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This week’s episode was half the typical Fate/kaleid experience. I say half because it had all of the silliness and none of the action.
At least some of the burning questions we had from the previous episode were answered. We learn more about the mystery amnesiac girl, Tanaka-san and her role in the plot. We get to know the name of this season’s enemy family, and an old acquaintance makes his appearance.
In the last episode, one of Miyu’s kidnappers had found the hiding place of Illya and Tanaka. In one of her silly moments, Tanaka asks for the enemy’s name; she is Beatrice Flowerchild of the Ainsworth family. Just before killing Illya, Beatrice is called away.
The encounter with Beatrice made Tanaka recall that her mission is to eliminate the Ainsworth family for unknown reasons. They later learn from the owner of a ramen shop that the crater was created from a gas explosion. After being charged from the not-so-benevolent-owner for the ramen they ate, Illya realized that she has no money. She is saved by Gilgamesh, who is apparently alive. Only his child form though, and that’s why he decided to join Illya and Tanaka and show them the way to the Ainsworth castle which is conveniently placed in the center of the crater. Also, Gilgamesh wants to be called Gil now.
In the castle they find Miyu’s older brother who is jailed after helping her escape the first time. Now they are both jailed inside the castle. He urges Illya to save Miyu, but not before she has the chance to go on a lengthy monologue on how Miyu is her friend and why she wants to save her.
At last, during the last seconds of the episode, one of the kidnappers appears and attacks Illy and her gang. Next episode is going to have some action. Hopefully.
Friendship: We always knew that friendship is probably the main theme of the series, but in this episode Illya went a little crazy on her monologue. We get it, you love Miyu. Go kick some magic ass already. Where is Ruby?
Japanese food: There is a food scene where Illya and Tanaka eat kapo tofu in a ramen shop. I have to admit that I don’t know what kapo tofu is and the moment I am writing this review I am without internet access. Yes, there are still places on this planet without internet access. Awesome thing to research though. Japanese food, yummie.
Deus Ex Machina: More like ‘WHAT A COINSCIDENCE”.
Tanaka-san collapses because of hunger in front of a ramen shop where they conveniently learn a few things about the crater and then they are rescued by Gilgamesh who didn’t die in the last season and is now a good guy who will help Illya because he apparently knows where to go and who Ainsworth are and why they are here and he has enough money to pay their debt and buys them clothes because in that world it snows in the summer and then he has the only item that can get them inside the Ainsworth castle because well why not. Breath now, it’s over.
Awesome moment of the episode: Gil wants to find something that will help them get inside the Ainsworth castle and searches through a Sport Billy-like magic circle. This is what I spotted in the things he starting throwing out:
There were some more but I didn’t get the reference. If you know, please share in the comments!
Fan-service of the episode: Tanaka’s shiri (しり) and oppai（おっぱい）in modest poses.
Too much silliness, too many convenient plot devices, too much of nothing in particular.
It wasn’t awful, but I am sticking with the low grade until they get some magic going. I am still waiting for the action.
NEXT TIME: “Your True Enemy”, “Kimi no Hontō no Teki” (君の本当の敵)