「その手が守ったものは」 (Sono-te ga Mamotta Mono wa)
“The Things Those Hands Protected”
The battle against Bazett ends with a trick & a bang … but it’s not over yet. 2wei Herz confirmed!
Serious Fight, No Deaths
The possibility of death is often used as shorthand for “this is serious”, but it doesn’t fit in every story. Prisma Illya is one where characters falling over dead left and right would feel wrong, whereas in the rest of the Fate universe, it’s assumed. Then they brought out Bazett in, which should have complicated things mightily. What’s impressed me is how Bazett and the others have been going all out without it feeling like a body count was about to start piling up.
Case in point, Fragarach. As Ruby and Rin explained, Fragarach is a countering Noble Phantasm that, when used after the enemy’s strongest attack, rewinds time (and causality) so the enemy’s attack never happened and Fragarach pierces their heart. Save for rare, specialized circumstances, Fragarach is a lethal attack, which means that Miyu should have died. That they got around this by having it be the Rider card that Miyu used, meaning it was her mount Bellerophon’s heart that was pierced, not Miyu’s. That’s a bit convenient, but it worked for me because it kept the tone of the battle serious without sliding into grimdark.
From Bazett’s killer punches to all the damage that was taken, the battle was always serious, but I felt like everything was going to be okay. Or at least, everyone was going to survive. Probably. They towed that line well.
Assassin & Rin’s Curse
Illya’s transformation from powerhouse nuker to tricky tactical fighter has been great. When she started trying to bind Bazett, I didn’t believe for a second that was her goal, nor do I think did Bazett. Then when Bazett hit her, I thought she went for the Berserker card so she could weather the blow, which just shows how unsubtle I am! I didn’t imagine the Assassin card was her goal, but damn if it didn’t work. Barely!
It’s Rin’s curse that really made me smile though. Damn if I don’t like watching a bullshitter work! And it was actually a good idea against someone as straightforward as Bazett, even if they should have used a better curse than the Maleficium. (Though I do appreciate the Chekhov’s Gun. Trope!) Like a little pain would stop a monster like Bazett. But so desperately bluffing against someone so powerful does my heart good, especially since the death part was a total lie. Rin is a proper Fate magus. She has a mind like a corkscrew.
Just be Friends Already, Dammit!
After the battle, Illya was dissatisfied that they only took back three of the cards, but Rin mollified her. Wasn’t it enough that they saved a certain someone. Warm and fuzzies abound as Illya is happy she saved a girl who tried to kill her. They’re really friends now, and have forgiven each other for slights both real and imagined. And they’re bathing together, and sleeping together, d’aaawww!
If only Rin and Luvia could learn from them. I was cracking up during that car scene! All that otome-like blushing, masking a complete lack of trust in each other. I do hope the series ends – whenever it ultimately ends, in 3rei or beyond – with Rin and Luvia truly becoming friends. (Spoiler tags if that’s already happened, people.) I’m pretty sure that’s what Zelretch-sama is after. I’m enjoying their hilarious backstabbing in the meantime though.
Looking Ahead – Protected Their Normal Life
I imagine the last bit was anime original, because it was a nice bookend to what is actually only halfway through the source manga. The happy-happy fun-fun montage of the girls’ normal life threw the danger from earlier in the episode into stark contrast, and better conveyed what it was they were really fighting for – not the cards, like Illya was yakking about last episode, but to defend their loved ones and their happy normal lives. It tied it up quickly without wasting much time, which I really liked. Now, can we see more of said happy normal lives? Beach episodes, beach episode, beach episode, RAR!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The battle against Bazett ends with trickery & a bang. They protected their happy normal lives…until they return in 2015! #prismaillya s2e10 END
- She picked Miyu up by the leg and slammed her into the $#&*in’ ground! Is it bad if Bazett is becoming my favorite? Fate/hollow ataraxia anime please!
- Loved that dust cloud. I say I’m unsubtle, but that’s what I would have done too. As Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam of Dune said: “You’ve heard of animals chewing off a leg to escape a trap? There’s an animal kind of trick. A human would remain in the trap, endure the pain, feigning death that he might kill the trapper and remove a threat to his kind.” Bazett drew a trap around herself in order to draw the girls in, that she might eliminate them. Now imagine if she was going all out.
- Another reason Rin’s bluff was so gutsy: the curse transferred Illya’s pain to Bazett, but Bazett was after Kuro. She could have ignored Illya while she was killing Kuro. Good thing Rin had found that eighth card. (No points for guessing who it is, Fate fans. Spoiler tags etc.)
- Love how everyone is misunderstanding about Illya & Kuro sleeping together, in the best of ways. Considering Kuro’s past actions, it’s understandable. Miyu was so insistent!
- Blushing Taiga, blushing friends, blushing Miyu as Luvia feeds her, HNG~! That was delicious. I don’t think I can eat another bite.
Check out my blog about storytelling and the novel I’m writing at stiltsoutloud.com. The last four posts: Vacation, & a taste of what’s to come, Life or death, Just plain fun, and Don’t have enough time.
After all the rushed, half-assed, and altogether failed adaptations that litter the anime industry, it’s nice to see a studio that consistently puts out good work. Silver Link does exactly that. (Also, Dogakobo.) Coming from the first season, I had little worry that 2wei would be great, especially since I had read enough of the source material to know that Kuro was on the horizon.
Kuro is great! True, she never apologized for the attempted murder, but that doesn’t bother me – from the appropriately fumbling communication between young girls to the unstated trust that has grown between her and Illya (and Miyu), it’s clear that she would never hurt Illya now. No more than any sister would, that is. And she’s a comedy riot! From her kissing shenanigans, to competing with Illya for their onii-chan, to Saitou Chiwa doing her best loli-Kimi impression, she’s an excellent addition to the cast.
The action this season remained excellent. Silver Link was really showing off with some of the crazy camera pans, and their sparring use of CG avoided breaking immersion (though that’s largely because CG is getting so good). Capturing Kuro and Archer Kuro vs Saber Miyu were great, but the arrival of Bazett (in her first proper action-packed anime appearance) was the cream of the crop. She’s so brutal, and seeing her take on the entire cast of protagonists and still fight them to a draw was awesome! Can you believe the battle against her was only halfway through the source manga? (Remember those spoiler tags, source readers.) Having her lurking around can only make this series better.
Best of all, they didn’t rush. Silver Link took their time and, with ten episodes, decided to tell half the story rather than rush and try to get it all in. That could have left us frustrated, but Prisma Illya 2wei, Part 2: production confirmed! I wish I understood the anime industry better so I could anticipate sequels, but there are too many variables. Just BD/DVD sales aren’t enough. Case in point: Prisma Illya, which has gotten two instant sequels despite decent-to-good DVD/BD sales. Sometimes the goal is to stimulate source material sales (No Game No Life), other times to draw viewers to the station (Log Horizon), and of course there are labors of love (Coming up with a blank here…). Here I think it’s about keeping Type-Moon and the Fate universe on the top of people’s minds, to build up anticipation for their other works. Plus they’re probably not losing money on Prisma Illya if nothing else.
Whatever the case, this season was highly enjoyable, and my only major concern – whether there would be enough episodes to tell the story – has been thoroughly alleviated. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz! confirmed for 2015, and I would expect it in Summer again. Until then, we’ll just have to make due with ufotable’s Unlimited Blade Works next season. How will we survive!