When you think that Fate/kaleid couldn’t surprise you anymore, it brings you an episode with a new transformation and no Tanaka whatsoever. There is no escape from the silliness though so be prepared. Illya turns into a stuffed animal.
— プリズマ☆イリヤ公式アカウント (@prisma_illya) August 19, 2016
When the villain takes hold of the hero, one of the things he’ll probably tries to do is to brainwash him. Why waste such a powerful opponent before trying to convert him into an ally. This is not exactly the same situation as the one between Illya and Erica, as the little Lady kidnaps Illya without her father’s approval to give her to Miyu as a present. The little girl is very fond of Miyu, but as the main antagonist’s daughter, she has her own issues she has to deal with. First, she can’t allow Miyu to leave the castle. Second, she wants to please Miyu and she knows that one of the things she wants the most is Illya. Third, she fails to comprehend that by turning Illya into a stuffed animal and giving Miyu her empty body is completely failing the point of the gift. Nevertheless, Erica has Angelica, after a failed brainwashing session, transfer Illya’s mind into a stuffed animal and place a fake personality into her body.
“Contents have no meaning. The vessel is that’s important”
Illya manages to control her new body and tries to find a way to return to it. On her way she finds the also brainwashed duo of Rin-san and Luvia-san, tries to escape decapitation in Beatrice’s room, which is a temple of fan-girlism, and discovers Sapphire’s hiding place.
Illya, still in her stuffed animal body, transforms into a Prisma Illya Sapphire version. Probably the most epic scene in the series so far.
“With imagination and spirit I can do anything”
Mind vs. Body: Erica has a twisted perspective when it comes to the importance of outward appearance vs inner character. Judging a book from its cover might lead into distorted opinions and an undervaluation of someone’s character. After all, our bodies are just a vessel for our minds. We are what we think and what we think we do with our brains.
Hana Uranai: Hana Uranai (花占い) is the Japanese equivalent of the He loves me, he loves me not or She loves me, she loves me not (originally effeuiller la marguerite in French) flower petal game. It’s a game of French origin in which one person seeks to determine whether the object of their affection returns that affection or not. Beatrice decapitates her stuffed animals instead of picking petals, but whatever works for her. We don’t judge people on their personal preferences. J-U-L-I-A-N S-AM-A. I wrote more about Uranai in our latest Danganronpa 3 review.
After watching this episode I sat down and pondered on the nature of anime. What is it that makes an anime episode good or bad? Of course we could argue for hours about animation quality and voice acting and all these little things that make a certain production whole and complete, and every one of us would be right. But there is something more important that plays a very important role: your psychological state when you watch it. I have to be frank: I am not a big fan of this series. I think it misses a few critical things that I personally like. But this episode came at a time when I desperately needed to relax and see something light-hearted and silly. Amaama to Inazuma is a perfect example of lighthearted fun, but Tsumugi-chan’s adventures are too realistic. Illya’s are not, and this time I wanted to see some silliness that had that fantastic element in it. Was it a good episode? No, I don’t think it was. But it was what I needed. Maybe it’s what you need as well.
— プリズマ☆イリヤ公式アカウント (@prisma_illya) August 17, 2016
And the rating is…
I’ve always wondered what the goal of the Ainsworth family is, and it seems that in the next episode we’ll find out. Gil says that our heroes might be the villains of this story, so I’m thinking maybe a noble goal that will bring a morally grey area to the show?
NEXT TIME: People and Tools; Hito to Dōgu (人と道具)
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