「邂逅と再会」 (Kaigō to Saikai)
“Encounters and Reunions”
Illya’s world is the happy one. It’s Miyu that lived in the Fate-style hell.
Saved By the Call
If you’ve been reading my writing for a while, you might be aware of one of my biggest fiction pet peeves: convenient storytelling. In popular parlance, that’s when something happens just because, in a way that’s useful to the plot. Sometimes things just happen, this is true. But what about when Beatrice Flowerchild gets a call right as she’s about to flatten Illya, and it actually takes more effort to stop her swing than it would have to crush Illya and then answer the call, and it just feels like all of this is happening solely because Illya is the main character and she can’t be allowed to die?
I’m not going to harp on this for too long, ’cause I enjoyed the rest of the episode. I can even see why they didn’t have Tanaka stop the swing or something, ’cause then that’d ruin the surprise when she inevitably shows us what she can do. But couldn’t they have scrambled over the car and still been running? Or, I dunno, Beatrice swung, Illya dodged (she’s done it before), and then Beatrice got the call? Something to slightly deserve it, i.e. the kind of stuff Boku no Hero Academia would do. Don’t get lazy now, source material/Silver Link.
Kirei Never Changes
I definitely laughed out loud when Kotomine Kirei (Nakata Jouji), of all people, appeared as a ramen shop owner. It’s definitely all an in-joke, people who haven’t played/watched Fate/stay night, Fate/Zero or the like aren’t liable to get as much out of it, but damn if it wasn’t fun for those who have. I’m not surprised that, no matter the timeline, he doesn’t really change. Dude is still evil. Beware the mapo tofu of a madman!
Destroying the Ainsworths
So as the Einzberns were to Illya’s world (before Irisviel and Kiritsugu rebelled), so are the Ainsworths to Miyu’s. (I know there were two other families involved, at least in the classic Fate scenarios, but shush, let’s keep this simple.) There’s so much to chew on here, from the hidden atelier to our heroes almost dying because of mapo, but we all know who the star of closing scenes was. No, not Gil-kun (Endou Aya), though it was nice seeing the chibi Gil still act fundamentally like Gilgamesh, even if he’s a bit more willing to save people than other versions. (Him realizing he can use “onee-chan” as a way to manipulate Illya was just too perfect.) No, it can only be one man, and this time it’s Fate/stay night’s original protagonist, our old friend Emiya Shirou (Sugiyama Noriaki).
It’s been nice seeing Shirou as a comic relief side character and occasional focus of his imoutos’ love/lust (and his classmates’ too . . . lucky bastard). As with Illya, after all the suffering we’ve seen him endure, it’s nice to see him getting a happy life for once. Yet if Illya’s world is the kind one, Miyu’s is back to classic Fate-style grimdark assholery, and Shirou doesn’t get to sit out the pain. Here he’s Miyu’s brother, and shackled in a dungeon for rebelling against the Ainsworths. While the Gil on Gil battle that’s shaping up oughta be super cool, and I’m looking forward to it, what I really want to see is Shirou throwing down after someone breaks his butt out. I’d also like to see him survive and go over to Illya’s world, but I somehow doubt that the world would allow two Shirous to be happy at once. I have a feeling, if he does get a chance to fight, it won’t end well for our old friend. It might end well for Miyu, though, which is probably all this Shirou wishes for.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Kirei’s a ramen shop owner, & Gil-kun joins Illya & Tanaka-san to infiltrate the Ainsworth’s atelier. Time to throw down! #prisma_illya s4e2
- Beatrice mentioned the while one. I wonder if that means Illya, due to her white hair? Though since Illya was confused, hmm… (No spoilers, manga readers)
- It’s hard to look cute, Beatrice, when your footsteps shake the very ground. Scary.
- Is that a dragon balls? Gil-kun has dragon balls! USE THOSE.
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