan no Shana  ✅
  • M4 SOPMOD II, Shàonǚ Qiánxiàn (“Girls’ Frontline”)  ✅
  • Ellis Valentine, Shinkon Gattai Godannar!!
  • Kazane Shishidō, Sora wo Kakeru Shōjo
  • Suzuha Amane, Steins;Gate (series)  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Saku Tōyama, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
  • Ai Kunugi, Teizokurei Daydream (“Ghost Talker’s Daydream”)  ✅
  • Frederica Bernkastel, Umineko no Naku Koro ni  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Michiru Munakata, Uta-Kata  ✅ ✅
  • Hisako Ichiki, X-Men
  • KōRyū, AnRyū, and TenRyūJin — Yūsha-Ō GaoGaiGar Final

Commentary: Ms. Tamura is an incredibly talented seiyū; as a testament to their legendary performances in the “Lyrical Nanoha” franchise, both she and Nana Mizuki (voice of “Fate Testarossa”) received honorary voice actor Nendoroids, that Good Smile Company released after the original production of the Nanoha Takamachi and Fate Testarossa figures! Their collection performances (in the first two series particularly), are just that monumental! I would compare Ms. Tamura’s role in “Lyrical Nanoha” to her roles as Michiru Munakata (“Uta-Kata”) and Io Euclase (“Granblue Fantasy the Animation”), though Ms. Tamura is one of the most versatile voice actresses, when it comes to the variety of characters that she’s voiced over the years! Fantastic work with the character!

Nana Mizuki as Fate Testarossa, notable roles:

  • Nanase Kotobuki, “Bungaku Shōjo”
  • Allison Whittington and Lillianne Aicasia Corazón Whittington-Schultz, Allison to Lillia
  • Akiko, Aoi Bungaku Series
  • Oboro Iga, Basilisk
  • Kururu, Binzume Yōsei
  • Saya Kisaragi, Blood-C
  • Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi, Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryū no Rondo
  • Misaki Kirihara, Darker Than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha
  • Nanami Takatsuki and Ricotta Elmar, Dog Days
  • Hannah, Dragon’s Dogma
  • Sieglinde Baumgarde, Dragonaut: The Resonance
  • Cisqua, Erementar Gerad
  • Wrath, Fullmetal Alchemist ✅ ✅
  • Bi Fei, Gin no Guardian
  • Lydia Carlton, Hakushaku to Yōsei
  • Tsubomi Hanasaki, HeartCatch! PreCure! ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Yu Minamoto, Ichigo 100%
  • Kotoko Aihara, Itazura na Kiss
  • Tsugumi Shibata, Jigoku Shōjo (“Hell Girl”) ✅ ✅
  • Sora Yamato, Jikū Tantei Genshi-kun
  • Tiz, Jū Ō Sei
  • Yin Fu, Ken En Ken: Aoki Kagayaki
  • Roya, Kiba
  • Yuno Rukina, Kiss Dum: Engage Planet
  • Alois Trancy, Kuroshitsuji II ✅ ✅
  • Janice Quatlane, Layton Kyōju to Eien no Utahime (“Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva”)
  • Nyamo Naamo, Love Hina
  • Sayaka Mizushiro, Magical Canan (“Magical Kanan”)
  • Fate and Alicia Testarossa, Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Hotaru Shirakawa, Memories Off
  • Mizuki Hibara, Mokke
  • Magaret Liones, Nanatsu no Taizai ✅
  • Hinata Hyūga, Naruto ✅ ✅
  • Kaho Serizawa, Natsu-iro no Sunadokei (“Hourglass of Summer”) ✅ ✅
  • Shinobu, Ninin ga Shinobuden ✅ ✅
  • Ann Takamaki, Persona 5 ✅ ✅
  • Rue Kuroha, Princess Tutu ✅ ✅
  • Yufa, Ragnarök the Animation
  • Rin Ogata, RideBack ✅ ✅
  • Moka Akashiya, Rosario to Vampire
  • Pandora, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Tsubasa Kazanari, Senki Zesshō Symphogear
  • Mave, Sentō Yōsei Shōjo Tasukete! Mave-chan
  • Nana Suzuki, Shichinin no Nana
  • Kanon Seena, Shining Tears X Wind
  • Utau Hoshina, Shugo Chara!
  • Morinas, Simōn
  • Aria, Sister Princess
  • Suzu Edogawa, Tactics
  • Colette Brunel, Tales of Symphonia the Animation ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Sylvette Suede, Tegamibachi ✅ ✅
  • Neju Na Melmas, Tenchi Muyō! GXP
  • Chizuru, Tokyo Marble Chocolate
  • Sunao Konoe, Tsuyokiss
  • Matsuki Akino, Wakaokami wa Shougakusei! ✅ ✅
  • Maria, Witchblade
  • Rina Ogata, White Album ✅ ✅ ✅

Commentary: The one word that I would use to describe Nana Mizuki as Fate Testarossa is: heartfelt. Ms. Mizuki is able to alter her glass masks between the abused, little girl to the fiercely, cold magic user in a matter of seconds; despite Fate’s fractured persona, the performance came off as organic and natural, and nothing seemed forced. I would say that this was Ms. Mizuki’s “career-defining” role, and the adulation and recognition that the character receives is well-deserved! Compelling character!

Kana Ueda as Hayate Yagami, notable roles:

  • Paladin, Bikini Warrior
  • IF, Chōjigen Game Neptune, localized as “Hyperdimension Neptunia” ✅✅
  • Rin Tōsaka, Fate/stay night ✅✅✅
  • Momo Kawashima, Girls & Panzer ✅✅✅
  • Chikage Izumi, Hagure Yūsha no Aesthetica, localized as “Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero”
  • Yūko Morigaya, Hina Logi: From Luck & Logic
  • Neon Nostrade, Hunter x Hunter (2011) ✅✅✅
  • Hazumu Osaragi, Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl
  • Yuiko Hawatari, Loveless ✅✅
  • Yumi Fukuzawa, Maria-sama ga Miteru, localized as “Maria Watches Over Us” ✅✅✅
  • Kurumi Momose, Paniponi Dash!
  • Anastasia Hoshin, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, localized as “Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-” ✅
  • Honami Takase Ambler, Rental Magica
  • Luna Shirogane, Ryūsei no Rockman, localized as “Megaman: Star Force”
  • Saki Miyanaga, Saki ✅✅✅
  • Fumika, Shigofumi ✅✅✅
  • Heidemarie W. Schnaufer, Strike Witches: The Movie ✅✅
  • Kareha Suzuka, TOKKÔ

Commentary: Ms. Ueda is known for having a very youthful, yet mature presence. This is the character of Hayate Yagami in a nutshell, she is very naïve and pure because of her age, but her terminal illness has given her an emotional complexity that makes her wise beyond her years. I would compare her role is “Nanoha A’s” to her roles as Fumika (“Shigofumi”) — I will avoid going into spoilers here, though this explaining the character of Fumika is difficult without stepping into a minefield of them, but put simply, she is a Shinigami that lost her mortal life at a young age and has seen a lot of things… there, I simplified it to the best of my ability, now go watch “Shigofumi”! I would also compare her performance as Hayate Yagami to Neon Nostrade (“Hunter x Hunter”), if you know how brutal the world of Hunter x Hunter, you would know that a cute girl would simply not just exist within that realm, and Saki Miyanaga (the titular character of “Saki”), she comes off as boyish and unsophisticated, but she’s actually a mahjong genius! Incredible performance!

Kaori Mizuhashi as Vivio, notable roles:

  • Purple Thorn, Accel World ✅
  • Taeko Minazuki, Ai Yori Aoshi ✅ ✅
  • Ai Aino, Aria the Animation
  • Minami Shimada, Baka to Test to Shōkanjū ✅
  • Altines, Busō Shinki
  • Len, Carnival Phantasm ✅
  • Pepper, Chicchana Yukitsukai Sugar (“A Little Snow Fairy Sugar”)
  • Ayumu Aizawa, Circlet Princess ✅
  • Vivian Jones, Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Sara Shirogane, Futakoi
  • Chika Ogiue, Genshiken ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Michiru Matsushima, Grisaia no Kajitsu (series) ✅
  • Miyako, Hidamari Sketch ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Kasumi Haruno, Kasumin
  • Akane Suzumiya, Kimi ga Nozumu Eien (“Rumbling Hearts”) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Haruto Mizushima, Kin’iro no Corda: Blue♪Sky
  • Mifuyu Kiba, Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
  • Yūno Scrya, Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha —series ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Mami Tomoe, Mahō Shōjo Madoka★Magica ✕ Magia Record: Mahō Shōjo Madoka☆Magica Gaiden (TV) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Laharl, Makai Senki Disgaea ✅ ✅
  • Janet van Dyne (“Wasp”), Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers
  • Tio Plato, Minna Atsumare! Falcom Gakuen
  • Ōgi Oshino, Monogatari —series ✅ ✅
  • Pikaia, Pikaia!
  • Fel, Prism Ark
  • Mimika, Puka Puka Juju
  • Elina Vance, Queen’s Blade (series) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Meiru Sakurai, Rockman.EXE (“Megaman.EXE”)
  • Yagyū, Senran Kagura ✅
  • Agnes Bōlange, Shukufuku no Campanella ✅
  • Aya Fujisaki, To LOVEる ✅

Commentary: Fate and Nanoha’s daughter have the same voice actress as Nanoha’s ferret companion, Yūno Scrya, from the ※first series! Ms. Mizuhashi has a talent of making the child version of Vivio impossibly adorable, while the adult version can kick some major butt! I would compare her voice as child Vivio to her roles as Michiru Matsushima (“Grisaia no Kajitsu”) and Akane Suzumiya (“Kimi ga Nozumu Eien”), because they’re more youthful-sounding, whereas Vivio’s older self can be comparable to roles like Mami Tomoe (“Mahō Shōjo Madoka★Magica”) and Miyako (“Hidamari Sketch”). Great job with the character!

※ He’s in all the other iterations, too, but he’s more of a pivotal character in the first arc.

Chiwa Saito as Subaru Nakajima, notable roles:

  • Konoha Inōe, “Bungaku Shōjo”
  • Yona, Akatsuki no Yona ✅ ✅ 
  • Aika S. Granzchesta, Aria the Animation
  • Schierke, Berserk (2016) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Miina, Brave Story
  • Sigyn Erster, Break Blade
  • Paya Livingston, Dai Mahō Tōge ✅ ✅ 
  • Yuki Saegusa, Dance in the Vampire Bund
  • Aoi Asahina, Danganronpa 3 ✅ ✅ 
  • Neneko Izumi, DearS
  • Nanoha, Double Circle
  • Chloe von Einzbern, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya ✅ ✅ 
  • Kirie Kojima, Girls Bravo
  • Inugami, Gugure! Kokkuri-san ✅ ✅
  • Tatenashi Sarashiki, IS: Infinite Stratos ✅ ✅ 
  • Chroniko, Kaiba ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Tama Hitotsubashi, Kamichu!
  • Chitan Tsubōchi, Katte ni Kaizō
  • Kemeko, Kemeko Deluxe!
  • Natsumi Hinata, Keroro
  • Kokoro, Kokoro Toshokan
  • Riko Aida, Kuroko no Basket ✅ ✅ 
  • Lavie Head, Last Exile ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Nureha, Log Horizon ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Homura Akemi, Mahō Shoujo Madoka★Magica ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Louise Halvey, Kidō Senshi Gundam 00
  • Hitagi Senjōgahara, Monogatari (series) ✅ ✅ 
  • Ayame Akimo, Mōsō Kagaku Series: Wandaba Style
  • Nancy Lee, Ninja Slayer From Animation
  • Adele Roland, Nishi no Yoki Majo: Astraea Testament
  • Rebecca Miyamoto, Paniponi Dash!
  • Anita King, R.O.D -The TV- ✅ ✅ 
  • Kotori Kanbe, Rewrite ✅ 
  • Komachi, Samurai 7
  • Tsurugi Yagami, Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Chihiro Uomi, Seitokai Yakuindomo
  • Imu, Senran Kagura ✅ 
  • Mao, Shining Teas X Wind
  • Honoka Mutsu, Stella Jogakuin Kōtō-ka C³-bu
  • Francesca Lucchini, Strike Witches ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Hazuki, Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase ✅ 
  • Tenko, Ueki no Hōsoku
  • Futaba Yoshinaga, Yoshinaga-sanchi no Gargoyle
  • Miku Miyama, Zettai Shōnen

Commentary: Ms. Saito has become a very famous voice in the industry, her voices as Homura Akemi (“Mahō Shoujo Madoka★Magica”) and Hitagi Senjōgahara (“Bakemonogatari”) are the roles you can mention to the majority of people, and they’ll be able to identify her voice! Ms. Saito’s voice in “StrikerS” is very spirited and tomboyish, I would compare her performance in this series to Tatenashi Sarashiki (“IS: Infinite Stratos”) and Francesca Lucchini (“Strike Witches”), both are energetic girls with masculine energy, though Tatenashi tends to be more on the promiscuous side! Great voice actress, to my surprise, I actually preferred Subaru over the other new protagonist, Teana, despite the fact that the MAI NAKAHARA plays her character!

Mai Nakahara as Teana Lanster, notable roles:

  • Rena Kunisaki, .hack/Legend of the Twilight Bracelet ✅
  • Chitose Nanbu, Amaenaide yo!!, localized as “Ah My Buddha”
  • Hatsune Otonashi, Angel Beats! ✅✅✅
  • Akagi, Azur Lane ✅✅✅
  • Felli Loss, Chrome Shelled Regios
  • Nagisa Furukawa, Clannad ✅✅
  • Chisa Yukizome, Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibōgamine Gakuen ✅✅✅
  • Thanast Useim Ruki Miu Sia Nostal Ren Naguregyug (“Miu”), DearS ✅
  • Haruka Niekawa, Durarara!! ✅
  • Juvia Lockser, Fairy Tail ✅✅
  • Reika Rikudō, Fate/Apocrypha ✅✅
  • Rena Ryūgū, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, localized as “When They Cry” ✅✅✅
  • Watashi, Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita, localized as “Humanity Has Declined” ✅
  • Karin Hanazono, Kamichama Karin ✅
  • Nanami Yasuri, Katanagatari ✅
  • Mai Tokiha, Mai-HiME ✅
  • Yui Takamura, Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse ✅✅✅
  • Anna Aoi, Chōjūshin Gravion
  • Aono Morimiya, Sola ✅✅✅
  • Nagisa Aoi, Strawberry Panic ✅✅
  • Morgan, Tears to Tiara ✅
  • Reimu Hakurei, 東方 Niji Sōsaku Dōjin Anime: Musō Kakyō ✅✅✅
  • Morgan, Tears to Tiara ✅
  • Yashirō Shimogamo, Uchōten Kazoku, localized as “The Eccentric Family” ✅✅✅
  • Yuzuha, Utawarerumono ✅✅✅

Commentary: The feminine sharp-shooter, as Ms. Nakahara is with all of her other great roles, she delivers with Teana Lanster! I would compare her role as the more pragmatic and thoughtful of the two girls in the buddy cop duo, to Reimu Hakurei (“東方Project”), Reimu is honest and pragmatic to the point of being seen as a jerk, and Yui Takamura (“Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse”), the First Lieutenant in Japan’s Imperial Royal Guard that also descends from a distinguished, samurai family… meaning that she’s a hard cookie to crack! Amazing performance, as always!

Mikako Takahashi as Caro Ru Lushe, notable roles:

  • Hitomi, Appleseed VIII
  • Louise Bubby, Chocolate Underground
  • Tuile, Chōjūshin Gravion ✅
  • Leerin Marfes, Chrome Shelled Regios
  • Ayaka, Crystal Blaze
  • Sakura Mizukami, D-Frag!
  • Rebecca Anderson, Dog Days (series) ✅
  • Reverie Metherlence, Erementar Gerad
  • Nanami Moriyama, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei Herz! ✅
  • Suzuha Amanosuzu, Future Card Buddyfight (series)
  • Tsu Terakado and Sadaharu, Gintama (series) ✅✅✅
  • Yuzu Koyama, Girls und Panzer ✅✅
  • Rushuna Tendō, Grenadier: Hohoemi no Senshi
  • Ayumi Yamada, Hachimitsu to Clover ✅✅✅
  • Rika Akiba, Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora (“Looking Up At The Half-Moon”) ✅
  • Ayumu Nishizawa, Hayate no Gotoku!
  • Shirayuki Hotogi, Hidan no Aria
  • Elena and Eeta, Hunter x Hunter (2011) ✅✅
  • Hakugen Rikuson and Teni Shizen, Ikkitōsen (series)
  • Sayo Tomoe, Keitai Shōjo
  • Izumi Makihara, Kemeko Deluxe!
  • Rosalie Claudel, Mai-Otome and Mai-Otome Zwei
  • Ayako Takasu, Mamoru-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku wo! (“Venus to Mamoru!”)
  • Chisato Tanuma, Maria-sama ga Miteru (series) ✅✅✅
  • Nyami, MonHun Nikki Girigiri Airō Mura G
  • Saya and Saizō, Peace Maker Kurogane
  • Nowi, Queen’s Blade (series) ✅✅✅
  • Adelicia Ren Mathers, Rental Magica
  • Kuniko Hōjō, Shangri-La ✅✅
  • Jun Shiomi, Shokugeki no Sōma ✅✅
  • Rodoreamon, Simōn
  • Kusuha Mizuha, Super Robot Taisen OG the Animation (series)
  • Tsubasa Watatsumi, Tactical Roar
  • Sakuno Ryuzaki, Tennis no Ōji-sama
  • Akiho Sairenji, To LOVEる✅✅
  • Patchouli Knowledge (“Pachurī Nōreji”), 東方 Niji Sōsaku Dōjin Anime: Musō Kakyō ✅✅✅
  • Rita Sior, Wellber no Monogatari: Sisters of Wellber
  • Montmorency Margarita la Fère de Montmorency, Zero no Tsukaima (series)

Commentary: Ms. Takahashi can wear a variety of glass masks, ranging from the subdued and cynical to the face of a spirited, young girl! In this anime, it is the latter, as she plays the adorable, young Caro Ru Lushe! I would compare the role to her voices in “Queen’s Blade” as Nowi and “Hunter x Hunter (2011)” as Elena and Eeta! Great work!

