Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's

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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's DVD volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover from volume 1 of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's DVD release
魔法少女リリカルなのはA's [エース]
(Mahō Shōjo Ririkaru Nanoha Ēsu)
Genre Magical girl
Manga
Written by Masaki Tsuzuki
Illustrated by Kōji Hasegawa
Published by Gakken
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Megami Magazine
Original run August 2005January 2006
Volumes 1
Anime television series
Directed by Keizō Kusakawa
Written by Masaki Tsuzuki
Studio Seven Arcs
Licensed by Canada United States Geneon Entertainment
Network Chiba TV Animax
Original run 1 October 200525 December 2005
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Game
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Battle of Aces
Developer Namco Bandai
Publisher Namco Bandai
Genre Fighting game
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released January 21, 2010
Game
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny
Developer Namco Bandai
Publisher Namco Bandai
Genre Fighting game
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released December 22, 2011
Anime film
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd A's
Directed by Keizou Kusakawa
Written by Masaki Tsuzuki
Studio Seven Arcs
Released July 14, 2012
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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's (魔法少女リリカルなのは エース Mahō Shōjo Ririkaru Nanoha Ēsu?) ("A's" is pronounced as "Ace") is a television anime series produced by Seven Arcs. It is the second anime in the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha franchise, following the previous series. The series aired in Japan between October 1, 2005 and December 25, 2005 and was licensed in North America by Geneon. A film adaptation, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd A's, was released in Japanese theaters on July 14, 2012.[1][2] The series has also spawned a manga accompaniment and two video game adaptations for the PlayStation Portable. It was succeeded by Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS in 2007.

Plot[edit]

Six months following the events of the previous series, Nanoha Takamachi and Fate Testarossa have been exchanging video mails to tell each other of their situations on Earth and in the Time-Space Administration Bureau respectively. However, on the night Fate returns, Nanoha and her friends come into conflict with the Belkan Knights, Signum, Vita, Zafira, and Shamal, who are tasked with filling the pages of the Book of Darkness to protect their master, a wheelchair bound girl named Hayate Yagami. It is up to Nanoha, Fate and the Time-Space Administration Bureau to solve the mystery of the Book of Darkness, the Belkan Knights and their master.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation of the story was serialized in Gakken's Megami Magazine between August 2005 and January 2006 and was released the manga in a single volume on February 18, 2006.[3] The adaptation features many scenes not explored in the anime series.

Anime[edit]

Seven Arcs produced a thirteen-episode anime series, directed by Keizō Kusakawa and written by Masaki Tsuzuki. Broadcast on Chiba TV, TV Saitama, and TV Kanagawa, it premiered on October 1, 2005 and aired weekly until its conclusion on December 24, 2005.[4] The music for the series was produced by Hiroaki Sano. The series features two pieces of theme music. "Eternal Blaze", performed by Nana Mizuki, is the opening theme. "Spiritual Garden", performed by Yukari Tamura, is the ending theme. In Japan, the series was released across six Region 2 DVD compilation volumes between January 25, 2006 and June 21, 2006.[5][6]

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's was later licensed by Geneon for English-language dubbed release in the United States and Canada. Funimation distributed the dubbed series across a Region 1 DVD boxset.

Film[edit]

A theatrical film adaptation, titled Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd A's, was produced by Seven Arcs, following on from the 2010 adaptation of the first series, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st,[1] and was released in Japanese theaters on July 14, 2012.[7] The film was released on Bluray Disc and DVD on March 22, 2013 and features an English subtitle track.[8]

Audio CDs[edit]

A series of three drama CDs have been released by King Records between November 23, 2005 and March 8, 2006 entitled Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Sound Stage 01~03.[9][10] The CDs take place during and after the anime series. Each release charted on the Oricon album charts, and the highest ranking album was the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Sound Stage 03, which peak ranked at 52nd and remained on the chart for 2 weeks.[11]

The original soundtrack was released across six CDs entitled Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Original Soundtrack Plus Vol.1~6 that were released alongside the DVD volumes that compiled the series' episodes containing 57 tracks in total. A compilation album entitled Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Vocal Best Collection was released exclusively at Comiket 70 in August 2006, compiling many of the pieces of music used during the drama CDs.[12] King Records released three maxi singles for the series. "Eternal Blaze" was released on October 19, 2005.[13] "Spiritual Garden" was released on October 26, 2005.[14] "Super Generation" was released on January 18, 2006 that contained the track "Brave Phoenix", which was used as an insert to episode twelve of anime series.[15]

Video games[edit]

Namco Bandai Games released a game adaptation, entitled Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Battle of Aces, on January 21, 2010 for PlayStation Portable.[16] It is a 3D fighting game with nine playable characters with multiple stories based on the A's storyline. A second game, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny, was released on December 22, 2011 and features additional characters from the ViVid and Force manga series.[17]

Reception[edit]

As of August 5, the film had a box office gross of US$4,950,633.[18] Its total gross was more than ¥500 million.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Next Pokémon, Nanoha Anime Movies Titled, Dated". Anime News Network. 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  2. ^ "2nd Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Film's Teaser Streamed". Anime News Network. 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  3. ^ "Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's (manga)" (in Japanese). Gakken. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  4. ^ "Magical Girl Nanoha A's (2005)" (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  5. ^ "DVD vol.1 Release" (in Japanese). Nanoha Project. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  6. ^ "DVD vol.5 and 6 Release" (in Japanese). なのはA's PROJECT. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  7. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-02-25/2nd-magical-girl-lyrical-nanoha-film-teaser-streamed
  8. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-12-30/2nd-lyrical-nanoha-film-bd/dvd-slated-for-march-22
  9. ^ "Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Sound Stage 01". Neowing. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  10. ^ "Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Sound Stage 03". Newoing. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  11. ^ "Mahou Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha Sound Stage 03 Past Rankings" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  12. ^ "Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Sound Stage Vocal Best Collection". Nanoha A's Project. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  13. ^ "ETERNAL BLAZE". Neowing. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  14. ^ "Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's ED Theme: Spiritual Garden". Neowing. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  15. ^ "SUPER GENERATION". Neowing. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  16. ^ "Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Battle of Aces". GameSpy. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  17. ^ http://game.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20110711_459342.html
  18. ^ "Japanese Box Office, August 4-5". Anime News Network. 2012-08-14. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  19. ^ "Idolm@ster Movie Debuts at #5 With 150 Million Yen". Anime News Network. 2014-01-27. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 

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