Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei

IMG_0878.PNGA month has passed since Illya and Miyu became their magical girl alter egos and sealed all of the Class Cards. At the demand of their academy, Rin and Luvia have been made to stay in Japan to right all the wrongs and make sure everything goes back to normal. One of their biggest tasks is to monitor the now-unstable  magic within the ley lines of the surrounding area. Whilst helping to clean up, the seal of Illya’s magic goes berserk, and she loses control of her trace-like transformation. Before she realises what has happened, a mysterious girl who is the mirror image of herself appears before her, and she is hell-bent on destroying Illya. To make matters worse, this second Illya holds the power of the Archer Class Card within her body, which Illya holds a special bond with.

I reviewed the first season last year. I was unsure of it at first, it having been my first real taste of the Fate series. However, the second season featuring in the 2014 Summer line-up meant that, in the year that had passed, I had devoured Fate/Zero and was nearing the end of Fate/Stay Night and was far more immersed in the Type-Moon world than twelve months ago. Again, like my opinion of Free!, a second season seems to have made all the difference.

IMG_0710.PNGThe main change for this series is the introduction of Kuro ‘Chloe’ von Einzburn, who is referred to as ‘the other Illya’, among other things. She serves as one of the main antagonists, and is very much the anti-Illya in this story. She’s strong, confrontational and not afraid to get her revenge on her blonde counterpart and anyone who gets in her way. She also requires a steady supply of mana, which she likes to do by kissing everyone and anyone. Particularly if they’re Illya’s friends.

IMG_0709.PNGThis season has really picked up the pace since last time. Almost at once we are launched into serious battles and there is less long-winded introduction and explanation surrounding making and the class cards. I think that this time around there is a certain degree of assumption that you have seen at least some of the previous Fate series and vaguely understand the concepts behind the class cards and the legend of the Holy Grail. There is a small amount of time spared for Illya’s school life, but this seems to be diminishing into the background, along with the gaggle of school friends who, for all intents and purposes, are very two-dimensional and only serve to reinforce that Illya is popular in class.

Which leads me on to my main bugbear with this series: I feel that there are a lot of scenes that don’t merit the plot in any way. So much more could be done with some of these episodes that it was disappointing to see how much time could actually be filled up with more important and interesting parts of the story rather than what Illya was getting up to with her brain-dead school chums. We could have had far more explanation about Kuro revealed by Illya’s mother, more interesting and longer fights between Kuro and Illya, and even more screen time for Rin and Luvia, because I feel like I haven’t seen enough of them this season.

It even felt like the anime wanted to rush over the trivial parts to get to the good stuff, but felt that it had to maintain some kind of balance, showing that even though Illya was fighting evil and protecting the Class Cards, she was still going to school and doing all of the things that a normal schoolgirl would do. But she’s not – she’s Prisma Illya and she should be doing more training as the bad guys are going to start really kicking off… but not before challenging Kuro to a volleyball match and having a bath in a spa with her mother. It’s not just fighting and tactics and more fighting, you know. What do you think this is, a Fate series?

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Maybe if you hadn’t spent an episode eating pudding and trying to get Kuro to call you ‘onee-chan’ you would have nailed this fight already, Illya.

Having said that though, I do understand what is meant to be going on here. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya is meant to be a fun, light-hearted magical girl anime with a fresh twist on old characters from the earlier Fate series’. We get to see Illya as what she might be like if she wasn’t the eerily scary and powerful Einzburn successor, and if she was the quintessential adorable magical girl (because I bet a lot of people have certainly imagined her as one).