「独りじゃない」 (Hitori ja Nai)
“You Are Not Alone”
Everything is changing all at once.
I can’t get over how much happened this episode. This isn’t the first time Prisma Illya has done this—crammed what felt like a full episode in before the commercial break, and then at least another afterward. Seeing Shirou fight would have been enough, and honestly, I expected more of that—though once Kuro joined him, it got SUPER AWESOME. (Kuro and Shiro[u], hah!) I’m definitely sad he didn’t get to crack out Unlimited Blade Works, though maybe that would have made it too much of the Emiya Shirou show, when he’s not the main character this time. Still, woulda been cool. Would been awesome.
For any other episode, that would have been enough. I didn’t expect more! Then a familiar face—or at least a familiar voice—showed up. I always expected Sakura to show up, but not like this! (Or maybe she’s the quasi-Sakura from one of those games whose artwork I see occasionally. Manga readers, feel free to leave me guessing.) And just, like, whoa . . . get ready for Heaven’s Feel all. Not only is Miyu’s Shirou more like the Heaven’s Feel version, a certain purple-haired sempai-lover is totally broken. You got that in one, Miyu.
That could have been the cliffhanger. But no! Then came Gil-kun’s card taking over Miyu and turning her into a vessel for the King of Heroes, and it makes you wonder what kind of mettle Angelica was made of. (Related: Beako was cold to let Angelica die, or presumably die—I didn’t see no body, after all. Beatrice better hope she died. If Angelica survived, I have a feeling she’s going to punish the resident Julian fantatic.)
Anywho, another show would have stretched the Miyu-King-of-Heroes saga out into a full episode, but not here. BAM—Gil-kun has his card back, and has humiliated everyone only to slip off into invisibility to watch the proceedings for lulz. We always knew he wasn’t really Team Illya’s ally, he was just in it for himself. Him wanted to be amused more than fight is wholly in keeping with Gilgamesh’s well-defined character. As is ridiculing Julian for his Erica-based plan, which—yeah. That’s not going to end well for anyone.
If anything, this episode felt lacking in Illya, since Kuro and Miyu spent more time in the spotlight. Until the end, that is. Thats when Illya steps us to remind of us of two incontrovertible facts: Illya is the only thing keeping Prisma Illya from slipping into Fate-style grimdark horror, and that it always comes down to Saber. Even when she’s not a character, it still comes down to Saber. But it’s the first part that I most love. This Illya just isn’t the type to make hard choices. Or rather, she has a way of turning hard choices into false choices. Abandon Miyu’s onii-chan and run? No. She will save everyone, and the whole damn world to boot.
That’s what keeps this spin-off being unique from its predecessors, and what makes me love it so much. I’m not a grimdark guy; I much prefer my fantasy action with a dose of humor and a dollop of hope. That’s where Illya comes in to save the day again.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Shirou & Kuro fight, Sakura rises, Gil-kun meddles, & Illya shows you where you can stuff your hard choices. Excalibur! #prisma_illya s4e11
- One for all, or all for one—it takes on a whole new meaning this time.
- I’d much prefer a faker to a counterfeiter. All artists start off copying and faking it. Counterfeiters, on the other hand—and their cousins, plagiarists—are slime. So it is in art, so it is in life (and magic).
- She accelerated her noble phantasms somehow. I’m not sure if inertia works like that, but having too much fun to care. Plus, magic.
- Justice rains from above.
- Some great shots of Kuro this episode. Sometimes a look really is worth a thousand words. For others as well. I know which villain I’d rather have on my side.
- No-spoiler preview. Good. This isn’t the time to spoil the surprise. Speaking of, what has Tanaka been up to? (Mark and tag spoilers, ya gits.)
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