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Vita
Vita Vivid
Vita wearing her Tactical Instructor uniform in ViVid
Character profile
Other namesKnight of the Iron Hammer
Crimson Iron Rider
StarS 2 (RF6 callsign)
Aggressor 2 (SDS6 callsign)
Ageuncertain, but at least several centuries
Officially:

8 (A's manga)
8 (A's)
14 (A's epilogue)
14–19 (StrikerS manga)
18 (StrikerS)
22 (ViVid)

24 (Force)
GenderFemale
SpeciesWolkenritter
HomeworldAncient Belka (?)
Date of birthAncient Belkan Era
Officially: 0057
FamilyYagami family
Work
PartnerNanoha Takamachi (ViVid)
AffiliationsCapital Air Force, 1321th Squadron (pre-StrikerS)
Training Corps (StrikerS)
Riot Force 6 (StrikerS)
Aerial Tactical Instructor Corps (ViVid)
Special Duty Section 6 (Force)
OccupationForward Stars Sub-Commander (StrikerS)
Tactical Instructor (post-StrikerS)
RankSecond Lieutenant (StrikerS)
Magic
SystemAncient Belka
ColorRed
RankAAA+ (Air)[1]
DeviceGraf Eisen
War Hammer (Force)[2]
Production
Japanese nameヴィータ
(Vīta)
First app.A's manga (prologue)
Voiced byAsami Sanada (Japanese)
Elizabeth Rick (English)

Vita (ヴィータ Vīta) is a character in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, voiced by Asami Sanada. She appears in neither the previous series Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha nor the later story Triangle Heart, but she does appear in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. Vita is one of the Wolkenritter, a creation of the Book of Darkness. She is the most devoted of the four to Hayate Yagami, their mistress. Vita's weapon is a mallet called Graf Eisen, and as a magical creation, she has no familiar.

NamesEdit

Vita is named for the Opel Vita and, like all Wolkenritter, doesn't have a surname.

Additionally, she has two titles from her Wolkenritter past: "Knight of the Iron Hammer" (鉄槌の騎士 Tettsui no Kishi), referring to Graf Eisen, and "Crimson Iron Rider" (紅の鉄騎 Kurenai no Tekki).

AppearanceEdit

Vita is visually the youngest of the Wolkenritter, appearing to be approximately 8 years old in A's. This would make her 14 and 18 in A's epilogue and StrikerS, respectively, but as a magical construct, she ages very slowly over the years. Thus, she still appears as a child in Force, despite being officially 24 years old. De facto her centuries-long service as the guardian of the Book of Darkness places her among the oldest living individuals in the entire Nanoha universe.

Physically, she is a small red-headed girl with diminished height. She wears her hair in two queues that trail behind her head. The length of these queues seems to vary depending on what series she's in. When not wearing her barrier jacket, Vita is generally seen wearing Gothic-lolita attire in A's and the standard TSAB uniform in StrikerS

Vita's appearance and abilities (as well as the name of her Device) recall the Alt Eisen of Super Robot Wars, with her Schwalbe Fliegen being similar to its Heavy Claymore attack and Raketen Hammer resembling its Revolver Stake. Graf Eisen's forms also contain references to GaoGaiGar and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

Vita also bears some resemblance to Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Like Thor, Vita is a brash redheaded fighter who wields a hammer that changes size appropriate to the situation.

In A'sEdit

Vita enters A's on a hunt with Zafira for strong Linker Cores to absorb into the Book of Darkness. She targets Nanoha Takamachi, which she deems to be a juicy target, unlike the usual TSAB "redshirts" which can barely fill up a single page of the Book of Darkness. Later, she's shows some strong dislikes toward her until near the end of the series (possibly due to acknowledging her as a potential threat to the Wolkenritter's efforts in filling up the Book of Darkness), which may have driven her to intentionally call Nanoha "Nantoka" (Japanese: "Something-or-Other"). Even after the series end, she's still sometimes drove her anger toward her, like when Signum taunted her that she "scared to be lose in front of her master", when she refused Signum's advance to put up a group-mock battle training.

Nanoha puts up a decent fight, but Vita tilts the deck with two cartridges and manages to overpower her, obtaining a power superiority so vast that she heavily damaged the Raising Heart. However, before she could get the Linker Core, Fate Testarossa and Yūno Scrya come to the rescue. Vita fights them off with her fellow Wolkenritter, Signum and Shamal, and they declare themselves enemies. The battle ends with Shamal finally managing to get Nanoha's Linker Core and Nanoha breaking Vita's barrier.

Vita fights for the sake of protecting their mistress, Hayate, whom she is completely dedicated to. The Wolkenritter attack mages to steal their Linker Cores, their sources of magic, to fill the 666 pages of the Book of Darkness with this power before it saps any more of Hayate's and she becomes fully paralyzed. They continue to obtain Linker Cores and fight off interference from the Time-Space Administration Bureau (TSAB), mainly Fate and Nanoha, while they try to keep Hayate from knowing that they are stealing magic for pages; she has told them that as long as she is mistress of the Book, she will not allow anyone to be harmed over it.

