The feels…all the feels ;_; More now than ever, Prisma Illya proves that it’s a magical girl show first and foremost – brimming with the unshakeable concepts of love, friendship and happiness. Idealistic, but very heartwarming all the same. Irisviel ended up playing quite a large role in getting Ilya back on her feet. She’s a great mother in that respect – giving her a prod in the right direction, and letting her decide what she wants to do. I wonder if Iri herself is involved with magic somehow…I wouldn’t actually be too surprised, especially as she’s abroad all the time.
At the same time, Prisma Illya is still very much tied to the Fate franchise. Berserker is still as overpowered and scary as ever – taking hits from him just isn’t an option with that sort of raw physical strength. And he doesn’t even have that stone slab of rock! It’s easy to misinterpret his resurrection as an unlimited thing (like Rin did) but of course, we all know that God Hand leaves him with 12 lives – one for each of Hercules’ impossible tasks. Gae Bolg got rid of one easily, but those types of card Installs can’t be used repeatedly. And if it wasn’t bad enough, they’re fighting in an enclosed building space (which coincidentally looks like Fate’s base of operations in the original Nanoha series).
Solitary fighting…doesn’t really work on Berserker. Unless you’re Gilgamesh or EMIYA, who are both Archers. For someone like Miyu, who decided to selflessly take the fall for Ilya (I knew you’d come through!) she’s definitely not fine by herself. Becoming Saber Miyu did help, but not enough. It wasn’t as cool as Archer Ilya by the way (definitely less dramatic) but it was still pretty sweet. Oh, and it was…interesting. It’s apparently the proper way to use the Class Cards, and that got me thinking. Miyu chanted the full incantation to summon a servant, and through the Saber card she pseudo-summoned Saber into her body from the Throne of Heroes. To be honest, even that doesn’t make much sense – Saber doesn’t live there, she’s supposed to be stuck on that hill of swords and bodies. Anyway, I was under the impression that it’s the Grail which does the summon. So in the context of this show, something like this would only be plausible if, say, you were the Grail vessel, like Ilya is. But Miyu was able to install without any problems, despite…not being the Grail vessel? I is…confused.
Putting that aside…the show’s almost over ;( With only one episode left, I’m hoping they can pull off an exciting finish! A small hint at a possible sequel would be much appreciated, too.