ANIME & MANGA - Review
14:43 - 19th February 2016, by NEO Staff

Fate/Kaleid Liner: Prisma Illya

An alternate-universe spin-off from the popular Fate/Stay Night series, Fate/Kaleid Liner: Prisma Illya is a magic girl show centring on Illyasviel von Einzbern, one of the series’ original antagonists. Reimagined as a schoolgirl who daydreams about becoming a magic girl like those in her favourite anime, Illya gets her chance when she finds herself in possession of the magic wand Kaleidoscope Ruby. However, she’s now caught up not only in a battle to capture seven legendary class cards, but also the ongoing rivalry between her mentor (and former magic girl) Rin, and long-standing opponent Ruby, who has an ambitious mentor of her own.

As alternative universe spin-offs go, Prisma Illya is a wonderfully watchable one. While there are plenty of references back to the original series (including appearances by several canon characters), newcomers will find lots still to like. The acid-tongued script fires along at a pleasantly rapid pace, and makes plenty of wry and self-referential observations about anime, and magic girl anime in particular. Illya is perfectly charming as a protagonist, and the rivalry between Ruby and Rin provides plenty of laughs.

The animation isn’t particularly ground-breaking, but nonetheless there are some dynamic battle sequences littered throughout, including a particularly epic showdown around halfway through. There are the occasionally uncomfortable moments of fan-service, but for the most part, Prisma Illya is a charming and entertaining watch. This is a good one for fans of Sailor Moon, or anyone who likes their anime with a sardonic twist.

A feisty magic girl anime with plenty to recommend it, Prisma Illya casts quite the spell.
SCORE: 3.5/5
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