Types Moons Fate series is one of the vastest, complicated, cluster fucks of a series that spans games, anime, and manga. It also happens to be one of the most cherished communities with a massive fan base. An epic story that follows the Holy Grail wars, an event in which powerful families and mages summon a heroic spirit to battle it out, the winner being granted a single wish to change it all. It is also important to note these heroic spirits are all now gender-bent to females and are VERY attractive, like damn, I never thought I’d say Alitta the Hun is FINE. So within the vase world with plenty of spin-offs, the one I’d fall in love with is something like that dark, gritty, Fate Zero, right? RIGHT?
Ah, no, I’d prefer the world where Illyia is a magical girl and for some reason has a three-way yuri romance with an Archer spirit of herself and her best friend.
With the announcement of another movie set this summer 2021, it would be a gross understatement to say that I am fucking pumped. In that excitement, I decided to do some self-reflection and explain why Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya is not only good but one of my top favorite anime series of all time. So the series takes place in a spin-off Fate world where the ever so adorable Illyasviel von Einzbern is NOT the yandere bro obsessed weirdo, but more of a bro obsessed magical girl instead.
So this is not so much a review, since I haven’t re-watched the series but more of just a discussion of why I like this series. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya as I mentioned is a spin-off of the Fate series, a world where the Holy Grail war is a tad different and Illya is a magical girl tasked with finding Ley Cards, gaining the power within the card once its vanquished.
‘So, writer, if you are so gung-ho about the only spin-off of the series that follows around 3 10-year-olds how am I suppose to take that?’ And honestly, you would be right reader. Prisma☆Illya is a Fate series through and through, it follows the footsteps in ecchi and hardly pulls any punches, it isn’t known as the loli yuri bait for nothing and holds those moments often.
And, I would lie if I said I disliked this part of the series. Generally speaking, I like ecchi stuff and the show does it well. Though on the other side of it, that is HARDLY the only reason I prefer it, honestly, I wouldn’t even say it is one of the major perks of the series.
No, really, the thing that really sets Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya from the others is simply, it’s fun. Fate Zero is dark, horrifyingly brilliant in its own way. Blade Works has its moments but neither of those series had me anywhere near as pumped as I was when I watched the first season of Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya. It was funny, cute, full of action and mystery. Illya airheadedness, who was this random Miyu girl? Me physically saying “holy shit that is dark saber” at its climax, the series fucking slaps.
Then season 2 hit, and just like a rush of serotonin, I’m hooked again. Prisma☆Illya doesn’t really ever slow down, it is a full-throttled Fate series and it makes sure you know that. Tricky villains, crazy plot, interesting abilities based on cards, some real, REAL dark moments. The world is beautiful, as is the sound. The fights never fail to please and Studio SILVER LINK killed it with the animation of this series and it shows from seasons to OVAs, to films.
On that note actually, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya: Vow in the Snow was shit. I hated it, I get why it had to be done in context to the lore but boy, that was a snooze fest.
Anyways, in short, I am excited about the new film, I love this series and think it should get all the love possible, and I might rewatch it again soon. So yeah, that’s all. Goodbye!