Ahh, what a nice ending. I expected lots of feels, and they really delivered in that department. Oh, and there was proper closure too – nothing rushed or anything like that. Looks like the 10-episode plan worked out just fine! But first, let’s talk about the battle with Berserker. In the true magical girl fashion, friendship and team spirit really did save the day! Oh, and I absolutely loved Ilya’s “zenryoku zenkai” Divine Buster she pulled off there. It was glorious. The parallel Include was pretty awesome too, though obviously it was also met with a bit more confusion. To me, it looked like multiple projections of Excalibur, all targeted at Berserker at the same time…whew, talk about unlimited mana. Also, about my suspicions of Miyu that I touched upon last week – now’s a good time as ever to talk about it. Remember how I said that Miyu shouldn’t be able to pseudo-summon Saber, because it’s Ilya who acts as the Grail vessel? What if…Miyu also happens to be the Grail vessel? As in, there are two. Except maybe Miyu originally came from, let’s say…an alternate universe? That’d explain how she suddenly appeared to Luvia out of nowhere one day. And remember, “great father” Zelretch is in this show. Yeah, that guy with the Second Magic, Kaleidoscope. You know, the true magic that lets you mess around with…parallel worlds and stuff.
Okay, enough of that. More importantly, Ilya and Miyu are friends now, right? And when magical girl protagonists become best friends, that only means one thing. LET THE YURI BEGIN.
Poor Tatsuko. I felt that instant heartbreak, I really did. Actually, I’m sure all their friends were pretty confused – Miyu went from blanking Ilya to cuddling up to her the very next day. I also think she’s gotten her definition for “friend” slightly mixed up with “eternal life partner”, but it’s okay! I don’t mind either way. Don’t worry Miyu, I approve! May this wonderful yuri goodness continue forever more, on into 2wei and 3rei. Speaking of 2wei, it’s great to see that everything’s been pre-emptively planned, with a second season already green-lit. As a non-manga reader, I can only wait (and continue to resist reading ahead) but I shall eagerly anticipate lots of yuri and Gilgamesh (though probably not at the same time). Also, is that Bazett? The container and her hair pretty much gave her away.
Finally, it has indeed been a fun ride, and I’m sad it’s over. Retrospectively, I first turned up for the magical girl premise, the promise of lolis and Ilya, not really too sure what to expect. I remember hoping that Prisma Illya wouldn’t just ride on the coat tails of the Fate franchise to propel itself up in popularity. and I think it’s managed to avert that. While I admit I’d have probably enjoyed it less had it not been based on Fate, it’s still a good magical girl show in itself. What I’m most interested in right now is how it aims to undo its finite plot…how do we proceed now that all the Class Cards have been collected? I hear this series gets progressively better as it develops – so I’m expecting great things from 2wei.