When Fate, Nanoha, and Vita head out on a simple mission, the forwards are told the story of when Nanoha and Fate were young, explaining to Tea why her actions were so wrong and dangerous to herself.
This episode certainly did clear up a lot of things. It really made what Nanoha did in the last episode more justifiable, and really from the information and all theyâ€™ve talked about in this episode, I really do agree with what she did. However, just from the reaction of what she did, I do think that last episode it was a bit hard to tell how justifiable it was. Although it turned out to be fine, it wasnâ€™t that clear before, and Iâ€™m glad they spent this time talking about that. Iâ€™m honestly surprised at how much theyâ€™ve focused on the whole topic of Tea trying to better herself. Itâ€™s been a very dominate and consistent focus for about three episodes, which this early in the series for something as emotional as that, itâ€™s very interesting and nice to see. It really just boiled down to Tea was doubting herself too much, and because of that she was pushing herself too far in training and in battles that didnâ€™tâ€™ need for her to go all out. Itâ€™s called going all out for a reason, you donâ€™t do it in everyday battles where you donâ€™t need it, because as they showed with the flashback it wound up hurting Nanoha. Tea even said she was fighting with everything she had, and that she didnâ€™tâ€™ think she would belong if she didnâ€™t fight like she was risking her life, which isnâ€™t a good mindset no matter what the situation did. Hell, Nanoha didnâ€™t even hurt Tea, she was fine and they even said that they were training bullets. All in all, Iâ€™m really glad with this episode because it explained a lot of the questions that last episode caused, and put a very good end and spin on things with the whole focus on being good enough, and needing to go all out or not.
I really liked the whole retelling of the past. It may be that there is just a certain charm and enjoyment out of seeing them explain it, having watched the other series and all. A lot of shows that are sequels to something, but set more in the future have that affect. When they reference something else in that line of series it brings a certain feeling from having experienced it, yet having it explained to those in the current show. Although, I was really expecting this episode to be a bit more centered on the event in the past that caused Nanoha to finally break down. Just from the scenes, I was kind of expecting a focus on that, and even though they showed and explained that, it wasnâ€™t so much a focus but just a way to resolve the already arisen issue of Tea going all out when she shouldnâ€™t. Looking at it now though, itâ€™s probably a much more interesting focus. It was fun just seeing the reactions of the forwards though, to seeing their teachers and mentors as young kids, and even learning they were enemies. I do wish they would have shown that reaction a bit more.