「トリコロール・バースデー」 (Torikorouru Baasudee)
It’s still 90% comedy, but when the comedy is this good, I don’t mind!
Comedy Episodes Number Two
I’m sure some people will complain—it’s another comedy episode, why aren’t they getting to the plot, this is just filler, etc. A reminder: We only have a little more of the 2wei manga still to cover. After last episode, it was 10 chapters, according to Hanabira.Kage. With ~11 chapters total to cover in 10 episodes, the pace isn’t going to be as fast as other adaptation. But I ask you, is that so bad? We’re getting the full story here, in a way we hardly ever get in anime adaptations. I feel like I don’t need to list examples, but even my other show, Arslan Senki, is starting to suffer from excess streamlining, as some character-developing moments are sacrificed in order to show more of the story. With a show like this, it’s critical to get to the plot eventually, of course; otherwise you get something like Charlotte, which is (so far) all sizzle, little substance. But Prisma Illya has always gotten back to the plot, with the occasional pit stop off into full-comedy land. So to those who will complain, I say to ye: Give it some time. The plot will return, I promise you.
Beach Gag Bonanza!
Besides, with comedy this good, how could you complain!? First of all, points to Kazuo—Suzuka was absolutely shipping Shirou x Issei. And you know what? I take it back. It’s much better this way! It adds to his (un)lucky bastard/butt monkey status, to have a friend who maaaay be gay (gar?) for him, but regardless, is saying things that are pretty easily taken that way. It also provided yet another opening for when the comedy combo really started climbing.
I especially enjoyed the speedy reappearance of Bazett, save with any possible self-esteem shaved away. Here’s why I think, at its base, spin-offs and parodies like Prisma Illya and Carnival Phantasm work—after all the pain these characters were put through in their original stories, it’s nice to see them live basically happy lives (or at least, lighthearted and occasionally carefree lives). Bazett got a raw deal the last time around. Check out Fate/hollow ataraxia if you don’t know the details, but suffice to say the Fifth Holy Grail War would have gone much different if Bazett had been present. Being reduced to selling icicles and working odd jobs might not be the happiest of fates (hah!), but it’s an improvement. And it’s funny! Congratulations, Bazett *wipes away a tear*
Magical Ruby’s Mysterious Syringe Happy Fun Time!
I generally don’t like when a convenient memory wipe invalidates everything that just happened. I also generally don’t like time travel stories, but Steins;Gate was amazing. My point is, anything can be done well. And I thought this was done well because it was done for laughs, and (to my memory) has only been done once. Continual memory wipes in order to maintain the status quo are annoying. Once in a while I may let it pass.
Granted, the main reason this didn’t both me is because the comedy in Prisma Illya just works for me, and it was already on a high combo from everyone competing for Illya as a proxy for Shirou (what is this, NakaImo?!), so when Ruby showed up with a friggin’ syringe, baldfaced as all get-out, I was already cracking up! And I just kept going! It was so in-your-face funny that I wasn’t the least bit surprised that Ruby “accidentally” gave Shirou a truth serum (I guess he does look at Luvia’s breasts after all! I mean, who wouldn’t? Though badmouth Rin’s legs again and I’ll destroy you, Shirou *shakes fist*), but I was loving it! I wouldn’t have minded if there was no memory wipe, mind you. It would have changed the dynamic and been a lot of fun (mostly, a lot of fun in seeing how the girls (and Issei) justify still going after Shirou after he said all this), but even the memory wipe itself was so ridiculous that I can’t be mad. I could never be mad at Sapphire-chan, even if Ruby deserves far worse, nyahaha!
Since the preview was a BL cut, I’m not sure what to expect. They certainly kept pounding on Miyu’s past, and on how she clearly hasn’t had a normal life (and is clearly lying about much of it), so I expect that to be a serious factor by the end of the season. Whether that starts next episode will all depend on how fast Luvia and Rin can dig, and whether Bazett can earn enough to get out from under Luvia’s debt. That’s cold, Edelfelt … I like it! 😀
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Another heavy comedy ep. Also, Ruby-chan has fun with mind-altering drugs! B/c once you’ve got twincest, anything goes #prismaillya s2e2
- “Everyone plays the main character in their own lives.” Wiser words have never been spoken, by Tatsuko. Be the main character, my friends. Like Tatsuko. (Not like Tatsuko.)
- Speaking of, the swimsuit reveal cut was a nice bit of sleight of hand. You go in thinking, “Is it going to be the same? Will it be different?”, and I’ll bet you didn’t expect exactly how it would be different! I know I didn’t. And that second when you realize it’s not quite the same is great, bwahaha!
- A heart for Kuro, stars for Illya and Miyu. Those are some awfully fitting choices, Shirou. Maybe you do know something, after all…
- I liked how Shirou was running after Illya too, for no real reason. Of all the Shirous, I think Prisma|Shirou might be the most dense. They were all talking about liking him right there! An acceptable break from immersion for comedy, but definitely a break.
- Good thing Sapphire-chan wiped everyone’s memories. Otherwise I don’t think Mimi could have handled it anymore. Get used to it, Mimi-chan. You’re friends are absolutely nuts.
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