Thanasis is a writer, professional geek, and assistant editor at MANGA.TOKYO. He started watching anime with the mecha shows of the 70s and hasn't stopped since. He loves JRPGs.
I honestly believe that this show has the wrong title. I am preparing a letter to Silver Link with a proposal for a name change that should take effect immediately:
Who the #$^% is Tanaka Prisma Illya 3rei!
If you are on the same boat, let’s create a petition. I’m sure the new name will be a great hit. Especially if they keep letting Tanaka doing cool things without any explanation whatsoever.
As always, the episode is a direct continuation of the last one. Illya comes face to face with the main adversary of the series, Darius Ainsworth. In the course of this episode’s fight he is able to utilize two unknown Noble Phantasms, ‘Apneic Beauty’ and ‘Authoritarian Personalism’. The first generates an unbreakable barrier of ice that is able to withstand any outside attack. It can also be soundproofed. It’s only obvious weakness is that the oxygen within the barrier completely depletes in 301 seconds. The second causes all targets to be plunged to the ground like being pulled by a giant magnet. It’s so powerful that all four of our heroes are rendered completely helpless. There is a certain mystery surrounding these two cards, because even Gilgamesh, whose treasury contains all known cards, has no idea where these cards came from. Darius is also able to stop with his hand a direct hit by Saber’s Excalibur. And if that wasn’t enough, when Darius was leaving with Erica-chan, it seemed like he transformed into a small purple-haired boy. Who is this guy?
And speaking about ridiculously overpowered characters, Tanaka is able to raise her body temperature to such high levels that she managed to brake the unbreakable ice barrier raised by ‘Apneic Beauty’. Darius goes crazy that a person not included in Miyu’s adventure in the parallel world is able to interfere, until Tanaka manages to whisper to him ‘counterfeit’. I have no idea what that means, so any theories feel free to share in the comments below. With Darius and Tanaka being ridiculously strong, I am curious to see what the writers will find to even up the scales.
Onee-chan, you are a liar…
I am wondering what kind of ritual Darius is using Miyu for. He is draining her off her blood to power up huge stones inscribed with accounts of her adventures in Greek. The Greek were Gibberish (believe me, I know), but still, when you have an almost sensual scene that could be perceived as the start of a serious molesting incident turn up into a ritual full of neon letters, then you know that it’s a very important scene that will play a huge role in the plot.
Patting on the head: Erica is a fool for praising. She even tells Miyu NOT to pat her in the head, which we all know what it means. She eventually gets the pat, but what is it with all the patting on the head in Japan?
There are many Asian countries where the pat is considered rude because of certain spiritual connotations. But in Japan, adults usually pat the head of a child to either show them that they’ve done well (praise them) or patronize them for a teasing or inappropriate comment. It can also be done by an adult to another adult if there are affectionate or even protective feeling between them. Sometimes though they do it just to annoy the person who receives the pat.
Do you have any other patting examples from anime? Post your pictures in the comments!
The anime is usually indulging itself to one or two philosophical monologues in each episode. This time was Miyu’s turn and her belief that she may be letting herself to have contradictory feelings. She knows that defeating the Ainsworth family is a hopeless task (yeah right, if that was true…) but at the same time she wants to be saved by Illya. She feels like a prisoner of the family but at the same time she accepts Erica as a little sister that deeply cares for her. She is torn between reality and hope.
All in all, it wasn’t such a bad episode. We had the chance to take a good look to the main antagonist (which is probably not his real look – bummer) and his obsession with the Holy Grail War and Miyu’s adventures in the parallel world. He is a ridiculously powerful control freak that wants to pull the strings of every little marionette in his little silly power play.
This is it. I can’t stand it anymore. I want to know who Tanaka is. Big boobs, indestructible body, extreme heating properties; there is something awesome about the character that I still can’t put my finger on.
NEXT TIME: Dolls and Stuffed Toys (人形とぬいぐるみ)