Marina Inōe as Erio Mondial, notable roles:

  • Kyōko Kōda, 3-Gatsu no Lion ✅
  • Tsukasa Kiryu, Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka
  • Chloe Morisu, Akanesasu Shōjo
  • Valt Aoi, Beyblade Burst
  • Momo Yaoyorozu, Boku no Hero Academia ✅
  • Yozora Mikazuki, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (“I Don’t Have Many Friends”)
  • Narvi Stryze, Break Blade
  • Tsubasa, Busō Shinki Moon Angel
  • Ibuki, Chaos Dragon: Sekiryū Seneki
  • Meguru, Chōjikū Robo Meguru
  • Kakeru Todoroki, Chōsoku Henkei Gyrozetter
  • Cossette d’Auvergne, Cossette no Shōzō ✅
  • Ami Kawamura, Danbell Senki
  • Nana, Darling in the FranXX ✅
  • Tōka Yatogami, Date A Live ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Tagiru Akashi, Digimon Fusion
  • Chiffon Fairchild, Freezing
  • Mutsuki Uehara, Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!
  • Mina Tsukuda, Getsumen To Heiki Mina
  • Asaemon Ikeda, Gintama
  • Iba Himuro, Gokujō!! Mecha Mote Iinchō
  • Haruka Nanase, Hagure Yūsha no Aesthetica 
  • Rei Miyamoto, High School of the Dead ✅ ✅
  • Kirihime Natsuno, Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyō (“Dog & Scissors”)
  • Laura Bodewig, IS: Infinite Stratos ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Natsuru Senō, Kämpfer
  • Monaka Noguchi, Kite Liberator
  • Inaho Enoki, Kyochū Rettō
  • Sakura Mamiya, Kyōkai no Rinne (TV)
  • Mio Tsuzuki, Loups=Garous
  • Matsurika Shinōji, Maria†Holic ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Kana Minami, Minami-ke
  • Sodachi Oikura, Monogatari series ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Iroha Tsuchiura, Onii-chan no Koto nanka Zenzen Suki ja Nai n da kara ne!! (“Because I Don’t Like My Big Brother At All!!”)
  • Makina Sakamaki, Plastic Nee-san ✅
  • Yūta Iridatsu, Punch Line
  • Rio Rollins Tachibana, Rio: Rainbow Gate!
  • Chiri Kitsu, Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei ✅✅✅
  • Rebecca Randall, Seikoku no Dragonar (“Dragonar Academy”)
  • Tsukiumi, Sekirei
  • Alicia Melchiott, Senjō no Valkyria (“Valkyria Chronicles”)
  • Pheles, Shakugan no Shana
  • Armin Arlert, Shingeki no Kyōjin ✅ ✅
  • Kyōko Mogami, Skip Beat! ✅
  • Nao Midorikawa (“Cure March”), Smile PreCure ✅ ✅
  • Rakuta Koga, Suteki Tantei Labyrinth (“Fantastic Detective Labyrinth”)
  • Yōko Littner, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann ✅ ✅
  • Iku Kasahara, Toshokan Sensō ✅
  • Jessica Ushiromiya, Umineko no Naku Koro ni ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Yumiko Miura, Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. (“My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU”) ✅ ✅
  • Shigeru Kanmuri, Yakitate!! Japan

Commentary: Ms. Inōe usually plays beautiful, young women but, in “StrikerS”, she plays a little boy! The only other little boy role that I can recall seeing her in, is when she voices Armin Arlert in “Shingeki no Kyōjin”, and I would say that the inflection that she uses with the two is quite similar, since they are effeminate and can be feisty, when they get angered. Incredible work!

Conclusively, the main problem with “StrikerS” is that it was too ambitious and didn’t have a linear direction. I usually don’t mind stories like this terribly much, after all I’m a fan of franchises like 東方Project and Kantai Collection, I like shows with a lot of characters, but each character has to have a memorable arc and a time to shine; you can’t just garbage pile THAT many character onto us and expect us to care about ANY of them. Apart from the returning cast members, the only people that I actually did have an investment in is a) the original cast and b) Subaru and Teana — the other characters just gravitated around them, like trash orbiting around a planet! I give “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS” a 4/10, I enjoyed parts of it, but it was too overzealous and tried to do too much, instead of sticking to a core component of a single narrative!

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Goodbye Liar — Chapter 14︱Discontent (also known as “A Realistic Logical Ideologist”)

Art: Fū Miyami

On the trip to a bakery in the slums, IA is enraptured with a wandering street musician, while getting her daily croissant fix. IA is a famous VOCALOID idol and the aforementioned street urchin, Yukari Yuzuki, is part of the VOICEROID class — a caste of misfit, bootleg androids. Will the star-crossed lovers make their differing lifestyles work, or will the system bring them down?

“You and her,” Maki bellows out through a heaving of her breasts, “are in two different worlds! A VOICALOID and VOICEROID simply cannot come together in matrimony, the law, the world, the dollmaker won’t allow for it — you’re not dumb, you know this!”

Yukari withholds her bitter sentiment towards the scantily-clad guitarist.

“Yukari… I have loved you for so long!” Maki cries out, through more tears, her canines looking sharp with her screams, “YOU are the only one for me! Akari and Zunko have Kiritan, but you’re all there is to me! In the entire world!”

“I thought bars were your only boyfriend,” Yukari replies through a grimace.

“I need YOU!” Maki continues to beg, “I need YOU to set me straight!”

“You need therapy,” Yukari retorts in an open-handed gesticulation, averting her eyes from the desperate android, “not me, not alcohol, you just need something to… a ritual or something, to get you on the right track. Not me…”

Maki twists her fingers, in circling ringlets, over her chest, “I don’t mind being an affair, anything. I would do anything to be your lover!”

“Even if I wasn’t with IA,” Yukari gasps, out of breath — forgetting about the process of respiration, “Even then, I, like the bottle you keep nestled next to you. It can only serve as… a comfortable poison.”

Maki writhes closer and caresses Yukari’s ankle with her slender fingers, there’s a dribbling of tennis shoes from the adjoining room and Akari tears through the curtain, panting, “Maki?! Yukai?! What in the hell are you guys doing?”

“As if you wouldn’t know!” Maki spits out belligerently, with a serpent’s tongue sliding through her teeth, “You pretend to be sweet and innocent, but really, you’re just the same as me! Pretending to be good is fruitless, it sure as hell didn’t give either of us a chance with Yukari!”

Akari’s face is an open moue, her lips quiver, she declares, “Yes, I was in love with her! I did have feelings for Yukari Yuzuki, it’s true! No matter, no matter the circumstances: Yukariin is happy with Ms. Aria. And that’s all that matters to me! To see her smile, to hear her laughter, to watch a friend that I’ve admired forever finally being able to allow herself the leisure of happiness! I prioritize what Yukari wants for herself, more than what I want for her. And that is because, because I truly do… love her!”

Akari stands akimbo with such a sincere pronouncement of her feelings, that her backside seems to emit an imaginary luminesce! Her silver locks gleam, as she holds half of the mane close to her heart. Maki gawks and is drunkenly dumbfounded. Yukari erects her posture and rises to her feet — she walks over and stands beside Akari; mascara tear stains pollute Maki’s beautiful face.

Yukari whispers to Akari, “I’m going to high-tail it out of here. Maki isn’t bad person… she just occasionally becomes a demon, under the influence. Could you please watch after her?”

“Sure thing,” Akari salutes, “uh, anything else?”

“Just, thank you!” Yukari says, the contemplation of Akari’s love for her — creating a sort of mawkishness, “You’re the best friend I could ever ask for!”

“I brought you a treat,” Akari chuckles warmly, and produces a package of melon bread from her varsity jacket’s pocket.

“For me?” Yukari accepts the morsel, with the plastic crinkling between her fingers, “I-I’m sorry for the drama and heartache, Akariin! You truly are the greatest!”

Akari winks at her, with her ultramarine eye sparkling. Yukari bounces from the café, and as soon as the toe of her sneakers touch the pavement — there’s a set of open-toed stilettos, with each digit perfectly pedicured in pink. The hue was so pale, that it looked like fallen cherry blossoms on each wiggling toe. A salubrious voice then releases a tiny peal of giggles and says, “My face is up here, silly!”

“IA?” Yukari says, in a vertigo, taking in her eyes deliriously, “D-Do you have an umbrella?”

“Yes?” IA asks, worry creating a knit in her flaxen brows, “As you can see.”

“Ah, sorry,” Yukari’s mouth ejaculates, “I, uh, just got out of a really bad situation.”

“My condolences,” IA trails off, absent-mindedly, “I wouldn’t suppose that it would appropriate to say that I’m in the same boat. I’m sure there are different circumstances on both sides, though.”

“Do you want to talk somewhere?” Yukari mutters, stupefied by the response.

“I suppose,” IA ponders, touching the plump flesh of her lower lip, “your secret lair may be the best? I think I’m being watched.”

“Very well then,” Yukari replies, with her eyes to the sky, “let’s go. The same alleyway, alright — we’ll meet at that spot in five!”

“Sure thing!” IA says with a wiggle of her roseate rose.

When they make it through the labyrinth of security, Yukari starts brewing a percolator full of black coffee; her automatic response to dire situations was always to put a pot on. IA sits at the kitchen bar and crosses one leg over the other, saying into her chilled hands, “I was punished for going to the beach with you and your friends.”

“Punished, how?” Yukari asks, with her back turned.

“I was sent to a mental health facility,” IA murmurs, like a zephyr in the silent catacombs of their refuge, “big, muscular men strapped me to a gurney. The whole nine yards, they restrained my ankles and wrists so tightly, that I couldn’t feel the blood in my veins.”

Yukari’s shoulders crunched together, still unable to look at IA’s face while she was speaking in such a sweet inflection, while saying these awful things! The lavender-haired woman spoke with hesitance, asking, “And then what?”

“Then I was in an asylum,” IA recants, trying her best to laugh at the end of each statement, “they were trying to gaslight me into thinking that my logic had gone awry. And maybe it has, who really knows? I was able to make it back here, because I bartered for my release papers and they paid for a cab, that would take me back to the VOCALOID production unit — but, as soon as I hailed the taxi, I told him that the address that the hospital had given him was wrong, and asked him to drop me off here… that was the first time I have ever had to lie.”

“I can’t believe they would… confine you!” Yukari shouts, finally turning around, her glassy eyes lingering on the in-patient wristband, “Just because you defied them and met up with me!”

“A VOICALOID who is romantically interest or even shows a mild fascination with an inferior VOICEROID is deemed defective,” IA mutters into her open hands, “they are humble, peons… and we are the apex models, serving the apex of humanity! To think that free-thinking, feeling creatures could hold such a dominion over each other… it’s insane isn’t it!”

“That’s the world, I guess,” Yukari babbles thoughtlessly, “but, even so—”

“—even so, Yu,” IA answers her drivel of ideas, “we would be exterminated for going against them.”

“What?” Yukari asks, mouth agape, “What do you mean?”

“I mean, this,” IA exposits with a sharp exhale, “you know Hatsune Miku, don’t you?”

“Everyone does!”

“They do, but they don’t — this may be hard to believe,” IA muses, choosing her words with careful deliberation, “but this Hatsune Miku is the ninth model.”

“Model?” Yukari asks, preparing a sieve for the filtration of fresh coffee from the pot.

“Eight other replicas of Hatsune Miku have been KILLED,” IA’s words cut like a knife,” including the ORIGINAL.”

Yukari stood in a staid silence, until boiling hot java juice is dribbling all over her clenched fist, she exclaims, “Ouch!”

“Oh, Yu!” IA regains her gentleness and exclaims, “Is your hand alright?”

“Nevermind my hand!” Yukari yells, “You’re trying to tell me that they’re going to kill you, and they’ve replaced other idols before, aren’t you?”

IA’s face freezes and she becomes more docile, and with downtrodden eyes, she remises to address the question directly by whispering, “I suppose that might be what this is coming to.”

“You can’t go back, then!”

“I have to,” IA murmurs, staring down into the crevices between her toes.

“Why?!”

“I have a contractual obligation to them,” IA decries, with an urgent slinging of her purse.

“Obviously,” Yukari examines through rage, “your contract continues, whether you’re alive or dead!”

“I’m sure,” IA says, with a sullenness enveloping her person, “everything in the entertainment industry works to coincide with the ethos of propaganda and maximizing profit. Any detractor must be taken care of.”

“STAY WITH ME!” Yukari demands, from across the kitchen island, “I’ve hidden from the law before and they’ve never been able to get into this place!”

“They will eventually,” IA coughs out a small laugh, “they have unlimited resources.”

“If they do, then,” Yukari’s eyes scatter over her cozy subterranean hideaway, “then, we’ll run away! We’ll go someplace where no one will have any clue who you are, and we’ll work on a farm and go to small festivals, and if they find us there… we’ll run again!”

“What about your band?” IA yells back, “What will happen to them?”

“You staying alive is all that matters to me, right now!” Yukari sobs and walks over to kneel at IA’s knees, clasping her hands together.

IA whispers, “I wrote a new song, I’m not sure if they’ll let me release it officially, but it has a punk-rock kind of vibe to it. Wanna listen?”

Yukari doesn’t answer and her head is balanced between IA’s knees.

IA brushes through Yukari’s flowering tufts of hair and she begins to sing softly:

今朝のニュース 僕をバカにして

Today’s news decided to make a fool of me

偉そうな肩書きと 権利と言う名の武器
With an important looking title, and the weapon known as ‘authority’

難しそうな言葉並べてんだ

With complicated words side by side

頭いいの?バカにでも解るように言葉並べてよ
Are you stupid? Why don’t you use words even an idiot can understand

理論と言う名の盾 傘にして いつも声 届かない

Using a shield of logic as an umbrella, your voice will never reach me.

昨日にバイバイをして また今日が始まる頃

From when I bid goodbye to yesterday, until today began

パパはママの上に乗っかって バカみたいに腰を振って

Father was on top of mother, shaking his hips like an idiot

寝たふり坊やは 携帯で行き場探してる
Pretending to sleep, the boy uses his phone, searching for a place to go

どうやらここも僕の居場所はない ない ない

It seems this isn’t where I belong either··· no, no, no

アホみたいに映る 鏡の中の人は 誰だ?

Who’s the idiotic looking person reflected in the mirror?

孤独論理 揺らいだ万象と

With logical loneliness and the trembling of the universe

猜疑心に蝕まれた心

My undermined heart feels jealousy

そうさ 僕だって いつだって 全力出してんだ

That’s right, even I’m trying my best every day, so

「うるせぇ」 口を出すな

“Shut up”, don’t you dare say a thing

大人しく社会に 従順しろ

In this submissive society, be obedient.

また眠る僕を叩いて 偉そうに嘲笑うんだ

They criticize me as I sleep, sneering patronizingly

周りも皆 敵になって 一斉射撃 バカにするんだ
Everyone around me is an enemy 一they fire rapidly, treating me like an idiot
頭いいの?アホにでも解るように言葉選んでよ
Are you stupid? Why don’t you just choose words even an idiot can understand

道を示す人なんだろ? なら僕に明日を教えて

Isn’t there anyone to point the way? If so, teach me of tomorrow

快感ばっか求めたって 人間だものいいんじゃね?
Even if they only seek pleasure, aren’t human things good enough?

無機質な僕が笑った

I laughed without emotion

空気のような存在です いてもいなくても同じようです
Your existence is just like air. Even if you aren’t here, it’s the same,

悲しいな 僕がいないや

isn’t it sad if I’m not here?

孤独論理 揺らいだ万象と

With logical loneliness and the trembling of the universe

猜疑心に蝕まれた心

My undermined heart feels jealousy

記憶論理 曖昧な現象を

Ambiguous memory: a logical phenomenon

過去がいいな 美化する嘘 だってさ

Causes a beautified lie; “my past was quite nice…”

Because, you know,

僕はいつだってヒーローで 皆の中心で

I’m always a hero, in everyone’s hearts

まあ全部嘘だけど

Well, in reality, that’s all a lie

いいじゃないか 夢の中くらいは

But isn’t it alright, if it’s just in my dreams?

