In the beginning I was all, Magical girls in my fate/stay night… I don’t even! But as I read more about the premise and characters, it all started to make anime sense. I mean, just look at Illya, isn’t she perfect for the loliful awesomeness of a magical girl? So, you better be ready for this magical journey. At least we three are! Just don’t imagine us spouting flowers and transform into magical girls while reading this post…
Magical girls? In my Fate/Stay Night franchise. Somehow I’m not liking this idea. Okay, fine, I’m tired at the endless amount of Fate franchise that’s being animated right now, where are the other Type-Moon things that deserve to be animated by UFOTABLE as well?! *coughTsukihimecough* I don’t mind having the serious arcs being animated, but a spin-off that has nothing to do with the main story? Uffff.
Mahou shoujo in Fate/Stay, what will they think of next? Well, I’m kind of curious as to how much of a personality change some of the characters will get (or not get), but this should be fun, I guess. It’s a weird concept, but it’s not like the Fate series has always been deadly serious. I mean, look at Carnival Phantasm.
☆~ Spinoff Background // I’m writing this section, wearing Type-Moon’s technically first harem lead Kokutou Mikiya’s megane. I do this out of habit of becoming all scholarly whenever Type-Moon is mentioned as I deem it my duty of at least foreshadowing on why the hell everything is all sparkly and somewhat mussed up (including Shirou). This is not something Kinoko Nasu can come up with because he’s more of a dark and deep plots guy but with the popularity of fate franchise, doujins and fanfictions were bound to happen. In this particular case, the spinoff manga is a crowning glory for Kalmia (Hiroshi Hiroyama), whose career started as a fate doujin artist. He took his favourite characters from different fate franchise and put them together in a magical girl plot with the twist of collecting servants under class cards in the familiar setting of Fuyuki city.
For new watchers, you don’t really have to watch previous fate anime releases (/stay night doesn’t exist until ufotable makes it whole or /zero), for this because characters are introduced properly and I’m sure they will explain the class cards in next episode. However, for those who have watched at least one of the mentioned, for information’s sake, this is a world where Kiritsugu and Irisviel are pretty much around and mostly traveling (like any typical anime parents). Illyasviel and Shirou are looked after by the two maids Sella and Leysritt (you saw them in fate/stay night VN/anime); though, Shirou does most of the housework because he’s such a goody-two-shoes. The sausage blondie is a character from fate/hollow ataraxia VN known for her family connection and forever quibbling with Rin. Who in turn is her usual high-handed self, the epitome of tsundere. And let’s not forget Taiga, the famous home room teacher and leader of all bad-ends in the VN. She has a special place in all TM-tardian hearts. For us old folks, we will be seeing some surprise visits from some familiar faces and even if you are new and having trouble remembering all the names, I can assure you, it will be a fun ride!
☆~ Frenemies // Meet Rin and Luvia, the rivals that are going to be the mentors for our new magical girls. Judging from how both of them seem to be “affectionate” with each other, I figure they know each other from way back when they were in England. From the wiki info, it’s clear that they met in Clock Tower where Mage’s Association is headquartered. They attended the same magic university, and both of them are also the top honor students, aiming for the number one spot. They seem to have the same Master too, so I guess both of them also like their Master? It’s ironic how these two “enemies” have so many things in common, making them look more like tsundere best friends rather than enemies. Though they’ll spend most of their time bickering with each other, I expect some great teamwork from these two girls, especially when both of them actually balance each other out. If Rin, the red hot-blooded Mage, is not balanced out by Luvia, the blue elegant and composed Mage, then who will?
Unlike Rin and Luvia, Ruby and Sapphire are somehow…very co-operative with each other. Well, it’s more like both of them are really dedicated to get the Card Class to the point where they decided to dump Rin and Luvia and find their new masters. Both of the sticks have opposite personalities, Ruby being outgoing and Sapphire being composed, but their difference in personalities make the sticks sync with each other perfectly. This can be seen when both of them ditched the girls at the exact same time. They can also talk and the things that come out from them are definitely not nonsense. Since, Ruby also mentioned that she has A-grade power, I expect the same from Sapphire. I can’t wait for them to do their magical things together!
