Strike Cannon
Nanoha's Strike Cannon Unit 01 in Force
Nanoha's Strike Cannon Unit 01 in Force
Device profile
Other namesCW-AEC02X (primary)
CWX-Strike Cannon (movie)
MasterMultiple SDS6 members, including Raptors (primary)
Nanoha Takamachi (both)
Hayate Yagami (both)
CreatorCaledfwlch Techniques (primary)
Caledfwlch Company (movie)
Magic systemNil (AEC Energy) (primary)
Midchilda (movie)
Ancient Belka (movie)
TypeAEC Armament (primary)
EM Equipment (movie)
Japanese nameストライクカノン
(Sutoraiku Kanon)
First app.Force (ch.7)
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Strike Cannon (ストライクカノン Sutoraiku Kanon) is a mana-driven weapon manufactured for the Administrative Bureau by the Vaizen-based Caledfwlch Techniques in Force.[1]

Name[edit | edit source]

Its model designation in Force is "CW-AEC02X Strike Cannon", which may stand for "Caledfwlch Anti-Eclipse Experimental Weapon 02". Its name may have been inspired by the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam.

When adapted in the movie continuity, it is officially referred to as Composite Armament (複合武装 Fukugoō Busō) "CWX-Strike Cannon" instead, without any model designation.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Strike Cannon makes its debut in Force NEXT Design 01 (accompanying Force ch.5) before its first appearance in Force (ch.7), in which a batch of Strike Cannons is produced by Caledfwlch upon request by the Bureau for its Special Duty Section 6 ("SDS6") in 0081.

The testing is carried out by the SDS6 Aggressor team, led by commander Nanoha Takamachi and sub-commander Vita. During the testing stage, it is, however, determined that only Nanoha herself possesses the power and reaction speed necessary to efficiently use the Cannon, therefore Mariel Atenza starts optimising Nanoha's Unit 01 for her exclusive use.[1]

In ch.9, Erio Mondial wields his Strike Cannon in the 3-on-3 battle against the Hückebein. In ch.11, Vita's Unit 02 is also taken into use to bombard Esquad Hückebein along with Erio's, after Thoma Avenir's Divide Zero "Eclipse" makes Vita unable to maintain flight. However, both units are later broken by Curren Hückebein.

After the rescue of Thoma's group, Strike Cannon, together with War Hammer, has entered their mass production stage upon the Bureau's adaptation of AEC Armament. They become the standard weapons of Raptor units. Frontline members including the cadets of SDS6 are also seen wielding Strike Cannons in their trainings.

Alternate continuities[edit | edit source]

In the Brave Duel continuity, in addition to the crossover cards in which Nanoha wields her Unit 01, redesigned versions of Strike Cannon also become Raising Heart Driver and Luciferion Driver, additional new forms possessed by Raising Heart and Luciferion in INNOCENT.

Hayate charging her Strike Cannon in Reflection

In the movie continuity, Strike Cannon first appears in Reflection with minor design changes. It is instead one of the battery-driven EM Equipment manufactured by Caledfwlch Company 14 years earlier in 0067. Using the internal battery unit (cartridge), it can convert the user's mana and strengthen it for output via bombardment or electromagnetic blade. Unlike outputting non-magical anti-Eclipse energy in Force, it can be operated with the user's magic system instead. In Reflection manga (ch.5), however, Mariel Atenza mentioned that its mana consumption is very heavy that among the development team, only Nanoha and Hayate Yagami can fire it at full power.

In addition to the standalone use by Hayate Yagami when Schwertkreuz is stolen, Strike Cannon can also be an option unit of the Fortress System, as seen in Nanoha's case. When Formula Mode is driven by Nanoha, her Strike Cannon turns into Formula Cannon, as modified by the Eltrian-tech Variant Core provided by Amitie Florian.

Forms[edit | edit source]

Strike Cannon appears as a large (over two meters long in Force) gun held with both hands approximately at the waist height. Additionally, a bracer with connectors to the weapon is worn on the left hand (though seeing how Nanoha is left-handed, it may mean that the connector bracer should be worn on the dominant hand).[1]

Strike Cannon does not have a portable standby form like a Device, but the two following forms:

Forms Primary continuity Movie continuity
Close Mode
(綴束(クローズ)状態 Kurōzu Jōtai)
The usual form, in which the barrel is closed and the weapon can be used either as a lance or a claymore. Similar to the original Close Mode, the barrel is closed in this usual form. However, it is not known whether the barrel can be used for melee combat.
Open Mode
(展開(オープン)状態 Ōpun Jōtai)
The ranged form, in which the two halves of the "barrel" are slightly apart and the Cannon functions as a medium-to-long range railgun. In addition to the original Open Mode, it can also generate an electromagnetic Strike Flame at the barrel for striking.

Strike Cannons are painted in different colors to reflect the personal colors of users. Known users and their personal colors painted are summarized as follows:

Unit (primary) User Coloring (primary) Coloring (movie)
01 Nanoha Takamachi Stratos Blue and Shine White[1] blue, white and gold
02 Vita Magma Red and Black Sapphire[1] N/A
Erio Mondial red and white[2][3]
Thoma Avenir light blue and white[2]
Lily-Strosek light turquoise and white[2]
Isis Egret light magenta and white[2]
Hayate Yagami black and white[4] black, white and gold
Subaru Nakajima
Teana Lanster
unknown N/A

Functions[edit | edit source]

While bearing striking similarities to an Armed Device, Strike Cannon is not a standalone Device but an armed interface produced as a "magic-driven weapon".[1] Its primary function is instant conversion of the users' mana into physical effects, such as impact shocks, solid cannon projectiles, and barriers. This differs from ordinary Devices, which merely shape magical energy into a form where it can be used as a weapon; and allows Strike Cannon to efficiently counter the magic-neutralizing effects like the Anti Magilink Field and Zero Effect.[1]

To conserve energy, Strike Cannon can be switched to the Low Power Mode by turning the recoil-controlling function off.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force NEXT, Design 01.
  2. ^ a b c d Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, artworks.
  3. ^ Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, chapter 11's Force Analyzer.
  4. ^ Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection.
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