Prisma Illya #01 — Squeaky Sticks

July 6th, 2013


What was this, Silver Link?

This dinosaur of a laptop is having trouble even keeping track of its own wireless. I’m not even going to try ripping video. Find the OP yourselves.


What the hell was this, Silver Link? This was pathetic. This isn’t your A game. Did we get scared by Type Moon? Decide that we had to play it safe? Just decided to be lazy? Spent too much money on the OP? Whichever it is, it was far from good. Slow, generic, cliche, etc. Yeah, I get the whole gimmick of Illya, crazy, obsessive, clingy girl turning into a cutesy magical girl thing, but that’s not going to cut it, especially after Carnival Phantasm, and that’s really just about all that this episode has. Well, that and some truly godawful other cliches all packed in to the gills. And other FSN references aren’t going to cut it either.

Technical side’s okay, I guess, but I expect a whole lot more from Silver Link’s artistic direction, which this was very badly lacking. Art and animation is about as boring as you can get without being outright cheap. Some of the jokes aren’t bad, but Rin shouting and Ruby’s obnoxious nasally voice are involved with almost all of them which just makes things more painful than they need to be. The fight between Rin and Luvia could have also been a time for them to show off some flair and all we got instead was a little beam spam.

I’m disappointed then. Silver Link might pick it up a lot in the coming episodes. It wouldn’t be the first time they did strange things like blowing the budget on episode 2 or 3, but all we’ve got here so far is a rather generic and cliche magical girl show with Type Moon’s label slapped haphazardly on top of it without any of Silver Link’s usual artistic skill.

Posted in Anime | 14 Comments »

14 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Di Gi Kazune says:

    Except that this is exactly what happens… in Chapter 1. Most studios burn through source material like a bushfire in an episode but here they have done exactly ONE manga chapter in 20 minutes.

    The quality of animation leaves something to be desired, particularly when you realise that this was done poorly:

    The right ear is wrong. But still, it is nice to see 2 grown women cosplaying as magical girls doing aerial combat over Fuyuki… falling out of the sky.

    And sorry to burst your bubble, but the show is going to stutter between boringly slow exposition and Noble Phantasm spamming just like the source material.

    PS. It only starts getting better in Zwei.

    • Athos says:

      You can’t use “but that’s what happens in the manga” as an excuse when the manga was funnier.

      They cut the jokes and the fast-paced slapstick in favor of slice of life and staple mahou shoujo stuff. They didn’t even get the reference right in the final scene! You can’t fault Silver link for the plot, but I’m well within my rights to complain about the lack of energy in what’s supposed to be a comedy.

      • Jinzilla says:

        Indeed, feels like went with the wrong approach. They are so focused on making ilya cute as possible that they forgot about the slapstick part, hence all the gags feel heavily downplayed.

        Pretty sad, how Love Lab has shown much more visual energy when it was just about two girls talking about nonsense in a clubroom.

    • Aroduc says:

      “It’s like the source” is never an excuse, especially when traveling between different mediums. What works in writing has to be conveyed visually differently.

      • Durandal says:

        A lesson properly explained in the first ep of Seitokai Ichizon S1 (I also prefer pretending S2 didn’t happen).

    • Di Gi Kazune says:

      Complaints when it is derived from source, complaints when it deviates from source. Complaints here, complaints there. Everywhere Complaints! There is no pleasing anyone anyhow, anywhere, anytime.

      Two words: Adaptation Decay.

      Anyway, if anyone doesn’t like it, there is always the choice not to watch it. In the mean time, this is going to be the weekly waste of 30 minutes for pointless entertainment for me.

  • Di Gi Kazune says:

    And in all honesty, making Tsukihime anime would be a much better proposition. To this day, fans are still waiting for one.

    • Anonymous says:

      Notice the anime series info? Yeah one has been made before just like most of the other type-moon stuff though it fell short of the source.

      This is actually one of the better type-moon anime projects so far it seems. Sadly the only good ones so far have been fate/zero and fsn unlimited blade works. The art style is good enough though that it might hold the series (though it’s a bit sad I think that’s all that’ll hold it).

  • anise_punter says:

    I’ve seen worse.

    A ringing endorsement, I know.

  • jingoi says:

    This needs a injection of Mela @ Stephanie.

  • The Phantom says:

    I this some kind of cute girl spin-off? fuck this season.

  • OverMaster says:

    Not like anything they did with the concept could have pleased you anyway.

  • Ronin8317 says:

    Turning 13.something chapters of manga into a 12/13 episode anime doesn’t work. The second season will be better (5 volumes), but that’s if only if they can make it to a second season.

    • Di Gi Kazune says:

      Doubt they have enough material for 12 episodes from the first 2 volumes. Besides… the beach episodes (mandatory) is in Zwei. :P