Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya – 10 (It is the cliché finale, y’all.)

Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA Episode 10 REVIEW (final)
Fate/kaleid liner プリズマ☆イリヤ

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

After “dying” at Ilya’s hands, Berserker once again resurrects. Rin and Luvia arrive and use high level magecraft to bind Berserker, giving time for Ilya and Miyu to make amends. Berserker breaks free, but Ilya and Miyu have a plan. Together, they successfully battle Berserker with Miyu getting a killing blow with her Lancer card, but again, Berserker starts to resurrect. Rin and Luvia are out of the fight since they have no more gems, but Ilya and Miyu are able to combine their powers and launch a single attack at the charging Berserker, which manages to force him into card form. Returning to the real world, Luvia and Rin than Miyu and Illya, but then Luvia takes the cards from Rin and escapes in a helicopter to take all the credit.

The following morning, Ilya dreams that Shiro is waking her up, so she decides to get a kiss from him, only to wake up and find herself kissing Miyu instead, after which she freaks out. The two leave for school, after which Iri leaves to rejoin her husband, assuring Sella and Leysritt that Ilya will be fine. Since Ilya and Miyu are running late, they transform to magic girls to speed to school.  There, Ilya’s friends are shocked by the fact that Ilya and Miyu have not only made up, but Miyu has become “dere” as well. Miyu shows great disdain for the other girls, saying Ilya is her only friend and the two of them don’t need anyone else. This leads to a lot of problems for Ilya to try to resolve.

Meanwhile, Rin managed to take down Luvia’s helicopter, defeat Luvia, and report her success. She’s informed that while she’ll be allowed to train under Kischur Zelretch Schweinorg, she has to live in Japan for a year along with Luvia to learn to get along. Rin is very unhappy with learning this news. Meanwhile, in London, a stranger arrives with a tub carrying case on their back. The gloved stranger makes their way to Heathrow and waits at a terminal.

Thoughts/Review:

And so this series ends, but with a promise to do a sequel anime series based on the second manga series.

The way the writers resolve having to defeat Berserker was rather clichéd to say the least. After punishing Miyu for thinking she could go at it alone, they couldn’t very well have Ilya save the day alone, so we get a Unison Raid Parallel Include, “we combine our powers,” after which, Berserker is ultimately defeated. Add to this the clichéd, vocal musical score and well, I just wanted to spin on.  If I hadn’t seen this type of resolution before, it would have been fine. Heck, even finding some sort of new way of dealing with the resolution would have been fine. Unfortunately, the easiest route is the one already taken tons of times before.

While the Rin and Luvia scrabbles were humorous to me at the start of the series, when it was clear that parodies of the mahou shoujo genre and female rivals in general were being done, when those resume at the middle of this episode, I just didn’t laugh. I has become more interested in the story so the clichéd comedy trope just failed to interest me much.

I could do without the sudden Miyu x Ilya loli shoujo ai element that was introduced at the end of the episode. It just made my head hurt.

The tease for the next series was nifty though. I hope that this time, Silver Link decides not to make critical changes to the manga story that twist things about.  I do plan to read the manga and will volume-blog it as I’m able.

So, until I get my final thoughts post up, I’ll just say that this episode ended on a somewhat disappointing note to me due to the clichéd nature of things.

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9 Responses to “Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya – 10 (It is the cliché finale, y’all.)”

  1. Farray says:

    In my opinion, Ilya’s speech to Miyu would have made more sense, if they hadn’t changed what happened in episode 7 and 8, since Ilya alone was running away, while Miyu never told her that she never wants to work with Ilya again.

    Together, they successfully battle Berserker with Miyu getting a killing blow with her Lancer card, but again, Berserker starts to resurrect.

    Like the Archer Illya vs Saber Alter fight, this fight was extended. Two major errors I noticed. Well, it happened last episode already, but whatever. I actually noticed another one, but it’s not really an error.

