Since you talked about "passing the torch", why don't you watch JoJo's Bizarre Adventure? The nine first episodes, aka Phantom Blood, are about the first JoJo. And right now, from episode 10 to the end, it will be about the western fan favorite's, Joseph. You'll see what passing the torch means.
Well, a late reply but I did write about my gripes over Tsuzuki and his writing here a long time ago. Haters can say what they want about Gen Urobuchi but when you know that he have faced death and felt like he was undead for months, and it showed in his works, you gotta give the guy credits for his efforts and achievement. (yeah, we got a horrible discussion that degenerated into Gen Sucks As Writer after I have suggested he could do to Nanoha the same thing he did to Fate/series with Fate/Zero).
Holy fuck. I don't know what to say. Honestly, this feels like a story that happens to have Nanoha's name in it. They could have just called it something about Touma and nothing would have changed. There's also terrible focus problems.
That + dog days has pretty much wrecked my faith in Tsuzuki and Seven Arcs. :S
My expectations and mindset over the franchise have reached the point where:
#1. I think they should just drop the mask and give them giant robots to pilot, along with cameos from Super Robot War, and a OP by Jam Project. Because Tsuzuki have been doing the wink wink nudge nudge for a long time already.
Although that one silly image from Force wasn't indicative, I see the actual character designs below... and WAT. Looks more like Infinite Stratos than Nanoha. I didn't realize the "mechnization" you mentioned earlier was so bad, this is barely recognizable at all. I'm no longer surprised why there's no more anime...
I would seriously read Force just to write some long rant about how the franchise has derailed and how they've lost it. (Dog Days does not help their case at all...) However, anime as of late is good, so I didn't see the need to rage at anything.
The whole franchise is dead in my eyes. I'll recognize Strikers, but ugh... the rest doesn't deserve the Nanoha name.
The only way for it to redeem itself , is if they take a creative approach to the 2nd movie (not copy and paste) but yea, I'm worried to say the least.
They've also failed on the fanservice front... trying too hard is what i'd say.