It has been two weeks since the events of the first season in the KALMIA world and we are returning to Illya and Miyu’s every day school girl routines. Illya reflects on the entire card collecting ordeal and her friendship with Miyu thus far. It’s nice to see them do normal things like go to school and make summer plans. Everyone’s pretty amused at how well Miyu has opened up to the girls… and well, Illya especially haha.
One day when the girls are on their way home, they get… abducted by Rin and Luvia for some magic girl work again – this time, ley line restoration. Strangely, none of the ley lines are recovering properly even after the cards have been collected. Dense mana needs to be injected into the ley lines to spur the flow of magic basically… I can’t say I’ve missed Luvia’s laugh LOL but it’s nice to see Rin and Luvia forced to cooperate hahaha after that last helicopter crash.
The girls first arrive at a shrine… the same one that the Fate/Stay Night Assassin was guarding for Caster. Man I’ve missed Fuyuki city. After getting past a barrier, Rin and Luvia end up falling in a trap RIGHT after Illya narrates how reliable and clever the older girls are hahaha. I have been waiting for this wonderful new magic girl transformation scene for MONTHS and it DID NOT disappoint. I love seeing Illya and Miyu transform TOGETHER WHOOO even though the transformation only happened so the girls would have enough strength to drag Rin and Luvia out of the bottomless bog.
Again, the animation does not disappoint. It’s held itself up the same standard as last season and if anything, the action and magic shots have gotten even cooler. Plus, our two little magic girls are much more experienced which means there’s less fumbling around and the teamwork between Illya and Miyu are almost flawless. After the first ley line is injected with mana, the cave begins to rumble and it turns out everytime Illya witnesses or experiences those precarious life-death danger situations, she goes into heroic spirit mode.
Right SMACK in the first episode we see Illya’s alter ego generally referred to as Kuro Illya or Dark Illya. Much of it is sooner or later explained in the manga so I’m guessing the stuff with Dark Illya will take up most if not all of the plot for the second season. Dark Illya will serve as an antagonist of sorts for the conflict to expand on and her appearance in the second season means we’ll get more back story regarding Illya, her family, her parents and etc.
To be honest, I had pretty high expectations for the first episode of season 2 and it didn’t really live up to the magic girl action that I expected to return. Rather, the pacing was a little bit awkward and perhaps Dark Illya appeared all too suddenly. I guess they just decided to get past the inciting premise right away so all the plot action can begin with Dark Illya. No solid impressions of the introductions yet so we’ll have to wait for next week’s episode to better judge how the series will go.
What are you pondering today?