Wednesday, July 16, 2014

First Impression: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!

FATE/KALEID LINER PRISMA ILLYA 2WEI!: this one is off to a good start

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei! is the second season of the mahou shoujo spin-off of the Fate franchise. It continues the adventures of Illya as a mahou shoujo.

What I really like about Prisma Illya as a whole is its interesting use of the Fate technicalities and characters. The anime weaves them into an entirely different universe that is suited for a mahou shoujo story. This new universe could even stand on its own, without relying on its affiliation with the Fate franchise.

Prisma Illya 2wei continues to live up to this trait. If the first season focuses more on reinventing Fate/Stay Night, 2wei has hints of utilizing Fate/Zero instead. I’m really excited on what is to come, because, so far, the execution is rather good.

The first episode of 2wei has balance in exposition and action. For the exposition part, I’m glad that the creators decided to portray the relations of Illya with Miyu and their friends. It gives the viewers a glimpse of the side characters. Even though they are apparently not that important, it is interesting to see environmental characters get weaved in to the overall plot.

For the action part, it delivers in practically every department. The sequences are animated extremely well, particularly the double transformation sequence of Illya and Miyu. The flashing lights and other magical elements add to the distinct flavour of Prisma Illya.

Another thing I like is the overall design of the anime. The cuteness of the structure and vividness of the colours are actually just the same as of the first season, but I still think that they’re worth mentioning because of their overall quality. The appeal is also very suitable for a mahou shoujo story.

Speaking of the story, I could feel something multilayered, unlike the straightforward structure of the first half of the first season. There are enough mysteries and revelations that could keep the viewers to the screen.

As for the characters, there are certain scenes that already show depth, further adding to the emotional investment from last season. It’s also nice that the environmental characters are having some screen time, making the setting a lot more solid.

Overall, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei is off to a good start. The story is slowly being executed to the right direction. The characters seem to have depth. And the production value is also something to pleasure about. This is a recommended watch for those who have enjoyed the first season, and for the fans of the Fate franchise as a whole.

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  1. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya is a series that I want to watch, but I feel as though I should watch Fate/Stay Night first. However, I don't want to watch Stay Night until I see the new series version first, so maybe I should just wait. At some point though, I will try and watch both seasons of the series.


    1. Prisma Illya is not exactly famous for its story and such, so if you're going to watch it, don't expect something grand. There are also some loli-lesbian innuendos and other forms of fan service that might make some viewers cringe.

      I see Prisma Illya more as a guilty pleasure than an anime that excels in story and characterization. LOL I'm not trying to discourage you! I'm just trying to say that even though I'm praising it very much in its technical aspects, it's not groundbreaking to be considered a must-watch.

      Maybe you should give it a try and see if Prisma Illya works for you. After all, it has its positives and negatives. It's just a question of which will prevail to make you stay or go.