Fate Kaleid Liner PRISMA ILYA Review — D+


Ilya becomes a magical lesbian girl.

Upon hearing of this show, my first reaction was, “Why?”

This show is very much like Carnival Phantasm in that it takes the Type Moon characters and does stupid crap with them. Whereas Carnival Phantasm had a few hilarious moments (Berserkcar) that made the series partially worthwhile, I can’t say the same of PRISM ILYA.


There’s nothing here that hasn’t been done often and done better by other magical girl shows, such as Nanoha. The card collection thing is a stupid gimmick (okay, to be fair that’s a trait shared among the entire genre). The fights are fine but nothing to write home about. The humor consists entirely of Rin making a fool of herself, which is fine initially but later just becomes depressing. The highlight of the show, the relationship between Miu and Ilya, suffers from the fact that Miu is a soulless doll and Ilya is a brainless moeblob.

After watching the entire show, my question remains the same. “Why?”

  • Storytelling – D – Nothing memorable. Humor wears thin.
  • Voice – C – Weird alternate universe setup.
  • Characters – D – Takes the Fate / Stay Night characters and removes everything that made them interesting in the first place.
  • Attention Grab – C – Does have good pacing, keeps your interest.
  • Production – B – Looks fine.
  • Overall – D+

Recommendations – Nanoha, Carnival Phantasm

10 thoughts on “Fate Kaleid Liner PRISMA ILYA Review — D+

  1. I was confused with the ending scene. What does they mean by “Another Season”??
    Isn’t the story concluded already? There should nothing more to milk out of this!

  2. Was disappointed how this alternate universe of the fate franchise was injected with so many generic clichés. Illya and Miu definitely something going with their relationship but it still came across as sour towards the end.

    If there’s one thing that annoyed me just as much than just Rin, it was Luvia’s toxic laugh.

    1. Yeah, especially with how Miu turned into a possessive stalker at the end. Come on… again?

      I kind of liked Luvia’s laugh but I have a soft spot for evil laughs haha. It was a terrible evil laugh but eh, beggars can’t be choosers.

  3. I got a bit left behind, so I never watched it past episode 7 I believe. Having said that, I didn’t think it was thaaaat bad. The Ilya vs Saber fight was short but very, very good in my opinion.

    But yeah, these characters were nowhere near as interesting as the original Fate bunch.

    1. Yeah, it wasn’t thaaat bad. But there was also nothing good about it. I’d prefer something bad and entertaining with a few good points to something just generally mediocre.

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