I really liked what the producers did with this episode. It’s split into two diverging perspective each focusing on Miyu and Illya and their different positions up till this point of the story. It begins with Illya quietly soaking in the bath while Miyu is preparing to collect the last card with Rin and Luvia. It seems like this is the first normal night that Illya’s had all to herself and for Miyu, this is her first battle on her own.
Berserker is a formidable class, from what we’ve seen in both Fate Stay Night and Fate Zero so it’s no surprise that he’s the most difficult enemy to defeat in this series… especially when our two heroes are elementary school girls.
Miyu, like all the other quiet characters I’ve seen in recent anime and manga series, isn’t very good with words. Her heart’s in the right place, she just doesn’t know how to express it to others, especially those that she feels strongly for. Illya on the other hand is an open book and it’s not hard to tell what she’s feeling or what she intends. She’s one of those heroes who need a strong mentor to keep her on the right track (or a lot of episode of drudging self-reflection till it finally hits her in the face)
Enter Irisviel von Einzbern!
It blows my mind how Illya, Irisviel, Shirou and possibly Kiritsugu could all appear in the same scene. The fact that Illya and her mother actually interact and talk in this series is blowing my mind. To be honest, I really didn’t expect either of Illya’s parents to appear in the show but Irisviel is a key character in how the episode and Illya turns out.
As Illya is having a heart-to-heart with her mother, Miyu is fighting for her life against Berserker. With immense strength and regenerative resurrection power, it seems like he’s undefeatable. Though Rin and Luvia decide to retreat, Miyu is set on fighting till the end and sends back the other girls so that she can face her opponent on her own without having to worry about other casualties.
MOST EPIC MOMENT – When Miyu shows us how to use the card’s true power…
“I hereby propose. Give thy body unto me. Give thy sword unto my hands. If in accordance to the summons of the Holy Grail, thou dost accede to this will, this reason, then answer me. I hereby swear, I will be all that is good in the eternal world. I will be the disposer of evil in the eternal world. Thou seven heavens, clad with the Great Trinity, come forth from the circle of constraint, Guardian of the Heavenly Scales. Install!”
Miyu takes on Saber’s heroic spirit unto herself and resolves to end the battle! (I got an intense Cardcaptors deja-vu when she tapped the card with her staff)
“This is what Illya was able to do before. Accessing the Throne of Heroes with the Card. It’s a pseudo-summon that copies a portion of a hero’s power, corresponding to the Class, overwriting your own existence. In other words, you become a Heroic Spirit.” – Miyu
Seeing Miyu’s spirit in battle is really astonishing. Throughout the entire episode, I kept urging Irisviel to hurry on with the motherly advice and the inspirational words. The last thing I wanted to see was Miyu get killed before Illya could rush over to back her up.
But of course, Illya rushes to battle in the last minutes of the episode. Miyu, after unleashing Saber’s Noble Phantasm, is out of mana. As a result, her body rejects both the class card and Sapphire’s powers, leaving her completely open to Berserker’s attack. Illya rescues Miyu! Taking one of Berserker’s lives with one slash of Ruby and the episode ends there!
I hope you guys liked this review! Miyu gave some really great quotes and Illya’s last lines were really awesome lines as well! I can’t wait for next week’s episode! There will only be three more left… how will the battle turn out? How many more Heroic Spirit transformations will we see? On top of all this, we get a new credit reel!
What are you pondering today?