The magical girls are back, and ready for another round of adventure! After successfully recovering the Class Cards, fifth graders-turned magical girls Illya and Miyu think they can finally take it easy. But as fate would have it, the girls are once again called back into active duty when they find out that the Cards have left some very nasty side effects on their world. However, their seemingly easy mission goes totally awry with the appearance of a dark stranger who looks just like Illya! Who is this new but familiar face, where did she come from, and what does she want from Illya? With the arrival of this new foe, it seems like Illya's finally met her match when her everyday life takes one dark turn!
If you're here you've probably watched first season. And you're interested if it's worth watching another.
Regardless of this review I think you WILL watch this, because nobody watches 1st season of Fate/Kaleid to the end and doesn't watch 2nd. Just, nobody.
Still, you want to know how good it will be before watching. Let me tell you straight, it's much better than season 1. 2 Wei is literally twice as good as first.
While half-a-joke (you'll get joke after 1 episode) it's really much better. It was like - "I just came to see some more cute girls doing cute stuff and HOLY S**T THAT
BATTLE FUCKING AWESOME.... wait is she... OH MY GOD THAT SCENE WAS AWESOMe!!! and than more cute stuff and than HOLY F**K WHAT IS SHE DOING HERE!! MY GOD DON'T TELL... OH MY GOD WHAT A FUCKING AWESOME BATTLE!!!!!!! THIS IS THE BEST ANIME EVER!!!"
Well, of course it's not THAT great really but admit it... you were here just to see some cute lolies and you actually got more than a "decent" anime. The quality was priceless!! The art was so gorgeous that I was going to give this 10/10 even if it didn't have a good story/characters. (It still delivered quite a story btw)
Tt's like, my 2nd favorite anime in fate/series (1st being zero). This was much better than what I expected. I got what I wanted and even more.
So yea.. pretty much that. I doubt that you're reading this and you're not a fate/fan. And I assure you that watching Fate/Kaleid is time spent best.
Is it fate that Illya became a magical girl? Maybe. Was it destiny that set forth events that led her to meet Miyu? Maybe. And did Illya always wonder if there was another side of her that existed? Probably not. Oh wait, you’re probably wondering who or what that ‘other side of her’ is. No worries though because in this spinoff of the Fate universe, anything is possible.
Serving as a spinoff of the popular Fate/Stay Night franchise, Fate/Kaleid returns for a sequel once again to adapt the manga of the same name. Like season 1, it consists of 10 episodes of magical girl fun. The
‘fun’ here is probably not emphasized for Illya’s case though. Rather, it’s mostly for the fans. This is because Illya’s life turns out to be anything but fun after one day when she discovers that she has an alter ego, known as Kuroe von Einzbern; or Kuro for short.
First things out of the way: you must familiarize with the first season and at least parts of the Fate universe. The pilot episode of the sequel only briefly recaps the events of the first season and assumes that viewers already have an established knowledge of the series. And indeed, the sequel blasts off with some yuri-undertones. Similar to season 1, the sequel also has a lighthearted mood taking place in an alternate universe of the Fate franchise. The story and premise is fairly straightforward however. In fact, we already know that Illya has captured the class cards that serves as template for servants from Fate/stay night. So what’s next? The answer to that is a young girl named Kuro. Emerging in the aftermath of the card captures, she becomes a pivotal plot focus in the second season as she is both a hindrance and threat to Illya’s life. But to say the least, she is also a bit mysterious. Taking at first glance, she looks almost identical to Illya except for her more tanned skin. This becomes a reoccurring joke throughout the season as Illya’s classmates, family, and even Shiro confuses between the two. It also becomes a problem as Kuro seemingly dislikes the prevalence of two Illyas. As standard and cliché as it sounds, there is the instance where one tries to get rid of the other for good so they could become the dominant entity. This plays on and off through the course of the first half as Kuro serves as the “evil twin” factor. Although she does have some malevolent intentions, it’s also suggested that she isn’t truly evil but rather wants to establish her presence in their world.