The Wolkenritter, especially Vita, are determined to save Hayate even if it means going against her wishes. What the Wolkenritter don't know about Hayate is that the Book of Darkness, once completed, may stop sapping her Linker Core for pages, but that does not mean that it will stop hurting her or undo its damage. In fact, the master of the Book dies upon its completion. Vita is the first to recognize that something may be wrong with what they are doing and that they have forgotten something very important, but her devotion to Hayate keeps her fighting for Linker Cores regardless. Just before the Book of Darkness is completed, Suzuka Tsukimura brings Nanoha, Alisa, and Fate to visit Hayate in the hospital while the Wolkenritter are there. The warring groups recognize each other and their shared wish at once, and meet on the roof of the hospital. Nanoha and Fate try to tell the Wolkenritter about what will happen to Hayate, but their confrontation is cut short by both the interference of two masked men and the completion of the Book of Darkness with the Linker Cores of the Wolkenritter themselves.

The masked men are actually women, Aria and Lotte Liese, who frame Nanoha and Fate for the death of Vita and the others. Hayate screams in horror for all of this to stop and is taken over by the will of the Book of Darkness, becoming the fearsome, possessed woman inside of it just as the real duo escapes their prison. Meanwhile, Vita's spirit is trapped inside the Book of Darkness with the others. When Hayate rejects her own wish of vengeance, she reprograms the entire Book, but a virus still remains inside, the one that caused the evil aspect of the Book in the first place. Hayate awakens the spirit of Vita and her friends inside the book of Darkness, and she decides to join the fight against the automated defence program that Hayate describes as "the 'darkness' in the Book of Darkness". Vita finally recognizes Nanoha as an equal, though she won't admit it, and calls her by her real name.

In an epilogue taking place six years later, Vita is officially 14 years old, and still lives with the other Wolkenritter and Hayate, posing as Hayate's sister.

In the mangaEdit

The two manga series each add a number of short chapters that supplement the latter two anime series. These chapters details the actions and thoughts of various characters at different points before, during or after the anime series.

Vita is still an eternal child, living with Hayate. It has been mentioned in the manga, however, that she may use transformation magic (presumably, some form of Adult Mode) to appear older.

Also, Vita is at times haunted by memories of a mission that she and Nanoha participated in that nearly ended in the death of Nanoha. In the TV series, episode 9 of StrikerS, it is explained that it happened two years after the winter when she joined the Bureau. Vita and Nanoha were on a recon mission when an unknown unit attacked them. Nanoha was able to defeat it, as it was rather weak. But because she had been using the catridge system for two years, the strain on her body built up. When she was fighting that unit, her body couldn't take it anymore. She was hospitalized for a time. She was told she probably wouldn't be able to fly or even walk. However she was able to recover after a time and continued working with the TSAB. In Chapter 2 of the StrikerS manga, it was revealed that Vita was actually the first to notice Nanoha's weakening condition upon their deployment but did nothing about it, making her feel paricularly guilty for what happened afterward.

In StrikerSEdit

Four years after the A's epilogue, Second Lieutenant Vita is sub-commander of the Stars Squad in the TSAB, working directly under Nanoha, who, in turn, obeys Hayate. She and the other Wolkenritter were kept close to Hayate and each other (Shamal and Zafira are support, Signum is with the Lightning Squad) because they work most effectively as a team. In this season, Vita shows that she is still hurt emotionally from the times she couldn't be there for Hayate and Nanoha, and will go to extreme levels to protect them. As portrayed in episode 22, taking down the Gadget Drones which she recognizes to be the ones who hurt Nanoha and in episode 25 (after being stabbed through the back), Vita broke her device, Graf Eisen, while desperately trying to destroy the main engine of the Saint's Cradle controlled by Scaglietti and his Combat Cyborgs. As she falls, she apologizes to Nanoha and Hayate (basically all of her comrades) for failing. Hayate then comes to the scene, telling her that there is nothing to apologize about because there is nothing in the world that the knight Vita and Graf Eisen cannot destroy. At this point, it becomes apparent that she inflicted just enough damage upon the engine for it to slowly start falling apart.

Like Signum, she has demonstrated the ability to enter Unison with Reinforce II, though her synchronization with her isn't as good as Hayate's.

In ViVidEdit

Vita only has minor appearance in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid initially, say, receiving a picture of Vivio and her friends in the first chapter, and appearing slightly in the introduction of Asteion as well as Miura.

However, Vita is the main character of the special chapter (Memory;ex), which covers not only the recent lives of Yagami and Takamachi families, but also the past times of the Wolkenritter and the emperors in the Ancient Belkan ages. At the beginning of the chapter, she appears to now be a member of Aerial Tactical Instructor Corps alongside Nanoha.

