The Summer of Love III concludes! We have now reached our final post in the third annual Summer of Love. It’s been a long journey and as always, it’s been ups and downs. Still we are now at the end, and it’s for our final thoughts. Let’s get into those after the cut!
When I started these posts, I wanted to ask a simple question.
“Is Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya a good addition to the Fate world, and why?
After the third annual Summer of Love, I can safety say that yes. Fate/Illya is a good addition to the Fate world.
In a franchise as large as Fate/Stay Night, with shows that range from the top of top shelf quality to the frustratingly disappointing, Fate/Illya finds itself squarely in the middle. A story that is able to remove itself fully from the shackles of the source material and forge it’s own path. But also one that, when the time is right, return to embrace those same materials with both hands. It is a story that allows Illyasviel von Einzbern to become a full realized character. Someone with hopes, dreams, a chance at a normal life, a fun, funny and sweetly innocent girl who rises to the challenge to defend both herself and her friends.
There is action, there is humor, there is slice of life hijinks. A cast of sweet young girls who range from being obsessed with Boy love, to being a ball of insanity that is one laugh after another. There is the best version of Shirou Emiya to grace the screen. There are characters who get a chance to shine where adaptations made them fall short, and there are characters that make you raise eyebrows. The music is some of the best in the series, and the animation, while nothing special, does the job with more than enough satisfaction.
Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya is a personal favorite series of mine. It doesn’t have the Ufotable polish, or the enthralling story of Unlimited Blade Works, or the fanservice of say Grand Order or Carnival Phantasm, but it also doesn’t have the spinoff feeling of Apocrypha, or the lackluster results of Last Encore. It is a worthy addition to the world of Fate/Stay Night and should be viewed by anyone who is a real fan of what this franchise has to offer. Even if it has lesbian lolis kissing. And with that, there is only one thing left to do.
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