Although I have heard that KALMIA the anime is a severely reduced version of the plot and story in the manga, from what we’ve seen through the series, there’s nothing that’s happened that we don’t expect in this last episode.
The battle wraps up pretty nicely with Berserker, at the same time, Illya’s found the will to fight again and reconciles her friendship with Miyu. All the cards do get collected by the end of the episode even though the Grand Father still refuses to take Rin and Luvia as apprentices because they lack “common sense” LOL though I feel slightly sorry for the girls since they’ve worked this far to get all the cards, the Grand Father’s probably right about their etiquette issues.
Looking back, we find out that Miyu’s already killed Berserker several times and I really wish the battle dragged out a bit longer because to be honest, Illya just arrived. In the final blast to defeat the abnormal Heroic Spirit, Sapphire’s words earlier in the series really ring true, “The two Kaleid magic girls are one.”
There are a lot of things in this tenth episode of this first season that are not explained to us. The first, you’ve probably picked up throughout the series is the concept of Installation with the Class Cards. The second is use of Parallel Include with the Class Cards. “What is this?” good question Rin and Luvia. But with the genre being magic girl and the season being this short, it’s best not to question these things during the battle. Enjoy the dialogue, the animation and the amazing badass-ness of our favourite little magic girls. To make hypothesize, I’m guessing that parallel include lets you share powers with another to unlock yet another feature of the Class Cards. This obviously can’t happen if the magic girls don’t get along (which is probably why Rin and Luvia have never done this).
After the funny interlude of Illya fantasizing about Shirou and accidentally kissing Miyu when she goes to wake Illya, the girls head back to school for school and resume their regular routines. What’s hilarious is that Miyu is so attached to Illya now, going as far as to ignore everyone else, claiming that she and Illya only need each other (LOL) someone needs to get this girl a book on social relations and friend-making.
My favourite moment of the episode is of course the end of the battle, that’s probably obvious to you guys and some of you may share this sentiment. I feel like this magic girl spin-off doesn’t sit well with a lot of classic Type-Moon fans who are into the nitty-gritty plot of Tsukihime the bloody action fantasy of Fate Stay Night and Zero. As someone who grew up with all sorts of anime and who isn’t a hardcore Type-Moon gamer, as a regular anime viewer, I found the series enjoyable in itself.
Now let’s take a look back through the series and recap on some of the more memorable parts.
Highlights of the Episode
– Miyu’s amazingly choreographed Gae Bolg pierce through Berserker
– When Illya and Miyu, late for school, totally embrace their magic powers and fly to school
– (LOL) The montage of Miyu clinging to Illya throughout the day as her best and only friend
Like I said earlier, certain events prompt many questions throughout the series but what’s great about Fate Kaleid Liner is that a season 2 production has already been confirmed and we can expect a continuation of Illya and Miyu’s story. This gives me a lot of time to check out the manga and perhaps rewatch the other Fate series (because they’re just that good). The only thing I would have wished differently of season 1 was perhaps the reveal of other Class Card includes and installations but maybe they’ll show that in the next season and perhaps explain the principles behind the Kaleid magic girls, spells and Class Cards.
I have had the pleasure of reviewing this really fun Type-Moon magic girl adaptation with you guys for ten wonderful weeks so thank you very much for coming along this little journey with me and I can’t wait to write the final reviews for the other summer finales as well! Make sure you follow to stay updated!
What are you pondering today?