Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid Episode 5
“I could file a lawsuit against you for obstructing business.” – Lutecia Alpine 2015
If I were to describe this episode in one word, it would be ‘fanservice’. And I don’t just mean ecchi fanservice, although there was a wonderful amount of that as well. For a spin-off which has its protagonists specialise in martial arts instead of aerial magic-based combat, having even a taste of the latter is already a treat in itself. It was really nostalgic to see Wing Road and an adult Nanoha in her barrier jacket! Poor Einhart must have gotten a shock to learn the truth about both Nanoha and Fate, after having thought that they didn’t do magic at all and were just ‘family-oriented, beautiful and warm-hearted mothers’ – although they’re that too! I want Einhart to witness them at their greatest, though, so it’s unfortunate that their maximum output will be limited during the mock battle. You see, this is the thing about working for the TSAB as an adult and having to comply with all sorts of regulations and rules. I remember Hayate having to go through stages of clearance before she was allowed to go all-out in StrikerS, despite the reality that she essentially commanded a private army of lesbians. Back on Earth, they could do whatever they wanted!
The relationship between Vivio and Einhart is steadily improving! It’s progressing fairly slowly, but progress is being made. I get the feeling that Vivio certainly sympathizes with, and is interested in Einhart’s recollections, but at the same time isn’t too sure how to respond – because she’s linked to the Sankt Kaiser in a way fundamentally different to how Einhart is liked to the Hegemon Ingvalt. I did love how Einhart kept pausing at various points to apologize to Vivio for the depressing nature of her story though – and the fact that she’s even willing to open up to her is a positive sign for their relationship.
As for ‘fanservice’ in its traditional meaning, what we got was surprisingly lewd. Not that I had any problems with it, of course! It was pretty daring actually – I mean, there were leaves when required and stuff (and Garyuu had his tray of drinks cover up Caro once) but I feel like they tried their best. All the girls had at least one little moment thanks to Sein, from the lolis to the more well-endowed like Teana. Was Tea really always that stacked?
And some got a bit more focus than others, like Lutecia. Mm, Lutecia. She can be my lawyer as well as my property agent. I actually spent a couple of moments after Sein was introduced wondering exactly who she was. But as she continued swimming around I realized: it’s Deep Diver-chan! I swear she looks completely different. A lot cuter than I seem to remember. Then again, it’s been four years and rehab must have changed her for the better. It’s always wonderful seeing more of the Numbers enjoy life after Jail – and it’s gotta be better than life in jail, amirite?