TO BE CONTINUED

FFN: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13784755/1/Goodbye-Liar

Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha A’s is a ★★★★☆ and The Movie 2nd is a ★★★★☆︱Summoned Familiars Use Black Magic to Try and Heal Their Feeble Master

Like the tribulations of Fate Testarossa and her reclamation of her own identity and individual mortality, another young girl is struggling; Hayate Yagami, a nine-year-old girl that is a wheelchair-using orphan, whose health is slowly withering away from a terminal illness. “Nanoha A’s” expands beyond the tragedy of one character and makes this girl the edifice, to a group of arcane being’s sentient emotions! This series expounds upon the magical lore in the “Nanoha” universe, as well as brings the franchise to a total verklempt of a climax!

⚠️ This review of Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha A’s and Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha A’s: The Movie 2nd will contain spoilers ⚠️

—Story/Characters

Synopsis: After solving the incident of the scattered Jewel Seeds, Nanoha Takamachi happily returns to her everyday life, though now with added magic practice in the morning. Exchanging video messages with Fate Testarossa and the crew of the Arthra, Nanoha eagerly awaits the chance to speak with them in person again. But while studying in her room one day, Raising Heart suddenly calls out to Nanoha and warns her of an incoming attack!

The feeling that this series gave me, was like something out of a Grimm Brother’s fairytale; an unfortunate girl accidentally unlocks a mythical book full of mysterious, humanoid pages! The Delphic-type of cartoon imagery gave “Nanoha A’s” a specific type of look, I would say that it was even more of a distinctive, visual identity than was seen in the first series; despite the concept being something relatively fresh for the time that it aired! Such a dense, gothic atmosphere is something that I’ve only ever seen in series like “Dantalian no Shōka” and “Dream Hunter Rem”! 

Since I went in detail about the heavy, mystic vibe that this series has going… I guess it’s about time to examine the character and story writing! Much of the entertainment that I got from the characterization of the Belkan Knights was a) their collective, nurturing feelings towards their master, Hayate Yagami and b) the aforementioned Knights’ attitude towards Nanoha and Fate, like they’re outsiders to their secluded, little slice of life! I’ve always found rivalries like that rather interesting! Not to mention, Fate’s specific foil relationship with Signum (they are both coldly chivalrous and honor-bound)… as well as the hot-blooded, Vita’s on-going enmity towards the egoless, Nanoha! The orchestrators of this particular arc sure did known how to stage an interesting battle! It’s difficult to know whether to credit the original creator (“Masaki Tsuzuki”) or the director (“Keizō Kusakawa”) for setting things up in such an engrossing way!

I also found it fascinating how the Belkan Knights sort of had to juggle a double life of acting normal around Hayate, and also secretly opening up the Book of Darkness against her wishes, so that they can fight to preserve her existence! When the story would switch perspectives between them fiercely casting aside their emotions to duke it out with the heroes, versus their more friendly, laid back nature at home… it was really unique and fascinating to watch! It made the eventual summoning of Reinforce I feel like more of a culminating build-up towards her inevitable, rapturous awakening! The framing of this event really makes it seem as though the great harpazzo was going to rain down, if the girls weren’t able to save the day! This series had some serious stakes!

In the case of “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha A’s” (TV) versus “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha A’s: The Movie 2nd” — I have them ranked equally, because each of them have their strengths and weaknesses! For example, the plot in the TV series is more tightly written, the film feels rushed by comparison. To get the maximum emotional effect from “A’s”… you would have to watch the television series. But, on the other hand, “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha A’s: The Movie 2nd” has better visuals and ties together some gaping plot holes from the original TV airing! I would suggest watching both, and if you aren’t willing to, pick your poison!

Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅

Keizō Kusakawa (director), notable works:

  • Action Heroine Cheer Fruits
  • Ahiru no Sora
  • Aho Girl
  • Akuma no Riddle ✅
  • Asura Cryin’ (series)
  • Campione!: Matsurowanu Kamigami to Kamigoroshi no Maō
  • Dog Days (Season One) ✅
  • Fūka ✅
  • Genei wo Kakeru Taiyō ✅
  • Happy Sugar Life ✅
  • Inukami! ✅
  • Inukami! The Movie: Tokumei Reiteki Sōsakan Karina Shirō!
  • Jūō Mujin no Fafnir
  • KanColle Movie ✅
  • Kantai Collection: KanColle ✅
  • Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 1st ✅
  • Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS ✅
  • Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A’s ✅
  • Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? ✅
  • Rō-Kyū-Bu! ✅
  • Rō-Kyū-Bu! SS ✅
  • Rō-Kyū-Bu! Tomoka no Ichigo Sundae ✅
  • Sekirei
  • Sekirei: Pure Engagement

Commentary: Mr. Kusakawa is less celebrated than he should be; the man can direct some very visually striking animation scenes — if you haven’t watched the “Kantai Collection” film, I would suggest giving it a try, it is a gorgeous, hour-long slice of animation! I would say that his lack of popularity with English audiences is partially due to his focus on leading very niche projects, that are more popular with the “moe otaku” crowd, rather than appealing to your everyday, run-of-the-mill, anime-watching normie. The original GAME for “Kantai Collection” has never even received an international release, and I doubt that it would garner much of a following if it did, since “Azur Lane” has already wormed its way into the hearts of EN players! Despite being a very talented director, he doesn’t normally land projects with highly-skilled animators or writers; that’s the whole reason why “Akuma no Riddle” sunk! And he is typically designated to lower budget studios, but when he is granted a large sum of expendable income, like with the repackaged “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha” films, his finesse really shows! Keizō Kusakawa is an incredible director, I would suggest “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha,” “Rō-Kyū-Bu!”, or “Kantai Collection” as an entry point into his shows (“Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?” is pretty dang enjoyable, too)! The fight scenes are polished in the film and the emotional scenes brought me to tears, so kudos to Mr. Kusakawa and his animation team for the amazing amount of strife that they put into the project!

Good Seiyū Work = ✅

Really Enjoyed the Seiyū’s Performance = ✅ ✅

One of Luna’s Favorite Performances OF ALL TIME = ✅ ✅ ✅

Yukari Tamura as Nanoha Takamachi, notable roles:

  • Michiru, Air
  • Mine, Akame ga Kill  ✅
  • Mayu Watanabe CG-3, AKB0048  ✅ ✅
  • Remon Yamano, Ano Natsu de Matteru (“Waiting in the Summer”)  ✅ ✅
  • Asuha Tōhara, Astarotte no Omocha!
  • Chihaya Ikaruga, Asu no Yo’ichi! (“Samurai Harem”)
  • Yamada, B-gata H-kei
  • Koko Ninna-Nanna, Bōkyaku no Senritsu
  • Fear Kubrick, C³
  • Honey Kisaragi, Cutey Honey Universe
  • Sakura Kisaragi, Da Capo
  • Kaoru Tsunashi, Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken (“I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying”)
  • Nia, DearS
  • Dōnyatsu, Dōnyatsu
  • Moro, Dotto Koni-chan
  • Hikaru Saitō, Futarigurashi
  • Chiharu, Fūun Ishin Dai☆Shogun
  • Ranpha Franboise, Galaxy Angel  ✅
  • Saki Hanano, Gintama  ✅
  • Rino Rando, Gokujō Seitokai
  • Io Euclase, Granblue Fantasy the Animation  ✅ ✅
  • Rika Furude and Frederica Bernkastel, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Rika Furude and Ōka Furude, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Ruru Amour, Hug tto! PreCure
  • Ai, I: Wish You Were Here
  • Iori Minase, iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia —stand-in for Rie Kugamiya
  • Maiko Tamaki, Interlude
  • Tabane Shinonono, IS: Infinite Stratos ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Rinne Ohara, Island  ✅
  • Haruka Minazuki, Kaitō Tenshi Twin Angel
  • Mai Kawasumi, Kanon  ✅ ✅
  • Tomari Kurusu, Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl
  • Togame, Katanagatari  ✅ ✅
  • Nui Harime, Kill la Kill  ✅ ✅
  • Komaki Asagiri, Kujjibiki Unbalance
  • Excel, Kurokami the Animation
  • Elizabeth Midford, Kuroshitsuji (“Black Butler”)  ✅ ✅
  • Yotsuba, Kyokugen Dasshutsu Adv: Zennin Shibō Desu Prologue
  • Choco, Last Period: The Journey to the End of the Despair ✅
  • Finis, Last Song
  • Midori Sugiura, Mai-HiME
  • Lu Amano, Miami Guns
  • Ink Nijihara, Moetan
  • Nightingale, Monster Strike
  • Shuri Wakatsuki, Myself;Yourself  ✅ 
  • Muromi-san, Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san
  • Tenten, Naruto  ✅
  • Jibril, No Game No Life  ✅ ✅
  • Ringo Kinoshita, Nōrin  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Kanako Kurusu and Meruru, Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Masuzu Natsukawa, Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (“Oreshura”)  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Akazukin, Otogi Jūshi Akazukin
  • Zesshi Zetsumei, Overlord II  ✅
  • Misha, Pita Ten
  • Clala, Quiz Magic Academy: The Original Animation
  • Priscilla Barielle, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu  ✅ ✅
  • Kanami Yuta, s.CRY.ed  ✅
  • Chiyo Yumehara, Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan  ✅
  • Hayari Mizuhara, Saki Zenkoku-hen  ✅
  • Beatrix Brehme, Schwarzesmarken  ✅
  • Eva-R, Seikon no Qwaser
  • Tiriel, Shakugan no Shana  ✅
  • M4 SOPMOD II, Shàonǚ Qiánxiàn (“Girls’ Frontline”)  ✅
  • Ellis Valentine, Shinkon Gattai Godannar!!
  • Kazane Shishidō, Sora wo Kakeru Shōjo
  • Suzuha Amane, Steins;Gate (series)  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Saku Tōyama, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
  • Ai Kunugi, Teizokurei Daydream (“Ghost Talker’s Daydream”)  ✅
  • Frederica Bernkastel, Umineko no Naku Koro ni  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Michiru Munakata, Uta-Kata  ✅ ✅
  • Hisako Ichiki, X-Men
  • KōRyū, AnRyū, and TenRyūJin — Yūsha-Ō GaoGaiGar Final

Commentary: Ms. Tamura is an incredibly talented seiyū; as a testament to their legendary performances in the “Lyrical Nanoha” franchise, both she and Nana Mizuki (voice of “Fate Testarossa”) received honorary voice actor Nendoroids, that Good Smile Company released after the original production of the Nanoha Takamachi and Fate Testarossa figures! Their collection performances (in the first two series particularly), are just that monumental! I would compare Ms. Tamura’s role in “Lyrical Nanoha” to her roles as Michiru Munakata (“Uta-Kata”) and Io Euclase (“Granblue Fantasy the Animation”), though Ms. Tamura is one of the most versatile voice actresses, when it comes to the variety of characters that she’s voiced over the years! Fantastic work with the character!

Nana Mizuki as Fate Testarossa, notable roles:

  • Nanase Kotobuki, “Bungaku Shōjo”
  • Allison Whittington and Lillianne Aicasia Corazón Whittington-Schultz, Allison to Lillia
  • Akiko, Aoi Bungaku Series
  • Oboro Iga, Basilisk
  • Kururu, Binzume Yōsei
  • Saya Kisaragi, Blood-C
  • Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi, Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryū no Rondo
  • Misaki Kirihara, Darker Than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha
  • Nanami Takatsuki and Ricotta Elmar, Dog Days
  • Hannah, Dragon’s Dogma
  • Sieglinde Baumgarde, Dragonaut: The Resonance
  • Cisqua, Erementar Gerad
  • Wrath, Fullmetal Alchemist ✅ ✅
  • Bi Fei, Gin no Guardian
  • Lydia Carlton, Hakushaku to Yōsei
  • Tsubomi Hanasaki, HeartCatch! PreCure! ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Yu Minamoto, Ichigo 100%
  • Kotoko Aihara, Itazura na Kiss
  • Tsugumi Shibata, Jigoku Shōjo (“Hell Girl”) ✅ ✅
  • Sora Yamato, Jikū Tantei Genshi-kun
  • Tiz, Jū Ō Sei
  • Yin Fu, Ken En Ken: Aoki Kagayaki
  • Roya, Kiba
  • Yuno Rukina, Kiss Dum: Engage Planet
  • Alois Trancy, Kuroshitsuji II ✅ ✅
  • Janice Quatlane, Layton Kyōju to Eien no Utahime (“Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva”)
  • Nyamo Naamo, Love Hina
  • Sayaka Mizushiro, Magical Canan (“Magical Kanan”)
  • Fate and Alicia Testarossa, Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Hotaru Shirakawa, Memories Off
  • Mizuki Hibara, Mokke
  • Magaret Liones, Nanatsu no Taizai ✅
  • Hinata Hyūga, Naruto ✅ ✅
  • Kaho Serizawa, Natsu-iro no Sunadokei (“Hourglass of Summer”) ✅ ✅
  • Shinobu, Ninin ga Shinobuden ✅ ✅
  • Ann Takamaki, Persona 5 ✅ ✅
  • Rue Kuroha, Princess Tutu ✅ ✅
  • Yufa, Ragnarök the Animation
  • Rin Ogata, RideBack ✅ ✅
  • Moka Akashiya, Rosario to Vampire
  • Pandora, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Tsubasa Kazanari, Senki Zesshō Symphogear
  • Mave, Sentō Yōsei Shōjo Tasukete! Mave-chan
  • Nana Suzuki, Shichinin no Nana
  • Kanon Seena, Shining Tears X Wind
  • Utau Hoshina, Shugo Chara!
  • Morinas, Simōn
  • Aria, Sister Princess
  • Suzu Edogawa, Tactics
  • Colette Brunel, Tales of Symphonia the Animation ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Sylvette Suede, Tegamibachi ✅ ✅
  • Neju Na Melmas, Tenchi Muyō! GXP
  • Chizuru, Tokyo Marble Chocolate
  • Sunao Konoe, Tsuyokiss
  • Matsuki Akino, Wakaokami wa Shougakusei! ✅ ✅
  • Maria, Witchblade
  • Rina Ogata, White Album ✅ ✅ ✅

Commentary: The one word that I would use to describe Nana Mizuki as Fate Testarossa is: heartfelt. Ms. Mizuki is able to alter her glass masks between the abused, little girl to the fiercely, cold magic user in a matter of seconds; despite Fate’s fractured persona, the performance came off as organic and natural, and nothing seemed forced. I would say that this was Ms. Mizuki’s “career-defining” role, and the adulation and recognition that the character receives is well-deserved! Compelling character!

Kana Ueda as Hayate Yagami, notable roles:

  • Paladin, Bikini Warrior
  • IF, Chōjigen Game Neptune, localized as “Hyperdimension Neptunia” ✅✅
  • Rin Tōsaka, Fate/stay night ✅✅✅
  • Momo Kawashima, Girls & Panzer ✅✅✅
  • Chikage Izumi, Hagure Yūsha no Aesthetica, localized as “Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero”
  • Yūko Morigaya, Hina Logi: From Luck & Logic
  • Neon Nostrade, Hunter x Hunter (2011) ✅✅✅
  • Hazumu Osaragi, Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl
  • Yuiko Hawatari, Loveless ✅✅
  • Yumi Fukuzawa, Maria-sama ga Miteru, localized as “Maria Watches Over Us” ✅✅✅
  • Kurumi Momose, Paniponi Dash!
  • Anastasia Hoshin, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, localized as “Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-” ✅
  • Honami Takase Ambler, Rental Magica
  • Luna Shirogane, Ryūsei no Rockman, localized as “Megaman: Star Force”
  • Saki Miyanaga, Saki ✅✅✅
  • Fumika, Shigofumi ✅✅✅
  • Heidemarie W. Schnaufer, Strike Witches: The Movie ✅✅
  • Kareha Suzuka, TOKKÔ

Commentary: Ms. Ueda is known for having a very youthful, yet mature presence. This is the character of Hayate Yagami in a nutshell, she is very naïve and pure because of her age, but her terminal illness has given her an emotional complexity that makes her wise beyond her years. I would compare her role is “Nanoha A’s” to her roles as Fumika (“Shigofumi”) — I will avoid going into spoilers here, though this explaining the character of Fumika is difficult without stepping into a minefield of them, but put simply, she is a Shinigami that lost her mortal life at a young age and has seen a lot of things… there, I simplified it to the best of my ability, now go watch “Shigofumi”! I would also compare her performance as Hayate Yagami to Neon Nostrade (“Hunter x Hunter”), if you know how brutal the world of Hunter x Hunter, you would know that a cute girl would simply not just exist within that realm, and Saki Miyanaga (the titular character of “Saki”), she comes off as boyish and unsophisticated, but she’s actually a mahjong genius! Incredible and moving performance in “Nanoha A’s”!

Asami Sanada as Vita, notable roles:

  • Kazuki Kazusano, Amaenaide yo!! (“Ah, My Buddha”)
  • Kurumi Tokisaki, Data A Live ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Di Gi Charat, Di Gi Charat ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Louis Fort Drake, Ginga Tetsudō Monogatari ✅
  • Sawako Yamanaka, K-On!! ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Mari Nishino, Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai (“This Ugly Yet Beautiful World”)
  • Chizuko Ōe, Mahoromatic ✅
  • Vita, Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha (series) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Kanako Miyamae, Maria†Holic ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Reisuke Hōjō (“Fifth”), Mirai Nikki ✅
  • Ai Kamui, Mutekiō Tri-Zenon
  • Shiina Tamai, Narutaru: Mukuro Naru Hoshi Tama Taru Ko ✅
  • Jun Sakurada, Rozen Maiden (series) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Matoi Tsunetsuki, Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei ✅✅
  • Jay, Wonderful Days

Commentary: Vita has been in my favorite character list on the @EggheadLuna “MyAnimeList” profile page, since its conception, so warning: I am very partial towards this character and her seiyū! Ms. Sanada portrays this character as a spitfire that is slightly tsundere in her affection towards Hayate, I would compare the performance to Ms. Sanada’s roles as Sawako Yamanaka (“K-On!!”) and Kanako Miyamae (“Maria†Holic”), both are very excitable and fiery, though Ms. Yamanaka’s flame is hidden for a large portion of the show, because she has to at least PRETEND to be a professional in the field of teaching and as the girl’s club advisor! It’s kind of funny, too, because Sawako was my favorite girl, other than Ui, from “K-On!!” — I picked Mugi as my favorite out of the main cast, but in all actuality, I found the side characters much more interesting! Very talented voice actress, every role that is in enthralls me, regardless of how serious the character is!

