「ここで終わらせる」 (Koko de Owaraseru)
“I’ll End It Here”
Miyu’s desperate battle juxtaposed with Illya’s conflicted decision. If only Berserker would just die!
Mama Iri the Wise
Irisviel (Oohara Sayaka) is back! It’s hard to know exactly how much Iri knows about Illya’s whole situation, and at first blush it seems convenient that her advice just happens to fit Illya’s situation so perfectly (& her arrival comes at just the right time), when a normal parent would be going “My daughter sounds like she’s doing something dangerous? Forbid it immediately! PROTEEECT!!”
Then you remember that Iri is not a normal parent. Long-time Fate fans (or anyone who has watched Fate/Zero) will know why, but even new fans can see that Illya’s massive latent magical potential hints that she’s more than a normal girl, and everything Iri does so reeks of “I know what’s going on” that it actually stops feeling convenient and makes her just seem very wise and knowing. I think that avoids making her arrival annoyingly convenient, so it works well.
Then again, maybe I’m just happy to see her again. Seeing these characters who once were so mired in death and tragedy all alive and happy again…well, it feels good. It feels damn good.
Berserker: Finally the Badass End Boss
In most of the routes of the original Fate/stay night, Berserker seemed to get a bad rap. He suffered badly from the Worf effect (trope!), in that his main role was to be super strong, but get the shit kicked out of him to show that the other, less obviously strong characters (i.e. the ones that weren’t rippling with muscles) were badasses too.
No longer. Berserker is finally getting to be the super powerful, dangerous, and badass end boss he deserves to be. So strong Miyu can’t afford to get hit, dies three times during this episode and keeps on trucking, begins resisting Miyu’s attacks…he’s a terror, and I’ve always been glad that he was the end boss rather than Saber…not the least because that gives rise to Saber Miyu.
Yes, the needlessly skimpy chest area of the outfit is completely unnecessary, and isn’t as stylish as Archer Illya. If that’s the only mistake they make, I’ll let it pass. Largely that has been the case.
When In Doubt, Do What You Will Regret Least
As I’ve said in previous posts, Illya’s fear is totally understandable. She could absolutely die for the benefit of some jackass mages off in London, and where is the fun in that? The problem is that Miyu is still fighting. If it was experienced people like then Illya could probably leave them alone – perhaps assuming that Ruby had left her alone and gone with them – but not Miyu.
Then thing I took away from Iri’s advice to Illya is that she should do what she’ll end up regretting the least. Here I’ll invoke Jeff Bezos’ Regret Minimization Framework, which (stated loosely) is as follows: Imagine you’re at the end of your life looking back. Ask yourself, which choice minimizes the amount of regret I have? Take that option, even if you fail.
To me, Iri put the choice in stark relief for Illya. Yes, she was scared, but what would be worse: to go and be scared, or to not go and let Miyu shoulder it all alone? The choice was obvious once she thought about it.
Looking Ahead – The Finale
First of all, let me just say that I loved the partial cliffhanger they left us on. They could have cut it off right as Miyu was getting maybe-hit, but they didn’t do that, instead giving us the heartwarming moment of Illya coming to the rescue, while still leaving the whole what-we-gunna-do-about-Berserker thing up in the air. Which means that next time is–the finale!? Yes, this is only a ten episode series, so the next one is the last one. Expect amazing happenings then, as well as my final impressions. Until then!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Iri reminds Illya of what’s important as Miyu fights for her life & friend. Berserker, you’re going down! #prismaillya 09
- I liked Ruby’s little bath, but I didn’t find it cute exactly. Probably because I know she’s trolling everyone. Trolls get the water!
- Yeah, I don’t know either, Shirou.
- An Excalibur yell worthy of the real Saber, that.
- Never has a magical girl been more badass. It’s at least in the Top 10, that’s for sure.
- They changed the ED sequence (if not the song) to fit the mood! Glad to hear they’re finally listening to me. Keep up the good work, Silver Link.
ED: 「Prisma Sympathy」by StylipS