「選択肢は2つ・・・？」 (Sentakushi wa 2tsu?)
“There Are Two Options…?”
The battle against Saber heats up as the mahou shoujo are completely overwhelmed, and the other mahou shoujo step up and take the stage.
Illya Is Not A Warrior
Though I hate to say it, Illya was acting a bit stupid this week. First she tried to help Rin and Luvia despite the fact that the enemy that owned them was still standing right there, and then she called attention to herself by yelling out to Miyu when she was supposed to be sneaking around. Here’s the thing, though – Illya is not a warrior. She’s a little girl! She’s been doing well so far, but compared to an overpowered enemy that just completely bitch-slapped her mentor, I don’t blame her for getting scared. It’s more impressive than anything that Miyu managed to keep her head together during the whole thing. This Saber is scary!
Kaleid Liner Prisma Rin & Luvia!
When in doubt, take a third option! (trope) It was definitely smart to hand things over to the experts, and Rin and Luvia proved just how powerful they are. The action really speaks for itself, though I will say how much I enjoyed seeing Rin go sword-for-sword with the King of Knights(‘ card) and come out taking only a little damage. She even got in a point-blank blast of her own! (And gave Illya déjà vu, heh) Now we’ll get to see what happens when experienced mahou shoujo really let loos–wait, a cliffhanger!? Gah!
Pacing – Combat & Dialogue
The funny thing about this episode was that it may have had the worst pacing of the series so far. It wasn’t bad, it just dragged a bit at times, especially early on. This covered almost two chapters of the manga, which was perfect for last week, so what happened? Well, other than the fact that they left out part of one of the chapters (don’t worry, it’s still coming), I think it has to do with the inherent differences in pacing between dialogue and action in manga and anime.
This all comes down to the restraints the two media labor under; for manga, it’s space, while for anime, it’s time. Take dialogue – it can take an anime adaptation up to a minute or more to go through the dialogue that a manga chapter can fit into a frame or two. It’s easy to go through a lot of dialogue in manga, so when a dialogue-heavy chapter is adapted into an anime – like episode 01 – it works well. On the other hand, anime can go through action a lot more quickly than manga can. Action that takes a manga multiple frames to show can be chewed through in seconds in an anime. That’s where the pacing got a little off this episode, and also why they kept talking during the fight so much – they needed to use up the extra time that their medium afforded them. Not that the talking during battle wasn’t badass sometimes.
Personally, I would have preferred it if Silver Link tried to throw in a couple of anime original jokes or moves to keep things snappy, but I realize I’m probably in the minority in that opinion. Like I said, the pacing wasn’t bad! It just wasn’t quite as good as it has been before.
Looking Ahead – Illya Rises
I will say nothing about what is coming ahead, for the preview is tantalizing enough. Let’s just say that next week is going to be fun.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The new mahou shoujo are out & the old are in (temporarily). Now, will Rin & Luvia be able to seal the deal? #prismaillya
- Minor gripe: If Miyu was trying to draw Saber away, why did she attack from the sky? Saber is a melee fighter, she can’t fly! (Or even if she could, there’s no reason for them to expect as much.) Better to attack from the ground and give Saber a reason to try to charge Miyu – and move away from Rin and Luvia.
- Special Attack: Ruby Dual Chop! Truly, Ruby and Sapphire are the only ones who always keep their cool.
- Mahou shoujo should be lolis, but nekomimi mahou shoujo Rin & Luvia are fine too.
- They did it! They got Kawasumi Ayako to yell like a murderous beast too, haha! Nothing better than seeing all her talent perverted like this. Erh…that didn’t come out right.
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