By “presence”, Kuro really does take the cake when it comes to commanding attention. The season has her running around like an ‘evil twin’ causing embarrassment for her classmates. The problem is that others initially believes it is Illya doing the deed. And to do that, the preposterously hyperactive girl mischievously plays the role of a trickster with her mana-draining. Perhaps the more suitable term for this would be ‘kissing’. If you thought season 1 had yuri-undertones, then season 2 will really accelerate that engine. This season’s yuri-tones skyrockets through the roof as Kuro kisses countless characters. Some are left in a state of shock while others are embarrassed, perhaps scarred for life. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration but point aside, the show makes its point. This is all for a reason as revealed later. However, the show establishes the fact that it takes itself both seriously and not the same time. In this alternate universe, we get magical girls. In the original Fate/Stay Night, there are the servants and the masters. When you think about the two, there’s a big gap when it comes to the mood. Yet, this season somehow is able to communicate the message that Kuro has her significant role. This is justified later on in the season as Kuro is able to put her differences aside as they face an even bigger threat.
The best way to watch, understand, or appreciate Fate/Kaleid isn’t perhaps the story. It’s written in a way that ties in characters together like fate through events. As a sequel, the capturing of the class cards led to the emergence of Kuro. And from that triggered trouble with embarrassing moments at school, magical fights, and a reinforcement of character relationships. This goes back to the point of the show focusing on character relationships similar to season 1. We already know that Miyu and Illya are great friends after coming to understand each other. For Kuro though, it’s hard to understand her nature considering that she isn’t human or does she have any true friends. That’s all in the beginning anyways since she feels she isn’t being accepted in their world. She seeks acceptance in her own ways while causing collateral damage. Taking for granted, Kuro does seem to want to be normal in a way. Her experiences at school and at home are precious to her as Kuro wants to remember them like a treasure. So in a way, Kuro and Illya are also similar despite their opposite personalities. Rather than being an evil twin, one could interpret Kuro as someone Ilya could familiarize through her role as magical girl.
The battle scenes are attractive for most parts but fall short of the epic category. This is perhaps undermined by the silliness of the show’s gimmicks and yuri shenanigans. Taken that aside, the show’s battle can be fluid and meaningful with an appealing OST. Kuro, wearing a modified version of Archer’s battle outfit, stands out as a warrior. In this realm of magic and normality, you get a balance of the two: the typical school life of Illya and her role as a magical girl. Color me surprised but the show can be unexpectingly charming with its goofiness. However, this also falls apart when it overrides itself with fan service. While the first season has parts of this, the sequel heavily adapts more of its ecchi fan service such as with the bath scenes and yuri kisses. The diehard comedy over exaggerates itself in untimely manners that can be repetitive and frustrating to watch. To sum it up, Fate/Kaleid’s brainless comedy is like a hammer that hits the nail to a viewer’s patience. The will to enjoy it may feel like a holy shell of the original Fate series. Thankfully though, at least it matches consistency by standards of adaptation. In retrospect though, expectations coming into the show should be more summed as with fun and entertainment. Otherwise, the whole season may feel like a mishmash of inconvenience.
Silver Link adapts the visual qualities. Similarly, there’s not much change when it comes with animation style. Illya’s character design hasn’t matured more than a day while the other characters remain generally the same. Perhaps Kuro is the main attraction with her outfit and similar appearance to Illya; a modified version of Archer with some mischievous eyes and tanned skin. Otherwise, the season is saturated with fan service like pouring ketchup on top of hotdogs. In the end, it ends up being soggy and stale when the flavor overtakes it what tries to set up. Expect controversial camera angles and skin being blown out of the water literally as it tries to “appeal” to the audience. On the other hand, there are some creativeness such as Miya’s battle outfit and other fighting gear/spells.
Soundtrack is decent and comes to serve as a supplement for this adaptation. It’s neither glorifying nor terrible. However, what the soundtrack does is enhance the experience for Fate fans. The modified OST for Kuro’s theme and lighthearted background soundtrack gives its meaning for this spinoff. However, most of the character voices sound childish and a sting to the ears. I have to give praise once again to Kuro as the breakout star in this season for her mischievous voice mannerisms. Her personality and voice matches perfectly with her role. Some credibility of praise can also be given to the OP and ED songs with their appeals. It’s nothing special in the end though since most of it is still covered with generic attributes. Fate/Kaleid may be a show about magical girls but there’s nothing magically speculating when it comes to its soundtrack.
