「日常ブレイカー」 (Nichijou Bureikaa)
“Normal Life Breaker”
The kissing demon Kuro runs amok, providing a plethora of hilarious trouble for Illya’s everyday life!
As far as sealing methods go, linking Illya’s pain to Kuro was a smart bet, especially in light of Kuro repeated jailbreaks later in the episode. It was another reminder of how comparatively evil Rin & Luvia are for protagonists. Throwing out curses is usually the purview of bad guys, but they don’t even bat an eyelash. Part of that is the Fate universe leaking in, but the rest is all them being just the worst, in all the ways.
As for Kuro’s real reasons for trying to kill Illya, I wouldn’t believe that she was really trying to replace Illya. I didn’t read far enough in the manga to know her real reason, but I know that when someone points out the cliché (like Rin did here), it’s probably something else. There’s more to Kuro than just a clone run amok.
Everyone Loves Shirou (Again)
Moving Kuro from violent antagonist (“Wai, violence.” Hah!) to romantic rival and flirty nuisance was a stroke of genius, for Illya’s reactions if nothing else. It was hilarious to watch her fawn all over Shirou, but even more to have Ruby point out that Kuro is just doing what Illya wants to do. It’s nice to have the main character be the imouto after her onii-chan for once, instead of the other way around. The unfortunate implications are less severe, especially considering their different last names.
But how often is the male harem lead not the main character? Here we have Illya, Kuro, Rin, Luvia, and maybe Miyu all after Shirou. (Though Kuro and Miyu are debatable…the former because she may have only been looking for mana, and the latter because I have no idea what’s going on there yet.) You could argue that this time, it’s the main character (Illya) who is in another character’s harem! Though that doesn’t seem quite right. Probably because the whole point of the other girls is just to tweak Illya by making moves on her onii-chan. It’s an unusual setup to be sure.
I don’t know what’s up with Miyu glomming onto Shirou. I have my guesses, but once again I haven’t read far enough into the manga to know. What I would say is that we’ve gotten this far without learning anything about Miyu’s past – something Illya herself realizes this episode – and that she’s probably not a normal girl. Illya herself has been shown to have deeper powers than just those given to her by Ruby, so it’s reasonable to assume that both sticks sought out special holders. I just don’t know what that means for Miyu. (No spoilers everyone, put them in spoiler tags and label them. Thanks.)
By the way, I loved how they showed Miyu’s realization. That really shocked me back to seriousness and prepared me for what was about to come.
Kissing Demon Kuro
First of all, a disclaimer: Non-consensual kissing is not cool. It’s sexual assault. Everyone happy? Trying to kill people isn’t cool either. I thought these things were understood, but some people were concerned about it last episode, so I thought I’d address it. A lot of the things that happen in fiction – especially comedy…listen to a good standup comedian sometime and you’ll quickly learn what I mean – would not at all be okay if they happened in real life. Fortunately, it’s fiction, which means it’s made up and we can enjoy it even if it would be horrible in real life. All good? Moving on.
Kiss demon Kuro was hilarious! I could list out all the great moments, but the answer is “All of them”, so I won’t bother. Like during the second episode of Tokyo ESP, this belongs to the realm of justifiable fanservice, so it’s easy to enjoy without reservations. Given that this is still the Fate universe, Kuro kissing to drain mana is well within the established order of things. Plus, I reiterate, it was hilarious! Poor Taiga. And with Mimi, you may have a kindred spirit, Miyu. If things don’t work out with Illya, you know who to call. Or Kuro. She seems totally down for an occasional make out session if nothing else.
Miyu’s Secrets, Kuro’s Secrets
On the roof, Kuro made a comment about how nice it was that Illya could blame all of her problems on Kuro. I thought about it, and it’s true that while Illya has the freedom to have a regular life, Kuro does not. They keep trying to restrain her, and even kill her!
But that argument doesn’t fly far. Contrast Kuro’s secrets with Miyu’s secrets. Not what they are – I don’t know that – but who they are and the fact that they have secrets. Miyu has been nothing but a loyal and reliable friend, so if she doesn’t want to talk about something, I agree with Luvia – there’s not something I get to say often – when she told Illya to leave it alone. But Kuro was trying to kill Illya until they put a magical leash on her. Both Miyu and Kuro’s secrets could be dangerous, but Kuro has proven herself untrustworthy. It’s entirely reasonable that they wouldn’t trust Illya’s new “cousin”.
Looking Ahead – Kuroe von Einzbern
More Kuro is always a good thing, and it looks like next week will be an extension of Illya’s troubles against her. So more of the same – but knowing this series, the Fate universe will leak back in sooner or later.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Kuro is leashed, but it only leads to her making out with all of Illya’s friends. Also, everyone loves Shirou again. Damn! #prismaillya s2e3
- A meat slave Luvia? Really? I wonder if she learned Japanese from doujinshi.
- “Wai, violence.” Still my favorite line of the whole episode, mostly for the delivery. Kadowaki Mai is the only true Illya!
- Where the hell is Kuro’s hand right there?
- Skin fetish!? Is that a thing? Also, and more importantly, I want Kuro/Saito Chiwa to call me onii-chan! *dies of moe*
- A Luvia in love is trouble. Actually, Luvia period is trouble.
- Illya broke! I don’t blame her for that, or for running away. A tactical retreat is often the wisest move. In fact, it’s a critical part of Stilts’ Patented Rules for Magical Combat™! Plan A: Blow everything up. Plan B: Run away. I think that covers pretty much everything. Now you know why I like this series so much!
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