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If there is one thing I’ve been waiting from this series, that’s the moment Illya would have the chance to kick some serious ass.
Unfortunately, that moment seems a little farther away in the series, but still, this episode was by far the best of the three.
— 門脇舞以 (@kadomaita) July 20, 2016
Illya, Gilgamesh, and Tanaka were talking to Miyu’s brother when Angelica, a servant of the Ainsworth family attacks them. Angelica is wearing a fashionable bikini-mail that lacks the defensive properties of a proper armor, but certainly wins on the sexy aspect.
Gilgamesh has a personal score to settle with her and sends Illya and Tanaka to find Miyu. Miyu’s incredibly annoying brother, Gush, tells them that Miyu is locked in the highest tower of the mansion. He must have shouted ‘Save Miyu’ at least ten times in this episode alone. Ok, we get it, you love your sister. Now shut the f$%% up and let them do their job; Illya has to keep playing the hero type that has no clue what’s going on, Gilgamesh has to keep that ‘I’m too cool to be true’ attitude, and Tanaka has a sometimes comic relief, sometimes fan-service, sometimes both role.
There is a tendency to keep fair maidens in the highest tower when the lowest dungeon could have been more effective. Maybe they serve as a paradigm, I don’t know. Something parents tell their children to scare them off, “Eat your dinner or I’ll lock you in the highest tower”.
Illya and Tanaka are confronted by Beatrice Flowerchild (that annoying little child with the power of Thor in her hand). And then come the few scenes that made the episode awesome. Illya, in a Deus Ex Machina scene that the series seems to employ a little too often, finds Ruby and:
Illya not only transforms, but also installs the Caster Card. She is still very weak to battle Beatrice and the only thing that stands between her and her eventual death is the indestructible body of Tanaka. I feel like Tanaka is going to be that ‘WHAT THE HELL’ moment of the series when we finally learn why she wants to destroy the Ainsworth family and where her powers come from. Do you have any theories?
Eventually they all manage to escape and live another day. Miyu sees Illya, Kuro and Bazett also arrive in the parallel world, and we finally hear the main antagonist’s voice. Darius Ainsworth is the true enemy the episode’s title refers to.
— silverlink (@silverlink2007) July 20, 2016
Mythology: The hammer that Beatrice wields is called Mjölnir. Its name, the engraved rune, and the ability to control lighting, all refer to the Mjölnir we find in the Norse Mythology. It’s the hammer of Thor, a major Norse god associated with thunder who you might know from the famous Marvel character. Mjölnir is a fearsome weapon, capable of leveling mountains. It was made by the dwarven brothers Sindri and Brokkr (maybe that’s why Beatrice is short? Who knows) and its short handle was due to a mishap during its manufacture.
— プリズマ☆イリヤ公式アカウント (@prisma_illya) July 20, 2016
I don’t know if the writers had no time to find some believable plot sequences, or if I am too naïve to understand the brilliance behind the Deus Ex Machina moments. Illya was conveniently saved three times. I’m not saying that she shouldn’t have, she is the protagonist and she is going to survive, but they could have made it a little more believable. I know that you are thinking, ‘But it’s a show about magic girls and cards and an amnesic girl with huge boobs that gets naked but we get to see nothing” and you are probably right. Maybe I am thinking too much about it.
I don’t want to ignore the puppets and only look at the wires, but you can ask me to believe the impossible, but not the improbable.
What I want from Illya? More battles. More action. More transformations. More lights and explosions and perhaps a dramatic moment or two. Maybe the next episode will give us just that.
NEXT TIME: “For My Weak Little Sister”, “Yowamushi no Imōto e” (弱虫の妹へ)
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