There aren’t a whole lot of surprises in Fate/Kaleid. The predictable storyline and generic style may leave viewers wonder why they will follow this sequel. But do know this: the show itself isn’t met to be taken too seriously at heart except when the story really gets going. After all, it’s a more lighthearted spinoff for fans of the Fate universe. Even if you’re not a fan, there are characters that can be enjoyable to watch for their roles. However, do be aware of the repetitive comedy, bland dialogues, and a premise that is messy with inappropriate mash-up. The show is more dedicated to what fans may want to expect to see how Illya’s life expands from where it developed as her being a magic world. I wouldn’t say it’s just fate though because the show still integrates life and fiction into the mix.
Considering you're reading this you've propably already watched the first season or at least read its plot so lets make things clear: Everything that was good about the first season is here upgraded!
If you haven't watched the first season go watch it. To get some basics down it's a magical girls spinoff of the fate series, which ended up surprisingly good (in my opinion it actually surpasses stay night by far and perhaps zero too... I mean they didn't have a Saber Termiantor Vorhees who shoots Getsuga Tenshous while wearing 50kg plate armor in them.)
Continuing where the first story left off (warning: spoilers), all
7 hero spirits have been sealed and the disturbances seem to have ended. Illya's alter personality however (the form she had taken when using archer's powers against saber) suddenly becomes seperated from her (imagine someone like Illya only with black skin, white hair and a kinda sluttier personality... And yes I do remember that Illya is 9, thanks for reminding me...). Most of the second season focuses strictly on the team's intent to make Kuro (the dark Illya) friendly with them and accepted by everyone without her trying to kill people.
As mentioned above everything present in the first season is here too. The show has some pretty depressing moments when it needs to and is all fun-and-games when it wants to.The balance is done pretty well, the characters are developed perfectly (especially in Kuro's case, you start off hating her and you end up loving her), the humor is good and the fanservice holds stronger than ever. How can something top-off the first season's 9 year old jailbaits? Just add a s£$tload of yuri to the mix. Just as an example, Kuro needs mana to survive (I've already established that this is spoilers haven't I?),which she obtains by kishing people. And considering she goes to an all-girls school... Yeah, you get the idea.
As far as battles go, while it is difficult to surpass the first season's saber's super testosterone terminator-jason vorhees scene (while wearing plate armor), the show still does amazingly well. Good soundtrack (could have been a bit better in my opinion but that's propably the Bleach fan talking) accompanying very good visuals for long-lasting fights that always keep viewers on the edge (I didn't pause once in any of them). Especially the last one was as brilliant a boss fight as it goes. If you liked the first season definitely don't miss this.
reasons to watch:
2)If you have watched the first season then it's a must to watch the second.
Now then, the sequel to the Fate Magical girl show is over I tell you my thoughts on the show and it's new elements.
The story is very similar to first series in terms of plot as in the first it focuses on being friends with Miyu this focuses on understanding Kuro the new character which is a fun ride through and is worth watching as this new development triggers various things in the show from funny comedy, yuri undertones and doing various acts to embarrass Illya which helps fix her into the evil twin role and is good comedy/drama for the viewer.
characters you know and love from the first season are back and new and improved with further character development for main cast Illya and Miyu as well as new character Kuro getting a great role as well as great development in character. This supported by wonderful supporting cast who fill the void in areas but some are just used for comedy.
The sound is amazing in terms of fight music during action scenes making each scene feel new and refreshing as well as making fights fun for the viewer to watch. The opening of the anime is great and fits the show very well with happy lyrics and great music that fits both the fate series as well as the magical girl theme, which is similar to ending as that also feels happy and carefree suiting the tone of the show and makes a nice song for the end of each episode.
The art overall is amazing with well detailed characters and backgrounds that are worthy of the fate franchise but the animation really shines during transformations with visuals being outstanding as well as the fight scenes being the cherry on top with great flow and visuals that make it worthy of being in the fate franchise.
The series is a must watch for fans of previous ones as well as magical girl fans.
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