What They Say
Illyasviel von Einzbern’s life has become ridiculously complicated since the Kaleidostick Ruby convinced her to become a magical girl and join the quest for collecting the seven Class Cards. Since then, almost every day has brought a new surprise, from gaining new friends and partners like Miyu Edelfelt, to encountering her own magical twin! One would think Illya deserves a little time off, right? No such luck: a trip to the beach quickly turns into a magical quest, and Illya finds herself caught in a string of magical feuds, encounters with love potions, an excursion into the world of “boys love” comics (plus the women who read them), and half a dozen other delirious diversions. However, that’s only the warm-up for what might be her final mission: recovering the long-lost Eighth Card! It’s a mystical whirlwind of unexpected escapades and surprising new revelations as Illya’s saga continues in FATE/KALEID LINER PRISMA ILLYA 2WEI! HERZ!
It terms of sound, the audio for Fate//Kaleid Liner is decent, but not perfect. I noticed a number of times where certain voices were easier to hear than others, despite them talking at what should have been the same volume. There were also times where the sound effects were either too muted or too loud. That said, I have heard some worse from anime before. This is about average for Sentai Filmworks.
Video quality for 480i is never going to be perfect, but this series wasn’t bad. Some of the colors appeared to be a bit muted, and the lines weren’t always crisp, especially during high-level action sequences. On the whole, however, I would say that this anime is a step above most of the others in terms of quality.
The front cover features the three main characters, Illya, Kuro, and Miyu. While Miyu is wearing a white dress, Iliya has a pink shirt with a heart on the front and a skirt. The shirt is flipped up lightly to reveal her midriff. Meanwhile, Kuro is wearing a pink sleeveless shirt with a knot on her left hem to show off even more midriff, and her shorts remind me of these boxers I sometimes wear that are, well, really short. The title is on the bottom, cutting off their legs. Meanwhile, the back features Rin Tohsaka and Luvia wearing kimonos on the upper right corner and several screenshots on the left. Below that is a description of the series using an orange hemisphere enclosure.
Each menu offers you the choice of which episode you would like to watch. Discs 1 and 2 offer four episodes, while disc 3 offers two. plus the special features in the case of discs 1 and 3. Depending on the disc you put in, you will get different two characters, such as Illya and Kuro, or Miyu and Illya, or Kuro and Miyu.
While disc 1 offers the special feature to watch the clean opening and closings, disc 3 has five shorts that you can watch. Each short features one or more of the main cast in a variety of potentially humorous but mostly erotic situations, like Kuro and Miyu wearing skimpy kitty cosplay.
Content: (Please note that this portion of the review may contain spoilers):
I really wanted to like Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2Wei Herz! There are actually a lot of excellent and classic examples of magical girl tropes that are used right in this series, the action sequences are impressive, and the humor would normally be right up my ally. Normally. Seeing how this is the third season of a continuing series, a lot of the characters have already been established. This means we get to watch them adapt to a variety of different situations. Sometimes the series is funny and other times it’s quite intense. There are some major tonal shifts, especially near the end, though these are often the reason I love anime so much.
The story begins with summer break. Illya and all of her friends are planning a trip to the beach, and of course, a trip to the beach means they need to find cute swimsuits because, you know, 12 year-old girls totally need hot swimsuits to impress those middle-aged men. Anyway, they travel to the mall and go shopping for cute swim suits. Sadly, things take a turn for the extreme when one of Illya’s friends tries to suggest that Illya wear something I can only loosely call a swimsuit. It looked a lot more like two thin strings with triangles that cover the nipples and crotch… and this is why I can’t like the series.
I think this scene would have been amazing, sexy, and erotic fan service, but the problem is that these girls are 12 year-old elementary schoolers. That kinda takes away from any sort of sexy that could be had here. It’s taking the fan out of fan service.
Illya, Kuro, and Miyu—who is staying with them because her home was destroyed last season—go back home, where the series turns into even more of a harem comedy. Shiro Emiya, Illya’s older adoptive brother, is apparently someone that all the lolis love. Illya wants him, Kuro wants what’s in his pants, and Miyu also seems to be harboring a major crush. Again, this would have been really funny to watch if the female characters this was happening to weren’t 12 year-old girls.
There are a lot of interesting themes in this series, and some of them go into Otaku culture, like the episode where one of Illya’s friend discovers BL, otherwise known as Boys Love and Yaoi. Most of this episode focuses on telling us what that is, how it effects certain people, and the importance of accepting our friend’s strange quirks, even if we don’t approve of it ourselves. This entire episode was super funny and even had some heartfelt moments at the end that did an excellent job of describing how some people view individuals with weird hobbies.
Not only does this series have a good deal of humor, but there are a lot of deeper moments that deal with matters of friendship, a person’s dark past, and the importance of never giving up. It’s very shonen. In most cases, I would have loved a series like this, especially because the anime is so well-done and the fight scenes, while not on the same level as Ufotable’s Fate/Stay Night, were still very impressive in their own right. Like I said, I really wanted to like this series.
Except I can’t.
The problem with this anime is the blatant fetishizing and sexualization of little girls. Yes, for as much good things as this anime contains, the pedophilia pretty much ruins everything. Outside of the scenes where Illya and the gang are wearing skimpy clothing—and sometimes they’re wearing nothing—there are numerous homoerotic lesbian scenes between Kuro and Illya. Basically, Kuro and Illya make out. It’s hot and heavy, and Silver Links, the studio who produced this anime, did an excellent job adding in the details… which it shouldn’t have done since these are elementary school girls. The situation is only made worse by the fact that Kuro is Illya’s magical twin.
I would not have minded any of what happens in this anime if these characters were older, like if they were in high school, but I simply can’t take any pleasure from watching little girls making out. Since a good portion of this anime deals with comedy and erotic situations between Kuro, Illya, Miyu, and their friends, that basically means that most of this anime was about as enjoyable to watch as watching two dogs go at it. That is to say, I couldn’t enjoy this anime one bit.
Prisma Illya is an anime that had so much potential. There’s action, comedy, ecchi, and heartfelt moments between our three main characters. The side characters are all well-developed and have unique personalities that make them stand out. Really, if it wasn’t for the pedophilia, I probably would have enjoyed it, but since I don’t like watching little girls get stripped naked and make out with each other, this entire anime fell flat.
Content Grade: C
Audio Grade: B
Video Grade: B
Packaging Grade: B
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: B
Released By: Sentai Filmworks
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Running Time: 250 minutes
Video Encoding: 480i/p MPEG-2
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
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