Illya, unlike other magic girls, isn’t too keen on getting herself into troublesome and magic-filled-action-packed-life-and-death situations. She mentions, numerous times, that she hopes her life will return to “normal,” however “normal” it can get in Fuyuki city anyway when things aren’t blowing up due to large scale Holy Grail wars. Luckily in this world, the Holy Grail War never actually took place (which is why everyone’s alive and living their happy family lives… I guess). So things are never really quiet in Fuyuki city… especially when Illya is practicing her magic girl skills in the backyard LOL
As a result of a teeny-tiny magic-splosion incident, Illya and her fun family end up at Luvia and Miyu’s house for the bath that night. LOTS OF PLOT for you boys in that bath house. And lots of awkward conversation between the old butler Auguste and Shiro hahaha.
While I understand fan service. I can’t fathom having a Ninety-Two bust size, as Sella claims. I feel like you’d just be continuously tilting forward as you walk cause it would just weigh you down man. Fanservice should never get into measurements omg…
Kuro crashes the party again the bath comedy comes to an end when the main gang convenes in the water to actually discuss what to do with Kuro. The central issue is brought up. Illya’s desire to have her “normal life” returned to her is a harsh jab at Kuro’s entire existence. Luvia and Rin’s issues are with the Archer card that inhabits Kuro’s body. The cards are more or less the main magic history in this world. Although Illya can consciously figure out how to connect with the cards so to speak, she can’t exactly explain it. Rin posits the cards are summoning agent for heroic spirits while your body is the catalyst. I guess Kuro really hates hearing the term “normal” because her entire existence is the exact opposite of that. Plus, she’s continuously left out of the conversation and spoken of as a “thing” rather than a being that has agency. She resolves to hit Illya with full force as co-existence seems pretty impossible at this point.
The bath stuff wraps up the first two thirds of the episode while the last third of the episode focuses on Miyu’s meeting with Kuro by the ocean. Miyu, has in fact never seen the ocean and is pretty bewildered by the sigh when she first arrives but her enjoyment of the scenery quickly turns to apprehension against Kuro. Illya, at home (while Miyu finds herself in battle once again) is pondering in her indecision about LIFE. Because Illya’s generally a very air-headed, easy-going and even naïve character in this world, she doesn’t think much ahead or go deeply into introspection nor can she really understand Kuro’s hostility towards her. Illya often makes a decision based on her emotions and heads straightforward and headlong into it but it’s her simple-minded and determined stride that makes her an admirable character when it comes to mustering up courage to confront enemies and conquer battles. Her emotionally-driven thinking also seems to be one of her greatest flaws.
With Kuro, I generally feel like she can be brash and brave and outspoken because she really has nothing to lose. I feel like part of the motivation behind her antics is her innate need for attention, to be acknowledged by other characters, even if this sort of recognition is negative. Her battles with Illya reinforce to Kuro that she is a starkly separate entity from Illya. In her eyes, only in defeating Illya can she triumph in this world as her own individual. Co-existence means Illya came first and co-existence means she will always be “the fake,” “the doppelganger.” It will always be “Kuro looks like Illya” not the other way around for her. More than her need to destroy Illya in order to become the “true” Illya, I think Kuro just needs an acceptance of herself, that she’s already come so far (in reference to her back story and how she was born)
As we see more of Miyu and find out Miyu’s full back story in the anime I’d like to offer my thoughts on her as well. I don’t want to spoil anything here to anime-viewers and I’d still like to see more of Miyu’s interactions with Kuro as they tend to be fairly telling of her character. Because she’s a more introverted and reserved character, it’s hard to find tell-tale signs of what she’s thinking. I did love Miyu turning into Saber mode once more on screen. The SaberXMiyu transformation is one of the most beautiful ones in the series. I really don’t think I’ll ever get tired of Fate Kaleid animation.
These are just some of my thoughts on the characters thus far but with Mama Iri is returning in the next episode, who knows what will happen then? I might be a bit biased but I’m always pretty excited for Fate Kaleid episodes.
What are you pondering today?