☆~ Magical Encounters // Illya is a reluctant mahou shoujo I guess since Ruby kind of conned her into becoming one in a ridiculous bath scene. And if I was paying attention properly, there’s no way for her to get out of the contract without Ruby’s consent? I’m kind of curious as to the whole point of this mahou shoujo thing in the first place and by extension, why choose Illya as a replacement? I’m kind of hoping that there’s more of a reason there other than the fact that loli magical girls sell. Even if it’s something simple like she was thinking about magic when Ruby was flying around (which is what I’m assuming for now). The transformation sequence’s animation was pretty nice, I have to admit. Then come the class cards. I’m not entirely sure what the hell they are, but considering that I read that Archer appears somewhere in this, maybe they summon servants? Since other than flying and shooting magical laser beams (which seem to be universal to these mahou shoujo), I have no idea what other kind of magic these girls can use. Plus, you know, this is based off of Fate/Stay. I’m sure the servants have something to do with all of this. I just hope that we get to see Illya’s Berserker somewhere in this if they do summon servants or whatever (or a Bersercar reference at least. That still makes me laugh, no matter how stupid it is).
☆~ Bonus Magic //
When you look closely…. 人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\
The Free! effect
This is why people say bloodshed is not good…
Chibified wincest is still wincest~
Not as epic as this but still not bad
So, I’ll probably need a few more episodes to see if I actually want to watch this. Not that I’m saying that this was bad, but after so many mahou shoujo this season, I don’t know if I want to add this to my list of things I’ll keep up with or not. I’m not saying that Fantasista Dolls or Gen’ei is anywhere better than this, it’s just bad timing that I saw this one last. I’m… on the fence as to whether I thought that this was funny or not. Ruby seems just a touch bit obnoxious (and yet, never reaches the status of ‘annoying’). Rin and Luvia bickering could be something that gets on my nerves quickly as well. It did have it’s moments though and Ruby is kind of amusing occasionally. Plus Illya’s comebacks and background comments are funny. I don’t mind her as a heroine at least. And while I enjoy seeing the F/S characters again, I kind of want to know what the plot here is. The animation looks nice at least (even though there were some continuity issues) and Illya’s transformation was really nice (minus Ruby’s, uh, comments). The style of animation is really cute too! As for the rest of production, I really like the OP song~ …and I’m not that fond of the ED, but I do admit that it fits well with the rest of the show. So yeah, I’ll give this a couple of episodes at least. I know I’ll get around to it eventually if I don’t watch this weekly , but the direction of this will determine if this takes a couple of weeks or a couple of years >.>
Well, that wasn’t so bad after all. The story starts with a typical first magical girl anime episode, so there’s nothing exciting about it. I do notice the similarities Prisma has with Cardcaptor Sakura except for Class cards and Illya’s magical girl uniform. Since I’m a fan of CCS, I’m cool with all the similarities. Besides, I get to see a happy Illya in this anime. My bad mood disappeared when she started speaking since she’s ASDFGHJKL so kawaiiiiii. I forgot how much I adore Illya and wished for a route of her own. If she has a route, it’s probably going to be like this… Why can’t my poor real Illya have a happy life? Anyhow, I’m still not fond of the magical girl idea, but I’ll make this series an exception. There are so many things I don’t like, starting from the rough art that is weird to look at to the typical magical girl story, but seeing a happy Illya is definitely worth it.
I am very picky when it comes to Type-Moon adaptations and I am not very fond of the magical girl genre per se. Seeing these two come together had me in doubt for a while but this spin-off at least had an interesting beginning. Minus Shirou’s messy-hair and petite framed characters, everything else was pretty okay otherwise. Silver Link has definitely been upping their titles from ecchi to sci-fi and supernatural to magical. I feared quality issue but they have done a good job, not pixel perfect as ufotable but still pretty good for their profile. Though, preair streaming sucks and I’m not touching anything except for UTW releases so don’t expect any preair coverage. Which brings me to the actual episode of introducing our first magical girl, Illya who became one after nose-bleeding due to her brother… Oh dear, we are in for a ride, aren’t we? For explanation’s sake Shirou is really not her brother but who cares? People dig wincest and we are fine with it.
This is just the beginning though but I am really looking forward to see all the servants revealed under class cards; they have always been my favourite in fate franchise. Also, that black Saber in OP looks interesting and we already know that Rider, Archer and Lancer would come in play soon. This will not be your typical magical girl show and with Silver Link I’m not sure how much fanservice we’ll be getting. But you can always watch this for Illya, who is cuter than a button
(damn, I’m using this phrase too much), and a moe-loli princess.
See you next time with more sparkles!