Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei! Episode 6: Holy Grail
They’re here! Answers at last! I admit, I feel like I’m still slightly confused over several points, but with what’s been revealed this week, my own inferences and what I know of the Fate series as a whole (or at least, what I think I know), most of the puzzle pieces should be present. The thing that surprised me the most this episode was the casual revelation that Kiritsugu and Irisviel had pretty much instigated everything – and up until this point, I was blissfully unaware they were even involved in this at all! Naturally, I should have known – in this spin-off, the Tohsaka family exists, Clock Tower exists, a Grail vessel exists and of course, Zelretch exists. So it shouldn’t be all too shocking that the original Einzbern family exists, as does a Holy Grail War – at least, until Kerry and Iri did away with it. That’s the big change here – if they’re involved with the Holy Grail, presumably they had something to do with the Class Cards as well, although it’s beyond me why they’d be corrupted. Iri’s actually seeming quite suspicious to me in that regard – I know she was already hiding a lot, but I was a bit unsettled by how she maintained a perfectly composed look all throughout the episode. That was it – there was no sympathy or apology from Iri to Kuro at all; she made no attempt to deny or explain why she did what she did. I don’t know, it struck me as being a bit odd that she was so dispassionate. She’s supposed to be their mother, after all.
So from what I’ve gathered, Kuro is in fact Ilya – it’s just that she happens to be the Ilya from before Kerry and Iri decided to let her live as a normal girl. That’s the difference between this and what happened in Fate/stay – in that, with Kerry and Iri gone, Acht made Ilya into the perfect Holy Grail, ready for an Einzbern victory in the 5th Heaven’s Feel. Instead of Kuro getting to live as a normal girl though, her very existence was sealed away alongside the memories held by “Ilya”. And I presume she was forced to watch as Ilya effortlessly got the normal life she so wanted. Kuro isn’t Archer, despite some physical resemblances – it’s more like she installed him much like Miyu did Saber. And of course she can think, because unlike the corrupted Heroic Spirits, she’s supposed to be human in the first place. Although it was interesting to find out that it was Kuro who’s performed all the instances of Archer-style combat we’ve seen so far in the show! At this point, I’d actually feel pretty bad calling her the “other Ilya” or the “fake Ilya”, because if anything, she was the real Ilya to begin with – and as she’s said before, the Ilya we know is the actual fake. In the end though, as our friend Kaiki Deishuu once said, the fake can sometimes be more real than the real itself – and if Ilya is what Kuro’s always wanted to be, who’s to say she’s not “real”?
Ironically enough, now that we know what Kuro was, a new question has popped up as to what she currently is. I’d genuinely believed she’d disappear after exhausting her mana reserves, and I have a feeling she’s no longer the sort of entity she was any more. It almost looks like the Holy Grail granted its own wish… but that can’t possibly be it, right? :D At any rate, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if that mana surge attracted certain individuals who will make their way over to cause trouble – in fact, I’d be disappointed if they didn’t. You know, like Bazett.