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YMMVs introduced by Striker S:

  • Better on DVD:
    • The TV version of the "Heartless White Devil" scene in episode eight of StrikerS made a lot of people think that Nanoha had some sort of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome from the Time Skip between A's and StrikerS and that her reaction to Subaru and Teana's dangerous tactics in the mock battle made it look as if she wasn't fit to be training the two. The DVD version of the situation helped clear up any misgivings; she had more of a "disappointed parent" look on her face than the more Higurashi-like look in the TV version. Various examples of QUALITY animation are fixed in the DVD releases as well.
    • Just before her legendary attack in episode 25, she stomps on the floor, possibly to brace herself, but more likely simply because of how badass it makes her look. In the TV version, some dust is kicked up when her foot pounds onto the floor. On DVD that part of the floor is destroyed. Inexplicably, many people seem to prefer the second.
  • Complete Monster: Quattro.
    • And Scaglietti, who not only was Quattro's creator and thus responsible for her being the evil bitch that she is, but also has his "Pet the Dog" moments squickily subverted.
  • Contested Sequel
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Cinque of the Numbers is fairly popular, despite only appearing in two episodes and being the only one absent from the final battle.
    • Despite (or perhaps because of) her incredibly minor status, Sette is starting to gain popularity in some fanfiction circles.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: For some.
  • Holy Shit Quotient: Episode 17.
  • Jumping the Shark: Again, for some.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moe: Reinforce II, Vivio and the younger Subaru seen in flashbacks.
  • Never Live It Down: Nanoha's Blood Knight reputation was already around by the time of A's, but after her abortive duel brawl with Signum in the manga there was no going back.[1]
  • Straw Man Has a Point: Regius is one of the few people who distrusts Hayate for her criminal past, and even Auris suggests that he keep his opinions to himself. While the viewers and those close to her know she did nothing wrong during the Book of Darkness incident, he and much of the rest of the Bureau apparently heard a version of events in which Hayate accepted full responsibility, making his distrust seem more logical if ultimately incorrect.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Nanoha's near-death experience is very underplayed. Regius's distrust could have segued into political intrigue and been expanded, but gets forgotten about very quickly.
  • Toy Ship: Erio and Caro.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Otto. Female, for the record. This is compounded by her use of the masculine pronoun "boku", and the fact that many of her fellow Numbers are unsure of her gender.
  • The Woobie: Vivio. She gets better in time for Sound Stage X and Vi Vid.
    • Agito, full stop. The poor thing was used as a lab rat by misterious scientist and it was almost completely broken when Zest and Lutecia rescued her. She recovered her enthusiasm and becomes a loyal Unison Device to Zest only to see him die at Signum's hands. Agito was taken under Signum's wing and they started to slowly develop close bonds and the little redhead eventually grow genuine feelings for the Blazing General. Came FORCE and she witness how Signum is near killed in front of her eyes while she's unable to do anything to help her beloved master. Life has been pretty harsh on this little device.

Notes

  1. Note that this is a coloured and enlarged, but otherwise completely unaltered panel from the canon StrikerS manga.
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