The website for the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection anime has revealed a teaser promotional video, key visual and story for the first film. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflections will be 2 films.
Reflections is set three months after the events of A’s, with Nanoha and the other characters in the summer of their fifth grade.
The story is as follows: A pair of researchers stay behind on their dying planet of Eltria with their two daughters, Amitie and Kirie, in an attempt to find some way to revive the planet. However, one of the researchers – the husband named Granz – falls ill, which seemingly dashes any hope of saving the planet. Against her older sister’s wishes, Kirie sets off with childhood friend Iris in order to seek help from a distant world. Naturally, the distant world they go to is Earth, and they arrive in Japan where they meet Nanoha Takamachi, Fate T. Harlaown and Hayate Yagami.
Yukari Tamura, Nana Mizuki, and Kana Ueda will be reprising their roles as Nanoha, Fate and Hayate respectively. Amitie Florian will be voiced by Haruka Tomatsu, whilst Kirie Florian will be voiced by Satomi Satou. Amitie and Kirie actually debuted in the PlayStation Portable title Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s Portable: The Gears of Destiny, but this will be their first time appearing in an anime in the franchise.
It has also been revealed that Yoko Hikasa will play new character Iris.
Masaki Tsuzuki is writing the script, whilst Takayuki Hamana (The Prince of Tennis, Library War, Appleseed XIII) is directing the film at Seven Arcs Pictures. The character designs are by Kana Hashidate (Dog Days).
The first film is due to be released in Japan on July 22nd. The second film’s release date has yet to be revealed, though it seems the wait for it won’t be too long – in Japan, at least. I imagine it’s going to be a long old wait for fans outside of Japan before they can see this.
Regardless, when it comes to magical girls, Nanoha is certainly up there as one of my favourites. I feel that it will probably be well worth the wait when it comes down to it. It’ll be great to see the White Devil befriending more people.