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“Ritoru Redi, Shūrai” (リトルレディ、襲来)
Ladies and gentlemen, please take out your copies of the savoir vivre because today we are going to have an extensive lesson on the savoir faire. Erica-chan is here to teach us what a proper lady has to do to keep her dignity intact.
— 門脇舞以 (@kadomaita) 2016年8月3日
It’s cold outside. The summer in this alternate reality is unforgiving to little magical girls, and Illya falls victim to the chillness. The first scenes of the episode are spent seeing the girls trying to get warm using a heater and trying to convince Gil to tell them what created that huge crater. Instead of giving a straight answer (because he obviously knows) he just expresses the main question of the show:
WHO IS TANAKA?
Sometimes I think that the only reason I continue watching this series is to find out who Tanaka is. Probably the writers are going to keep the fact as a trump card until the end. I am hooked. I want to know. They got me. She is an indestructible girl who has huge boobs and wears a PE uniform. Like She-Hulk without the pigment and the huge muscles.
Yet, her childish behavior needed its counterpart to really shine. Enter Erica-chan. A little lady who, despite what the title of the episode wants you to think, doesn’t actually attack as much as she invades the school in the most awkward fashion. Whether she is an enemy or not it remains to be seen, but I seriously doubt it; even after the episode’s ending.
Erica has a lady-like behavior: she demands your help by repeatedly expressing the way she doesn’t want you to help her because she is a lady and there is a matter of dignity here. In this fashion, Illya ‘didn’t’ help her to get off the school fence where she was frozen in shameful position that Ruby took advantage of to get us the much necessary pantsu shot. Illya ‘didn’t’ try to help her when she desperately wanted to go to the toilet. Illya also ‘didn’t’ help her when after a childish quarrel with Tanaka (Tanaka bites Erica’s hand and doesn’t let go) Erica wet her star-logo pantsu.
Sometimes a lady can’t afford to lose. Erica-chan
If that wasn’t enough, we are treated to more child fighting between Tanaka and Erica, some unnecessary reminders about the plot, before going to an onsen (hot bath) scene that seemed to come out of nowhere. Probably it was the only way to stop the viewers from thinking, “what the $%^ is going on in this episode”. I don’t know about you, but it worked for me. Although the steam made sure that every censorship-touchy part was successfully covered, we got our share of sexual innuendo and bishoujo goodness. Tanaka was the only one keeping her towels to treat us in a sensual underboob. She also gave Illya (who is getting all the action) a sweet lip kiss, because she wanted to make up with her; she saw her doing it with Kuro earlier so it must have been alright to do it herself. Precious moments.
And this is this and that is that. The only plot-worth thing in the whole episode comes last. Erica’s father comes to take his daughter back to their house. Which happens to be the Ainsworth mansion, because Erica’s dad is Darius. I must admit I didn’t see that coming.
Maybe it’s time for some action? Next episode? Please?
Celtic Runes: The runes that Bazett uses to create that ingenious alarm system (sarcasm) are reminiscent of the runic alphabet. Runes are actually the letters in the runic alphabet, which was used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet. They are found in various contexts, but most Otaku probably know them because both historical and fictional runes appear commonly in modern popular culture, particularly in fantasy literature, but also in other forms of media such as video games.
Hot Springs: Although it’s highly unlikely to find a hot spring on the roof of an abandoned school, Japan has thousands of onsen (温泉, hot spring) scattered around the country. They were once used as public bathing places, but today they are an essential tourist destination. You can say that onsen are almost a Japanese tradition. There are typically found in the countryside. Onsen are featured extensively in anime, usually as a trip destination.
I am confused. This episode had so little plot development that I am struggling to find the meaning in it. We are reminded that Tanaka remembers nothing of her past. We are also reminded that she has a childlike attitude that clashes with another childlike attitude, that of Erica’s.
We learn that Sapphire managed to escape and she has a shitty cellphone reception. And that Erica, who is Darius’s daughter, is also suffering from amnesia: at the beginning of the episode she’s wondering where she could meet Illya onee-chan. Then, when inside the school, she introduces herself like she wans’t even looking for her because, as her dad says, she usually sneaks out of the house to come to this school and play. Are the Ainsworths hiding something? Has Erica been sent on purpose? Is there something I missed and I am just making silly assumptions because I haven’t paid close attention?
Who the $%^& is Tanaka?
— プリズマ☆イリヤ公式アカウント (@prisma_illya) 2016年8月3日
I mean, there must be some balance in the episodes. Pantsu shots are awesome, and goofiness is always welcome, but if you don’t balance it with some plot advancement and some action scenes, it gets boring before you can say T-A-N-A-K-A.
NEXT TIME: Chilling Hostility, “Itetsuku Tekii” (凍てつく敵意)
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