Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma✫Illya 3rei – 3ritte

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…just to hammer the last point in…

♩♫♫ We get battles. We get battles. Oh, we get sacks and sacks of battles. BATTLLLLLLLLLES  ♪♩♬ …along with some plot points…

Wasted Treasure

The Church of Mottainai

One of the many things I appreciate about Hiroshi Hiroyama is how well he can underscore his thematic approach (this is actually over and above how well he draws loli, but let’s never count the loli out, shall we? shall we? See more behind the cut!). But from the initial chapters of the 3rei manga it always felt like he was trying way to hard to set things up in advance, and find his actual story among all the check-marks – something these past two episodes have shown to be rat But it’s still pretty strong in theme. It’s not a hard idea to convey…don’t be wasteful, use your opportunities, but then the best ideas aren’t that hard at all to convey. But being received and acted upon? That’s where the story comes in.

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Ruby obviously had a cunning plan…

Most of the episode had a very memorable, visually informative, series of moments in an otherwise checklisty sort of series of nearly identical battles. The church-like setting, the stacks and stacks of discarded relics kept in that nearly discarded church, venerated and still not venerated. Illya’s ability to find her salvation almost like it was superpower waiting to happen (or for her to just stop sitting on the sidelines letting things happen), and even going back to when she and Tanaka were just randomly looking for Miyu in the high tower and finding flotsam and jetsam from failed trials instead. All of these compounded and formed the main theme very well.

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Stop hitting yourself!

When you stack this up with the fight between Gil! and Angelica it gets a bit surreal. She’s a fake and he’s the real, yet very diminished, deal. of the Ultimate Hero(?). It’s that last bit that’s really funny in that very peculiar and ironic way. Angelica seems to acknowledge she’s just faking it, borrowing that power, yet she takes a great deal of comfort, perhaps that’s cold, or perhaps it’s hot, in the fact that somehow Gil! is beneath even that. Oh the pathos! It doesn’t seem like a good point to argue from, but her side is holding cards Illya and gang don’t know about, or at least that’s how Ainsworth really comes off in the end. So with all the fighting done all over again, Illya vows to come back. Poor Miyu.

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I’m coming for you Miyu…just like the last couple of times…

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..so just chill out in the gorgeous dress…

(MNSFW) Mjölnir, Ruby, Enkidu (Jan-ken-PO!)

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I like Gil!s taunts much better in Prisma. They got  a great deal of story and growth behind them. At least for me, I’m sure everyone has their own opinion about a Gilgamesh…But for me, it’s the sign that he’s going forward in going back with this youthful looking appearance. At least this time his arrogance is cut with some actual human awareness, and feel a touch more relate-able. Heck his taunts are short and to the point, which is a miracle for Gil! I like how he chides that weaponized chain like it was an old friend. Again, a nice indication that he’s maybe not the arrogant idiot he’s been in other productions (YMMV).

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Evening Rescue!

But then Angelica (not to mention Beako) takes most of the arrogance cake this time around; Gil! looks humble in comparison. Now, if only they could do this well without making the battles feel like precursory models for something else better that might come along later. So yeah, another rather perfunctory episode lathered in “cleverer than thou, I know something you don’t know” posing. I think we’ll get to some good, heartfelt, stuff next episode. Maybe even the source of Illya’s super-human skills!? I’m hoping for the onsen – the show needs and onsen episode.

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Is that a sword in thine hand?

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34 Responses to “Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma✫Illya 3rei – 3ritte”

  1. Highway says:

    So now Flowerpot has not just once been “I’m gonna kill you right n… oh, never mind, gotta go” but three times. It’s not a good dodge once, it’s even worse 3 times. This Gil is certainly better, although it would be tough to approach the awfulness of the UBW Gil. But what I really want is for them to get back to the story stuff. Finish a fight and get back to Illya and Miyu and whoever doing stuff. No more of Tanaka’s Dory routine, No more of Beatrice and her “THIS time I’m really gonna hurt you!” It’s old.

    And honestly, while I’m not the biggest fan of fights in shows, I understand why they’re there, and there can be a point. They can be used well. This director did another show just 9 months ago that used the fights really well. They had a point, they advanced the story, they informed the characters. These fights aren’t telling us anything about the characters except “These are really strong bad guys!” and “Illya still loses every fight except the last important one because she pulls out the power of plot armor friendship.”

    • skylion says:

      Flowerpot will eventually get her time to shine…dunno if they will do it this cour, but I would be confident in assuming just a touch that her routine will be a running gag. Please, keep your applause to a low roar, kay?

      I really do wish, speaking of direction, they would have painted these past two or so eps in broad strokes and not have followed the manga to the letter; they really were chapters I kinda breezed by quicker than later ones. But…I guess the “no cliffhanger” ending from Herz! left it’s far share of unreasonable butthurt, so they had to spare it this time around….

    • Foshizzel says:

      So now Flowerpot has not just once been “I’m gonna kill you right n… oh, never mind, gotta go”

      You don’t watch enough Shounen anime this kinda thing happens a lot, but yeah ill agree that gimmick is getting quite old.

      • thorgriim says:

        Your gimmick is old bro! nah kidding, yesh Stop using the hammer of the gods and be cute flowerpot- chan! Think she would be a nice school mate friend for illya and company? that be fun to see lol.

        Ya this Gil is also growing oh me, his fight or “gimmie my stuff back” was quite entainting.

      • Highway says:

        Actually I know it happens all the time, which is one of the reasons I don’t watch much shounen anime. It’s still a cruddy device.

  2. Foshizzel says:

    Illya “finding” her wand…WOW that felt so forced, but hey I sorta expected her to transform and fight back at some point so I can forgive that.

