Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei Herz! is the third season of the magical girl spin-off of the Fate series. Studio Silver Link adapted it from the manga written by Hiroshi Hirayama. Just like the previous two seasons, 2wei Herz! has ten episodes in total. Season one review here, and the review for the second season can be found here.
Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei Herz! continues where the previous season left off, and is pretty much more of the same: a fair bit of slice-of-life featuring Illya and her friends with all of the action happening at the end of the season.
Once again, this season doesn’t quite live up to the first one. There’s plenty of slice-of-life antics for those who enjoy them, and there are some incredibly passionate kissing scenes between Illya and Kuro – some might view this as over the top, whilst others will find some satisfaction from them.
Of course, the slice-of-life stuff lets us get to know the other characters better – in this case, Illya’s classmates get the focus. Naturally, Shirou is present as well, which could be a negative point for some people.
Miyu also has her backstory revealed in this season, though to say much else here would spoil it. It’s definitely nice to learn more about her, though. This is one of the better points of this season, though these revelations come towards the end.
The slice-of-life stuff isn’t terrible, as there are some entertaining moments to be found – Tatsuko seems to be responsible for most of them. Also, Bazett has definitely been lowered in status as she is now the butt of many jokes.
However, once the time comes for the characters to finally confront the eighth class card, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei Herz! serves up a hefty reminder of the action that it is capable of showing. Considering the prior episodes are building up to the confrontation, the wait is definitely worth it. Those who have read the original manga, or know Fate/stay night, will already be aware of the eighth Class Card’s identity.
The battle that follows is a great example of the action that can be experienced in the Fate series, and maybe even puts some of the fights in the recent TV adaptation of Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works to shame.
This series ends on a cliffhanger, though it has been confirmed that Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!! will be getting an animated adaptation in the future.
Some half-decent slice-of-life stuff leading up to a climactic final battle – still not quite as good as the first season, but definitely worth checking out.