OP: 「moving soul」 by 栗林みな実 (Kuribayashi Minami)
「イリヤ×イリヤ」 (Iriya × Iriya)
“Illya x Illya”
Kuro Illya is on the offensive as she attacks her onee-chan. What a fight, what a second fight, and what a kiss. DAMN!
With Prisma Illya, I think Silver Link just likes to show off. The action this episode was stunning, with a bunch of unnecessary (but cool) camera pans and oodles of fight animation. So much was happening in ever scene that I could practically smell them burning through their animation budget. True, there was more of a hint of CGI than there was in the first season, especially with that bog (though now that its nature has been explained, it makes more sense why it looks so off), but CGI is getting so good that you almost don’t notice it as long as the screen is moving fast.
This is all on top of the glorious return of archer Illya, this time in Kuro flavor. Illya’s fight against Saber was the best battle of the first season, and seeing archer Illya flipping around in all her glory this early on was a pleasure to see. She moves with such deadly grace, and it’s one of those combat styles that doesn’t really work outside of a fantasy setting. Since we’re in a fantasy setting, I’m glad to see they’re taking advantage of it.
The Kiss To End All Kisses (For Now)
Holy hell, that kiss! That was long, sloppy, and there was a lot of tongue. I don’t know what to say, other than how it went above and beyond anything I expected, and that they’re going to sell a lot of Blu-Rays. Like so many.
It’s the little things that make it perfect though, like how Illya just stood there and Kuro NTR’d Miyu in front of her, how she got angry because kissing Miyu with her face would just make Miyu misunderstand further (looks like Illya does know what’s going on!), and of course, how the kiss made Miyu misunderstand further. The yuri goggles, THEY ARE TOO TIGHT!! That’s a lie. Tighten them further!!
Comedy Amid Combat
They did a good job of making Kuro extremely competent and just a touch scary, while still keeping the atmosphere light enough to tell us that this wasn’t (too) serious of a situation. Even when trucks were slamming into things or they were laying a trap, there were still laughs to be had, and that kept the whole thing from going grimdark in a hurry…a hallmark of a the Fate series in general, yes, but not of Prisma Illya in particular.
Illya’s early-morning adventures were funny, as was Luvia & Rin’s failure and that incredibly generous fanservice, but my favorites are tied between how they finally ended up beating Kuro, Rin and Luvia gloating about it (with the accompanying reactions), and Rin’s betrayal of Illya. No, I take that back–Rin’s betrayal definitely takes the cake. Every time Illya starts to think a little well of Rin or Luvia, they screw it up. I don’t think that will ever get old.
Last episode I talked about my episode count worries, mentioning that the 2wei manga is twice as long as the manga they adapted for season one. Well, the word on the street (though it’s still unconfirmed) is that this will (may) be another 10-episode season. This confuses me greatly. Unless they’re 1) Planning on doing 2wei Part 2 next summer, or 2) They decided that season one didn’t sell enough, so they’re adapting as little of season two as possible to cut their losses, I don’t know where they’re going with this. They don’t seem to be zooming through the source material, which is good, but at this rate I don’t know if the season will have a good stopping point. Though I’ve enjoyed both episodes so far, this one issue is leaving me in trepidation.
Looking Ahead – Who Is Kuro Illya?
Now that they’ve captured Kuro Illya, it appears that we’ll get a little chance to figure out who the hell she is. That’ll mean less archer Illya running around perhaps, but Prisma Illya does more than just action well, and I would look forward to another funny episode next week. Until then!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Archer Illya ga KITTTTAAA!! Kuro is on a rampage, & plucky Illya Classic is only barely staying alive. And that kiss O.O #prismaillya s2e2
- Wait, is Luvia after Shirou in the OP? She really will do anything to piss off Rin.
- Raise your hand if you recognize that sound that Ruby was making when she was forecasting the future. Or if you even know what a fax is. The strangest things make me feel old.
- Caren-sensei (Koshimizu Ami) is such a bad nurse. I don’t mind. As long as we get to see more of her!
- Nice try, Illya. That was sarcasm. Take this seriously dammit!
- “Onee-chan.” HNG~!
- When Kuro fell into the bog, I said aloud “The bog! Chekhov, you sonofabitch!” The people around me thought I was weird. I do not care!!
- Not sure who is better, Illya or Kuro. Uhh, uhhh, uhhhhh…I PICK BOTH!
- It’s official, Rin and Luvia are pretty much the worst. For so many reasons.
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