Houkago no Pleiades Episode 3 Review

I’m quite surprised that the episode starts off with yet another magical star part that ends up being taken from the magic girls. When asked of the Pleiades why each of the girls have been chosen to have magical powers, he gives an entire spiel about potentials and adulthood. The alien is certainly not a sweet talker.

Rating: 4/5 happy clouds Crop_4 Clouds Transparent

Houkago no Pleiades Episode 4 (16)What I love about magic girl shows is that they opt for simple metaphors to get the point across. When the girls start to feel just a bit useless because they haven’t been successfully collecting engine parts, the little bit of message is punctuated by the little anecdote between Subaru and her parents; when she sees a bunch of defective parts assembled to create something new. At the end of the day, are the defective parts still defective when assembled or can they amount to something else? It subtly prompts questions on inner potential and self-fulfilling prophecies in the magic girl world. In retrospect, middle-school problems really seem oh too simple.

On another note though, I wonder when Subaru is going to realize that her weird red-haired garden friend is actually the red-haired-horned witch-demon person that’s stealing all the engine parts.

Houkago no Pleiades Episode 4 (18)The episode jumps around a lot even by third week standards, going from insecure introspection to flying practice and even fragment collections. Apparently magic girl transformations allow for deep sea diving on ONE BREATH of air. The magical girl genre is definitely being a bit innovative here. Pretty cool animation direction underwater and after the fragment gets irritated, the explosion blows up into the stratosphere. Itsuki, the best flyer among everyone links up the flying shafts and chase the red-horned demon all the way up above the clouds.

Houkago no Pleiades is certainly opting for intensely wide angle shots and quite a few 3D animated character movements in the sky. I’m surprised at how much the big magic girl battles are so chase-focused rather than actual combat heavy. I’m quite impressed and excited at how each of the current conflicts are so unique each time a fragment appears. This week we even get to see the girls hop up into space. The series is turning into the perfect mix between science and magic. Too cool.Houkago no Pleiades Episode 4 (26)

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