When the first episode of Prisma Illya aired last summer, I decided to watch it since I have a soft spot for magical girl shows. Although the first season felt rushed since it only has 10 episodes, I really enjoyed the premise, battles and the characters. After watching the second season, it was an improvement.
The story of Prisma Illya 2wei starts where the previous season left off as Rin and Luviagelita collected all the Class Cards except one with Illya and Miyu becoming best friends. Sadly, Illya’s life is turned upside down when something unexpected happened. After they stabilized of the dragon pulse beneath Fuyuki city, a clone of Illya with darker skin named Kuro suddenly appears aside her. Apparently, she resents the fact that Illya wants to live a normal life. Will Illya be able to get along with her? Also, what Irisviel is hiding from them?
Like the first season, the premise is similar except the story feels a bit lighthearted since most of the sequel focuses on Kuro herself. Because of this, we get to see enjoyable moments such as Illya trying to prove that she is the older sister, getting into a heated volleyball match against Kuro and having her pound cake ruined by Tasuko. While there aren’t as many fights besides the ones involving Kuro and Bazett, they were still very enjoyable to watch at since Silver Link has improved the animation quality greatly.
While there are some new faces such as Caren (a very eccentric nurse) and Bazett whom attempted to collect all the class cards, Kuro obviously stood out the most. Besides kissing all the girls in the school, her personality is the exact opposite of Illya’s or rather the one from Fate/stay night. This is apparent with her obsession over Shirou. Still, I enjoy her antics of making Illya become jealous and her life miserable, until they reconciled. Aside from that, I felt that Miyu played a bigger part in the battles compared to Illya since she got to use two different class cards to her advantage.
As a whole, while the sequel only covered the first half of 2wei, it’s a noticeable improvement over the prequel with the animation and pacing. If you liked the prequel, you will most likely enjoy the sequel. With the 2nd part of 2wei on the horizon, I can’t wait to see what they will have in store regarding the whereabouts of the last Class Card and of course, the anticipated beach episode next year.
Overall Rating: 8.8/10, B+, Very Good