「激突！クッキン・シスターズ」 (Gekitotsu Kukkin Shisutaazu)
“Clash! Cooking Sisters!”
I could watch an entire series of just Illya, her friends, her family, and the hinjiks they get into.
Funny Filler Fluff…But Not
I’m on record as liking filler, or at least a certain type of filler. Most of this episode was not absolutely necessary. They could have cut out most of this and, while it wouldn’t have had the same impact, it would have had 70-80% of the impact, so if the creators were going for a concise, pulpy action story, cutting most of this episode’s material would have been the right idea. That’s not what Prisma Illya is, and we’re lucky for that.
This was hilarious! From the cooking battle to the ane battle, I was cracking up more than I have for many a pure comedy, and that’s easily worth the time spent. That’s, in fact, one of the reasons I love Prisma Illya so much – it’s an artful blend of action, comedy, drama, and even a romance which gives us something different to enjoy each episode. I like stories that focus on one thing and do it well, but my favorites always mix many things. It’s harder, but when you make it work, it works.
Butt Monkey Shirou
I don’t know if Shirou is a polarizing character exactly, but there’s certainly some jealousy targeted at him from the fanbase for his ability to unknowingly attract powerful girls. I like Shirou though, and the Prisma Illya version more than ever before. In the original Fate/stay night anime he ticked me off by trying to protect Saber even though she’s, well, Saber, a move that always struck me as chauvinistic and colossally stupid. Fight beside her, sure. Protect her? Get your head out of your ass, boy.
Here though, Shirou inhabits a role shared by Rin & Luvia – the butt monkey (trope!). And it works! It actually has the effect of making me like him more, because it emphasizes his good points – especially his cooking skills…truly, Shirou is the best husbando – while continually knocking him down a peg in karmic retaliation for having captured so many girls’ love. I like to see a harem lead – even though he isn’t a harem lead here, though it’s inescapable that some of that would leak over from the main storyline, in our perceptions if nothing else – taken down a notch, and aside from the unnecessary slaps he got from Illya, it’s mostly in good fun. Poor Shirou. No, not really. It’ll be poor Shirou when only two girls are interested in you, ya lucky bastard. I do feel for him just wanting to be a good onii-chan though.
Bonus: for once we get a semi-accurate representation of what happens when you’re the lone guy outnumbered by girls. It’s not as envious as it seems. Sure, the scenery is nice, but on the totem pole of authority the lone male would indeed be dead last. This misfortune is more realistic than his usual harem antics, even if part of it is being brought on by the attempted harem.
Let Them Figure It Out For Themselves
Everything in this episode stems from Iri’s decision to let Illya and Kuro figure their whole relationship out. There’s a nice bit of consistency there, because Iri sealed the part of Illya that became Kuro in an effort to give Illya a chance to figure the whole grail thing out for herself. I have to admit though, as a completely un-status conscious American, I don’t quite understand the battle for who’s the onee-chan. I have an older brother myself, but it’s not like I give him any deference, save for what is owed by him being seven years older than me and having four kids. (Stilts-Aniki wanted a big family. Fortunately his wife agreed.) Can’t they just agree to be sisters of the same age. It’s not like it matters!
I do appreciate that Iri letting them figure this out is consistent with how she’s been handling them so far, and the antics they’ve shown us are wonderful. I may not get it, but I’m not complaining. Keep it coming!
What Silver Link, you aren’t going to show us the yuri selfcest kiss? This is bullshit! (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻
Joking aside, Illya must have been really flustered, because if I were battling for the position of ane, I’d use this whole mana thing to my advantage. “Ohoho, you want mana? I guess that means I’m the onee-chan, eh?” Of course, no good relationship is built on extortion like that, but they’re little girls. Not like they know that. I guess it just shows that Illya is a good girl at heart, even if she keeps losing ane points to Kuro. Fight on!
Looking Ahead – Enemy At The Gates
She’s coming. If anyone doesn’t know what she can do, or what this means, just wait. We’re past my manga knowledge, but I recognize her from the other timeline. This is going to be good.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – A cooking battle turns into an ane battle as the comedic hijinks are turned up to 11. I’d watch an entire series of this! #prismaillya s2e7
- Illya got to be the only daughter for ten years, and then she picked up a Saitou Chiwa imouto (provisional). Her luck truly is unrivaled. EX rank!
- This episode is like Dogakobo ridiculously detailed food animation all over again! (You know the one I’m talking about.) Except this time it’s Silver Link.
- Gloating Kuro sounds like a loli Kimi. MORE! I must have MORE!!
- I wonder if that wedding cake is for Miyu and Illya? Ufufu~
- “But this flavor is meant for someone else, not me.” A little bullshit, yes, but I like Shirou best when he’s being serious about cooking and housework. He’s the perfect house husbando. Plus, yes – even if Illya’s cake ended up sucking (thanks Tatsuko, you’re the best! XD), it was made with Shirou’s preferences in mind. That counts for something.
- Sella was waiting for it! Another thing the Fate universe does well – having universally amazing characters. Not even the random meido are slackers. Though at this point, they’re more like old friends than random meido.
- The reason Shirou, Rin, & Luvia (and Taiga!) drew the butt monkey card is because they’re outside of this show’s competence zone (trope!). Only Iri escapes this. She’s too amazing to be anything but a god!
- Miyu’s birthday is on the same day as Illya and Kuro’s. Hmmm… Combined with her calling Shirou onii-chan that one time, is this another sign that she’s somehow connected to Illya (&/or her family) from wherever she comes from? (That was rhetorical. Don’t answer that. If any of you spoil that in the comments, so help me I will burn your dreams down!)