I think Nanoha looks better with her hair open, to be honest. Seeing her that way in the first scene caught me off guard a little.
While I appreciate the drama from the emerging rift between Nanoha and her friends, its whole presentation frankly felt rather bland to me. Still curious to see if this will be built upon further in future episodes.
They called the Taiyaki a cookie
! Priceless, good old anime localization. There are no rice balls in anime, only sandwiches! As much as I'm making fun of it, I don't honestly mind, though. It's always bewildered me how other anime viewers get so worked up over trivial details like this.
The shot of the Glowing Tower... Uh, the skyscraper wrapped in yellow light looked very weird. Was that supposed to be a simple sunlight reflection? Looked more like some kind of heavy radiation to me.
Aaand we see the scars on her back... ouch ;(. I suppose this is how her mother keeps her in line... Arf's comment later in the episode also hints at Fate's life not being a particularly happy one.
And then, we get that one shot in the episode preview which pretty erases any remaining doubts.
Did anybody else scratch their head as to why exactly we cut to a shot of the sea/ocean during the thunderstorm sequence
? I mean, we're right in the middle of the city... And just as I thought that and put it down in my notes, Yuno exclaims (in the dub): "We're in the middle of the city!"
Back to nudie transformation, it is! I haven't watched that many magical girl series, but contrary to what Ayuu remarked earlier, I find this one looks quite risque compared to most others I've seen...
By the way, Raging Heart is pretty awesome