OP: 「Asterism」 by ChouCho
「銀色に沈む街」 (Gin’iro ni Shizumu Machi)
“City Fading to Silver”
Prisma Illya is back, and it’s wasting no time getting into the thick of things.
Fluffy Start Turns Serious
One of the things I love about this series is how it effortlessly mixes breathtaking action and serious drama with silly comedy. This episode begins with an extended joke where Illya insinuates that she and Miyu are having lesbian sex in order to keep Ruby and Sapphire a secret, something which does not displease Mimi in the least. That, and daring to have a character whip out a syringe for a punch line, is part of Prisma Illya’s signature style, and it has not been lost. I don’t want to overly explain the jokes, so I’ll move on, but one quick thing first: if a character is going to tempt fate (“These peaceful days are nice”), I prefer their karmic comeuppance to be swift. Cue Rin and Luvia with an emergency, and we’re off!
This will probably be the last time I bring this up, but it need be said one more time. Matsuki Miyu, the voice actor who played Sapphire, passed away late last year, so it was understandably jarring to hear Sapphire speak this time. Kakazu Yumi did as good of a job as anybody, giving Sapphire the right tone even if Matsuki Miyu’s unique voice is impossible to replicate entirely. She’ll be fine, Sapphire and Prisma Illya will be fine, but Matsuki Miyu will be missed. So one last time: rest in peace, Miyuyu.
A New Danger
Maybe it’s the red-haired loli swinging a big damn hammer, but I got Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A’s vibes from this first episode—specifically, of that show’s first episode. Here we have two new baddies, one voiced by Shiraishi Ryoko and the other by Kugimiya Rie, and they’re strong. This is an instance of trotting a new character out on the stage and immediately proving they’re bigger, better, stronger, faster, and a helluva lot meaner than our heroes. They flatten the protagonists easily, with the red-haired loli wielding Berserker class powers doing almost all of the damage herself! That’s setting the bar at way over the protagonist’s heads, and challenging them to find a way over the top. Good, good! I like a challenge.
The Mystery of Miyu
It’s official: Miyu is not of this world. Was that official before? It was alluded to pretty heavily, that I remember, but it has been a year since I’ve seen this, so I can’t remember what was said. More interesting, perhaps, is how the villains recapture Miyu but treat her like shit—that “-sama” suffix doesn’t connote real respect. Combined with the insinuation that Miyu is a parallel world’s grail, and that the people who have captured her must be stopped, and we have us a good ‘ol time.
Winter In Gym Clothes
Adding to our rockstar seiyuu cast is Tanaka (Fukuen Misato), an energetic amnesiac with high body temperature and some seemingly implanted opinions, such as how this Ainsworth family needs to be stopped. Not much to say right now, she’s goofy and punctured the very real drama of the scene before her arrival, but I have a feeling she has a purpose, so I’ll wait and see how. And the wait will only be for one week this time, yay! Prisma Illya is back, and I’m glad.
Oh and yeah, I’m blogging this. Looks like it might be twelve episodes too! It’s a good day indeed.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Illya is back, with lesbian misunderstandings swiftly followed by punishing combat & a Miyu kidnapping. To another world! #prisma_illya s4e1
- Illya and Kuro have gotten a lot more sister-like than even last season, it seems. Or twins-like. All that talking at the same time~
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ED: 「WHIMSICAL WAYWARD WISH」 by TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND feat. Kouda Yumeha