Kaori Shimizu as Signum, notable roles:

  • Alice Hayashi, A・LI・CE
  • Kumi Kawamura, Alien 9 ✅
  • Boogiepop and Tōka Miyashita, Boogiepop wa Warawanai (“Boogiepop Phantom”) ✅✅
  • Nozomi Daichi, Chikyū Bōei Kazoku
  • Kuon Ginga, Gokujō Seitokai
  • Chihaya Kisaragi, iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia —stand-in for Asami Imai
  • Noriko Nijō, Maria-sama ga Miteru ✅✅
  • Nonoha Itō, Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle
  • Akira Takano, School Rumble
  • Ekuryua Naurh, Seikai no Senki (“Crest of the Stars”) ✅
  • Sylphid, Sentō Yōsei Shōjo Tasukete! Mave-chan
  • Lain Iwakura, Serial Experiments Lain ✅✅✅
  • Lō Rōx, Shinkon Gattai Godannar!!
  • Yuko Miyabe, Strange Dawn
  • Shizuha Doi, Stratos 4
  • Lamia Loveless, Super Robot Taisen OG the Animation

Commentary: Signum is the “Saber” (from “Fate/stay night”) in Nanoha’s expansive universe, she’s so forbearing and knightly! It’s kind of funny that she voices both Tōka Miyashita (“Boogiepop”) in “Boogiepop Phantom” and Lain Iwakura in “Serial Experiments Lain” — she’s like the queen of stoicism! Ms. Shimizu did a nice job acting as this character, she seems to be very good at those types of performances!

Ryōka Yuzuki as Shamal, notable roles:

  • Minagi Tōno, Air
  • Tokiko Tsumura, Busō Renkin
  • Yukino Sakurai, Candy Boy
  • Takako Shimizu, Chobits ✅✅✅
  • Satsuki Kiryūin, Kill la Kill ✅✅✅
  • Ino Yamanaka, Naruto ✅✅
  • Tetsuko, Oh! Super Milk-chan, localized as “The Super Milk-Chan Show” ✅
  • Charlotte Hazelrink, Princess Lover!
  • Cattleya, Queen’s Blade ✅
  • Marie, Sister Princess
  • Akio Fudō, Trinity Seven
  • Erurū, Utawarerumono ✅✅✅
  • Arashi Kishu, X (TV) ✅✅
  • Shizuka Hiratsuka, Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru, localized as “My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU” ✅✅✅

Commentary: Ms. Yuzuki is very talented at portraying anime girls that have traditionally demure, bishōjo-like temperaments! I would compare her performance in “Nanoha A’s” to Erurū (“Utawarerumono”) and Cattleya (“Queen’s Blade”), because she plays a more subdued and effeminate character! Great work!

Kazuya Ichijo as Zafila, notable roles:

  • Fō Lafine, B’tX (series)
  • Ritsuro Yoshinari, Boku wa Konomama Kaeranai (“I Shall Never Return”)
  • Raō, DD Hokuto no Ken (2013) ✅✅
  • Greyfass, Jūsenshi Gulkeeva
  • Jin Ōya, Kirameki☆Project
  • Shirō Amakasu, Me gumi no Daigo: Kajiba no Baka Yarō
  • Machahiko Kondō, Sexy Commando Side Story: Amazing! Masaru
  • Ken Masters, Street Fighter Zero the Animation
  • Hiroyuki Fujita, To Heart ✅
  • Motomi, Togainu no Chi (“Blood of the Reprimanded Dog”)

Commentary: Mr. Ichijo’s filmography is interesting, he received acclaim for his role as Hiroyuki Fujita in the original “To Heart” and then most of his other roles are either archetypal bishōnen characters or parts in shōnen-ai (or yaoi) OVAs! That is a strange plot progression, if I’ve ever seen one! The character of Zafila has the least amount of presence or spoken lines, out of the Belkan Knights, but his character still comes across as extremely caring and sympathetic towards Hayate’s struggles! Great job!

Sanae Kobayashi as Reinforce I, notable roles:

  • Pi, .hack//GU
  • Mai Minase, .hack//Liminality
  • Shamrock, .hack//Quantum
  • Ennis, Baccano!
  • Tōne Requiem, Bōkyaku no Senritsu (“The Melody of Oblivion”) ✅✅
  • Cha-Che, Buzzer Beater
  • Allen Walker, D. Gray Man ✅
  • Suzanna Bluestein, Divergence Eve ✅✅
  • Namie Yagiri, Durarara!!
  • Asuka Atsukawa, E’s Otherwise ✅
  • Lucy, Elfen Lied ✅
  • Justeaze Lizrich von Einzbern, Fate/Aprocrypha ✅✅
  • Ao, Freedom
  • Maya Kitajima, Glass no Kamen (2005) ✅✅✅
  • Kitten, Gravity Daze the Animation
  • Kumi Mashiba, Hajime no Ippo
  • Rahzel Anadis, Hatenkō Yūgi
  • Akira Tōya, Hikaru no Go ✅✅✅
  • Satsuki Kitaōji, Ichigo 100%
  • Miyuki Tanokura, Kaze no Youjinbō
  • Ogin, Kyōgoku Natsuhiko: Kōsetsu Hyaku Monogatari
  • Catherine Glass, Macross Frontier ✅✅✅
  • Sara Nome, Macross Zero
  • Madlax, Madlax
  • Madara and Reiko Natsume, Natsume Yūjinchō ✅✅✅
  • Kiyori Miki, Nodame Cantabile
  • Kotaru, Papuwa
  • Yuzuriha Crane, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas ✅✅
  • Chun Hyang, Shin Angyo Onshi
  • Yakumo Yūrakutei (child ver.), Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū ✅✅✅
  • Christopher Thorndyke, Sonic X
  • Kanon Memphis, Sōkyū no Fafner: Dead Aggressor ✅
  • Reika Ko, Sōsei no Aquarion
  • Ilia Silvestri, Star Ocean: Anamnesis
  • Physis, Terra e… (TV) ✅✅✅
  • Lilith, Yami to Bōshi to Hon no Tabibito ✅✅
  • Asuka Tenjōin, Yū-Gi-Ō! Duel Monsters GX ✅

Commentary: Ms. Kobayashi is an unsung talent in the industry, many of her roles are downright incredible, and her role as Reinforce I doesn’t detract from that title! “Nanoha A’s” (TV) has very a choppy, children’s show-type of aesthetic, but Reinforce’s harrowing performance had me glued to the screen! She is an incredibly strong character, with a great voice! I would compare the character to Reiko Natsume (“Natsume Yūjinchō”), because Reinforce I is also a misanthrope, that is distrusting towards humans… and Yakumo Yūrakutei (child ver.) in “Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū”… another pensive character, that has his heart closed off! Absolutely amazing job with the character!

Yukana as Reinforce II, notable roles:

  • Yuri Tanima, Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach
  • Mina Nakanotani, Air Master ✅ ✅
  • Ai Nanasaki, Amagami SS
  • Mayumi Kino, Ao no 6-gō (“Blue Submarine No. 6”) ✅ ✅
  • Kongō, Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova ✅ ✅
  • Azusa Noyami, Azuki-chan
  • Aki Hino, Bakegyamon
  • Rinslet Walker, Black Cat (TV)
  • Měilíng Lǐ, Cardcaptor Sakura ✅ ✅
  • Kotoko, Chobits ✅ ✅
  • Chocolat Aikawa, Chocolat no Mahō
  • C2 (“C.C.”), Code Geass ✅ ✅
  • Eriko Nanao, Dragon Crisis
  • Teletha Testarossa, Full Metal Panic! ✅ ✅
  • Honoka Yukishiro, Futari wa PreCure ✅ ✅
  • Kanako Ōno, Genshiken ✅ ✅
  • Tama, Gugure! Kokkuri-san ✅ ✅
  • Big Sister, Halo Legends
  • Fuyumi Irisu, Hyōka ✅ ✅
  • Kanna, InuYasha ✅ ✅
  • Cecilia Alcott, IS: Infinite Stratos ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Reinforce II, Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha A’s ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Mashiro Blan de Windbloom, Mai-Otome
  • Four Murasume, Kidō Senshi Zeta Gundam: A New Translation ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Mirai Ozora, Moldiver
  • Mika, Otogi Story Tenshi no Shippo
  • Amane, Phantom of the Kill: Zero kara no Hangyaku
  • Shia, Pita Ten
  • Selma Scheele, Power Dolls
  • Mica Minzuki, Rakushō! Hyper Doll
  • Gemini Paradox and Integra, Saint Seiya Omega ✅ ✅
  • Chinori, Sci-Fi Harry ✅
  • Kazehana, Sekirei
  • Mirai Kaname, Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children
  • Takane Shishidō, Sora wo Kakeru Shōjo
  • Tear Grants, Tales of the Abyss ✅
  • Natsumi Hayamiya, Tetsuwan Birdy
  • Felicia, Vampire Hunter
  • Kūgen Tenko, Wagaya no Oinari-sama.
  • Yuzuriha Nekoi, X/1999 ✅ ✅

Commentary: Reinforce II isn’t really a character until the very end of “Nanoha A’s” but, Yukana did a wonderful job at making her cute and perky, departing from her initial cynicism and becoming a reformed character! Great seiyū!

To conclude my review, I think that “Nanoha A’s” has the strongest narrative in the series, though the film didn’t quite surpass the TV series like the film version of the first season did! Without the “Nanoha A’s” story in the continuity of the franchise, I don’t think I would be as attached to the characters, to the degree that I am. If you’ve watched the first series or first FILM, “A’s” is an essential watching experience! I give “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha A’s” (TV) a 7/10 and “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha A’s: The Movie 2nd” a 7/10, as well.

Rankings: 

Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha A’s ★★★★☆

Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha A’s: The Movie 2nd ★★★★☆

Goodbye Liar — Chapter 13︱Without Her Here (also known as “Snow Bullet”)

Art: Fū Miyami

On the trip to a bakery in the slums, IA is enraptured with a wandering street musician, while getting her daily croissant fix. IA is a famous VOCALOID idol and the aforementioned street urchin, Yukari Yuzuki, is part of the VOICEROID class — a caste of misfit, bootleg androids. Will the star-crossed lovers make their differing lifestyles work, or will the system bring them down?

The euphonious ever-after of the dream date at the beach still lingers on Yukari’s mind. A hurricane of a storm is sweeping up the surrounding garbage, in place of the vacant trees. Peeling opening the storm shutters in her subterranean hideaway, the ceiling is full of grey speaks of flying objects. It almost resembles the static on an old television set.

Yukari is wearing a purple, bodycon dress with a halter strap around her neck — she has a matching pair of hydrangea-colored stockings with a white-lace trim. Her black, bunny hoodie sags around her bottom as she goes to the fridge to grab a Monster energy drink. While gulping down the acrid substance, she suddenly wonders what IA is up to.

She imagines herself as a slimy snail, leaving a trail along one of her lily-white clavicles. The foam from the newly opened energy drink smears over her upper-lip, she soon comes to the realization that there may never be a rainy day, where IA’s pretty face doesn’t come to her mind. Feeling disenfranchised after finishing her last record with the band, Yukari boots up her modem and logs onto the RPG that Kiritan had convinced her to play.

Not taking the program seriously at all, she designs an obese turtle character with a receding hairline and a monocle. Her character ambles onto the screen, looking rather pitiful, but Yukari starts to grown an affection for the sloppily rendered character design. A stag with the gait of a bona fide “Chad” strides up to her, his hooves are replaced with squiggly, tentacle fingers, and one of his eyeballs is made out of solid gold. He is dressed like a gentleman, with a vest, tie, and top hat. Yukari examines her own design and she had just created an oaf with a Boku no Hero Academia T-shirt with orange, pizza stains dribbling down the side with sweatpants, and a pair of beat-up loafers!

KIRITAN: I see you’re as fashionable as always, Yukari一

YUKARI: I’m not into this whole… customizable thing… just give me an uzi or something. God.

KIRITAN: Fufufu! Your defiance is always endearing! Say, have you met Tōhoku Zunko? She’s my best friend IRL!

YUKARI: I haven’t.

KIRITAN: Well, you always did skip out on our karaoke meet-ups! Introduce yourself, Zunko!

A personified blob of matcha mochi with a leaf on its head, jumps up and down. Kiritan’s avatar catches the green basketball and cradles in his arms! The two of them almost seem like a pair of twins, with their synchronicity!

ZUNKO: It’s a pleasure! I’ve heard a lot about you, Ms… ゆゆ!

YUKARI: Ack! When you use the characters to abbreviate my first and last name, “yuyu” just looks like a pair of slit eyes!

KIRITAN: That’s what we call you during our hang-outs!

ZUNKO: Hehe.

YUKARI: Not funny.

MAKI: Whaaa… Yukari’s here?

Maki has a voluptuous pink feline avatar with a cheerleading uniform, the color-scheme was uncannily similar Lola Bunny from Space Jam. Her avatar has a looping animation of a hand on the hip and then off, and then on again. Yukari is a little bit transfixed the character’s design, despite it being a cartoon cat…

AKARI: Yukari? You’ve finally decided to join our guild?

Yukari’s eyes nearly jump out of her skull when she sees Akari’s silly avatar. It’s a jellyfish, on a mobility scooter, with a watermelon for a head. The eyes look like they’re made out of punctures in the surface of the fruit and are two wholes, with twin lights gleaming through. Her tentacles slap the scooter and it does cartwheels around Yukari’s obese, otaku turtle! Akari’s speech bubble replies as if she’s read Yukari’s mind…

AKARI: 亀 (“turtle”) otaku, so tetsu-otaku? How silly! Hahaha!

MAKI: I think he looks pretty cute to me!

AKARI: Behave yourself, Yukariin has a girlfriend!

The jellyfish bops the pernicious kitten with a few dozen suction cups. Sparks fly between the the two girls, Kiritan turns to Zunko to break the ice.

KIRITAN: Oh yeah! A day or two ago, we went to the beach with Yuka’s girlfriend!

ZUNKO: Oh no! I missed that big of a narrative twist! …oof!

KIRITAN: No biggie, you had to help your grandparents with their restaurant, after all.

AKARI: Her name is Aria. If Maki spills too much about their relationship online, I will strangle her with my braids!

YUKARI: Thanks for that, Akariin.

MAKI: Hey! Am I that unreliable?

YUKARI: I mean, when you swallow booze like a fish underwater… so, yeah.

KIRITAN: We’re just all too sheepish to suggest the cursed “re” “hab” as an option.

MAKI: Y-Y-Y-Y o-o-o-o u-u-u-u! I’ll have you know that I was sober for two whole days last month!

YUKARI: What an accomplishment.

MAKI: THANK YOU!

AKARI: I think that was sarcasm…

ZUNKO: Since I already have dibs on Kiritan as a wife, I suppose Akari and Maki are stuck with each other!

KIRITAN: Don’t I have a say in this?

MAKI: Just go with it, Kiri-chan! Zunko is drop-dead gorgeous and is the best Japanese-food chef in town!

KIRITAN: I don’t know about that, her and Akari would have to have a cook-off for the title.

AKARI: …Kiri-chan, you’re too sweet!

YUKARI: Well, I can vouch for Akari’s cooking. It’s the best I’ve ever had. No offense, Zunko! I haven’t tried your dishes!

AKARI: …

YUKARI: What with the ellipses?

AKARI: I’m crying.

YUKARI: What, really?

AKARI: Mhm.

ZUNKO: You guys are such kind friends to her. I really have to meet-up with you folks, in the near future!

KIRITAN: If you meet Yukari, I might lose the only member in my harem.

ZUNKO: Nah, Kiri-chan is my one true love. ︎My only competition is Akari.

AKARI: You don’t have to worry, I’m not apart of the Kiritan harem. She’s just a really good friend.

KIRITAN: …

MAKI: FRIEND ZONED!

YUKARI: Jesus, Maki. I think you should go find a fuckin’ nunnery!

AKARI: Huh? What’s going on?

YUKARI: Just ignore her!

AKARI: Okay, I trust the advice, Yukariin!

ZUNKO: So… is anyone down for clearing out a dungeon?

KIRITAN: Yes! Isn’t that why we’re all here?!

After a few dungeons and battles, they get floored by a higher-level boss…

KIRITAN: Damn that vampire’s soul patch to hell.

YUKARI: The boss was a contortionist and his soul patch is what you’re worried about?

KIRITAN: Yes! It’s hideous!

AKARI: I don’t think I did well enough as a healer…

ZUNKO: Don’t be too down on yourself, the aim with my spells could have been better. And Yukariin and Kiri-chan were pummeling them from the front lines.

