|"Meaning of Strength (I)"|
|Manga||Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS THE COMICS|
|Published||August 30, 2007|
"Meaning of Strength (I)" is chapter 10 of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS THE COMICS. It was originally published on August 30, 2007.
Corresponds to anime episode 14.75. An innocent question by Vivio sparks a massive debate who is the strongest combat mage of Riot Force 6. Nanoha gives the Forwards a saying on combat strength by her old teacher and asks that they figure out its meaning. Before long, they are alerted to a hostile presence in the city.
Both chapters of the "Meaning of Strength" arc are set in August 0075, between StrikerS episodes "Mothers & Children" and "Sisters & Daughters", corresponding to episode 14.75 (after StrikerS Sound Stage 02). This chapter opens with flashbacks of "Riot Force 6's Day Off (Part 1)", "Part 2", "Numbers", and Vivio's adoption by Nanoha in "Mothers & Children". After a morning training, Nanoha and the Forwards discover Vivio studying Nanoha's instructional videos, and Vivio's innocent question on who of her two mama's is stronger sparks an intense debate among the Forwards. Eventually the debate expands to "Who is the strongest in the whole of Riot Force 6?" and spreads throughout the entire unit.
Teana interviews Hayate on the topic of individual combat ability but Hayate explains that despite her enormous mana reserves, she is bad at parallel processing, making her a lousy combat mage. Erio interviews Vita but she debunks the very idea of "average strength", saying that too much in combat depends on external factors and individual specializations. Alto receives an almost identical answer from Signum. Caro questions Shari about Fate's combat ability but Shari only states that Fate has never enjoyed fighting. Finally, Subaru tries searching for Nanoha's combat records but is caught by her red-handed. Nanoha already knows about the debate, so she gives her a koan ("To win against an opponent stronger than yourself, you must not be weaker than that opponent") and asks her to figure out its meaning together with other Forwards. All four of them are hard-pressed for an answer.
In the afternoon, the Forwards head to the Battalion 108 HQ for a joint training, but upon arrival, they receive an alert of a hostile presence inside the nearby underground tunnels, which turns out to be Sein and Wendi of the Numbers.
It also contains (on page 19) a brief flashback of Signum's first mock battle against Nanoha. It would later be expanded to an entire chapter in "Battle Technique Disclosure Fair".
|Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS THE COMICS chapters|
|01. "A's to StrikerS Phase-1" ⋯ 08. "New Everyday" • 09. "Lightning Heart" • 10. "Meaning of Strength (I)" • 11. "Meaning of Strength (II)" • 12. "Dreams" ⋯ 15. "Battle Technique Disclosure Fair"|