[Nanoha] opens with lazy production values that are typical for Japanese television. The colors are typical paint-and-trace, which can look very flat and lifeless by modern, digital standards. [...]
We should get Norman to review a neorealist painting by one of those hacks who use paints and canvas.
Oh, and yeah, there's repeated sequences of Nanoha the nine-year-old girl spinning around while her clothes magically dissolve, so she can be left standing stark naked for a second or two before donning her magical clothes. That's when you start wondering who this anime is really for.
Nanoha owes a lot to its roots: the eroge video game where a thick storyline is laid out, and a player makes choices to follow their favorite character ... to eventually be rewarded by seeing them naked.
Someone was reading Wikipedia too much, and it shows.
Recommendation: If you like to stare at the breasts and the panties of cartoon girls, but you want at least some kind of story to let you keep an iota of self-respect, you could do worse than Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha.
And to think that Shamus Young shares the publication with Norman Rafferty. What a big tent!