Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei! Episode 9: Power Struggle
If Bazett wasn’t incredible enough last week, she’s managed to deliver once again! It’s amazing that she’s owning everyone while barehanded – she has a Mystic Code with her, but it’s not like she used it -or can use it- against Luvia, Kuro or Ilya. Things were looking pretty bad before Miyu arrived – Rider Miyu was wonderful, by the way. It’s really refreshing after only ever having seen her install Saber. Bazett’s human in the end, and as a close combat specialist to boot she’s not too well equipped to go up against a flying opponent. If only slightly, some of the pain she dealt Ilya and friends was returned when Miyu sent her down with a satisfying crash. Speaking of Ilya, her resolve was a great turnaround from the childish sort of way she’s been handling things recently. She was outclassed, but she still fought on and resisted despite that – I was bracing myself for the world of hurt she’d have felt when she refused to let go of the Rider card, because I’m sure Bazett would have smashed down on her hand with no mercy.
After all the trouble everyone went to in the first season to collect the Class Cards, it’s definitely frustrating to see Bazett just turn up and retrieve almost all of them – although there’s not much anyone can do right now against someone on her level. I have no doubt that she’ll pull off a clean sweep of everyone -including Miyu, whom she might seem like she’s in a pinch against at the moment- but for storyline purposes I have a feeling she’ll fail to take all the cards. And one of them’s in Kuro anyway, which Bazett has unfortunately found out about. What Clock Tower doesn’t know won’t hurt them, right?
It feels like the involvement of the Association in general has helped to clear up and formalize a couple of plot points. They’ve been long inferred, but it’s always nice to get it in writing. I remember wondering exactly what happened to Archer and Lancer during the original series – up until now, I’ve always assumed it was Rin or Luvia who collected them. After seeing what Bazett’s capable of, it’s no longer surprising that she was the one who took care of them – and her fight with a particularly wild-looking Archer certainly helped her go up against Kuro, who ended up being less of a challenge for her than I would have thought. And while a Mystic Code (Ruby/Sapphire) is conventionally what’s used as the catalyst to draw out a Heroic Spirit’s power, Bazett’s noted that a human body can substitute for that instead, bringing out the power of the card to a greater degree to the point that the wielder becomes the Heroic Spirit themselves.
One question I do have remaining doesn’t really concern the plot of the show itself, but rather how much of it they’ll adapt. At the time of writing, the number of episodes for 2wei remain unannounced. I’m not sure what they’re planning to do – will they just soldier on? Or go for a split-cour, or maybe just end it here until next year? To begin with, I’m not even sure whether the Bazett fight is a good place to pause. Maybe the fact that they haven’t said anything implies it’ll be two-cour – they may not feel that there’s a need to say anything since it’ll just continue.