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YMMV: Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: ChouCho brought her A-game with the opening theme, "starlog" and the insert song of Episode 9, "kagami".
  • Growing the Beard: It starts out as a fairly comedic, Genre Savvy series about Illya as a Magical Girl. It then steadily becomes more serious. The Character Development and Art Evolution become more apparent in its second season, and the gentle amounts of Fanservice and heavier action clearly show it's a Seinen series.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Do you remember the time when Miyu said "brother" to Shirou when she was at Illya's home? In the universe from which Miyu came Shirou is her brother and Miyu is the vessel of the grail, and he went on a crusade against (very powerful) people who kept her captive, sending Miyu to the universe Illya was from, but ended up getting caught by them and tortured in a dungeon. And she probably remembered about him every time she saw Illya's Shirou. Ouch.
    • There is also a scene at the end of the 6th episode of the anime (not present in the manga) where Rin wants to take unconscious Illya home after the Saber card was captured, only for Miyu to interrupt and say that she will be the one to do it. And she carries Illya home while a music box plays in the background. Truly a heart-warming moment, but if you know that Miyu is her universe's Holy Grail vessel and she suffered quite a lot because of it then you know why she did it and while it still is a heart-warming moment then, the context changes from "for a friend" to "for someone who bears the same burden as me".
    • Played for Laughs Illya being a lesbian rapist for Maid Miyu who doesn't seem to mind stops being funny when you consider she's an expy for Sakura from Fate/stay night who was conditioned to accept being raped.
    • Really, just about everything with Miyu becomes this when we find about about her world and her life with the Ainsworths. It starts as early as when she asks Illya why she's fighting. She's not happy about Illya treating collecting the cards like a game, probably because of how the cards are used in her world, and by who.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Quite a number of non-yuri fans intentionally jumped in after knowing that Gilgamesh appears along with Gates of Babylon, Vimana and Ea.
  • Les Yay: Miyu develops a pretty obvious crush on Illya, who (apparently unintentionally) doesn't do a whole lot to discourage it.
    • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Miyu gives Illya a day-pass on being a magical girl, and takes on the final card alone, just to spare Illya. This plot unfolds exactly as it always does of course.
    • She's desperately trying to ignore it; like when she accidentally kissed Miyu during a dream of Shirou just as she woke up. Miyu didn't mind.
    • Illya's Maid Fetish results in her mounting Miyu (Twice!) before she can compose herself. Miyu didn't mind.
    • Kuro, on the other hand, seems to actively encourage this. To the point that apparently, she spent the entire time between Chapters 4 and 5 of the second season just going around town kissing girls (Including Taiga!). Granted, she was doing it to drain their mana, but judging by the one we actually get to see, she also took the time and effort to seduce at least a few of them first.
      • Then comes Chapter 8 of Drei.
    • Kuro in general with both Miyu and Illya. She managed to make the former unconscious with a French kiss.

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