「Your True Enemy」 (Kimi no Hontou no Teki)
“Your True Enemy”
Storming the castle straight away rarely works out well.
Gate of Babylon vs Faker
I was impressed with how they balanced the Gil-kun vs Angelica battle. With the same skillset, it seems like it should have been a rout either way—either to Gil-kun, because he was the real one, or to Angelica, because she had more of the armory. The former ended up being more of the case, and it was awesome when Gil-kun took back Enkidu—his old friend. But though Angelia was on the backfoot, she whipped out her other cards, and though she only got to use ’em a bit, that’s some serious foreshadowing for later battles. Seeing Gate of Babylon go against Gate of Babylon was cool. Seeing something we’ve never seen before next time will be even better.
Illya & Tanaka’s Resilience vs Beako
Turns out Tanaka-san is unbreakable. Her clothes aren’t, but no matter what Beako does to her, she will not die. Which is really useful from a storytelling perspective, because not only is she mysterious, she functions as a sort of built in deus ex machina to make sure the other protagonists survive without nerfing the enemies. I’m also hyped to see what she can do if/when she goes from pure tank to brawler.
But damn, doesn’t it seem like KugiRie is having a lot of fun as Beatrice? Half cutsey nonsense, half hyper-violent killer, she seems like a fun character to voice. And her Berserker is Thor? Damn, dude. Talk about a worthy adversary. Though when she was getting ready to obliterate Illya and crew at the end there, I was waiting for Bazett to jump out with Fragarach and one-hit kill the mad loli. I guess sniper Kuro to the rescue will have to suffice. Reunion time, yay!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Gil-kun takes back some of his treasures, while Illya goes Caster but still loses to Beako’s Thor #prisma_illya s4e3
- The top floor of the highest tower. In case you weren’t getting enough princess vibes from Miyu’s situation.
- Thoughts on Ruby’s appearance: Is it a bit bullshit that she appears in a random weapon Illya picks up in a pile of thousands? Yeah. But, eh, whatever. Ruby and Sapphire are a good mix of hard and soft magic, so I can believe the occasional bullshit soft magic moment from them. This is a magical girl show, after all.
- Caster Illya was so cool! I wish it had worked better. And that she had whipped out as many nuke holes as Angelica did Gate of Babylon portals. Full power, total destruction!
- Even Alternate|Shirou’s card gets no respect. Trash card? How rude! I hope Kuro uses it to beat your asses.
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