Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz! — Final Impressions

Best Illyas

This par­tic­u­lar sea­son of Fate/kaleid lin­er Pris­ma Illya was some­thing I was look­ing for­ward to. Some­what-dif­fer­ent-but-still-best-girl, it pre­miered on my birth­day month, for one, and I hon­est­ly could­n’t wait to see Ko-Gil in action com­ing off from the manga.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, as enjoy­able as it still was for me on its own, Sil­ver Link did a mediocre adap­ta­tion job here com­pared to pre­vi­ous sea­sons. A lot of it isn’t their fault, but at the very end they kind of wrote them­selves into a wall, ter­ri­bly so, espe­cial­ly com­pared to how the man­ga ver­sion of 2wei flew seam­less­ly into 3rei.

Grails are meant for filling

For starters, there were way too many slice-of-life filler episodes to jus­ti­fy my hype. Even though I’m not too crazy about the side-char­ac­ters of Pris­ma Illya, I think Sil­ver Link does real­ly fun filler episodes regard­less. The same remains true here, I enjoyed them. But com­pared to the pre­vi­ous sea­sons, they weren’t in bal­ance with the actu­al plot and shot the pac­ing down. Unlike the pre­vi­ous sea­sons, the excite­ment does­n’t build up lit­tle by lit­tle as it goes on. Here, the excite­ment just starts when things get real, after the filler. There’s no overlap.

Now, I’m not going to rag too much on Sil­ver Link for these pace-break­ers, since they were essen­tial­ly forced into adapt­ing 2wei into two sep­a­rate cours of ani­me. And to be fair, some of these “slice-of-life” fillers did exist in the man­ga. But I think we could have eas­i­ly done with­out the BL side-chap­ter being adapt­ed into 2wei Herz!, which could have eas­i­ly been an OVA instead (side note: lol Kir­it­sugu x Kotomine).

The Eighth Card

The biggest prob­lem with this sea­son is that Sil­ver Link real­ly dropped the ball with the final episode. Now, I’m not enough of a purist to com­plain about every minor change out there (as long as the change does­n’t feel out-of-char­ac­ter for the source mate­r­i­al). But the sec­ond half of the final episode is com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent from the man­ga, and the momen­tum the man­ga helped kick-start 3rei with by using a cliffhang­er is all but gone.

If you’re an ani­me-only that has fin­ished the 2wei Herz! sea­son recent­ly, quick­ly search for the final chap­ter of the 2wei man­ga online some­where and read it, I assure you I’m not over-exag­ger­at­ing. The change cre­ates a seri­ous plot­hole that makes it impos­si­ble to start 3rei where it’s sup­posed to start, which gives me the impres­sion that Sil­ver Link will use their rewrite as an excuse to start mean­der­ing with filler again for the first half of 3rei — which isn’t nec­es­sary because there’s enough good mate­r­i­al for them to last an entire sea­son. On top of that, they’re going to have to come up with a way to com­pro­mise with the changes they made here so they can actu­al­ly get to the 3rei con­tent. OTL 

Long-awaited henshin, LONG AWAITED

That prospect real­ly, real­ly sucks. I have zero prob­lems with the SoL fanser­vice in this series. I have no prob­lems with that oth­er type of fanser­vice in the series, either. It’s all part of the over­all charm. But there are oth­er perks to this Fate spin-off series oth­er than Kuro/Illya turn­ing view­ers’ dicks into dia­monds, all of which real­ly start to shine in 3rei. Every chap­ter builds up your hype and deliv­ers. And this is the point where fillers like this start to feel unwelcome.

With all that said and done, it seems like it’ll be a long time until we see (high­light for spoil­ers) Miyuverse!Shirou kick­ing ass with one of the most pow­er­ful depic­tions of Archer’s pow­ers seen in any Fate series. I look for­ward to the 3rei adaptation(s) regard­less, since I still enjoy the ani­me and I’m read­ing the man­ga any­way, but because of how Sil­ver Link han­dled 2wei Herz!, my hype is at an all-time low.

7 thoughts on “Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz! — Final Impressions

  1. I do agree that the 2nd part of 2wei is kind of a let down. I felt that there was way too much time on com­e­dy and filler and not enough mag­i­cal girl action. The bat­tle between Archer and Illya is basi­cal­ly the only bat­tle in the 2nd half, which is kind of disappointing.

    Still, I’m hop­ing that 3rei will be bet­ter in com­par­i­son giv­en the cliffhang­er they gave.

    1. @chikorita157: If the man­ga’s any­thing to go by, 3rei’s sup­posed to be the best part of the entire series. More fights and installs by Illya, more Fate lore, etc. The prob­lem is, with the way they end­ed 2wei in the ani­me, it’s almost impos­si­ble for them in jump into 3rei right away like they’re sup­posed to. The first chunk of 3rei’s aime adap­ta­tion will prob­a­bly be anime-original.

  2. The slice of life moments are good at least to show more of the sup­port char­ac­ters, but after I fin­ished the sea­son, still can’t say I real­ly care for them, lol.

    1. @Kai: Yeah, I nev­er real­ly felt much of any­thing for the side-char­ac­ters. The char­ac­ters import­ed from Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero are much more interesting.