    1. You cannot kill Berserker with Gae Bolg. Really, it’s not possible. God Hand rejects any attack, magecraft or Noble Phantasm up to Rank B and that’s exactly what Gae Bolg is – Rank B. It is possible to make it Rank A by either applying rune magic or strengthening, though, but I didn’t see Miyu do it. The only logical explanation here is, that God Hand is flat out not as strong as it is in FSN, because this Berserker is a corrupted weaker version of the true one.

    2. How the hell could Miyu use “Include” again? They mentioned it in the anime itself, after using it once: You can’t include the same card for another few hours.

    3. Berserker was already killed by Gae Bolg once. He gains an immunity to it, once he resurrects himself. This isn’t an error in this case though, actually. Gae Bolg has two functions, which could count as two different Noble Phantasms.

    One is the strike-the-heart-curse that changes cause and effect, an anti-unit function. The other one is an anti-army attack, that abandons the sure-kill for an attack that will blow up armies and Gae Bolg must be thrown. This attack is Rank B+.

    These are two entirely different attacks and they will work, similar to Miyu killing Berserker with Excalibur last episode by stabbing him and then killing him again with an Excaliblast. This is not an error.

    The way the writers resolve having to defeat Berserker was rather clichéd to say the least. After punishing Miyu for thinking she could go at it alone, they couldn’t very well have Ilya save the day alone, so we get a Unison Raid Parallel Include, “we combine our powers,” after which, Berserker is ultimately defeated.

    This attack is cheating basically, because they used Zelretch’s “Kaleidoscope” (the title of this episode) Magic with the Kaleidosticks. There’s no end to the parallel worlds. The possibility of opposite mirrors are infinite. Guvf vf jul Ehol naq Fnccuver ner yvzvgyrff znan fhccyvrf. Vasvavgr cbffvovyvgvrf nyybj lbh gb tngure vasvavgr znan.

    Also, another “Fate” reference. Berserker was overkilled when Caliburn struck him down. This time it was Excalibur. Gurer vf nyfb nabgure uvqqra ersrerapr gb nabgure ebhgr orfvqrf “Sngr”.

    Btw, Miyu kissing Ilya is a 2wei scene actually. Ilya woke up alone in the original. And we all know, Ilya is not into Miyu. She only loves her dear Onii-chan. Naq fb qbrf Zvlh. Cebonoyl.

    The person you see at the end is Bazett Fraga McRemitz, an Enforcer of the Magic Association. In FSN, she was Lancer’s true Master until she was betrayed and murdered by Kirei who stole her Command Spells by cutting off her arm.

    Vs fur unq yvirq naq cnegvpvcngrq va gur Svsgu Jne, fur naq Ynapre jbhyq unir cebonoyl pheo-fgbzcrq rirelbar (vapyhqvat Fnore), rkprcg sbe Tvytnzrfu naq Orefrexre. Lrf, Ynapre jbhyqa’g unir orra guvf hayhpxl jvgu ure. Orfvqrf, fur xvaqn unf n pehfu ba uvz…

    Oh, and nice to see, the last ED card is by the Mangaka himself, Hiroyama Hiroshi!

    The rest of my rambling and complaints will follow when you do your final review of this season.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Whatever happen to the pilot flying the helicopter?

  3. APN says:

    The first series was pretty much meant as a stand alone series for Fate fans with all the reference’s and callbacks that were used that to a non-Typemoon fan is just another generic magical girl series.

    It isn’t until 2wei when they actually give it an overreaching plot that helps it to lose some of that genericness that extends into 3rei and answering some questions from the first series.

    While you might find the final battle in the first series disappointing, you don’t need to worry about the final in 2wei if properly animated, it should break the allocated budget needed to just get it to work. It’s the type of battle one should expect from a final that can even exceed Nanoha levels of awesome if they don’t change it.

    Well enough of my rambling here 😛

    If you do pick up the manga be warned that they do ramp up the fan service quite a bit to not-quite-Negima levels in some places, but seeing the fights themselves will more than make up for it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I liked the double Include scene. The scenery change rather resembles the inside of the Grail from the final sequence in Fate Hollow Ataraxia.

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