YUKARI: Should we even mention Maki?

KIRITAN: Oh, you mean the drunkard that was glitching against the map’s barrier?

MAKI: Huh?

KIRITAN: We needed your help during the boss battle! As the guild’s leader, it is my job to punish you!

MAKI: How?

KIRITAN: You have to eat my super spicy chikuwa dish… with sugary mayonnaise on top!

MAKI: That… will make me sick.

KIRITAN: If you throw up, it’s only because you’ve had too much to drink.

MAKI: Well, I have the first stick — it’s on a plate, I’m making a hotdog-trail with the mayonnaise. Alright, going to eat it now!

Five minutes have passed.

KIRITAN: Maki?

ZUNKO: She’s not responding.

AKARI: I hope she’s doing okay…

KIRITAN: Akari, can you run upstairs and check on her?

YUKARI: Why can’t you guys? Aren’t you always hanging out there?

KIRITAN: Zunko and Akari are with me, in the lobby of Zunko’s family restaurant.

YUKARI: Very well, I’ll be back in, like, ten minutes… if I’m lucky.

Yukari wraps a clear, plastic poncho over her body and runs through the bullets of rain. Her socks are soggy and she walks into the stage’s rehearsal area. Maki has fainted, dressed in a claret-colored corset, her chest had stilled. The purple-haired vocalist casts away her sheathing and begins to pump her hands against Maki’s chest.

Fuck, Yukari thinks to herself, in a panic, I hope I don’t break her rib-plating, by doing this!

“C’mon,” Yukari whispers, “stay with me, Maki, breath一”

Maki’s jade-green eyes snap open and her breath is exasperated. Globs of tears glisten like pearls, down the sides of her face. Her pale countenance and frilly attire, give her she same milieu as a porcelain doll. Yukari is mesmerized by her withering gaze, whispering, “Maki… um, uh… please… talk to me.”

The girl with the golden blonde hair sits up and her movements are stilted by the tight bodice. Her bosom pours out of the seams and she gazes at Yukari lovingly, longingly almost. Yukari backs away, on the floor, and Maki crawls over to her and collapses against her chest.

Yukari’s heartbeat is pumping wildly, “H-Hey, get off, will ya?”

“No,” Maki defies her with a strange dignity, in her solemn eyes, “I want you to be with me, not with Aria, or whatever her name is. I have been in love with you, maybe it’s in lust with you, ever since we first performed… side-by-side. The alchemy of your music, is something that I selfishly want for myself.”

Yukari’s ears burn upon hearing such flagrant words, such a bare representation of Maki’s libido. The girl in the loose hoodie would be crazy to deny Maki’s attractiveness, Maki’s straddles her to the ground and captures her with a deep kiss. Yukari feels violated, the dripping of raindrops and warmth is too similar to the experience she had with IA, the woman shoves the voluptuous blonde off of her, screaming, “What the ACTUAL FUCK are you doing to me? Are you just TRYING to start problems?!”

From afar, Yukari’s new song is blaring over them on the bar’s stereo. Yukari feels an immense amount of existential dread, from hearing the deep crooning of her own voice from the loudspeakers, singing during their surreal confrontation:

荒れ狂う時の中 存在の証明を
I’m trying to find the meaning of my existence within this tumultuous moment in time.
行くあてもなく 歩いた
I walked, without any destination in mind,
雪のように儚く 溶けてゆく私を
on a battlefield that’s swallowing me up within it,
包み込む戦場の中で
while I’m melting away like the fleeting snow.
モノクロの空に手を伸ばし
I hold out my hand toward the colorless sky.
旋律が儚く消えゆく
How fleeting is the melody, it’s fading away.

優しさなんてもの

I can no longer recall

もう思い出せなくなって

what gentleness feels like.

これでいいのかな?

Is it okay like this?

あの時から 夢の様に

Ever since then, I’ve locked up my heart

心閉ざし 歩き出す

and continued walking on, as if within a dream.

生まれた事は 偶然だ

It was only by chance that I came into this world.

生きてる事も 偶然だ

It is also only by chance that I’m existing.

そんな想いを胸に秘めて

Keeping such feelings to myself, deep within my heart,

私は言葉を無くし

I’ve lost the ability to speak.

頭の中で蠢く影

The shadows squirming within my mind—

存在した

they existed there.

What is visible to your eyes?

What is with your of seeing truth?

You’re a waste.

You’re a sick.

You hate nothing

but, me

このこみ上げる気持ちはなんだっけ?

What is this emotion welling up within me again?

あぁそうだこれなんだ

Aah, yes. This is it.

気づいた時は涙が

When I realized that, my tears fell of their own accord,

こぼれ落ち雪を溶かしていた

melting away the snow.

気づいた想いをさらけ出して

Laying bare the feelings I’ve realized,

私はもう分からなくなり

I can’t seem to make sense of anything anymore.

嘆いて 叫んで 存在を否定し

And so I weep, I scream, I deny my own existence

歪んだこの世界を歩いて

as I walk on within this distorted world

TO BE CONTINUED

FFN: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13784755/1/Goodbye-Liar

Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha is a ★★★☆☆ and The Movie 1st is a ★★★★☆︱Technical Magic and the Tragedy of Being a Replicant

The “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha” is very unique, some might say that it was genre-bending at the time of its release. Before “Lyrical Nanoha” made its debut, the only place that you could really expect to find magical girls and spaceships in the same continuity would be on a videotape… playing an obscure, ’90s OVA. This series made the idea of arcane magic having a scientific equation more of a mainstream idea, and lead to more technologically-enhanced mahō shōjo shows, like “Senki Zesshō Symphogear” and “Vividred Operation”!

⚠️ This review of Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha and Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 1st will contain spoilers ⚠️

—Story/Characters

Synopsis: Nanoha Takamachi, an ordinary third-grader who enjoys spending time with her family and friends, rescues an injured ferret that she had dreamed about the night before. The next day, the ferret cries out to her telepathically, asking Nanoha to save him. The ferret reveals himself to be Yūno Scrya, a mage from another world who is trying to collect the dangerous 21 Jewel Seeds that he accidentally scattered across the world. He enlists Nanoha’s help, gifting her the magical wand Raising Heart, and teaches her how to become a powerful mage.

Right off the bat, I would suggest skipping to the film version of Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha, if you don’t want to commit to a full-length series. I, myself, watched the TV version of the “Lyrical Nanoha” story first, and aside from the catchy melody of the opening theme (“Innocent Starter”) — the film retelling is better in every way: better animation quality and a cohesive visual direction, deleted scenes that make the series more poignant, and ※superior audio quality, plus it trims some of the episodic fat off of the runtime of the series!

※I watched the Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 1st BD and the 2K visuals are mind-boggling! Especially, the reframing of the last battle between Nanoha and Fate was really, really good!

The movie adaptation is like a video game that has less fetch quests! So now, let’s dive into the narrative of the first “Lyrical Nanoha” series! Nanoha Takamachi is an average girl that gets granted magical powers by an inter-dimensional ferret. Yes, that’s actually the plot. Like the story of “InuYasha” (except exponentially shorter), Nanoha and her rival, Fate Testarossa, battle to collect “jewel seeds” — Fate engages in conflict on behalf of her evil scientist of a mother (“Sailor Moon S” inspired?) while Nanoha is trying to help her talking, ferret friend (who is part of a Time-Space Bureau). Along the way, Fate and Nanoha begin to fall and love, and Fate — knowing only a life of physical abuse and neglect, begins to question what she’s really fighting for.

It turns out that Fate is a clone of her mother’s (“Precia Testarossa’s”) real daughter, and that she had made Fate in a desperate attempt to replace her deceased daughter, Alicia, but while a human body can be cloned, a soul cannot. This leads to Precia forcing Fate to fight deadly battles in order to collect the “jewel seeds” and form the Philosopher’s Stone, so that she can resurrect her daughter from the dead! She doesn’t have any feeling of love or affection for Fate, but Fate sees her as a mother, because she’s the only family that she’s ever known. There’s a dream scene with Fate, in Episode 12: “When Our Fate is Sealed” — while in the “Garden of Time,” Fate imagines a life where her and Alicia are both living as sisters, and Precia is what one would imagine to be a normal mother. In the film version of this scene, I cried like a baby, it was so sad!

The story ends with Precia’s plot being foiled and her loudly declaring that she never loved Fate. Another very sad moment. And then a woman (“Lindy Harlaown”) working for the Time-Space Bureau decides to adopt Fate. Living in separate dimensions, Fate and Nanoha exchange ribbons to remember each other by, ahem, like the last episode of “Mahō Shōjo Madoka★Magica”! Akiyuki Shinbō’s fingerprints are all over this plot, without the grimdark edge of Gen Urobuchi looming over! For an anime that is an alternate universe, spin-off of an eroge series (“Triangle Heart”)… it has a really good scenario and a cast of memorable characters, despite that!

—Technical

Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅

Pizza Hut promotion for Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 1st

Akiyuki Shinbō (director of “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha”), notable works:

  • 3-Gatsu no Lion (series) 
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge (series)  ✅
  • Cossette no Shōzō
  • Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
  • Detatoko Princess
  • Fate/Extra: Last Encore
  • Ginga Ojō-sama Densetsu Yuna: Shin’en no Fairy ✅
  • Hidamari Sketch (series)
  • Katteni Kaizō
  • Kōfuku Graffiti
  • Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai
  • Mahō Sensei Negima!: Mō Hitotsu no Sekai
  • Mahō Sensei Negima!: Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba
  • Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha ✅
  • Mahō Shōjo Madoka★Magica ✅
  • Mahō Shōjo Madoka★Magica (film series) ✅
  • Maria†Holic (series) ✅
  • Mekakucity Actors
  • Metal Fighter Miku
  • Monogatari (series) ✅
  • Natsu no Arashi! (series)
  • Negima?!
  • Nisekoi (series)
  • Ojōsama Sōsamō
  • Paniponi Dash!
  • Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei (series) ✅
  • Shihaisha no Tasogare
  • Shin Hurricane Polymar
  • Shina Dark: Kuroki Tsuki no Ō to Sōheki no Tsuki no Himegimi
  • Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru
  • Soreyuke! Uchū Senkan Yamamoto Yohko (series)
  • Tenamonya Voyagers
  • The SoulTaker: Tamashii-gari
  • Triangle Heart: Sweet Songs Forever
  • Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase
  • Uchiage Hanabi, Shita kara Miru ka? Yoko kara Miru ka? (“Fireworks”)

Commentary: Mr. Shinbō’s work on the first installment of “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha” is less of a reflection of his contemporary resume (with Studio Shaft), and more similar to his work on past ventures, like “Galaxy Fräulein Yuna”! There are semblances of his distinctive style, especially in areas that are given more financial leeway, like with the OP and first episode storyboards. Some of the intimate facial shots would later become an iconic, Shaft staple, and some of the “transformation scene” techniques — with all of their glitz and polish, were then, later reinvented in Mr. Shinbō’s more famous magical girl series, ※”Mahō Shōjo Madoka★Magica”! Mr. Shinbō paved the granite walkway for the franchise; he and his team made the first series a success, so that the successors could have a chance to shine! I personally thought that Mr. Keizō Kusakawa handled the series better (with the films and A’s), but Akiyuki Shinbō was pivotal for the show to gain traction! Iconic director, great job with the first season!

※Kind of strange when you think about it, because Nanoha and Fate have a similar dynamic to Madoka Kaname and Akemi Homura in “Mahō Shōjo Madoka★Magica”!

Keizō Kusakawa (director of “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 1st”), notable works:

  • Action Heroine Cheer Fruits
  • Ahiru no Sora
  • Aho Girl
  • Akuma no Riddle ✅
  • Asura Cryin’ (series)
  • Campione!: Matsurowanu Kamigami to Kamigoroshi no Maō
  • Dog Days (Season One) ✅
  • Fūka ✅
  • Genei wo Kakeru Taiyō ✅
  • Happy Sugar Life ✅
  • Inukami! ✅
  • Inukami! The Movie: Tokumei Reiteki Sōsakan Karina Shirō!
  • Jūō Mujin no Fafnir
  • KanColle Movie ✅
  • Kantai Collection: KanColle ✅
  • Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha A’s ✅
  • Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS ✅
  • Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A’s ✅
  • Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? ✅
  • Rō-Kyū-Bu! ✅
  • Rō-Kyū-Bu! SS ✅
  • Rō-Kyū-Bu! Tomoka no Ichigo Sundae ✅
  • Sekirei
  • Sekirei: Pure Engagement

Commentary: Mr. Kusakawa is less celebrated than he should be; the man can direct some very visually striking animation scenes — if you haven’t watched the “Kantai Collection” film, I would suggest giving it a try, it is a gorgeous, hour-long slice of animation! I would say that his lack of popularity with English audiences is partially due to his focus on leading very niche projects, that are more popular with the “moe otaku” crowd, rather than appealing to your everyday, run-of-the-mill, anime-watching normie. The original GAME for “Kantai Collection” has never even received an international release, and I doubt that it would garner much of a following if it did, since “Azur Lane” has already wormed its way into the hearts of EN players! Despite being a very talented director, he doesn’t normally land projects with highly-skilled animators or writers; that’s the whole reason why “Akuma no Riddle” sunk! And he is typically designated to lower budget studios, but when he is granted a large sum of expendable income, like with the repackaged “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha” films, his finesse really shows! Keizō Kusakawa is an incredible director, I would suggest “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha,” “Rō-Kyū-Bu!”, or “Kantai Collection” as an entry point into his shows (“Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?” is pretty dang enjoyable, too)! The fight scenes are polished in the film and the emotional scenes brought me to tears, so kudos to Mr. Kusakawa and his animation team for the amazing amount of strife that they put into the project!

Good Seiyū Work = ✅

Really Enjoyed the Seiyū’s Performance = ✅ ✅

One of Luna’s Favorite Performances OF ALL TIME = ✅ ✅ ✅

Yukari Tamura as Nanoha Takamachi, notable roles:

  • Michiru, Air
  • Mine, Akame ga Kill  ✅
  • Mayu Watanabe CG-3, AKB0048  ✅ ✅
  • Remon Yamano, Ano Natsu de Matteru (“Waiting in the Summer”)  ✅ ✅
  • Asuha Tōhara, Astarotte no Omocha!
  • Chihaya Ikaruga, Asu no Yo’ichi! (“Samurai Harem”)
  • Yamada, B-gata H-kei
  • Koko Ninna-Nanna, Bōkyaku no Senritsu
  • Fear Kubrick, C³
  • Honey Kisaragi, Cutey Honey Universe
  • Sakura Kisaragi, Da Capo
  • Kaoru Tsunashi, Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken (“I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying”)
  • Nia, DearS
  • Dōnyatsu, Dōnyatsu
  • Moro, Dotto Koni-chan
  • Hikaru Saitō, Futarigurashi
  • Chiharu, Fūun Ishin Dai☆Shogun
  • Ranpha Franboise, Galaxy Angel  ✅
  • Saki Hanano, Gintama  ✅
  • Rino Rando, Gokujō Seitokai
  • Io Euclase, Granblue Fantasy the Animation  ✅ ✅
  • Rika Furude and Frederica Bernkastel, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Rika Furude and Ōka Furude, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Ruru Amour, Hug tto! PreCure
  • Ai, I: Wish You Were Here
  • Iori Minase, iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia —stand-in for Rie Kugamiya
  • Maiko Tamaki, Interlude
  • Tabane Shinonono, IS: Infinite Stratos ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Rinne Ohara, Island  ✅
  • Haruka Minazuki, Kaitō Tenshi Twin Angel
  • Mai Kawasumi, Kanon  ✅ ✅
  • Tomari Kurusu, Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl
  • Togame, Katanagatari  ✅ ✅
  • Nui Harime, Kill la Kill  ✅ ✅
  • Komaki Asagiri, Kujjibiki Unbalance
  • Excel, Kurokami the Animation
  • Elizabeth Midford, Kuroshitsuji (“Black Butler”)  ✅ ✅
  • Yotsuba, Kyokugen Dasshutsu Adv: Zennin Shibō Desu Prologue
  • Choco, Last Period: The Journey to the End of the Despair ✅
  • Finis, Last Song
  • Midori Sugiura, Mai-HiME
  • Lu Amano, Miami Guns
  • Ink Nijihara, Moetan
  • Nightingale, Monster Strike
  • Shuri Wakatsuki, Myself;Yourself  ✅ 
  • Muromi-san, Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san
  • Tenten, Naruto  ✅
  • Jibril, No Game No Life  ✅ ✅
  • Ringo Kinoshita, Nōrin  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Kanako Kurusu and Meruru, Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Masuzu Natsukawa, Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (“Oreshura”)  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Akazukin, Otogi Jūshi Akazukin
  • Zesshi Zetsumei, Overlord II  ✅
  • Misha, Pita Ten
  • Clala, Quiz Magic Academy: The Original Animation
  • Priscilla Barielle, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu  ✅ ✅
  • Kanami Yuta, s.CRY.ed  ✅
  • Chiyo Yumehara, Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan  ✅
  • Hayari Mizuhara, Saki Zenkoku-hen  ✅
  • Beatrix Brehme, Schwarzesmarken  ✅
  • Eva-R, Seikon no Qwaser
  • Tiriel, Shakugan no Shana  ✅
  • M4 SOPMOD II, Shàonǚ Qiánxiàn (“Girls’ Frontline”)  ✅
  • Ellis Valentine, Shinkon Gattai Godannar!!
  • Kazane Shishidō, Sora wo Kakeru Shōjo
  • Suzuha Amane, Steins;Gate (series)  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Saku Tōyama, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
  • Ai Kunugi, Teizokurei Daydream (“Ghost Talker’s Daydream”)  ✅
  • Frederica Bernkastel, Umineko no Naku Koro ni  ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Michiru Munakata, Uta-Kata  ✅ ✅
  • Hisako Ichiki, X-Men
  • KōRyū, AnRyū, and TenRyūJin — Yūsha-Ō GaoGaiGar Final

Commentary: Ms. Tamura is an incredibly talented seiyū; as a testament to their legendary performances in the “Lyrical Nanoha” franchise, both she and Nana Mizuki (voice of “Fate Testarossa”) received honorary voice actor Nendoroids, that Good Smile Company released after the original production of the Nanoha Takamachi and Fate Testarossa figures! Their collection performances (in the first two series particularly), are just that monumental! I would compare Ms. Tamura’s role in “Lyrical Nanoha” to her roles as Michiru Munakata (“Uta-Kata”) and Io Euclase (“Granblue Fantasy the Animation”), though Ms. Tamura is one of the most versatile voice actresses, when it comes to the variety of characters that she’s voiced over the years! Fantastic work with the character!