  3. this show is creepy! not the mag­ic stuff but the char­ac­ters I mean iilya’s ok but the rest of them includ­ing her friends are dumb and shal­low they are noth­ing more then plas­tic mod­ern ani­me tropes in kid bod­ies like what kid knows about bl at age ten. instead of doing its own thing with the themes it has its obvi­ous the cre­ator saw nanoha got “inspired” by it copy and past­ed if onto this show because of pop­u­lar­i­ty. look at saku­ra kinomo­to’s friends rika, chi­haru, naoko, yamaza­ki, and tomoyo in ccs, they feel and act how real kids would at that age why? because clamp but effort and researched how kids behaved at that time in ccs and let the pop­u­lar­i­ty form nat­u­ral­ly instead of using a gim­mick to cap­ture the audi­ence. what’s up with kuro? she has no rea­son exist what­so­ev­er they just gave iilya a bad twin just because instead of show­ing us that she can be human and have dark thoughts. kuro is hor­ri­ble a kid act­ing like a horny teenag­er isn’t cute or endear­ing it is dis­gust­ing and why does she only get mana from girls? there ARE boys in that school too sure­ly she could get some from them but that would destroy the per­verse thing the show has going for it miyu is just a fate tes­terossa clone with dif­fer­ent hair and eye col­or because iilya hav­ing a boy rival her age would­n’t go over well with otaku. despite all that they are things I like about it the action is superb and I love the idea using cards to trans­form into fic­tion­al heroes and dif­fer­ent dimen­sions they go to just wish they would leave cer­tain ele­ments out entirely.

    1. - Because hav­ing tit­il­lat­ing scenes with dudes is any less per­verse than hav­ing tit­il­lat­ing scenes with girls…

      - A girl who likes girls more than boys. Who would have thought those existed.

      - I found out about homo­sex­u­al love when I was 10, of course this varies from per­son to per­son. I am a gigan­tic fan of Card­cap­tor Saku­ra, guess where I found out about it? 

      - Also, the pur­ple-clad Illya, who was a grail con­duit, from the main Fate series was a small 18-year old girl, and Kuro is sup­posed to rep­re­sent Illya’s orig­i­nal self that was sup­pressed by Kir­it­sugu and Irisviel, she tech­ni­cal­ly is a teenag­er if we go by the orig­i­nal Illya’s age and matu­ri­ty in Fate/stay night. The Illya that grew up not know­ing the pur­pose of her birth and grew up as a nor­mal 10-year old in Fate/kaleid lin­er Pris­ma Illya is rel­a­tive­ly inno­cent in com­par­i­son. There’s your explanation. 

      - And Miyu’s sup­posed to mir­ror Illya in the oth­er world, she’s Shi­rou’s lit­tle sis­ter in the oth­er world. Her being a boy would­n’t work with that plot-line. Also, she’s noth­ing like Fate Tes­tarossa when you look past her ini­tial appear­ance. She’s more of a throw­back of Matou Saku­ra from Fate/stay Night Heav­en’s Feel. That being said, her first appear­ances prob­a­bly were meant to remind peo­ple of Fate Tes­tarossa, much like how Nanoha’s bar­ri­er jack­et was meant to remind peo­ple of the White Mobile Suit Gun­dam or how Fate her­self was sup­posed to remind peo­ple of the pilot’s rival. It’s not a bad thing, it’s an affec­tion­ate ref­er­ence, much like how Rachael Alu­card from the BlazBlue series dec­o­rates her hair the same way as Fate. Unless I’m assum­ing you also have a prob­lem with Mag­i­cal Girl Lyri­cal Nanoha’s roots in the dou­jin porn cir­cle and the Nanoha x Fate yuri rela­tion­ship that’s been impli­cat­ed since the char­ac­ters were 9, in which case that exam­ple will prob­a­bly go out of the oth­er ear.

      - I love CCS to death, I’m obvi­ous­ly a way big­ger fan of that than Fate/kaleid lin­er Pris­ma Illya, but this isn’t CCS (for one, it’s aimed at a much old­er audi­ence, not shou­jo, so it’s real­ly hard to digest groan­ing about it being more risque, it’s not like they did­n’t warn you). It’s an affec­tion­ate Fate mag­i­cal girl par­o­dy, with Type-Moon mythol­o­gy gags and ref­er­ences to oth­er mag­i­cal girl shows, that becomes more like a con­ven­tion­al Fate series in the third sec­tion of the sto­ry, drop­ping most of the ecchi fanser­vice alto­geth­er. Any­ways, Kalmia should­n’t be forced to con­form to the idea of not offend­ing the prudes. If he wants to make a Fate series with yuri under­tones, then it should be allowed to exist. Count­less times I’ve seen peo­ple prais­ing an anime/manga if it includes yaoi under­tones, but when it has yuri undetones? lol autocre­epy. Appar­ent­ly female otaku get pri­or­i­ty in being treat­ed like nor­mal humans.

      That being said, I do think the ani­me gets a bit trashy espe­cial­ly in the lat­er two sea­sons, but the man­ga is a fine series overall.

  4. I don’t like yaoi or yuri I’m a straight cou­ple’s fan, but I still appre­ci­ate those dif­fer­ences as long as its not gim­micky and has a place in the sto­ry like chikane and himeko’s rela­tion­ship their rela­tion­ship despite being the same sex I find adorable because it’s part of the sto­ry it isn’t there just because. kuro on the hand to me is unnec­es­sary to the plot you could take her out and it would still be the same she exists just to see how far they can go with fan ser­vice before they get canned. no I haven’t played any of the games nor do I want to; to time consuming

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