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This week’s episode is the answer to the very difficult question posed last time by Angelica: Now that Illya knows why Miyu is a prisoner of the Ainsworths, will she choose to save Miyu or the world?
This is the first serious dilemma Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!, but to be honest, I think that the answer was a little too obvious.
Japanese Title: イリヤの選択
— プリズマ☆イリヤ公式アカウント (@prisma_illya) September 1, 2016
Angelica had just revealed the reason the Ainsworths kidnapped Miyu: the world is dying and the only way to save it is by using the Holy Grail. Since Illya is still not strong enough, either physically or mentally, Kuro joined the scene to protect her and engage in a philosophical battle between the moral choices of the Miyu dilemma.
“We will ask from the Holy Grail to change humanity into an organism that can survive in the new world”
There isn’t much to say about the plot. The majority of the episode was spent on some back and forth slashes between Angelica, backed by the bodies of Luvia and Rin, and Kuro, with Illya coming in for the necessary WTF scene when an Illya visage ‘sacrifice’ its life to save Kuro. I have to admit that even I was fooled.
In the end, Illya, as the cute little naïve heroine she is, decides to answer to the dilemma with a ‘why not both’ attitude. By the end of the series, she will have saved both Miyu and the world. I have no doubt that she will succeed, but I am very curious to see how she will manage it.
Space Projection: Since I am a space nerd, I enthused over the whole scene where Angelica explained to Illya what will happen to the world if they don’t kill Miyu. Planets, stars, holograms. The scene was well-made and the explanation was concise and simple.
Darius Spanks Erica: The episode had a more serious tone, that’s for sure, but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t enough time for just one tiny fan-service scene. Erica was a very bad girl, using Illya for her own entertainment, but Darius, as the man of discipline he is, raised her daughters skirt and spanked her white girlish underwear.
Sul-Sagana: The powers of the Gilgamesh card are always spectacular, but seeing Sul-Sagana setting the gardens on fire was amazing. I don’t want to cram the themes section too much, so know that Sul-Sagana is a deity in Sumerian mythology, son of Zababa and Baba.
Illya, the Hero: Illya would be the wrong person to put through a conversation with Spock from Star Trek. The long-eared champion of logic could have tried discussing his views on whether the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, but Illya would be the last to pick a side. After all, she is the protagonist of an anime about magical girls, and in such shows there is no place for tragedy. For Illya, there is only one right answer to the dilemma posed by Angelica: She will save both Miyu and the world. I guess this is not a you-can’t-have it-all situation.
Universal Principle: According to Sapphire, the laws of magic explained by Angelica apply to Illya’s world as well, making them universal. A law is a universal principle that describes the fundamental nature of something (in this situation of magic), the universal properties and the relationships between things, or a description that purports to explain these principles and relationships. Scientific laws, for example, attempt to explain the fundamental nature of the universe itself.
Hassan-I Sabbah: The assassin card used by Illya in this episode refers to a Nizari Ismaili missionary who converted a community in the late 11th century in the heart of the Alborz Mountains of northern Persia. When he later seized a mountain fortress called Alamut, he founded a group of Fedayeen, warrior sect whose members are ready to sacrifice themselves for a higher purpose, who were often referred to as the Hashshashin, or “Assassins”. In case you wondered where the word came from.
— プリズマ☆イリヤ公式アカウント (@prisma_illya) August 31, 2016
This was a nice episode. From the space projection to Angelica’s sword mayhem, the action (both in terms of words and weapons) was consistent and interesting. If you count out the scenes including Miyu, the episode was focused without any unnecessary interruptions.
Usually, anime are suffering animation wise the closer we are to the last episodes, but Fate/kaleid was decent and the quality was consistent to the previous episodes.
I liked the exchange of views between Kuro and Angelica. In such moral dilemmas there is not right or wrong answer, but usually two separate roads, one based on logic and one on emotion. Unless you are Illya. Maybe there is a way to save both the world and Miyu. Who knows?
NEXT TIME: TO THE PRINCESS’ SIDE, (姫の元へ)
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