Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3drei

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3drei

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Illya and the gang have finished their battle against the heroic spirit residing in the eighth class card. They’re back in vacation mode again, looking to make the most of what they have left of summer break. But their hopes get crushed in the blink of an eye. An all-too-unrealistic silhouette appears before them when they go to investigate the strange event at Mount Enzou. After a short skirmish, the entire space ends up being warped. Illya wakes up in a wintry Fuyuki City… in a parallel world. This is the world where Miyu was born and raised.

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So it’s time for the third season of this successful Fate Zero spin-off. And it launches straight into the story and mystery surrounding Miyu. When two super-powerful Warriors appear and beat Illya’s gang with no effort, they re-claim Miyu, revealing that she is actually from a parallel universe. Illya finds herself alone in this world, having chased Miyu through it. Here she finds the mysterious Tanaka, a girl who has lost all her memories apart from one – the need to take revenge on the strongest family in the country, the Ainsworths. She also meets with a half-formed Gilgamesh, who is also keen to infiltrate the place where Miyu is being kept hostage – for his own reasons.

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The third instalment of this spin-off launches into the action far quicker than its predecessor. In fact, the jump straight into action is reminiscent of the original series, with Illya discovering her powers for the first time. Not having her powers this time around, Illya and her new allies navigate this parallel universe together.

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This time around, Illya knows that she must draw on some new, stronger power in order to rescue Miyu. When it turns out Kuro and Bazett managed to also make it through to the parallel universe they bring with them the Heroic Spirit cards that they have collected since, granting Illya the power of Caster, Lancer, Rider and Saber to combat the cards held by the Ainsworth bodyguards: that of Archer and Berserker.

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We’ve still got that element of slightly uncomfortable loli fanservice to deal with, which only serves to slow things down just as you’re beginning to enjoy the faster pace. It’s almost as if they feel the need to ‘pad it out’ with these scenes even though Fate/kaleid liner prisma Illya typically has two episodes less than the normal anine run. We’ve even got those typical hot spring episodes just stretching things out further. Have they not got better material to fill these episode slots? Sadly I think this has become one of the main draws of the anime and what it’s known for, so I guess it’s here to stay. Still, things haven’t been as silly or as drawn out as they tended to be in the second season, so it’s good to see a return of action to make things less… silly.

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We still have a lot of questions to uncover answers for, so I’m hoping they will be explained later. I want to see whether Illya will take Miyu back to her world or not, if Gil-kun will manage a full return to power as the ultimate hero of legends: Gilgamesh, and just what is the story behind Tanaka, her powers and her lost memory. These new characters are really making the series for me as I was getting a little tired of the same old faces and the cute-yet-silly school friend scenes, which haven’t made an appearance yet, thankfully.

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So far, the third instalment of Illya and chums has delivered in the areas that I wanted it to. It is a real improvement on the second series and the change of setting and new powers keeps things fresh and interesting. The fight scenes are great, particularly with the added ‘install’ function of the Heroic Spirit cards and seeing some truly fantastic Noble Phantasm attacks. Disappointed to see a lack of Rin so far, but that’s just me being a fan-girl. I’m looking forward to seeing some great end-game battles and some unexpected twists before we come to see Miyu’s decison of whether she will stay in her own world or go back to Illya’s world.