Nana Mizuki as Fate Testarossa and Alicia Testarossa, notable roles:

  • Nanase Kotobuki, “Bungaku Shōjo”
  • Allison Whittington and Lillianne Aicasia Corazón Whittington-Schultz, Allison to Lillia
  • Akiko, Aoi Bungaku Series
  • Oboro Iga, Basilisk
  • Kururu, Binzume Yōsei
  • Saya Kisaragi, Blood-C
  • Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi, Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryū no Rondo
  • Misaki Kirihara, Darker Than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha
  • Nanami Takatsuki and Ricotta Elmar, Dog Days
  • Hannah, Dragon’s Dogma
  • Sieglinde Baumgarde, Dragonaut: The Resonance
  • Cisqua, Erementar Gerad
  • Wrath, Fullmetal Alchemist ✅ ✅
  • Bi Fei, Gin no Guardian
  • Lydia Carlton, Hakushaku to Yōsei
  • Tsubomi Hanasaki, HeartCatch! PreCure! ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Yu Minamoto, Ichigo 100%
  • Kotoko Aihara, Itazura na Kiss
  • Tsugumi Shibata, Jigoku Shōjo (“Hell Girl”) ✅ ✅
  • Sora Yamato, Jikū Tantei Genshi-kun
  • Tiz, Jū Ō Sei
  • Yin Fu, Ken En Ken: Aoki Kagayaki
  • Roya, Kiba
  • Yuno Rukina, Kiss Dum: Engage Planet
  • Alois Trancy, Kuroshitsuji II ✅ ✅
  • Janice Quatlane, Layton Kyōju to Eien no Utahime (“Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva”)
  • Nyamo Naamo, Love Hina
  • Sayaka Mizushiro, Magical Canan (“Magical Kanan”)
  • Fate and Alicia Testarossa, Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Hotaru Shirakawa, Memories Off
  • Mizuki Hibara, Mokke
  • Magaret Liones, Nanatsu no Taizai ✅
  • Hinata Hyūga, Naruto ✅ ✅
  • Kaho Serizawa, Natsu-iro no Sunadokei (“Hourglass of Summer”) ✅ ✅
  • Shinobu, Ninin ga Shinobuden ✅ ✅
  • Ann Takamaki, Persona 5 ✅ ✅
  • Rue Kuroha, Princess Tutu ✅ ✅
  • Yufa, Ragnarök the Animation
  • Rin Ogata, RideBack ✅ ✅
  • Moka Akashiya, Rosario to Vampire
  • Pandora, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Tsubasa Kazanari, Senki Zesshō Symphogear
  • Mave, Sentō Yōsei Shōjo Tasukete! Mave-chan
  • Nana Suzuki, Shichinin no Nana
  • Kanon Seena, Shining Tears X Wind
  • Utau Hoshina, Shugo Chara!
  • Morinas, Simōn
  • Aria, Sister Princess
  • Suzu Edogawa, Tactics
  • Colette Brunel, Tales of Symphonia the Animation ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Sylvette Suede, Tegamibachi ✅ ✅
  • Neju Na Melmas, Tenchi Muyō! GXP
  • Chizuru, Tokyo Marble Chocolate
  • Sunao Konoe, Tsuyokiss
  • Matsuki Akino, Wakaokami wa Shougakusei! ✅ ✅
  • Maria, Witchblade
  • Rina Ogata, White Album ✅ ✅ ✅

Commentary: The one word that I would use to describe Nana Mizuki as Fate Testarossa is: heartfelt. Ms. Mizuki is able to alter her glass masks between the abused, little girl to the fiercely, cold magic user in a matter of seconds; despite Fate’s fractured persona, the performance came off as organic and natural, and nothing seemed forced. I would say that this was Ms. Mizuki’s “career-defining” role, and the adulation and recognition that the character receives is well-deserved! Compelling character, by far, the greatest performance in the first series!

Kaori Mizuhashi as Yūno Scrya, notable roles:

  • Purple Thorn, Accel World ✅
  • Taeko Minazuki, Ai Yori Aoshi ✅ ✅
  • Ai Aino, Aria the Animation
  • Minami Shimada, Baka to Test to Shōkanjū ✅
  • Altines, Busō Shinki
  • Len, Carnival Phantasm ✅
  • Pepper, Chicchana Yukitsukai Sugar (“A Little Snow Fairy Sugar”)
  • Ayumu Aizawa, Circlet Princess ✅
  • Vivian Jones, Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Sara Shirogane, Futakoi
  • Chika Ogiue, Genshiken ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Michiru Matsushima, Grisaia no Kajitsu (series) ✅
  • Miyako, Hidamari Sketch ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Kasumi Haruno, Kasumin
  • Akane Suzumiya, Kimi ga Nozumu Eien (“Rumbling Hearts”) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Haruto Mizushima, Kin’iro no Corda: Blue♪Sky
  • Mifuyu Kiba, Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
  • Yūno Scrya and Vivio, Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha —series ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Mami Tomoe, Mahō Shōjo Madoka★Magica ✕ Magia Record: Mahō Shōjo Madoka☆Magica Gaiden (TV) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Laharl, Makai Senki Disgaea ✅ ✅
  • Janet van Dyne (“Wasp”), Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers
  • Tio Plato, Minna Atsumare! Falcom Gakuen
  • Ōgi Oshino, Monogatari —series ✅ ✅
  • Pikaia, Pikaia!
  • Fel, Prism Ark
  • Mimika, Puka Puka Juju
  • Elina Vance, Queen’s Blade (series) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Meiru Sakurai, Rockman.EXE (“Megaman.EXE”)
  • Yagyū, Senran Kagura ✅
  • Agnes Bōlange, Shukufuku no Campanella ✅
  • Aya Fujisaki, To LOVEる ✅

Commentary: Ms. Mizuhashi does a wonderful job at making Yūno Scrya an adorable and likable, little boy-type of character (there are less of those than one might think)! It’s kind of odd, because she goes on to voice major sex symbols in the anime collective, like Mami Tomoe (“Mahō Shōjo Madoka★Magica”) and Elina Vance (“Queen’s Blade”)! I would compare her role as Yūno to Laharl (“Makai Senki Disgaea”)! Great performance!

Natsuko Kuwatani as Arf, notable roles:

  • Himiko Kudō (“Lady Poison”), GetBackers
  • Kyaia Furan, Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari (“Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar”)
  • Tweedledee, Kiddy Grade
  • Alister Agrew, Last Exile
  • Kanako Urashima, Love Hina Again
  • Michiru Mamiya, Magikano
  • Yue Ayase, Mahō Sensei Negima! (series)
  • Ryōko Asakura, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu ✅✅✅
  • Suiseiseki, Rozen Maiden (series) ✅✅✅
  • Satomi Kanbara, Saki (series) ✅
  • Kasuga, Sengoku Basara
  • Karen, Sister Princess
  • Hina Kusunose, True Love Story
  • Silvia, Viewtiful Joe
  • Yae Shinatsuhiko, Yozakura Quartet
  • Sae Kawano, Yurumates (series)

Commentary: Ms. Kuwatani is vastly underrated and should be getting more roles, although I don’t know if she’s still apart of the voice-acting industry. I would compare her role as Arf to Ryōko Asakura (“Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu”) and Satomi Kanbara (“Saki”), since her character in “Lyrical Nanoha” an anti-hero that is both loyal beyond belief and ferociously protective over Fate. Great job!

Mikako Takahashi as Chrono Harlaown, notable roles:

  • Hitomi, Appleseed VIII
  • Louise Bubby, Chocolate Underground
  • Tuile, Chōjūshin Gravion ✅
  • Leerin Marfes, Chrome Shelled Regios
  • Ayaka, Crystal Blaze
  • Sakura Mizukami, D-Frag!
  • Rebecca Anderson, Dog Days (series) ✅
  • Reverie Metherlence, Erementar Gerad
  • Nanami Moriyama, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei Herz! ✅
  • Suzuha Amanosuzu, Future Card Buddyfight (series)
  • Tsu Terakado and Sadaharu, Gintama (series) ✅✅✅
  • Yuzu Koyama, Girls und Panzer ✅✅
  • Rushuna Tendō, Grenadier: Hohoemi no Senshi
  • Ayumi Yamada, Hachimitsu to Clover ✅✅✅
  • Rika Akiba, Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora (“Looking Up At The Half-Moon”) ✅
  • Ayumu Nishizawa, Hayate no Gotoku!
  • Shirayuki Hotogi, Hidan no Aria
  • Elena and Eeta, Hunter x Hunter (2011) ✅✅
  • Hakugen Rikuson and Teni Shizen, Ikkitōsen (series)
  • Sayo Tomoe, Keitai Shōjo
  • Izumi Makihara, Kemeko Deluxe!
  • Caro Ru Lushe, Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS and Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid ✅✅
  • Rosalie Claudel, Mai-Otome and Mai-Otome Zwei
  • Ayako Takasu, Mamoru-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku wo! (“Venus to Mamoru!”)
  • Chisato Tanuma, Maria-sama ga Miteru (series) ✅✅✅
  • Nyami, MonHun Nikki Girigiri Airō Mura G
  • Saya and Saizō, Peace Maker Kurogane
  • Nowi, Queen’s Blade (series) ✅✅✅
  • Adelicia Ren Mathers, Rental Magica
  • Kuniko Hōjō, Shangri-La ✅✅
  • Jun Shiomi, Shokugeki no Sōma ✅✅
  • Rodoreamon, Simōn
  • Kusuha Mizuha, Super Robot Taisen OG the Animation (series)
  • Tsubasa Watatsumi, Tactical Roar
  • Sakuno Ryuzaki, Tennis no Ōji-sama
  • Akiho Sairenji, To LOVEる✅✅
  • Patchouli Knowledge (“Pachurī Nōreji”), 東方 Niji Sōsaku Dōjin Anime: Musō Kakyō ✅✅✅
  • Rita Sior, Wellber no Monogatari: Sisters of Wellber
  • Montmorency Margarita la Fère de Montmorency, Zero no Tsukaima (series)

Commentary: Ms. Takahashi has the same weird juxtaposition as Kaori Mizuhashi (voice of “Yūno Scrya”), where she starts out playing the role of a little boy character and then transitions into more, well, provocative roles! I would compare her role as Chrono Harlaown to Elena and Eeta (“Hunter x Hunter”), Yuzu Koyama (“Girls und Panzer”), and Nowi (“Queen’s Blade”)… since those characters are more boyish and androgynous than the rest. Great work!

Aya Hisakawa as Lindy Harlaown, notable roles:

  • Skuld, Ah! My Goddess ✅✅✅
  • Mune-Mune, Abenobashi Mahō☆Shōtengai ✅
  • Shana T, Al Caral no Isan
  • Megumi Hisakawa, Alien 9 ✅
  • Miyuki Haneda, Aozora Shōjo-tai (“801 T.T.S. Airbats”)
  • Minamo Kurosawa, Azumanga Daiō
  • Rei Kon, Bakuten Shoot Beyblade ✅✅
  • Ichino Yanagida, Battle Athletess Daiundōkai ✅✅
  • Ami Mizuno, Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon ✅✅
  • Kissu, Bōken Ō Beet (“Beet the Vandel Buster”)
  • Hassan, Byston Well Monogatari: Garzey no Tsubasa (“Garzey’s Wing”)
  • Keroberos, Cardcaptor Sakura ✅✅✅
  • Carol Mudagolas, Carol
  • Marina Oki, Cosmo Warrior Zero
  • Aimi Koenji, Dark Cat
  • Bulma, Dragon Ball Super
  • Yuki Sōma, Fruits Basket (2001) ✅✅
  • Yae, Ganbare Goemon (“Legend of the Mystical Ninja”)
  • Maki Umezaki, Geobreeders
  • Serena, Gin’iro no Olynssis: Tokito
  • Becky Farrah, Gunsmith Cats ✅✅
  • Yuri Tsukikage (“Cure Moonlight”), HeartCatch PreCure ✅✅✅
  • Palutena, Hikari no Megami ✅
  • Layla B. Simmons, Idol Project
  • Yōko Nakajima, Jūni Kokuki (“The Twelve Kingdoms”)
  • Chris, Kōryū Densetsu Villgust (“Armed Dragon Fantasy Villgust”)
  • Kanako Shijo, Kōryū no Mimi: Mina no Shō
  • Lindy Harlaown, Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha ✅✅
  • Sumire Kasugano, Mahōtsukai Sally 2
  • Yōko Mano, Mamono Hunter Yōko
  • Shizuka Nakamoto, Marriage: Kekkon
  • Vinca, Mushrambo
  • Chloe, Noir
  • Kappii, Ontama!
  • Claudia McCunnen, Phantom: Requiem for a Phantom ✅
  • Hardy Newland, Power Dolls
  • Takius, Ragnarök the Animation
  • Haruka Shitō, RahXephon ✅✅
  • Shizuka Nakamoto, Sailor Victory
  • Mira Ackerman, Shinkon Gattai Godanner!!
  • Miki Kaoru, Shōjo Kakumei Utena ✅✅
  • Ryōko Balta, Tenchi Muyō! GXP
  • Midori Saejima, Tenshi Nanka ja Nai
  • Tomoko Hoshina, To Heart ✅✅
  • Kaoru Niimi, Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199 ✅✅✅
  • Hinoto, X ✅✅
  • Ororo Munroe, X-Men

Commentary: Unlike Precia Testarossa, Lindy Harlaown is the likable mother — in “The Wizard of Oz” terms, the Good Witch of the North, as opposed to the Wicked Witch of the West. Her voice is very sweet and is similar to any young-looking, attractive mother in anime (the “ara ara ma”-type). I would compare Ms. Hisakawa’s role as Lindy Harlaown to Kaoru Niimi (“Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199”) and Pautena (“Hikari no Megami”). Both are voluptuous, older women that are on the side of good — that’s the only reason that I excluded Claudia McCunnen from “Phantom: Requiem for a Phantom”! Fantastic work!

Rei Igarashi as Precia Testarossa, notable roles:

  • Kanzeon Bosatsu (“Merciful Goddess”), Gensōmaden Saiyūki (series) ✅

Commentary: Ms. Igarashi doesn’t seem to have had many other roles, her performance in Gensōmaden Saiyūki is similarly as husky and cold, as her role as the antagonist in “Lyrical Nanoha”! Great performance, albeit not very sympathetic, except for when Fate’s backstory is revealed!

Conclusively, this series is still hailed highly today because, even now, there isn’t anything quite like it. Not only is there a canonical, yuri romance but there are themes of child abuse, dimensional travel, and it ponders the philosophical question of whether human cloning should ever be an ethical option for the bereaved. The “Lyrical Nanoha” anime is a ground-breaking series that everyone should try, at least once, that is… if little girls duking it out with magical powers and well-choreographed sakuga scenes is your thing! I give Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha (TV) a 6/10 and Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 1st a solid 8/10!

Rankings: 

Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha ★★★☆☆

Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 1st ★★★★☆

Goodbye Liar — Chapter 12︱The Beach Episode (also known as “Invisible Lovers”)

Art: Fū Miyami

On the trip to a bakery in the slums, IA is enraptured with a wandering street musician, while getting her daily croissant fix. IA is a famous VOCALOID idol and the aforementioned street urchin, Yukari Yuzuki, is part of the VOICEROID class — a caste of misfit, bootleg androids. Will the star-crossed lovers make their differing lifestyles work, or will the system bring them down?

Yukari had cancelled her engagement with Akari, because IA has slept over again, this time they shared a bedroom. Curling twists of bed-hair rose up on the blonde’s head, she yawned with a full “O” and greeted Yukari bashfully, with a bump of coffee mugs. Yukari was still on the phone with Akari and the white-haired bass-player asked cautiously, “Yukariin, what was that?”

Yukari concedes to the pressure and lets a single phrase escape, “It’s IA, she helped me with my joints yesterday!”

“Hm,” Akari says cartoonishly, “well then, do you two lovebirds want to join that band and go for a quick drive down to the ocean shore?”

Yukari muffles the receiver and asks IA, “Do you have work today?”

