From the looks of it, Luviagelita and Rin might have this in the bag… or not!
After the trouble Rin went through trying to get Saber distracted, Luviagelita’s final attack was a big bust. This is very surprising since I thought the powers from Ruby and Sapphire would be enough to defeat her. Then again, if Saber got defeated that easily, we would never witness Illya’s hidden power. Even so, the dramatic turn was unexpected, but thankfully, it led to an exciting battle in the second half.
While Illya becomes scared as she fears that Saber has killed Rin and Luviagelita, I’m happy that Miyu help calm her down, which allowed Illya to unlock the unused power inside her. Even after the battle ended, Miyu even carried her back to her home, which felt very heartwarming. I like how they became so close to each other quite quickly despite their differences.
After being comforted, Illya finally uses the previously useless Archer card to become a heroic spirit. I admit, she looks badass in the Archer outfit and manages to beat the crap out of Saber. Not only that, she was able to trace the Excalibur and use the same ultimate attack and defeat her. I wonder if this form will appear again in some shape or form since Illya has no recollection of it. Perhaps, the powers she unlocked will keep her Archer form alive as another person. I wonder if they will fight each other over the class cards. We’ll see next time.