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Director: Masato Jinbo
Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
Released: February 16, 2016
Runtime: 250 minutes
Availability: On blu-ray and DVD, going out on print, streaming on HiDive and Crunchyroll
Illyasviel Von Einzbern is still doing her duties as a magical girl. Rin, Luvia, Illya, and Miyu investigate a source of mana in Fuyuki and discover a strange girl that looks like the Archer card and they begin to fight when the mysterious girl attacks Illya.
Who is this girl and why is she trying to kill Illya and what’s going on in Fuyuki?
The Story Gets More Interesting, but the Anime Is More Annoying
Fate/Kalied Liner: Prisma Illya: 2Wei! continues the adventures of Illya as a magical girl. While the story expands to be much more than just collecting the cards, more characters come into play, both old and new.
I like the inclusion of Bazett Fraga McRemitz, because she’s a character from Fate/Hollow Ataraxia and the visual novel is unlicensed so western fans don’t know about her unless they’ve read the visual novel or seen her craft essence in the Fate/Grand Order mobile game.
She also has a great role to play in the story and keeps the plot from becoming too repetitive. She’s also a great character too.
The world and lore expand as Illya continues to grow as a character and I like how interesting the show is and how they don’t just rely on the characters doing the same kind of fights and it’s not just about collecting all the Class cards.
The fanservice ramps up and that’s what makes the anime so annoying and why fans don’t want to watch it, but I’ll write about that in its own section.
Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2wei! Official Trailer
The Animation Looks Great!
SilverLink did the animation for Fate/Kalied Liner: Prisma Illya 2Wei! And the fight scenes are very well done the animation and art designs look nice and I like the artwork.
However, I’m not big on the fanservice aspect of this anime and there’s a lot of that in this anime.
Overall, it looks great but this is an anime that people skip for very understandable reasons. I don’t like the fanservice and it's the main reason I haven’t purchased any seasons after season 1 outside of the movie Fate/Kalied Liner Prisma Illya: The Vow in the Snow (2017).
The animation production value is great, but even it can’t help people get past the fanservice.
Audio and Subtitles
Japanese (streaming on HiDive and Crunchyroll)
English (streaming on Crunchyroll and HiDive, paid subscription for HiDive)
English (Streaming on HiDive, paid subscription)
The Japanese dub Is Great!
I did not review the English dub for this anime because I did not like the voice cast for the English dub. I watched this anime with the Japanese audio track and subtitles.
Kana Ueda reprises her role as Rin Tohsaka. She plays up her character’s tsundere tendencies for comedy, but she still did a great job in her role. She’s been amazing as Rin Tohsaka in all the other Fate anime and this one is no exception.
She’s a great voice actress and she brings out so many different aspects of her character in this anime and she did a great job in her role.
Kaori Nazuka reprises her role as Miyu Edelfelt. She continues to develop as a character and her voice actress brings that to her role as well. She did a great job and I liked her performance in this anime.
Her character is interesting and she’s a nice addition to the Fate lore because she’s an original character created for this series. She’s well-written and interesting.
Illyasviel von Einzbern
Mai Kadowaki reprises her role as Illyasviel von Einzbern. I didn’t hear her work in Fate/Zero (2011) but I did hear her in the first season of Fate/Kalied Liner Prisma Illya season 1. She did a great job and she still continues to be quirky and entertaining.
I enjoyed her voice acting in this anime and she portrayed the fun, quirky side of Irisviel and it’s nice to see her character again since she’s only in Fate/Zero for the main Fate anime.
I enjoyed her voice work and I am happy that I get to see her character in this anime series.
Ami Koshimizu voices Caren Hortensia and she’s a fun and interesting character, being Kirei Kotomine’s daughter. It makes the character entertaining because she’s her own brand of crazy that’s different from her father, Kirei.
I enjoyed her voice acting and she’s an interesting character and is a fun addition to the cast.
Chloe Von Einzburn
Chiwa Saito gave a great vocal performance as Chloe Von Einzburn. She’s also a neat addition to the cast and is a funny and mischievous character that is different from Illya.
She’s an interesting character that stands on her own and brings an interesting dynamic to the magical girl group.
Bazett Fraga McRemitz
Hitomi Nabatame gave a great performance as Bazett Fraga McRemitz. She is also from the visual novel Fate/Hollow Ataraxia, and it’s nice to see her in this anime because she’s only in the visual novel.
I liked her character and she’s interesting, and a great character that got to shine in this season of the anime as an opponent for the Magical Girl team.
Noriaki Sugiyama reprises his role as Shirou Emiya. His character is mainly here to be the butt end of jokes at his expense. He doesn’t appear in the series often, but when he does, it’s usually for a joke. He gave a great performance despite his limited appearances and I enjoyed his voice acting.
Overall, the Japanese voice cast is great and I enjoyed their performances. They all did a great job and I laughed a lot during this anime. You can’t go wrong with the cast in any Fate anime.
Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2wei! OP 「moving soul」
The Soundtrack Is Nice to Listen To!
Tatsuya Katō’s soundtrack is nice and the music is good and fits the anime very well. I liked the music for this anime and it had a good soundtrack.
The opening is "moving soul" by Minami Kuribayashi. I liked the opening song a lot.
The ending song is "TWO BY TWO" by Yumeha Kōda. Both of the songs are great and I enjoyed them.
Overall, the soundtrack is good and one of the highlights of the anime. Fate/Kalied Liner Prisma Illya 2Wei! Has a great soundtrack.
There’s Too Much Fanservice!
There is way too much fanservice in this anime. The reason I took so long to actually watch and review this anime is that there’s too much fanservice and they’re all underage, so it’s just awkward.
I have never liked fanservice and it’s the main reason why I’m not buying this series for my collection, despite the fact that I love the Fate franchise, but even I have my limits and this is one that I’ll watch once and then I’m done with it.
I dislike fanservice and Fate/Kalied Liner Prisma Illya is just overkill when it comes to fanservice content. Many fans skip this series for that reason and it’s completely understandable why. I only watched the anime to review it or I’d skip it too.
This anime has violence and nudity and is not meant for children. It is recommended for ages 17 and up.
It’s Fun if You Can Tolerate the Fanservice
I do like the story and the fights in Fate/Kalied Liner Prisma Illya 2Wei! But there’s just too much fanservice for me to give this anime a glowing recommendation even though I’m a big Fate fan.
It’s just so over-the-top and too ridiculous. It does have great production values, great voice acting, and a great soundtrack, but there are just too many other things that make it an awkward watch experience, especially the content.
If you decided to skip this one, it makes sense to me and if it weren’t for the review, I’d have skipped it too.
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Great story, characters, and world-building
I don't like the English voice cast
Too much fanservice makes viewers skip the anime
Great Japanese dub
My Grade: B-
Fate/Kalied Liner Prisma Illya 2Wei! Is genuinely funny, but all the humor and action are buried under a pile of fanservice crap that makes people skip it, which is understandable.
I can’t completely recommend the anime because of the fanservice but it is a fun story. I’m not going to be buying this one for my anime collection, but I watched it on Crunchyroll, I also have a HiDive subscription and it’s streaming there.
If you want to watch it, you can but if you don’t want to, that’s fine, most Fate fans skipped this but you don’t have to watch the anime if you don’t want to.
It might be worth your time, but not necessarily your money. It’s available for free on Crunchyroll and that’s where most fans that wanted to watch it have seen it on Crunchyroll. Watching it once was enough for me.
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