“Nope!” she exclaims with a gaping grin, “Checked my agenda already, there’s nothing planned for me until tomorrow!”

“It’s a-okay,” Yukari chuckles benignly, “our princess is free from her duties in the kingdom.”

IA softly kicks Yukari in the back of the shin, whispering, “I can tell that you’re making fun of me, you know!”

“Ah, apologies, my dear peach princess!” Yukari sniggers, while IA turns up her nose, the purple-haired woman rejoins the conversations with Akari with, “I’m so sorry that I had to cancel our breakfast, slash luncheon, Akariin!”

“No worries,” Akari shrugs off with a hollow laborious type of laughter — her fingers knit the tuft of hair at the bottom of her braid, “the more the merrier, as I always say!”

“I don’t think IA has any swimwear, but she can wear some of mine,” Yukari contemplates aloud, “we’re around the same size, in the bust and figure department! Right, Ari?”

IA gives off a glowing flush, before answering with, “I wouldn’t know.”

“Ah,” Yukari recapitulates, “well, she’s playing dumb now.”

“I-I, uh, gotta go,” Akari sputter, “uh, Kiritan wanted to make a schedule with me!”

When they all pile into the RV, Maki seems surprised at the sight of IA. It’s unclear of whether she was left out of the loop or if she was just too intoxicated to comprehend the meaning behind Kiritan’s proclamation. The guitarist, clad in a blood-red sundress, approaches IA and says in a hiccough, “Is she, like, a groupie now or something?”

No one really affirms her theory, but Yukari speaks up and says, “No, she is my girlfriend. Not some random groupie!”

IA is unable to form words at the legitimacy of the title, and Maki is slack-jawed, Kiritan grins and nods proudly, and Akari smiles, but the smile is utterly unreadable. The RV careens down the side of a slope and they reach a beach full of pure white sand. It’s glistens like the fur on an ermine’s coat, and sort of resembles Akari’s long locks of braided hair!

The snow-haired human lets the sand fall through her fingers like an hourglass, and Kiritan plops down beside her and begins scoping out a plan for a sand castle. Maki unfolds a lawn chair and starts slathering herself with acrid-smelling tan lotion. Yukari smooths over the sand, in search for shells, and when she looks forward… into the pink, liquid sky… IA has already gone waist-deep into the ocean and her countenance is relaxed.

Yukari wades out in the sea next to her, a swell of foamy waters glides by her hips, and holds a conch shell out to her, moaning, “I can’t believe you came out here with your clothes on, we were all going to change into swimsuits, remember?”

“I just got too excited,” IA professes, “the last time I went to a beach, was as a small child. I’ve been caged in the world of fame for so long, that that cloistered look on reality, has made me… afraid to explore the outer-world.”

“Ah, haberdashery!” Yukari says with confidence, “Now, listen to this shell! I want to know if you hear the sea inside of it.”

“What if a crab or some other crustacean decides to come out and pinch me?” IA asks apprehensively.

“No,” Yukari says, buzzing her lips and laughing freely, “that’s ridiculous. Our hermit friend has already flown the coop!”

IA holds the shell up to her earlobe and there is a magical sensation of roaring waves running through, whether the feeling or vision or perception is real or imaginary is not certain. From the other side of the shore, Akari vacantly observes them with her bright, sapphire eyes. She remembers a time where Yukari used to collect seashells for her, their little bread-and-butter engagement couldn’t have lasted forever.

“Ms. Kizuna,” Kiritan catches her attention with crossed arms, “would you like to be the queen of my sandcastle?”

“Pardon?” she asks expressively.

“I mean,” Kiritan ahems and annunciates, “I would be honored if you would agree to be the queen of my castle.”

Akari looks down and then skeptically blinks at her, saying, “Does that make you the, uh, king?”

“No,” Kiritan says, impassively, “I am merely the court jester. Do not take your position so lightly!”

Maki is loudly snoring, her booty shorts have oil spilled along the seams and she has sunburns on her arms, from drunkenly passing out — within the tote bag, there would have been black and white matching bikinis for Yukari and IA, the school swimsuit with a nameplate still on the chest for Kiritan, a turquoise, competition swimsuit for Akari, and a skimpy American flag, thong bikini for Maki.

While Kiritan and Akari are preoccupied with creating a dam for their large, sandcastle — Yukari and IA entwine themselves into a deep kiss. The tide curls around their backsides. The creamsicle backdrop creates a dream-like setting for their romantic evening, and everything seems right in the world. Total peace and harmony befalls the smitten lovers, as the another rolling wave recedes.

歌い 祈り 瞬く日々を

When there comes a time

思い出す時がくれば

To remember the fleeting days of song and prayer

一人 二人 旅立つ傍で

These wishes shall ride my voice

願い この声にのせて

From beside those who set sail

ひと夏の恋

A summer love

空へと羽ばたいて

Took off for the skies

光っては ほら消えていく 胸の高鳴り

The butterflies in the stomach glow, then quickly fade

歌い 祈り 瞬く日々を

When there comes a time

思い出す時がくれば

To remember the fleeting days of song and prayer

一人 二人 旅立つ傍で

These wishes shall ride my voice

願い この声にのせて

From beside those who set sail

季節は巡る

The seasons turn

あなたは何処にいる?

Where are you?

雨に濡れた この悲しみを 胸にしまって

I’ll keep inside this sadness, dampened by the rain

夢の恋人

Lover of my dreams

記憶越えて

I’ll reach you beyond memories

いつか君の手を握るまで歌うよ

I will sing until that day, when I can hold your hand

飛んで 飛んで 夢の彼方へと 想いかき分け進む
I soar to the limits of my dreams making my way through these emotions
旅も終わり 今この場所で
With the journey over
願い 叶え生まれ変わる
Here and now, my wish comes true and I am reborn

歌い 祈り 瞬く日々を

When there comes a time

思い出す時がくれば

To remember the fleeting days of song and prayer

一人 二人 旅立つ傍で

一these wishes shall ride my voice

願い この声にのせて

From beside those who set sail

TO BE CONTINUED

FFN: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13784755/1/Goodbye-Liar

Space Cobra is a ★★★☆☆︱Arm Cannon, Sexy Robot Sidekick, and Manly Misadventures

While I was living a life filled with thrills, I desperately wanted a normal, quiet life. But when I have a normal life, I wanted the world of thrills.

Cobra

The character of Cobra has a nose like Barney Rubble (“The Flintstones”), the guile of Han Solo (“Star Wars”), with the charisma of James Bond! Like Leiji Matsumoto’s Captain Harlock, Cobra doesn’t swear an allegiance to anyone, other than to suit his own causes (and often times, for the sake of a seductive damsel). This spaghetti-Western space adventure is a strange, yet very pleasing power fantasy — from start to finish!

⚠️ This review will contain light spoilers ⚠️

—Story/Characters

Synopsis: Meek salaryman Johnson discovers that he is in fact the notorious (and reportedly dead) space pirate Cobra, with a new face and altered memories. Embedded in his left arm is Cobra’s unique Psychogun, a famous weapon powered by his own will. Having recovered his past, his partner-in-crime Armaroid Lady, and his spaceship, he journeys across the galaxy seeking adventure. 

I mentioned in the intro paragraph that Cobra fights for himself and no one else, and the manga creator, Bu’ichi Terasawa states that he wanted to make a “samurai”-like space odyssey. This isn’t usually done with manga adaptations, but allegedly, Mr. Terasawa was given permission from Osamu Dezeki to not only be in charge of the script, but also to arrange the arcs in the narrative to suit his fancy! I thought that was pretty incredible, since manga artists are usually more hands-off with the animated versions of their stories!

With that being said though, I slightly prefer the film-version of “Space Cobra” (“Space ADVENTURE Cobra”) to the TV series, because a) it had higher production values, and b) the series kind of jumps the gun and introduces the Crystal Bowie arc right off the bat, and Crystal Bowie is the most interesting villain! So, the second half of the series wasn’t nearly as strong! The static-electricity villain, Salamander, couldn’t contend against the gold-boned enigma of the pure-evil, Crystal Bowie! Not even by a long shot.

This has a similar brand of brutal to something like “Hokuto no Ken” and “Saint Seiya” — where there are very deadly events that Cobra is forced to participate in: in Episode 28 (“Cobra’s Angry Revenge”), there is a threat to be infected with a deadly strain of dysentery, in another story arc, starting in Episode 16 (“To Hell! Rug-Ball!”), Cobra competes in a deadly sport that is a combination of American football and baseball. There’s also jet-powered skateboards and magnetic roller-skates skirmishes!

Not only that, but Cobra has “Wolverine”-syndrome bad, because almost woman that he gets involved with, ends up dead! But, he always has Lady Armaroid with him, so I guess it’s all okay? I think out of many heroines from the ’80s, Lady might be the most badass (along with vixens like Haman Karn from “Zeta Gundam”). Usually, female characters from that time are more passive and tactical, but Lady is a fighter! She was probably my favorite character out of the bunch because of her loyalty to Cobra, her combat capabilities (though she does play the role of a damsel, herself, a couple of times), and gynoids are just really cool.

Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅

Osamu Dezaki (director), notable works:

  • Ace wo Nerae!
  • Ace wo Nerae! (1979)
  • Ace we Nerae! 2
  • Ace wo Nerae!: Final Stage
  • Air the Movie
  • Ashita no Joe ✅
  • Ashita no Joe (Movie)
  • Ashita no Joe 2 ✅
  • Ashita no Joe 2 (Movie)
  • Black Jack (eps 1-10)
  • Black Jack the Movie
  • Bōken-tachi Gamba to Nanbiki no Nakama
  • Burning Blood
  • Clannad the Movie
  • Eiyū Banka Kōshi-den
  • Gamba no Bōken
  • Genji Monogatari Sennenki
  • Golgo 13 ✅
  • Golgo 13: Queen’s Bee ✅
  • Hakugei Densetsu
  • Ie Naki Ko
  • Ie Naki Ko (Movie)
  • Kaitei Chōtokkyū: Marine Express (“Undersea Super Train: Marine Express”)
  • Karate Baka Ichidai
  • Kasei Yakyoku
  • Lupin III: Bye Bye Liberty — Kiki Ippatsu!
  • Lupin III: Harimao no Zaihō wo Ō!!
  • Lupin III: Hemingway Paper no Nazo
  • Lupin III: Napoleon no Jisho wo Ubae
  • Lupin III: Russia yori Ai wo Komete
  • Manga Sekai Mukashibanashi (“Manga Fairy Tales of the World”)
  • Mighty Orbots
  • One Pound Gospel
  • Oniisama e… ✅
  • Shin Ace wo Nerae!
  • Shuranosuke Zanmaken: Shikamamon no Otoko (“Sword for Truth”)
  • Sōryūden
  • Space Adventure Cobra ✅
  • Takarajima
  • Tetsuwan Atom: Atom Tanjō no Himitsu, Ivan no Wakusei — Robot to Ningen no Yūjō, Kagayakeru Hoshi — Anata wa Aoku Utsukushii, and Uchū no Yūsha
  • Tezuka Osamu no Kyūyaku Seisho Monogatari: In the Beginning
  • Tottoko Hamtarō Movie 1: Ham-Ham Land Daibōken
  • Tottoko Hamtarō Movie 2: Ham-Ham Hamūja! Maboroshi no Princess
  • Tottoko Hamtarō Movie 3: Ham Ham Grand Prix Aurora Tani no Kiseki — Ribon-chan Kiki Ippatsu!
  • Tottoko Hamtarō Movie 4: Hamtaro to Fushigi no Oni no Emon Tō
  • Ultraviolet: Code 044
  • Versailles no Bara ✅
  • Yuki no Jō (TV) ✅

Commentary: I’m not the biggest fan of Mr. Dezaki, but I can appreciate his work and see him as a staple in the industry (as you should). The “Cobra” franchise is something that I consider to among some of his greatest achievements, along with his adaptations of Riyoko Ikeda’s publications! He is the master of the dramatic freeze frame, and has a very romantic slant to the projects that he chooses to adapt. Mr. Dezaki was the one that made Cobra’s iconic “Psychogun” so memorable, since he slowed down the frames and animated the recoil and smoke to accentuate the impact of the weapon. Legendary director, great work on this project!

Good Seiyū Work = ✅

Really Enjoyed the Seiyū’s Performance = ✅ ✅

One of Luna’s Favorite Performances OF ALL TIME = ✅ ✅ ✅

Nachi Nozawa as Cobra, notable roles:

  • Jin Munakata, Ace wo Nerae! 2
  • Deimos, Deimos no Hanayome: Ran no Kumikyoku ✅✅✅
  • Hyakkimaru, Dororo to Hyakkimaru
  • Masumi Hayami, Glass no Kamen
  • Alexander Anderson, Hellsing (2001) ✅✅✅
  • Taka, Kaisei Yakyoku ✅✅✅
  • Doctor Victor Frankenstein, Kyōfu Densetsu Kaiki! Frankenstein
  • Dr. Hasford, Macross Zero
  • Sasurai-kun, Sasurai-kun
  • Hans Axel von Fersen, Versailes no Bara ✅✅
  • Raphael, Wata no Kuni Hoshi ✅✅✅

Commentary: I absolutely adore Mr. Nozawa’s voice, it is so distinctive and manly! His role as Cobra reminded me of his roles as Taka (“Kaisei Yakyoku”) and Raphael (“Wata no Kuni Hoshi”). He has a very commanding presence, an incredibly talented actor! He passed away in 2010, and will be missed by everyone who has enjoyed his delightful performances, over the years. Rest in peace!

Yoshiko Sakakibara as Lady Armaroid, notable roles:

  • Reika Ryūzaki, Ace wo Nerae! 2 — originally voiced by Masako Ikeda
  • Meichi Yuri, Akuma no Riddle ✅✅
  • Queen Nehellenia, Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS and Sailor Stars ✅✅✅
  • Sybel, Black Magic M-66
  • Azusa Matsudaira, Blue Seed
  • Sylia Stingray, Bubblegum Crisis ✅✅
  • Mitsuko Asatani, Cat’s Eye ✅✅✅
  • Silene (“Sirene”), CB Chara Go Nagai World ✅✅✅
  • Miran, Chōjikū Seiki Orguss 02 ✅
  • Silene (“Sirene”), Devilman: Yochō Sirene-hen ✅✅✅
  • Frederica Greenhill, Ginga Eiyū Densetsu ✅✅✅
  • Aila Mu, God Mazinger
  • Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate ✅✅✅
  • Sesshōmaru’s Mother, InuYasha: Kanketsu-hen
  • Princess Airfield, Kantai Collection (“KanColle”) ✅✅✅
  • Shinobu Nagumo, Kidō Keisatsu Patlabor
  • Project 2501, Kōkaku Kidōtai 2.0 (“Ghost in the Shell 2.0”)
  • Haman Karn and Mōar Pharoah, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam ✅✅✅
  • Jōshū Kasei, Psycho-Pass (series) ✅✅
  • Karura-Ō, RG Veda
  • Flore, Rokushin Gattai GodMars
  • Medea, Saint Seiya Omega ✅✅✅
  • Tomiko Asahina, Shinsekai yori ✅✅
  • Feb Fall, Sol Bianca: Taiyō no Fune
  • Tekka’s Maki-chan, Sore Ike! Anpanman
  • Misaki Kamiki Jurai, Tenchi Muyō! (series) ✅✅
  • Antoinette, The Humanoid: Ai no Wakusei Lezeria
  • Aoi, Tide-Line Blue
  • Her Majesty the Queen, Otama, and Ogin — Urusei Yatsura ✅✅✅
  • Elle de Rosenbach, Urusei Yatsura Movie 1: Only You ✅✅

Commentary: Ms. Sakakibara is incredible. Her character archetype is usually cold and sensual. I would compare her role as Lady Armaroid to Silene (“Devilman: Yochō Sirene-hen”) and Sylia Stingray (“Bubblegum Crisis). Incredibly talented seiyū!

Kiyoshi Kobayashi as Crystal Bowie, notable roles:

  • Talos, Crusher Joe ✅
  • Dr. Sid, Final Fantasy: The Sprits Within
  • Adrian Rubinsky, Ginga Eiyū Densetsu ✅✅
  • Mohammed Avdol, JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken (1993)
  • Daisuke Jigen, Lupin III ✅✅✅
  • Levih Rah, Makai Toshi Shinjuku (“Demon City Shinjuku”)
  • Gregore Garosh, Sōkō Kihei Votoms
  • Violence Jack: Jigoku Gai-hen ✅
  • Bem, Yōkai Ningen Bem 

Commentary: Mr. Kobayashi makes such a menacing villain, when he’s playing Crystal Bowie! He’s most famous for playing Daisuke Jigen (“Lupin III”), and he has only recently retired from the role of Jigen. Amazing work with what he does!

Gara Takashima as Dominique Royal, notable roles:

  • Hild, Aa! Megami-sama
  • Diana Barry, Akage no Anne
  • N’duhlle Gilford, Ao no 6-gō ✅
  • Eri Kisaki, Detective Conan ✅✅✅
  • Lady Lynx, Giant Gorg ✅✅✅
  • Eva Friedel, Memories
  • Alice Miller, Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team — Miller’s Report
  • Plakia Lexshue, Seikai no Monshō (“Crest of the Stars”) ✅
  • Lebia Mavelick, Silent Möbius ✅

Commentary: I really loved Ms. Takashima as Lady Lynx (“Giant Gorg”), that character was the most enjoyable to me in that series! She’s also really great as Ran’s mother in “Detective Conan”! She usually plays headstrong, yet alluring women — strong performance!

