「リトルレディ、襲来」 (Ritoru Redi, Shuurai)
“The Little Lady Attacks”
It’s not the loli you have to worry about. It’s her father.
I’m not sure if I was spoiled for this and forgot, or if I just clued into it immediately, but it would appear that the adorable little loli Erica (Morohoshi Sumire), who is so full of pride, is one of the Ainsworths. I like how they wove hints into the narrative before dropping the bombshell at the end. Simple conservation of detail would argue that she’s more than a random passersloli, for there’s no one in this world but allies, enemies, and Kotomine, but she could have easily been an ally. But Tanaka was growling at her the whole time, and bit her, and couldn’t get along. For someone as constitutionally cheerful as Tanaka, that means something up—and the only thing she knows is that she will destroy the Ainsworths.
Yet, though I picked up on this immediately, the sudden appearance of this little girl was more used to point the spotlight on Tanaka, along Bazett’s wounds. Okay, mostly Gil-kun’s deflections and Bazett’s wounds did that, but it got Illya asking important questions about Tanaka again. Even if she can be trusted, which is perhaps a dicey proposition since they don’t know anything about her, not knowing more about her is a risk. It’d be wise to learn more.
Pride Goeth Before the Reveal
Little Erica herself is a bundle of pride, isn’t she? It further stands to reason that she’s the daughter of the rich and powerful Ainsworths, but I also just got a kick out of her ironclad pride. (Or what she thought was ironclad.) It’s hard not to like her, though it remain to be seen if that’s a tenable position. With a father like this, she could still be rotten to the core. And she isn’t entirely oblivious, since she knew who Illya was ahead of time. Hmmm…
One Helluva Cliffhanger
I definitely cursed aloud when it was revealed that the sleepy, silly, klutzy father was Darius Ainsworth (Konishi Katsuyuki), and that he was bad fuckin’ news. Not out of any annoyance, other than at a well done cliffhanger. Dammit! I want to know what happens next. They did build up to that realization nicely though. Just as we were getting it, Illya was getting it, and then the alarm goes off. Aaaaaand fight!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – A wild loli appears! (A new one.) Tanaka is not pleased, which makes sense once the loli’s father appears #prisma_illya s4e5
- Gil-kun’s Noble Phantasms are just getting silly. A roof hot spring? If they weren’t always used for gags, I’d start thinking he should be able to solve anything with something from his hammerspace.
- Bazett is undoubtedly the best waifu present. Don’t worry Bazett-chan, I’ll manage our finances, you just be tough, maidenly, and strike fear into the heart of my enemies. The Bazett & Stilts Mercenary Agency will be a sure thing! (P.S. keep that maid outfit from the specials. For science.)
- Tanaka-san is learning some suspect things. Fortunately for us.
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