Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei! Episode 8: Her Name Is
There were many things that impressed me this episode, least of all the fact that the show’s pacing has finally picked up once more – after a comparatively tranquil first half, that is. Bazett was impressive, Luvia was impressive and the butler was impressive – man, that was one cool butler. He’s literally the first male character in Prisma Illya to have prompted any sort of a positive response from me, if you discount Waver Velvet and Zelretch – with those two I was more interested in the fact that they existed in this adaptation as opposed to anything they did. I really do hope the butler’s okay, especially after he had the guts to take on Bazett head-on, Kiritsugu-style machine-guns and all – I never did think any more of him than a method to insert some oddly placed yaoi fanservice with Shirou, and it seems I was wrong. For some reason, I was also rather conscious of the fact that he was just cheerfully gunning down Luvia’s house in pursuit of Bazett, even though he technically did get permission from the former first.
Speaking of Luvia, I suppose I wasn’t so much impressed by her as I was to the fact that she spent a large part of the confrontation figuratively laughing while sitting on her huge pile of money. Forget about the mansion and the allowance she gave Kuro (she gave Kuro an allowance?!) those gems are expensive! I have a feeling that Rin’s support in the form of a few gandr-infused jewels had a financial advantage as well as a tactical one 😀 It might have been all well and good had she actually managed to harm Bazett after using up an entire treasury of gems, but she walked out unscathed from that – and she managed to pick up Fragarach along the way! That final scene was in last week’s preview by the way, and ended up being just as dangerously destructive as it seemed. Although the majority of the wreckage was caused by Luvia instead of Bazett, unlike what I initially believed. That being said, Rin and Luvia are usually relegated to support-type roles in most fights in this spin-off (it’s quite amusing thinking back on that time when they tried to fight Saber by themselves) so it’s nice to see Luvia fight properly for once, even if she was completely outclassed.
Even if we hadn’t glimpsed several scenes of her ominously making her way to Fuyuki, Bazett’s arrival had some pretty strong foreshadowing accompanying it. Presumably, Bazett is Clock Tower’s response to all the anomalies surrounding the investigation of the Class Cards, including the presence of Kuro and the subsequent loss of the Archer card – which will soon be discovered if Team Ilya continues to get curbstomped. I’m also not sure what the deal is with what Rin’s found out at Ryuudou Temple regarding the ley lines they were supposed to manage – what, exactly, is not over yet? The ritual they were performing? The collection of the Class Cards? The battle itself is certainly not over – Bazett hasn’t even thought about using Fragarach just yet.
The appearance of Rider Miyu atop Bellerophon next week is both a good and bad thing. It’s good because I happen to like Miyu, and seeing her in a sexy Rider outfit in my sleep-deprived state gives me this odd feeling of wanting to take her home. On the other hand, it’s bad because Bellerophon is a Noble Phantasm – the one Rider tried to use in the first season before being taken out by Gae Bolg. And if Miyu uses a Noble Phantasm against Bazett’s Fragarach, she’ll die. Ideally that won’t be the outcome, but from what I know of Fragarach, it’ll distort time, space, fate, destiny or whatever else it does to perform a successful counter against the opponent’s strongest move. So yeah, it’s not looking too good.