In ForceEdit

Vita appears in the prologue chapter of Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, discussing "a new riot" with Reinforce Zwei. She is then mentioned (but not shown) in chapter 5 as the one who tested the countermeasures to the "Zero Effect".

Vita enters the story proper in Force (ch.7), when the Special Duty Section 6 on Vaizen receives news that Signum has engaged Cypha of Hückebein in battle on Ruwella, before her AEC Armament was ready. Shocked, Vita contacts Rein, who tells her that Teana and Fate are already on the way. Vita rushes to help, mentioning her own CW-AEC03X War Hammer, while Nanoha is summoned, as well.

She and Nanoha are later seen on top of the Wolfram's bridge, as it is chasing the Esquad Hückebein airship. The two of them act as the vessel's alternate "main cannons". After the Augusto (the Wolfram's main weapon) deals little damage to the enemy vessel (due to the magic-disrupting effect utilized by the Hückebein), Nanoha and Vita, codenamed Aggressor 1 and 2, respectively, are ordered by Hayate to attack the Hückebein using their newly-acquired AEC equipment. Nanoha fires first, followed by Vita, and their combo attacks hamper the Hückebein vessel somewhat, allowing the Wolfram to not only catch up but also to send in Fate, Erio, and Subaru to infiltrate it through the hull breach. When Stella assumes control over the ship to accelerate the repairs and seals the infiltration team inside, Vita and Nanoha continue bombardment, with Vita flying in closer to the enemy ship to deal more damage. However, when Thoma's Divide Zero Eclipse area-of-effect attack is activated, she loses most of her flight capability and has to retreat back to the Wolfram. After recovering her bearings, Vita then rendezvouses with Hayate on top of the Wolfram, protecting her mistress from the Huckebein attacks. Hayate instructs her to make the final preparations as she (Hayate) readies Heimdall.

Alternate continuitiesEdit

MovieEdit

Vita first appears in The MOVIE 2nd A's.

PortableEdit

Vita appears in both Battle of Aces and Gears of Destiny. One of her alternate costumes in Gears of Destiny looks nearly identical to the Prince of All Cosmos from Katamari Damacy.

INNOCENTEdit

Vita Yagami (八神ヴィータ Yagami Vīta) is the youngest daughter of the Yagami family. She is a Duelist at the beginning of the story, with the ambition of becoming the Brave Duel champion of Uminari City and top Duelist of the nation.

Powers Edit

Vita is a skilled aerial mage and uses telepathy as all Belkan system practitioners. Her Device, Graf Eisen, speaks German (Belkan language), such as when it reloads cartridges ("Nachladen") or uses one up ("Explosion"), as well as approaching targets ("Gegenstand kommt nah").

Knight ArmorEdit

Vita's armor is a red Gothic Lolita-style dress with black frills and yellow ribbons, a large red hat with plush rabbit heads, and black and red boots. The armor turns white when Vita is in Unison with Reinforce Zwei.

SpellsEdit

Spell System Category Type Rank
Dimensional Transfer Mid-Childa
Ancient Belka
Support Transport
Eisengeheul Ancient Belka Support Decline
Gefängnis der Magie Ancient Belka Force field Area
Giganthammer Ancient Belka Attack Magic-enhanced attack
Gigantschlag Ancient Belka Attack Magic-enhanced attack
Kometfliegen Ancient Belka Attack Shooting
Panzergeist Ancient Belka Defense Field
Panzerhindernis Ancient Belka Defense Barrier
Panzerschild Ancient Belka Defense Shield
Pferde Ancient Belka Support Transport
Plasma Pile Special (AEC) Attack Melee
Raketenhammer Ancient Belka Attack Magic-enhanced attack AA+
Schwalbefliegen Ancient Belka Attack Shooting A
Tödlichschlag Ancient Belka Attack Magic-enhanced attack
Zerstörungshammer Ancient Belka Attack Magic-enhanced attack

In the gamesEdit

Spells in The Battle of Aces


Cross Range Long Range Long Range (Charged)
Attack/Basic[unnamed]SchwalbefliegenKometfliegen
Block/HighKanonehammerTödlichschlag
Catch/AttackRaketenfangenRaketenhammer
LFDBGigantschlag---
RGuardPanzerschild---
Spells in The Gears of Destiny


Cross Range Long Range Long Range (Charged)
Attack/Basic[unnamed]SchwalbefliegenKometfliegen
Block/HighKanonehammer (?)Tödlichschlag
Catch/AttackRaketenfangenRaketenhammer
△△EX AttackGiganthammer---
LFDBGigantschlag---
RGuardPanzerschild---

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mage ranks in StrikerS on the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  2. ^ Magical Chronicle Lyrical Nanoha Force NEXT, Design 04.

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