“I touched it! I touched it! I touched it! I touched it! I squeezed it!” Yeah you did.
Between this and Carnival Phantasm, I’ve never seen Caren Hortensia as she was supposed to be. I know what she gets up to in Fate/hollow ataraxia, but knowing the plot isn’t the same as knowing the character. So after seeing her slap Lancer with a stack of cash in Carnival Phantasm, it was no surprise that she revealed herself to be even more broken than her existing I-love-to-see-injured-children personality.
There’s her exhibitionism, for one. I appreciate that they actually justified reason the male gaze on her crotch, since it was leading up to that joke, but it would have worked sooooo much better had they not spoiled the punch line in last week’s preview. Though maybe it’s just more noticeable this time because there were only like three gags the entire episode.
And on top of that, she’s an shameless voyeur too! But as much fun as Caren turned out to be, her appearance was a symptom of an oddly paced episode.
Panic Panic Panic—Or Not
Last episode was great, no question about it. And when Card|Gil broke through from the other dimension at the end, it was a nice dose of, “Holy crap!” Tension was high, everyone was panicking, and then he hopped on his jet and blasted out of the ground and—puttered about in the sky for a while.
And everyone just agreed that he wouldn’t do anything for a while, without any evidence to back it up. So they had some tea.
The pacing was strange this episode. Not that this isn’t a common Fate series problem, because if there’s anything the Fate series is known for, its exposition. Between reintroducing Caren and wondering what Card|Gil was up to, most of the episode was exposition, and it just kicked the pacing in the balls. Which—I mean, they had to get through at least some of that. Especially the stuff about the Holy Grail War. But the transition was awkward, and as much as I like yuri twincest make out sessions, it felt out of place when they should have been hurrying. Also, that leg in her crotch is a bit much, Kuro. You’re going to give your poor onee-chan a heart attack, stop it.
Look Everyone, It’s Kid Gil!
Okay, this is officially the last major reveal that I’ve been spoiled on. I knew about Kid Gil (Endou Aya) because I was looking at some of the manga spreads way back before the first anime, and who wouldn’t want to draw Kid Gil? Dude’s cool. But that’s it. I’m not spoiled on anything else. To paraphrase John Oliver & Samuel L. Jackson: DON’T SCREW ME ON THIS GUYS. SPOILER TAGS MUTHAFUKKAS, USE EM!
*Ahem* All that said, I’ll admit that I didn’t expect Kid Gil to appear like this. Uhm, shouta get-o? (Take that, people who thought this was a yuri anime! It’s branching out. Oh my.) It—I’m going to be completely honest. I have no idea what’s going on. There was a big spell under the mountain, there’s another Holy Grail War (caught that part when Kuro was explaining it), and somehow Gil separated from his card and became human, even though the shadow form is still kicking. It’s a Fate show. I have no idea what’s going on, and that’s par for the course.
One thing is for certain, though: Miyu knows what’s going on. That means we’re close. Close to finding out what’s really going on with Miyu. About time!
Looking Ahead – Fighting Kid Gilgamesh
I’m looking forward to seeing what Kid Gil can d—oh my gods, is that Illya!? She powered up. Screw Kid Gil. I’m interested in seeing how she came to that.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The pace abruptly slowed to make way for exposition. Then Card|Gil became Kid|Gil & whipped out his lil Enuma Elish. Oh my #prismaillya s3e8
- A Bounded Field to put everyone to sleep, and keeps others out. What is this, Shakugan no Shana? (I should finish that series someday.)
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