Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection Anime's Character Designs Unveiled
posted on by Egan Loo
The main three character designs for the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection anime film project debuted on Wednesday. The characters pictured below are Nanoha Takamachi (top), Fate T. Harlaown (bottom left), and Hayate Yagami (bottom right).
Yukari Tamura, Nana Mizuki, and Kana Ueda reprise their respective roles as the three characters above. In addition, Haruka Tomatsu will voice Amitie Florian and Satomi Satou will voice Kirie Florian. Both characters debuted in the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny PlayStation Portable game in 2011, but have not appeared in any anime in the franchise. Tomatsu and Satou reprise their roles from the game.
The project will be two films, with the first film slated for next summer in Japan. The second film has no planned release date, but Seven Arcs Pictures producer Tatsuya Tanaka stated in a Megami Magazine interview that "there won't be a long wait" for the second film.
In an interview in the same magazine, franchise creator Masaki Tsuzuki stated that the story will be completely new, and will take place three months after Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 2nd A's, when Nanoha and the other characters are in the summer of their fifth grade. The events of the story begin when certain incidents begin occurring in Uminari City, as well as in the area around Tokyo, and so Nanoha and the others investigate. The story will feature other new characters besides Amitie and Kirie. The characters' Barrier Jacket costume will also have a completely new design.
The site previously streamed a trailer last month which revealed the film project's summer 2017 opening.
Masaki Tsuzuki, the franchise creator and scriptwriter, is credited with the original work, and is also penning the script. Takayuki Hamana (The Prince of Tennis, Library War, Appleseed XIII) is directing the film at Seven Arcs Pictures. Kana Hashidate (Dog Days') is drawing the character designs, and Shochiku is distributing the film.
The Comic Market C91 event at the end of December will have a joint "Nanoha x ViVid Strike!" booth (#2411).
The project was first announced in March 2013 under the title Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 3rd: Reflection. At the time, it was described as a brand-new story not based on previous material.
Tsuzuki's Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha franchise includes four television anime series, two anime films, and numerous spinoff manga. The fourth television anime series, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid, premiered in April 2015.ViVid Strike!, the new television anime by franchise creator and scriptwriter Masaki Tsuzuki, premiered on October 1. Amazon U.K. is currently streaming the series, and Amazon U.S. will also stream it.