    Illya finally going back to what I love about this series using the freaking cards! This week we got Caster and in the preview she is using Rider? I know eventually she will use Lancer and Saber later on.

    Rie Kugimiya IS THE BEST! Her insane voice fits the character so well even though yes her “master” keeps her on a short leash whenever she goes battle crazy, but I’ve seen similar characters in Naruto, Bleach, Hunter x Hunter and One Piece so I’m used to the whole “I’m gonna rip you in half! Oh damn I can’t kill you just yet! I gotta wait fufufu.”

    • skylion says:

      Yeah, her finding Ruby, as I said, followed a nice little thematic line; she finally struck back and defended someone so she get’s her magic wand back. Next…clapping for Tinkerbell! Yeah really forced, I agree.

      Yeah, we talked about the card use, and you’ll get your fill sooner rather than later.


      • Foshizzel says:

        LOL is that GPS voiced by Rie Kugimiya? AWESOME.

        • skylion says:

          Yop! Found out about it on her TVtropes page…

          • thorgriim says:

            hmm who would you voice your GPS if you used one? Skylion would use shinobu i’d bet =P my top 3 would be

            Me, humm as much as id want Shinobu telling/ordering me where to go my top 3 would be

            Sakura, from cardcaptor, those little cute sounds she makes.
            Karen, from Kiniro Mosaic, her english and japanese.
            maybe Nyaruko “Nyarlathotep, Nyarlko” lol, she probaby wouldnt shut up =P

            • skylion says:

              I don’t drive…but if I did, it would be an English voice, since that’s the only language I speak. I imagine any of those voices would probably make me cranky after a while “OMG I JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW TO GET TO ST. LOUIS!..STOP BEING SO CUTE!”

              But if I could speak Japanese I would want Sugitan…

            • Di Gi Kazune says:

              I would take Sawashiro Miyuki and end all her sentences with -nyu as I drive. -nyu.

        • Di Gi Kazune says:

          There is a Miyukichi one too. But I can imagine you doing a wrong turn and your GPS going BAKA! BAKA! BAKA!

      • thorgriim says:

        yeah, i was telling Fosh, Couldnt she use the cards with ruby/staff? I mean didn’t she do that with Archer that one time?

        you know just create a Desperate situation?, yeah the card was out in the open that time and here the cards are in her transformation form. yeah I guess it had to be fate that she picked up a rand ruby weapon or did her ‘brotherly’ trace ablility trigger? lol that would actually be kinda cool.

        • skylion says:

          Well, there is Install, and there is Include. Careful for possible spoilers when following that link. So far as I can tell, Hiroyama might not be following his own rules here??? But, Install means you get like all the power the Class Card has to offer, and Include means you can use the Sticks to tap into a specific power. Illya did indeed Install the Archer card, but the trick is that she kinda loses herself? Again, is the story following it’s own rules?

          • Di Gi Kazune says:

            Install works without the sticks. Kuro installed Archer as self-preservation. IIRC, you just need a mana conduit.

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            Include also works without the sticks but apart from Hayate and Nagi, Angelica and Beatrice Show ▼

            again iirc, no one else does it. Ainsworth rules.

            • skylion says:

              Again, the story is following it’s own rules, is both my spoiler disclaimer and my take on it as of now.

              So yeah, it’ a different game, but let’s QT that….

  3. thorgriim says:

    What a fight-ful episode indeed, I enjoy these greatly. so colse to saving the princess, now it feels like “she in another castle” with the retreat =P damn illya coulda flown up there?! but gotta go!

    Gil’s fight lacked in the actual combat but made up for it in the dialog. Though I was also nice to have 2 completely different fights going on hehe. so lets say i was entertained reguradless.

    Illya using caster was neat to watch, and the exchange she had with Beatrice was great, too bad Beatrice is still owning illya! tsk but im sure she will get hers soon, it’s just how these things work.

    All in all one of the better episodes, looks like we get ‘self’ training n ext episode if you know what i mean =P see you new week blog-chan! and keep it LOLi-ing Mester Skylion

  4. MR.KLAC says:

    yet give way going since each magical illya season are 10eps each.

    yet way it going still have wonder give still compare this season illya s4 series to s2 of the flash give only missing big bad’s main plan or something relate to it.

    • skylion says:

      It seems anime will never give us a logical number progression to denote the ordination of a series…so I wouldn’t worry about it to much. ASAIK this, too, will be ten episodes, and it will likely be getting a second part. It doesn’t even look like they’re going to cut much from the manga, and where I’ve read up to, it will take quite some time to get there at this pace.

  5. Di Gi Kazune says:

    Greek Orbital Ion Cannon x5 vs Barbarian God Thor Lightning x1. Interesting. Also, sexy Medea-Illya. :3

    Obviously there was some hankypanky Square Accel happening doing the henshin as we all know that it occurs in real time.

    You should have posted the Prisma-Porsche as well. 😛

    Looks like Silver Link keeps it clean?

    No, they ran out of their ecchi quota for the week already. Naked Tanaka consumes quite a lot. There is only finite ecchi they can use. 😛

    Everytime I hear Hayate Angelica speak, I immediately think of Hayate. Interestingly, the combo happens to be Hayate and Nagi. ^^;;

    You had to insert the sweet NekoLOLi #2. I bet there will be #3 in the future for completion!

    /wants more shota-Gil!

    • skylion says:

      You should have posted the Prisma-Porsche as well

      I’m not even close to being a racing fan…so yes to cute girls, a big NO to stupid cars 😛

      I didn’t know they were making Neko-Miyu, so the fate of the other bits of plastic will have to wait for another day…

  6. Di Gi Kazune says:

    Oh yes, forgot to include (not THAT Include) in the post:

    Happy Birthday Illya, Miyu and Kuro. This episode aired on their birthday.

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