Friendships were rekindled, the final enemy was defeated, and much hilarity was had. Best of all–sequel confirmed! 2wei is on the way, booyah!
Strength In Emotions
Its been said before – a magical girl’s strength comes more from emotions (and belief) than hard work or magical ability. That’s why Illya has always been able to do things that Miyu can’t, because she doesn’t let logic, reality, or good sense get in the way. Fortunately, Miyu finally jumped on board the proper magical girl train, with explosive results.
I like the parallels between Illya and Miyu’s struggles. While Illya ran away, Miyu was trying to do everything herself, which was the perfect storm of misunderstandings that was liable to end with a dead Miyu. It was only by getting over both of these – Illya coming to help, and Miyu not only accepting her help, but realizing that it’s necessary and valuable – that they were finally able to come together as a team, and more importantly, as friends. The battle this episode didn’t have the luster of Archer Illya, but it built to a good crescendo and went out with one helluva bang. I enjoyed it heartily.
Shipping Illya x Miyu
I’m sure a few people will complain about the kiss scene, not to mention all the deredere Miyu, because it seems like they’re going the Illya x Miyu yuri route. May I introduce you to the ship tease? (trope!) Honestly, if you needed any confirmation then remember that Illya was dreaming about kissing Shirou, so whatever Miyu’s feelings – and they’re not that! – Illya is still all about her onii-chan. So just sit back and enjoy the hilarity, that’s my advice.
Speaking of, how hilarious was all that?? “But if that’s what you want Illya, I’ll do the best I can.” Miiiiyuuuu!! Better yet was dere Miyu, who doesn’t quite understand how friendship works. I’ll tell you what, Tatsuko in particular is really benefiting from this adaptation, because I didn’t remember her from the manga, but she’s hilarious now!
Hey, Is That Baze–
Woohoo, sequel confirmed! 2wei is on the way, baby! As a few of you mentioned in the comments before, the first manga (of three – the one animated here + 2wei + 3wei) was only the tip of the iceberg, and there are some really awesome things coming in 2wei. Probably more than I know – I haven’t finished it, so if I can hold out then later parts of the coming season will be new to me too, woohoo!
Needless to say, I’m pumped about season 2, but more about that below. Onto the final impressions!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Illya & Miyu come together, Berserker falls apart, & all is well…because 2wei is on the way! Sequel coming, woohoo! #prismaillya 10
- Full power, full open? More like full Nanoha. Fire!
- Never before has Lancer’s Gae Bolg been so useful so many times. Being Lancer[‘s weapon] isn’t suffering for once.
- I have to admit, I’m kinda sad Illya didn’t actually go for a kiss with Shirou. A Miyu is fine too though :3
- Meido Rin, banzai! Luvia is collecting quite the stellar meido corps, nyahaha!
- Manga readers: please do not spoil anything that happens in 2wei or 3wei. I haven’t read them all myself, so I’ll be pissed if I end up getting spoiled now. Please be considerate, and use the spoiler tags if you want to talk about something further ahead in the source material. Also, make sure to label your spoilers so people don’t accidentally click on something they wouldn’t have wanted to read. Thank you.
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I always prefer to blog shows when I haven’t read the source material, since reactions and impressions are necessarily dulled when you know what’s going to happen. I had to make an exception for this series though. Magical action-fantasy stories (with comedy and a little romance) are by far and away my favorite, and from having read the manga I already knew this was a good one. Add on top of that being animated by Silver Link, a studio that does consistently good work, and I was all on board!
I’m glad I blogged this one. As I expected, Silver Link did a great job. The animation was consistently good (and often great), the casting and acting were both great, and I simply enjoyed watching every episode. The one thing I was most worried about going in – the fact that they were only getting ten episodes – turned out to be a non-issue. In fact, I suspect that the director and the rest of the staff asked for ten episodes, or rather told the suits that they only needed that many to tell the story. Yes, it resulted in a few pacing issues, because it can be awkward to pile two manga chapters into one episode – or even more difficult, three chapters into two episodes – but they did well overall. Save for the select few manga that seem tailor made for anime, there are always going to be a few hiccups when you translate a story into a different media, and the fact that Silver Link kept them to a minimum speaks to how well they did.
As for the story itself, Illya and Miyu’s character arcs were natural and compelling. I especially appreciate how Illya only became reluctant to fight when she had a damn good reason, showing that she’s not a coward, just a suitably frightened young girl who would prefer not to die quite yet. Miyu’s arc was more of a gradual defrosting that ended in a deredere Miyu – Tatsuko’s joke about Illya “conquering” Miyu wasn’t far from the mark, save without the romantic connotations – but I suspect we’ll see more of her next season. All of the other characters were well-established and frequently funny, with special props going to Tatsuko, Taiga, Sella, and Prisma Illya’s eternal butt monkeys (trope!), Luvia and Rin. Also, getting to hear Kawasumi Ayako (and the other Servant seiyuu) show up just to growl and grunt was hilarious! My one complaint: I actually could have gone with more Shirou, if only because he brings about deredere Illya. Never a bad thing.
Really though, I only need to point to one thing to show how much I enjoyed this series, and that’s episode six. Even though I knew that Archer Illya was coming, I still got chills seeing it on the screen. That’s how you know a story is told well, when it isn’t diminished by spoilers. Not that I want them! I can still vaguely remember how flabbergasted I was when I read that scene the first time. Getting to be floored twice isn’t too shabby, though. I’m not sure many manga or anime could pull that off.
In the end, Prisma Illya does exactly what a spin-off should do – uses the existing universe, characters, and/or story and takes them in a new direction. Prisma Illya takes the grimdark Fate universe and turns it into a lighter magical girl story, all without losing the essential Fate DNA that made the original so popular. That’s the story that Silver Link took, and they adapted it well, even making it sing on occasion. This was a great season of a fun series, and I’m totally pumped for the coming adaptation of 2wei. I hope you all enjoyed my posts, and I’ll see you in Season 2!