「勝利と逃走」 (Shouri to Tousou)
“Victory and Flight”
Only very rarely do you see mood whiplash used as effectively as this. After meido Miyu and S Illya, I was getting ready to call this the funniest episode I had seen in a while…and then True Assassin arrived. The feeling I’m left with: stunned.
Meido Miyu Meets Sadistic Illya!
S! Illya-chan is an S because she likes to tease meido Miyu! I don’t think it’s an understatement to say the first part of this episode contained some of the funniest material I’ve seen all season, though maybe that’s just my bias towards embarrassed meido Miyu talking, fuuuuuu!! Geh, I need to slow down. I think I might pass out just from remembering it.
Really though, it was just back-to-back gags for the entire bit, with the best being: 1) Illya going into full pervert mode over Miyu in her meido outfit (we know what you mean, Illya-chan! I’ve got one of thoseswitches too), 2) Ruby and Sapphire’s gattai (c’mon Sapphire-chan, play along, HAH!) and 3) Illya’s friends walking in when she was naked glomp-assaulting Miyu on her bed (No means no, Illya-chaaaan!). It’s not often that jealous meido Sella falls to the bottom of the gag list, but there it is. And Miyu calling Illya goshujin-sama? *massive, crippling, life-threatening nosebleed* Dreams! Dreams are coming true right now!
Power at a Point
And then True Assassin arrived. All of them. The poisoning of Illya reminded me of an old strategic doctrine I call “power at a point”. IT goes roughly like this: no matter the absolute power of opposing forces, what matters is how much they can bring to bear on a singular point. The leader of a great nation might have more absolute power, but next to the point of a sword held to their neck, all that power is worth nothing. Therein lies the power of the assassin; they might not have much absolute power, but they apply it to where it hurts – right to the neck.
Basically, it’s an incautious person who doesn’t consider all opponents dangerous, because no matter how weak they are, what little strength they have can hurt if focused properly. That wasn’t Illya & co’s mistake this time, though. That was…
Bringing a Newbie to a Magic Fight
Illya has always lacked the resolve to fight in the world that the others so readily inhabit. She’s a normal girl – in personality if not in other things – and without the resolve to fight and possibly die, she’s liable to freak out and panic. She’s not a warrior, and she never has been. Funny thing is, that makes her a perfect magical girl – at least as Ruby thinks of them – even while it makes her a liability in a fight.
I’m once again impressed by how well this was foreshadowed. They brought it up in past fights – especially in the last fight against Saber, but Miyu has serious misgivings about Illya during Caster and before – and now it has come to a head in a mistake that could have killed them all. This, after such a fun-filled first half where the two girls finally became friends?! But of course. I don’t need to have read the manga to know why Miyu did what she did. Illya is not a warrior, and now she’s officially Miyu’s friend. She will protect her from this dangerous world, even if it means taking on more danger herself.
Looking Ahead – One More Card
There’s only one card left, and you all know who it is. The final battle is a doozie, but we’ve got to get there first. Prisma Illya has slid gracefully from purely lighthearted to dealing with heftier affairs, all while not losing its comedic edge. The climax is coming up though, so expect a rough ride from here on out.
This series is ten episodes long, so there’s three more to go. Let’s finish this off strong!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – An absolutely HILARIOUS first half gives way to a battle that left me stunned. Mood whiplash at its finest #prismaillya 07
- Really, just check out my twitter for all my reactions. I could have blogged the entire first half of the episode via excited, fangirlish tweets. SO I DID.
- I’ve probably mentioned this before, but Ruby and Sapphire really are the two most expressive “inanimate” objects I’ve ever seen. They show one of the strengths of illustrated art to do what other mediums could never do nearly as well.
- Meido Miyu never leeeave meeeee!! *glomps*
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