「それは、つまり」 (Sore wa, Tsumari)
“Well, In Other Words”
A broken bathroom spirals into a showdown with three girls’ hearts on the line…and their lives.
An Excuse For Bath Time Fun!
No two ways about it, Illya breaking the bathroom was a transparent excuse to give us happy fun bath time. What I continue to like about Prisma Illya is that, though that was true, enough interesting and plot-worthy things happened after they were done horsing around in the bath that it didn’t feel exploitative or pointless.
But more on that later. First, Kuro! There was definitely some Liz fascination going on (and a little for Stella), which was both hilarious and fun for the parts of the family who like boobs. But everyone else got some fun in Shirou x Auguste shipping! That…just out of nowhere man. They kept escalating it until they finished with at end card that will likely launch a non-zero number of doujinshi. Not the Shirou slash pairing I would go with, personally. It’s all about the selfcest. In the other universe, that is. Here only Illya & Kuro have that option. Speaking of…
A Normal Life
On the ‘ol trope-o-meter, I Just Want To Be Normal (trope!) is one of my least favorites. Here it’s not intolerable, but it doesn’t add much either. Illya has never been particularly gung-ho, but she has been willing, and this pivot back to reluctance feels…backwards. But not intolerably so. Little girl and all that.
Returning to the trope-o-meter, misunderstandings (trope!) are likewise low on my favorites list. This time though, once again, the story tip-toes around something that could have been intolerable and makes it work. It was obvious to me that, when Illya said she wanted to go back to her normal life, it meant she didn’t want to fight and risk death, not that she didn’t want to spend time with Miyu, Rin, and Luvia. Even Ruby and Sapphire – and eventually Kuro if I were to bet, and we’re past my experience with the source material, so I’m guessing now – are people Illya wants in her life. She just wants normal-them, without all the violence and fighting and danger.
That was obvious to me, and to Ruby as well, but to the others…well, Rin and Luvia had a silent moment, and rightfully so, because they’re the ones most likely to lose touch with Illya, being older and heavily invested in the mage world. Miyu though, correctly (and eventually) realized that wasn’t what Illya meant…probably. Maybe. Actually, it doesn’t matter! She’s fighting for her own reasons. The only one who really took Illya’s reason at face value was Kuro, and I can’t blame her. Illya hasn’t shown a willingness to be kind to her so far, so she’s not wrong to freak. It’s a misunderstanding, but not by much, and it doesn’t go to ridiculous lengths.
Also important: The misunderstanding lasts all of half an episode before Illya is clued in. Misunderstandings become intolerable when they go on for too long, so the sooner everyone realizes where the lines of communication got snarled, the better.
Looking Ahead – Archer Kuro vs Saber Miyu
The jokes and the fanservice (in-universe jokes and otherwise) are appreciated, but what made me fall in love with Prisma Illya originally was the combat. To me it’s Fate-style magical combat with a Nanoha-style spin, and that level of destruction, mayhem, and copious explosions is a pleasure to see. Hopefully Illya will take a page from Nanoha’s book and befriend the crap out of Kuro next episode.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Bath time leads to battle time as the fight over (& with) Kuro comes to a head #prismaillya 05
- Shirou has discovered meido Rin! Nothing wrong with being a meido, Rin-chan. It’s a good thing.
- Auguste is sizing up Shirou for Luvia, right? …right?
- Anime has led me to believe Kuro feeling up Liz’s oppai does not make her gay. It makes her Japanese. Skinship is a wonderful thing!
- Illya does not hold back. Neither does Auguste.
- That Illya. Truly skilled amateurs are dangerous. Since they don’t know what’s possible, sometimes they don’t even realize when they’ve done something unheard of. That’s how the future is created.
- Am I the only one who, when Kuro said the card was inside her, said “Duh.”?
- Her ahoge came out of the box!
- Kuro looks so sad…
- At the end there I was yelling “Fly dammit, Illya!” Then Ruby suggested exactly that. Nice to have someone on the team to voice my thoughts.