Signum deserves more airtime
So it finally ends. I’ll admit the last episode wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, probably mostly because we got some real kickass Signum action. Her Unison with Agito is so much more better than Unison’ing with Rein. Gotta love those flame wings, truly fits Signum way more than turning a bit white and all.
Ending with a mock battle was also truly lulz, and seeing Fate all flustered was just so cute of her. (That’s why I still hold Nanoha is seme and Fate is uke XD). Good to see they kept the epilogue the same way as they did with A’s, but I can’t read the actual text for shit, so wait for subs.
Well, in summary, Hayate and her Wolkenritter + Agito are back at the TSAB main base; Fate, Shirley and Tia are in Fate’s original position, the Navy; Lutecia is living happily with her mother, and she’s good friends with Elio and Kyaro, who are working in a border world with animals and all; Vivio is leading a normal life, but lol at Nanoha, Ferret-kun and Arf going stalker on her; Subaru is part of a Special Rescue Squad and finally Nanoha is back as the instructor for the Air Force.
In short, life goes on.
Overall, StrikerS has been a real disappointment for me, but not as much as for me to actually deny it’s existence. Obviously, the production team bit off more than they could chew, and probably lost sight of a few important things in visions of grandeur, but there were still parts that I liked throughout the series.
I truly wished that the team had kept the story a bit more compact and tight, as I can say there’s many loose ends here and there. The biggest mistake that I would say would be the introduction of too many new characters to an already decently sized cast, but sadly most of the characters were just badly developed, given not enough attention or just plain wasted. There were a few good ones, like Vice, whom I surprisingly took a liking towards, and also Zest and Agito, but the rest were just meh.
The action of the series, on the overall, was also a disappointment after Nanoha A’s, which truly set a real standard for action, but there are still a few memorable moments in the show, such as Nanoha going White Devil mode in episode 08 (too bad they fixed the eyes in the DVD), the rare moments of Signum in action, Fate going dual-Zanbers and Nanoha oh-so-satisfyingly Divine Buster-ing Quattro and Starlight Breaker x 5 on Vivio. I’ll be honest and admit that it’s moments like those that made me a fan of the series.
Well, hopefully, this will be the end of the Nanoha franchise for now. I won’t deny I wish for a better series to end the franchise, but like a shounen series that’s gone too popular for it’s own good, it’s better off hoping for no more additions that would further sully the reputation of the series.