Initially, I wasn’t going to watch this, but I couldn’t resist the urge since I enjoy magical girl shows. This time, we have yet another alternate world in Fate series, but with a magical girl twist as Illya becomes one. (Image Source)
From the first episode, it reminds me a lot of Card Captor Sakura or Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha where we have a magical mascot come out of nowhere asking a girl to become a magical girl in a quest to collect magical items, which in this case is cards that contains servants. Compared to the main series (Fate/zero and Fate stay night), this show is light-hearted since it’s centered on Illiya.
Even though this was a preview episode before the show officially airs next week, it was very enjoyable. Basically, it’s starts with Luviagelita and Rin fighting each other, causing their wands to abandon them with Ruby, finding her way to Illya, who is a normal girl who loves magical girl shows. She finds herself becoming one while taking a bath and Shirou walks in. Despite being clichéd as it starts like any typical magical girl show, the comedy between Rin and Luviagelita and the charm of Illya’s cuteness is the main highlight of this episode.
Besides the attempted battle between Rin and Luviagelita, I also find Ruby successfully tricking Illya into a contract rather hilarious. It’s a bit more brutal compared to Kyubey, but at least Illya will have Rin’s help. This makes me wonder if Illya will use her new powers to make Shirou fall in love with her. We’ll see when the next episode airs in two weeks when we get to see her use some of her new powers granted by Ruby and learn more about these special cards. ¶