Lyrical Nanoha 4th Series: Mahou Shoujo No More


Popular eroge derived mahou shoujo anime Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha is to receive what is being billed as its “4th series”, although the new production will actually be a comic, at least to start, a change which has surprised fans.

Less surprising to fans, but possibly problematic to some, is that the series will no longer be billed as “Mahou Shoujo” Lyrical Nanoha, but as 魔法戦記リリカルなのはForce / Mahou Senki Lyrical Nanoha Force, senki here meaning something along the lines of “Martial Chronicle”.

The reason for the change? Nanoha is 25, and so cannot reasonably be called a “magical girl” any longer…

Predictably, a contingent of fans is complaining that they don’t want any old women in their anime.


It’s not clear whether this is intended to be adapted to an anime later, or to be part of a media mix; a comic only installation certainly would be a winding down of the series… A close reading of the announcement yields “the fourth series starts with a comic”, which leaves things open. On the heels of the movie, an anime sounds plausible…

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