「彼女の名は」 (Kanojo no na wa)
“Her Name Is”
No matter the timeline, Bazett is a monster. The servant slayer is here, but all the servants are gone. It’s up to you, girls.
I like this enigmatic Iri, as opposed to the tragic one of Fate/Zero. I liked her there too, but as with the Illya who gets to live, it’s nice to see her in better times, being silly. The peeping mama antics were mainly funny because of Luvia & Rin, with the utterly shameless and full-of-ulterior-motives Luvia being my favorite.
But what I really liked was that, no matter the timeline, these characters are always who they are. To whit, Taiga; she’s always energetic, surprisingly perceptive, good with a shinai, and ready to protect others. That warms my heart, Fuji-nee.
It’s been a challenge for some viewers to empathize with Kuro after the whole attempted murder thing. One can make up all sorts of excuses for what she did, but she did try to kill Illya (and Miyu) and never apologized for it. The situation is complex though, and I think they’ve done a good job of making these character act like 10-year-old girls, albeit exceptional ones. Apologizing isn’t first on the list of things most 10-year-olds do, lemme tell ya, and would it really have made it better? But it’s still a valid gripe.
I think dere Kuro was another attempt to get us behind her as a protagonist. And to me, it worked, though honestly I was already there. Seeing Kuro be a mama’s girl was cute, and it hinted at this longing within her that’s aching to be filled.
Here’s the thing though – it appears that a certain enforcer has come for the cards, and since one is inside Kuro, it follows that she’ll have to rip it out of her to catch ’em all. No matter what Kuro has done, she doesn’t deserve that. If they can get it out without killing her, sure, but if not, no way. She doesn’t deserve to die, no matter her past crimes.
Plus, you know, she’s a juvenile. The law is usually more lenient on them. Not that the law has anything to do with what happens next.
A Monster Cometh
Like I said, no matter the timeline, these characters are who they are. Bazett Fraga McRemitz (Nabatame Hitomi), from Fate/hollow ataraxia, is and always will be a beast. They did a good job of showing those who aren’t familiar with her just how powerful she is.
Taking on Auguste, dodging bullets, surviving Luvia’s tricks – that made it clear she’s tough. Taking everything Luvia could throw at her in her armory, though, and then burning the mansion to the ground…that’s something else right there. (Okay, so the mansion was probably Luvia’s doing, but surviving is still impressive.) Yes, I was crying out for Auguste to hit her already, but here’s the crazy thing – normally so much dodging would have annoyed me, but Bazett proved herself to be so powerful that it felt right. She’s a monster, an unstoppable terminator that beat down the girls’ mentors, and that means it’s going to be hard for our main trio to win.
I like how the reference of Bazett as a Sealing Designation Enforcer passed uncommented upon. For those who don’t know, a sealing designation is…well, you remember how people were coming after Kiritsugu’s father in Fate/Zero? That. A sealing designation is a big friggin’ deal, and someone who enforces them needs to be a badass. Clearly, Bazett is.
For those of us who know what a Sealing Designation Enforcer is, that enhances the scene and further ties Prisma Illya into the Fate universe. For those who don’t, it’s a bit of a cryptic statement, but since they then show us that Bazett is a badass, nothing important to Prisma Illya itself is missed or lost.
Normally I’m against things that anime-only viewers – which in this case means this anime-only viewers – wouldn’t know about, but with a spin-off, you can get away with it a bit. It’s more an easter egg than anything else, when it adds depth for those “in the know” without detracting from those who aren’t. A delicate dance, but Prisma Illya has been pulling it off. Another example: I don’t think they’ve ever explained how Rin and Luvia’s magic works, but they’ve demonstrated it enough that I’m sure most people knew Luvia’s treasury was an armory. Also, mentioning that Luvia got a unique mystic code from Zelretch-sama. Foreshadowing!
Looking Ahead – Magical Girls vs Bazett
They’ve built Bazett up as a powerful antagonist, and with only two episode left (probably), it looks like we’re going to end on or right after the fight with her. Which I’m okay with, because what a beast! I’m curious about a certain someone reflected in her eye…but we’ll find out more next episode. Wrap those spoilers all, and I’ll see you next week.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Peeping mama was fun, but the heat turns up when Bazett strolls into Luvia’s mansion & burns it down #prismaillya 08
- Don’t wave if you’re trying to not be seen, Iriiii!
- Sneaking around an elementary school. Rin, Luvia, & Iri are like a bunch of dangerous people. Wait, they are dangerous people. Perverts, then! (P.S. That’s now one of my favorite caps from this series.)
- Battle butler! Good to see he’s good for more than just making Shero uncomfortable.
- Kuro is more clever perceptive – she noticed the people lurking around earlier – but Illya appears to be more sensitive to magic.
- See Luvia? This is what happens when you send an overly serious girl like Miyu on an errand and have her treat it like a mission. Though that’s probably as much Miyu’s fault as anything. Lighten up you!
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