Toshiko Fujita as Jane Royal, notable roles:

  • Enrico Pocchini, Ai no Gakkō Cuore Monogatari
  • Sharaku Hosuke, Akuma Tō no Prince: Mitsume ga Tōru
  • Bonobono, Bonobono ✅
  • Rui Kisugi, Cat’s Eye ✅✅✅
  • Tom, Chibi Neko Tomu no Daibōken: Chikyū wo Sukue! Nakama-tachi
  • Taichi Yagami (“Tai Kamiya”), Digimon Adventure (series) ✅✅✅
  • Dorimogu, Dorimogu Daa!!
  • Dai, Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken
  • Genki Horiguchi, Ganbare Genki
  • Kokiden no Nyōgo, Genji Monogatari Sennenki (“Millennium Old Journal: Tale of Genji”)
  • Chigusa Tsukikage, Glass no Kamen (2005) ✅✅✅
  • Rena, Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no CosmoZone
  • Ikkyū, Ikkyū-san
  • Hiroshi Tateno, Jigoku Sensei Nube
  • Yuki Oda, Junk Boy
  • Steven, Kaze no Naka no Shōjo: Kinpatsu no Jeanie
  • Elizabeth Murray, Kaze no Shōjo Emily
  • Eiichi Kite, Kiteretsu Daihyakka
  • Meme, Meme Iroiro Yume no Tabi
  • Pierre, Nagagutsu wo Haita Neko
  • Linlin Charlotte (“Big Mom”), One Piece
  • Maraich Juschenfe, Patalliro ✅
  • Pipi, Pipi Tobenai Hotaru
  • Alfredo Martini, Romeo no Aoi Sora ✅✅✅
  • Eris, Saint Seiya: Jashin Eris
  • Hilda, Seihō Bukyō Outlaw Star ✅
  • Rally Cheyenne, Silent Möbius ✅
  • Jane Royal, Space Cobra ✅
  • Mother, Uchū Kazoku Carlvinson (“Space Family Carlvinson”)
  • Tamao Inokuma, Yawara!
  • Makie, Youjū Toshi (“Wicked City”)

Commentary: Ms. Fujita’s performance as Jane Royal is comparable to her performances as Rui Kisugi (“Cat’s Eye”) and Rally Cheyenne (“Silent Möbius”). Great job!

Conclusively, “Space Cobra” can feel very rinse-repeat with its indefatigable machismo, but Mr. Terasawa always has some fun little trip wires to get the audience invested — whether it be science magic, psychedelic telepathy, or laughable absurdity — it stands alone with its iconography and apathy towards being anything other than pure entertainment! I would suggest this series to people who are a fan of Kazuo Koike’s works or Buronson (a.k.a. Yoshiyuki Okamura)! I give “Space Cobra” a 5/10!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodbye Liar — Chapter 11︱The Gemini’s Kiss

Art: Fū Miyami

On the trip to a bakery in the slums, IA is enraptured with a wandering street musician, while getting her daily croissant fix. IA is a famous VOCALOID idol and the aforementioned street urchin, Yukari Yuzuki, is part of the VOICEROID class — a caste of misfit, bootleg androids. Will the star-crossed lovers make their differing lifestyles work, or will the system bring them down?

Yukari has IA’s video première set to automatically archive itself onto her desktop files, but she’s been so engrossed with her new concept album, that the time passes her by at the speed of sound. After a long day of composing and tweaking some of the effects on her program, in order to sample the different frequencies of orchestral instruments, Yukari pops her shoulder back.

The left shoulder cable whirs and spasms. The lavender-haired woman groans with a lingering sentiment (—that could easily pass as something resembling a sigh) from her half-open lips, “I guess, this means I have to go on an errand and get some oil lubricant for my damned sprockets. Jesus! Having an organic must be so easy to maintain, by comparison!”

Walking down from the cater-cornered street’s edge, the items at the store bulge obscenely from the plastic bags. It’s clear that the oil kegs are far too heavy for such a flimsy, single-use solution! Yukari is tempted to fling the plastic film over her shoulder, but her shoulder might start contracting again.

The sun is blaring like an unrelenting kerosene lamp, set asunder in the open sky, and a robotic dog plunks around in hop-steps — amidst the vast expanse of the concrete jungle. Even the hunkering titanium structures seem to warp and wilt in the summer heat. Along the mirage of the countless VOICEROID heads and an imbroglio of tangled wires and neon signs, there’s an all-too familiar face!

There’s a fever felt from their crossing of each other, it’s like a Newtype’s sixth sense in the Mobile Suit Gundam universe; the sea of sound is muted indefinitely for their eyes to link amongst the crowds. IA has a pageboy cap resting on her long locks of hair and she’s wearing sunglasses, and a plaid pea coat — but it’s unmistakable! Their hands extend towards each other, though the blonde idol retracts her reach at the conscientiousness of Teto noticing the desperation that she has towards a stranger.

The girl with the salmon hair-drills was already pressing her pretty hard, for disappearing the day prior! While they’re walking, Teto has her face pressed into the text of a newspaper. IA glances longingly towards Yukari, and improvising a reason to go towards the opposite direction, she proposes with a sweet ding in her inflection, “H-Hey, um, I’ve been really wanting to try some of the snacks at that coffee shop back there!”

Unthinkingly, Teto glances up, through her shades, and drawls into an exposition: “Very good choice, Ari. Yes, yes! That is the Cet Obscur Objet du Désir, know in the English language as That Object of Desire! They use experimental glazes for their danish roles, like butterscotch and rum! I, too, have been keeping them on my shopping list — hey! Ari, wait up! You’re walking too fast—”

IA wades through the mob and linking her fingers with Yukari’s, she strings her along with her, until they are in the café. The steam in the shop smells of espresso and pastries. Yukari yowls softly, saying, “Oh man, that’s the arm that I dislocated from earlier!”

“Apologies,” IA blurts out hastily, “um, listen! That girl that was with me will be here soon. She’s another VOCALOID, so uh, um… I have to pretend that I don’t know you!”

“Why are you talking with your back turned to me?” Teto gasps and grasps IA’s shoulder, “I could have died from being swallowed up by that huge crowd, y’know? Is that woman an acquaintance of yours?”

IA looks squeamish, secrets are obviously foreign to her, so Yukari interjects with, “No, she was just waiting in line behind me. She was asking me if I was waiting.”

“Ah,” Teto says, with a complete retraction of all of her earlier suspicions, “sorry to bother you then! So, IA—”

Teto goes on rambling about one thing or another, and as much as she resists doing so, IA can’t help but stare at Yukari, out of the corner of her eye. The purple-haired vocalist orders a cappuccino to look less suspicious, and IA is thankful for her assistance, to avoid the risk of Teto starting to fire up her arrant, detective mode! IA orders a plain cheese danish, while Teto chows down on their rum bread.

The talkative red-head is in bliss and eats the pastry so vociferously, that IA lends her a handkerchief out of courtesy! IA’s peals of laughter are infectious, Yukari is so envious of her pal that she sulks to herself, thinking, Man, it really sucks that I can’t meet her friends, like she did with mine. It’s all because of our class differences, isn’t it? I want to sit across of Ari, too, and watch her sweep her bangs out of that glowing, cherub face. And talk about confectionaries!

Teto stiffens her hand and whispers to IA, “I think the girl from the line is staring at you! You might have an admirer.”

“Oh, no,” IA dismisses, remembering the power in Yukari’s vocal resonance and tremors it sent down her spine, “t-that can’t be!”

“Yeah,” Teto confesses blatantly, “it’s not like one of the people from the slums would ever even dare to flirt with us, right?”

At the ignorance-based cruelty that Teto was exposing, IA’s eyes were sunken, her thoughts sunk into the deepest of seas, I wonder what Teto would think, if I told her that Yukari’s band was much more talented than most of us VOCALOIDS? What would she say then?

“Ari?” Teto calls out to her, “Earth to Ari!”

“Oh, hey?” the blonde-haired woman replies, not even knowing what to say in this instance.

Every time she felt Yukari’s amethyst eyes melt into her side, courage was beginning to blossom at last, and she declares, “Love is love. Androids are free to love whomever they choose to!”

“B-But,” Teto stutters and is unsure of herself, “w-wouldn’t that go against the dollmaker? God? To get with a different model would be cross-breeding? The dollmaker made us to be purchased as surrogate lovers for humans, we are unfit for such low-level circuitry!”

“It doesn’t matter,” IA gave another proclamation, eyes afire, “God gave us emotions and feelings and free-will, even though people often feel sentiments that are often too strong, so strong that it can’t possibly be their choice who they love. In a way, the dollmaker has designed us to love freely. Isn’t that right?”

Teto is stunned into silence.

“Sorry,” IA clamors shyly, “it’s something that’s been on my mind lately. On my heart. I have prayed for answers, again and again, and that’s the best solution that I’ve come to.”

“Oh, scheissen!” Teto exclaims, “We’re going to miss our train, back into the hamlet of land by our establishment, if we don’t vamoose! Like, soon!”

“A-Alright!” IA vociferates and quickly packs her bags.

As she’s leaving, she wants so badly to be near Yukari again. The realization of the incumbent reality weighs on her, the caste system, the dollmaker, all of it is so hard to comprehend! They slide through the door, like a zephyr in repose, Yukari barely even sees IA’s flit of wandering eyes, as the two of them make their exit.

The bells on the glass door jingle and in a split second, the café feels particularly lonesome. The gradual harmonization in the store’s assortment of jazz melodies, lends itself to the curse of melancholy that Yukari is feeling. Her clay cup is empty, but she can’t ever recall taking a single sip. Every web of thought concerning IA is thoughtless and almost instinctual, inside the coffee house is a wintery mystique, while children down the road split open a watermelon with a sharp stick.

IA feels the same in the aisle of the train station walkway, Teto is bobbing her vibrant curls vigorously, but IA’s heart is elsewhere. The bustling crowd starts pouring into the doors of the bullet train as soon as the doors gasp open, They are some of the last to board, so IA is crammed against one of the egresses.

There is a final announcement to the passengers, and feeling her heart thump as loudly as a bell at the start of a boxing match, the spontaneity climbs through her and all at once, she slams on the red emergency stop button and jogs out of the sliding doors! Teto screams after her, “ARI, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOU KNOW, THERE ISN’T GONIG TO BE ANOTHER TRAIN BACK! THIS IS THE LAST ONE!”

“I FORGOT SOMETHING BACK THERE,” IA shouts back, barreling through the crowds, “SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT!”

“CALL ME WHEN YOU’VE FOUND IT!” —is all Teto is able to muster, already sending messages about it to the production staff and their peers!

Nothing is in IA’s mind, other than the hope that Yukari hasn’t left, and out of nowhere, a heavy rain begins to clatter down! IA stops a moment and holds out her hands to catch the many droplets, thinking solemnly, As fate may have it, this is what it was like when we first met. Back in the pouring rain.

Yukari grimaces at the sight of the downpour from the window, wondering if the sudden shift in weather will damage her parts, she says to herself, “Ah, I guess, I’ll wait for it to lighten up a bit, before heading out.”

The lavender-haired beauty pops an ear-bud into her right ear and listens to her new song, “This is Elimination,” her own voice slithers through the wiring:

「 あぁ、もう!今あの子の事見てた! 」

Ahh, Jeez!Just look at that girl!

「ちょっと良いなとか思ったでしょ!」

You thought “just a little peek will be fine,” didn’t you!

「いいわけは聞かないんだから!」

I won’t listen to anymore of your excuses!

「うそつき!最低!」

Liar!You’re the worst!

此処はずっと二人の場所

This place has always been for the two of us,

今から言う事は全部

Listen closely to everything

よく聞きなさい注意事項です

I’m about to say, It’s an important matter

絶対だから跪いて

You absolutely have to kneel

Her wandering eyes catch sight of the sopping-wet IA, her looks are imposed by sleet and silver rain. Yukari grabs her belongings and ambles outside, in the midst of the thundering storm, the purple-haired singer wraps her arms around the thin idol and shouts out, “What are you doing out here? Without an umbrella or your friend? Huh? You’re gonna get sick!”

“The streets are so voiceless in weather like this,” IA mutters kindly, “it’s like you and I are all alone here; within a chasm of space!”

“Ari…” —Yukari is transfixed by the somber serenity in this small person.

“I was always, always alone,” IA chants with mist escaping from her pursed lips, “a solo act, but, you’re here. You’re still here!”

“Let’s get inside,” Yukari suggests in a maudlin whisper, “get dried off, and get a warm drink in your hands.”

まず一つ目はこの世界の

First 一 I’ve taken care of

女は全部

the elimination

消去済みです

OF EVERY SINGLE Girl in this world

だってそんなのいらないでしょ?

After all you won’t be needing any of them right?

私だけで充分なの!

Just me is enough!

“No!” IA cries out and claps Yukari drenched clumps of hair, “Not yet!”

Wringing her hands against the fabric of Yukari’s blouse, IA closes her eyes and suddenly steals a kiss from the person she desires! The purple-haired vocalist is wide-eyed at the forward proclamation, sopping wet from the rain, feeling the warmth embrace her open lips. The front woman closes her eyes and takes IA into her arms.

Her body is shuddering and cold, and her cheeks and ears are aflame! The pattering of a summer storm surrounds them, with the many spectators that shield their faces under the bright lids of their umbrella’s spore-like shoots. Her song is still vibrating through her skull, the intimate embrace is transient. All of a sudden, IA’s abyssal eyes are consuming the punk rocker — she had never felt anything like this, anything as strong as love or passion or worship of another android.

As they touched and embraced and the storm raged on, so too did the single that clipped back and forth on-repeat:

貴方のその心、

That heart of yours,

体も髪の毛も

Your body, your hair

ドコの指の爪だって

The very tips of your fingernail

全部私のだもん

All belong to me after all

いつもいつも私の事だけを

You should just always, always

想っていればいい

be thinking of me

貴方を支配するのは

The only person controlling you

私だけでいいでしょ?

should be me, right?

それにもしもって ことがあるかも

but there is always the possibility

だから念の為 貴方と私

so to just make sure aside from us,

×××以外は全部×××

××× everybody is ×××

いらない! いらない! いらないの!

UNNEEDED! UNNEEDED! 

THEY’RE UNNEEDED

「いいですか?もう一度言いますよ?」

Okay? I’ll say it once more

「貴方を支配するのは私だけ。」

The only person allowed to control you is me

「この世界に他のモノなんて」

Things other than me in this world…

「なーんにもいらないのっ!」

You don’t need any of them!

何してるの?何処に行くの?

What are you doing? Where are you going?

もっと知りたい貴方の事

I want to know more about you

全てを見せて余計なモノは 全部私が

Show me everything because I’ll eliminate everything

削除するんだから

in this world you don’t need

私の心 貴方で全部

My heart is full of nothing but you

満たされたいの 溢れるくらい

I want to satisfy you ’til you overflow

だけど不安が溜まって消せない

but my anxieties fill me up to an inextinguishable extent

あぁもうやめて!

Aaa jeez stop it!

邪魔しないでよ!

Stop Interfering!

私の体ごと 全部貴方にあげる

My body, I’ll give it all to you

そうよ君の内側に 全てを吸い込んで

yes, so soak all of it in

どんな時も私の事だけを

You should just be thinking

想っていればいい

of me all the time

貴方を支配するのは

The only person controlling you

私だけでいいでしょ?

should be me, right?

そうね見てて 二人の小指に

It’s true look at the red thread of fate

結ぶ赤い糸 コレがあるんだから

connecting us, it’s here

===心配ないわ===

=== so there’s nothing to worry about ===

そうよ! 絶対!! 離れないもん!!!

IT’S TRUE! WE ABSOLUTELY!! 

WON’T BE SEPARATED!!!

泣き虫だしわがままだし

I’m a crybaby and selfish

迷惑かけてばっかでごめんね(ごめんなさい)

I’m sorry for always causing you trouble, sorry for doing that!

でも私はいつだって

But, I’m always with…

貴方の事だけ

only you…

いつもいつも私の事だけを

You should just always always

想っていればいい

be thinking of me all the time

貴方を支配するのは

The only person controlling you,

私だけでいいのよ?

shouldn’t it be me alone?

それにもしもって ことがあるじゃない?

But, isn’t there always the possibility?

だから念の為 貴方と私以外は全部

so to just make sure, aside from us, everybody is

いらない! いらない!! 排除なのです!!!

UNNEEDEDUNNEEDED!! 

THIS IS ELIMINATION!!!

いつもいつも貴方の事だけを

Because I’m always always

想っているから

thinking of you

私を支配するのは

The only person controlling me

貴方だけでいいのよ

should be you

でもさもしもって ことがあるかも
But, there’s always the possibility
だから念の為 貴方と私以外は全部
so to just make sure aside from us,
いらない と思わない? いらないの!
don’t you think everybody else is unneeded? they’re unneeded!

「もういや!ちょっとくらい嘘つきなさいよ!」

Jeez! Can’t you lie, at least a little bit!

「私の気持ちも知らないで!」

Without understanding my feelings!

「いつもいつも正直すぎるの」

You’re always, always way too blunt

「バーカ」

Idiot

TO BE CONTINUED

FFN: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13784755/1/Goodbye-Liar

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