A hardcore fan of magical girls and a typical student, Illyasviel von Einzbern suddenly found herself trapped in a complicated situation involving real magic girls who are tasked to capture the 7 Class cards that are wrecking havoc to the human world.
In a strange twist of fate, she found herself dragged into a battle against these cards, alongside a speaking Kaleidostick, Ruby who formed a contract with her, stating how she is her new chosen master.
As the hunt for the cards go on, Illya finds herself some company with another student who forges a contract with Sapphire, Ruby’s sister. Together, they battle to get the cards back on its rightful owner and restore the peace in their city.
I’m not a fan of magic-themed anime, but I should say this is fun. It’s short, running only for 10 episodes, and has a simple story line. It doesn’t have the element of mystery at the beginning, but it nevertheless managed to pull in my attention with its fun screenplay and decent villains.
CHARACTER RANTS (Thumbs up!)
The creators may not have done a lot on the intensity of the story – its struggles and complications. But they did very good when it comes to the lines. It’s dynamic, funny and makes some sense, actually.
The lines helped a lot in highlighting the personalities of the characters -with Tosaka Rin and Luviagelita Edelfelt and their trademark heated, verbal brawling as a major attraction of the show.
You will also be treated to a nice contrast of characters as shown in Illya’s innocent-slash- ignorant way of addressing things and Miyu’s reserved and intellectual manner of speaking her thoughts.
You’ll love listening to their rants!
MOTIVATION – LESS CLASS CARDS (Thumbs Down!)
The Class cards are not really villains per se. They can even be used as weapons for magic (as far as the story is concerned) as long as they are properly contained. But something happened to the 7 of them which made them lose their consciousness and act on brute force.
The cards don’t have any special motives like any thinking antagonist, so the fights that they put on seemed like a casual bout of unfortunate encounter rather than a necessity. For that, it fails to attract any sympathy towards our girls.
Yes, the cards are powerful. Yes, they are capable of destroying things (and even city). Yes they fought with Illya and the rest. But that was it. There wasn’t any reason why they are doing it, nor even a single goal that could at least serve as a rationalization for their acts. After all, they are cards. So then we are treated to fights that occur out of duty and not because they’re fighting for a cause worthy of bringing out everything they’ve got.
BATTLE SCENES (Okay desu!)
Despite the lack of motivation from our supposed villains, they did not fail to give us a good fight. Perhaps it was just too colorful for my own liking, but it’s generally a good one. They have varied skills and power levels, making them formidable foes.
I’m even more impressed with the cards’ powers.
RATINGS: In a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya is a cute and lovely 7!
For magic lovers who like to treat themselves to a short magical story with comedy on the sidelines, then this could be the one that you are looking for. If you want a heavy plot with awesome display of magic skills in battles, you are better off trying something else. I suggest you go for Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic.
Ever watched this anime? How was it?