Another season of Illya’s alternate dimension spin-off adventure came to an end. While the second half of season 2, 2wei Herz! left fans somewhat disappointed would the 3rd (technically 4th) one cheer them up again? Let us find out as we take a look at Magical Girl Illya 3.
By now it should be a given that unless readers have already seen past seasons it is best to watch those first before checking out 3rei!! My G-Views of the previous 2 (technically 3) seasons are down below:
- Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya
- Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei
- Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz!
Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Supernatural, Magic
Themes: Magical Girl, Yuri
Objectionable content: Significant
Number of episodes: 12
Plot summary: Illya and friends were relaxing after the events of 2wei! were behind them. However, their free time was short lived for a new threat appeared out of nowhere and captured Miyu but Illya would not stay behind and chased her captors to a familiar yet very different world. Will Illya be able to find out what happened and rescue Miyu?
Honestly I do not have much to add about the series’ presentation that I have not already in previous G-Views. The animation quality is still pretty good and the soundtrack is solid but in 3rei!! they all got a boost for a specific reason that I will get to in a bit. Basically viewers who liked the previous seasons’ presentation will feel right at home with this entry.
Now the main gripe with many fans after seeing 2wei Herz! was that there was too much emphasis on the casual/slice of life segments for the majority of it. Even though the first season and first half of 2wei! showed that there are casual segments they were moderately balanced with the vintage Fate franchise action scenes and dramatic plot developing moments. 2wei Herz! also had them but far less. In 3rei!! on the other hand it had been reversed. There is A LOT MORE emphasis on vintage Fate action and dramatic plot developing moments while the casual segments were considerably lessened. They were still there but nowhere near as plentiful as in 2wei Herz! The result is most likely the best season of Magical Girl Illya by far, especially with the main plot being more compelling now that the card collecting is pretty much done with. This is a more super dee duper serious Illya that once in a while has moments of casual Illya.
This is reflected in the vintage Fate action scenes whose intensity skyrocketed thanks to the more serious tone. Past seasons had bloodshed but this time it is ramped up. Not to gory extremes but enough to barely bypass a PG-13 rating, though some would say the whole series has been Rated R from the start which is a very valid argument. Point is the action is more intense than ever before in 3rei!! Same goes for the character development. Illya especially goes through a bigger transformation than in the past while her friends and allies, most of them to be exact, also bring their A-game. The newcomers (and familiar faces with new roles in this dimension), both good and bad, all made their presences known and are welcome additions to the cast…even Beatrice who I am personally indifferent towards.
Do keep in mind when going into this show that, as of this review’s writing, the manga is still ongoing so while a lot happens there will still be unanswered questions that may get answered in the continuation which I will mention at the end of the review. Still a really good story filled with lots of great moments and surprises.
Now just because the show is more serious now does not mean the lighthearted moments, and more importantly the sweet and naughty loli yuri moments were scrapped. They are still there and still as heartwarming and steamy (depending on the scene) as they have always been, just used sparingly.
Overall Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya is arguably the best season in the spin-off by far. The presentation is still Illya but with a more serious and intense tone and less casual. Viewers should be prepared for moments of discomfort…and I am not talking about the naughty loli moments because if those bother you then why are you still watching this show? Anyway highly recommended to both fans who have been enjoying the show and ones who were hoping 3rei!! would spice things up after the somewhat lackluster 2wei Herz!
I am very excited for more and am eagerly anticipating the upcoming movie which will hopefully continue right where 3rei!! left off.
In memory of Miyu Matsuki, Magical Sapphire’s original seiyu: 1977-2015.