“Yowamushi no Imōto e” (弱虫の妹へ)
These are many reasons why people watch this show: They might be a fan of Fate/stay series. They probably like the magical girl/Lolita theme. Or someone told them that there is a bit of fan-service mixed in the recipe.
I am watching it for all the above reasons, plus that I’m a sucker for anything that has transformation sequences or/and giant robots.
Today’s episode highlight: Kuro just crossed into the parallel universe and she is out of energy. That could only mean one thing: super fan-service scene on the way. If you are new to the series, the ending of the episode may seem out of place, but trust me, there is a reason behind it.
— silverlink (@silverlink2007) July 27, 2016
This episode started with what seemed like a half-episode recap leading to a well-choreographed fight with Kuro.
Kuro takes the role of the narrator and explains the current situation while Bazzet gives Illya the Saber, Rider, and Lancer Cards. Gilgamesh explains to Bazzet what the cards are and how they are connected to humanity’s greed. We also learn the cards of Angelica and Beatrice (not that we had any trouble guessing the second), and why Gil is not a servant like the rest of the Heroic Spirits.
Now that they have a fighting chance against the Ainsworths, Illya has a homesickness breakdown and talks to herself about the hardships of being alone and facing overwhelming odds. Kuro can’t really stand Illya feeling sorry for herself and attacks her in an attempt to make her use the Cards. During the battle, Kuro reminds Illya that she is a selfish little child who couldn’t even relate her current situation to Miyu’s when she was stranded in their world.
Illya uses the Saber Card to finish the battle, and Kuro, exhausted and emptied of magical power, grabs the chance for a little replenish session. If you are new to the series, then you have to know that the almost-too-sexual kissing scene between the two girls has a very plausible reason for being there. Yes, of course it’s fan-service, but it’s also the way Kuro restocks on energy. Cool, right?
— プリズマ☆イリヤ公式アカウント (@prisma_illya) July 27, 2016
Lancer Card: Cú Chulainn, the hero associated with the Lancer Card, is the hero of an Irish myth. He is believed to be an incarnation of the god Lugh, who is also his father. Talk about myths giving you a hard time to put a genealogical tree together. His mother is the mortal Deichtine, sister of Conchobar mac Nessa. There are striking resemblances with the Persian hero Rostam and the well-known demigod of the Greek mythology, Hercules.
Saber Card: This is the second anime this week that has an Arthurian reference, the first being the Sacred Sword found in ‘Tales of Zestiria’. The Arthurian legends are probably the most famous knight stories in existence. The Lady of the Lake, the Excalibur, the Knights of the Round Table. There is an ongoing debate if Arthur was a historical person or not, but in my eyes it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the folklore and literary inventions that made it possible for us to learn of these wonderful stories.
Rider Card: The Rider Class Card is based on a Greek myth. The story of the myth is very different than the one presented in the series. Medusa, the antihero associated with the card, was a Gorgon (the word in Greek means mermaid) who was generally described as a winged human female with a hideous face and living venomous snakes instead of hair. A true beauty. Her gaze had the ability to turn people into stone. She was beheaded by Perseus, and her head which still retained its power, was given to the goddess Athena to place on her shield. This is a fascinating myth, and it’s widely used in all kinds of narratives.
I had forgotten just how important Kuro is to Illya (the fan-service scene was a bit extreme for me, but Kuro’s way to recharge is extreme nevertheless). Kuro and Illya had started their relationship as enemies and now they are best friends against a common foe. We were reminded that no one needs to fight alone, and while this might seem like a childish lesson that’s overused in anime, it’s still valuable and relevant.
I also liked how Kuro contrasted Illya to Miyu. Miyu was in Illya’s situation and she’d been carrying the same feelings from the beginning. Like Illya now, when we met Miyu she was thrusted in a foreign world with no friends or family. Illya has to be strong and do what Miyu did: focus and fight.
Tanaka is still used as the fan-service, comedic relief and I am starting to get a little irritated by her huge boobs and silly behavior. She is indestructible. I want to know why.
And the rating is…
I was a bit thrown off by the ending of the episode, but still, this was a nice breather that allowed us to recap on the events. Now that Illya has the necessary firepower to stand against the Ainsworths, I am waiting for some breathtaking battles.
NEXT TIME: The Little Lady Attacks, “Ritoru Redi, Shūrai” (リトルレディ、襲来)
— プリズマ☆イリヤ公式アカウント (@prisma_illya) July 27, 2016
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