YMMV / Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA

  • Arc Fatigue: While nearly all fans agree that Miyu's brother is indeed awesome, some feel Drei's story arc exploring his and Miyu's backstory has overstayed its welcome. Having gone on for 10+ chapters with any final resolution at least several more chapters away, it's not hard to see why (by comparison, the entire original series ran for just 13 chapters). Making this even worse is the fact that the general details of the story are a Foregone Conclusion.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The Ainsworths, especially Julian. Are they a group of Well-Intentioned Extremists or sociopathic monsters willing to abuse a little girl for a plan that might not even work? While their backstory and explanations point heavily towards the former, some of the actions they do are without a doubt the second. Some fans may sympathize with them, but others share Alternate!Shirou's desire to kill them as slowly and painfully as possible.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Downplayed with Miyu's brother. While general opinion is positive compared to his counterparts in Illya's world and the original stay Night visual novel, you'll find some folks saying he merely upgraded from Vanilla Protagonist to Stock Light Novel Hero given his circumstances.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: If anime pages on social media, Forums, etc. are any indicator, then this series is best known for, among other things, the scene where Illya mounts Miyu with a psychotic smirk on her face (twice), Kuro kissing Miyu during her's and Illya's and Miyu's first fight, Kuro's passionate make-out sessions of questionable consent with Illya, and the stripperific "Beast Mode" outfits of Illya, Kuro, and Miyu.
  • Broken Base: Illya's extremely bratty behavior towards Kuro in Zwei turned quite a few fans against her, even those who didn't like Kuro to begin with. Most of the fans her actions upset will point out that Kuro wasn't really hurting anyone, and pretty much everyone except Illya seems to be okay with her presence, making Illya's frequent physical attacks Disproportionate Retribution (especially since Kuro's curse means she can't fight back). Fortunately, she does get better after narrowly stopping Miyu and Kuro from fighting to the death, and the intervention of her mother also helps a lot.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: ChouCho brought her A-game with the opening theme, "starlog" and the insert song of Episode 9, "kagami".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Even if some fans believe his arc has overstayed its welcome, it almost unanimously agreed that Alternate Shirou Emiya is made of pure awesomeness. Some have gone as far as to claim him to be one of the best incarnations of the character, rivaling if not surpassing not only the likes of UBW and Heaven's Feel Shirou, but even Archer!EMIYA himself. The Shirou that was possessed by Sengo Muramasa, however, might rival him in this department.
    • Angelica, full goddamn stop. The fans are already clamoring for her when she first appeared with her awesome Gilgamesh Install, and her following appearances gave her plenty of time to shine, what with The Reveal about this series' background and her awesome fight vs. Kuro and Miyu's brother. After her Heel–Face Turn, she's become even more popular as the fans jokingly said that she embodied "the perfect heroine for TYPE-MOON", with her combining traits of all three of Stay Night's heroines (blonde hair, Mega Twintails, big boobs, and older sister-like personality).
  • Foe Yay: The pair of Shirou and Angelica has become popular during their fight. The former has some ambiguously flirty dialogue along with directly calling her cute. The latter seems to be continually trying to talk him down from fighting and seemed hesitant to kill him.
    • Even more so now that Angelica is revealed to be somewhat similar to the Shirou from Miyu's world. Some are even finding similarity between them and F/Z Kiritsugu and Irisviel.
    • As of Chapter 48 of 3rei, it's become so blatant on Shirou's part that Everyone Can See It.
  • Growing the Beard: It starts out as a fairly comedic 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. This is especially apparent in 3rei.
  • 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. Likewise with Illya and Chloe, then again, the yuri subtext mainly comes from Chloe.
    • 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.
    • Chloe, 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 3rei where the Big Damn Kiss happened between Chloe and Illya.
    • Chloe in general with both Miyu. In 2wei she managed to make the former unconscious with a French kiss.
    • The Foe Yay between Rin and Luvia borders on Belligerent Sexual Tension. This is especially obvious in the manga, and in places like the special where Rin is made to be Luvia's Meido.
    Ruby: Those two ingrates are made for each other!
  • The Scrappy:
    • Shirou is already a major Base-Breaking Character as a whole in Fate/stay night for Broken Base reasons, but a lot of fans consider this version of him to be even worse than his DEEN and Ufotable versions, mainly because he's bland and completely superfluous, and don't find the Running Gag of women falling for him to be that funny. In addition, there's Die for Our Ship at play, as most of the Yuri Fans in the fanbase will raise their hackles at any Ship Tease he gets with girls, as he's a possible canon threat to either side of both Fan-Preferred Couples Illya/Miyu and Rin/Luvia. The Shirou from Miyu's world, however, is a Memetic Badass.
    • From 3rei, Tanaka is widely hated for being as stupid as one could possibly get without forgetting how to breathe. It hurts that for her desire to get rid of the Ainsworths, which is the only defining characteristic of her personality, she does almost nothing during the Final Battle, only giving Illya a long distance power-up.
  • Ship Tease: Of the non-yuri variety, we have:
    • Gilgamesh: it's hard not to see his teasing of Chloe and Illya as flirting. Double points when he does it toward Chloe when he is naked. This is morbidly hilarious considering his mainline relationships with their respective characters. Remember "the doctor" scene in UBW?
    • Shirou: it be easier to list people who aren't teased with Shirou though the most subtle probably goes to Sella, with even her own sister and Shirou's mother basically trying to pimp her out to him. In the manga, Rin has the most ship tease; she has been the focus of many side chapters that focusing on her relationship with Shirou that no one else has had. Although one such chapter introduces this world's Sakura and gives Shirou a ship tease with her.
    • The Shirou from Miyu's world. He's been shipped with Miyu in much the same way Illya is with Shirou, Sakura due to their shared past, and Angelica as shown under the Foe Yay.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The third episode of season 3 had Mimi becoming a Yaoi Fangirl, which weirds Ilya out. Suzuka's sister intervenes and tests Ilya by saying that if they can't reach an understanding, they might as well stop being friends. A guilty-feeling Ilya realizes that while she may not be into yaoi herself, that's no reason to break a friendship.
  • Squick: The fact that Illya and Miyu are 10 years old in this continuity rather than being Older Than They Look — not to mention Chloe — and are regularly shown in some rather adult situations has grossed out a lot of western viewers and reviewers, and even gotten the show banned as child porn in some countries.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: In the third arc: for those who didn't like Sakura's actions in the Heaven's Feel route in stay Night, Miyu's flashback nips that in the bud by killing her Miyuverse counterpart off and using Miyu as a sweeter Sakura analogue.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Not the anime itself, but Sentai Filmworks's dub cast. As just about all veterans have a different dub voice, the new ones' success or failure is greatly influenced by how they compare to the original. And considering that Illya sounds more like Lina Inverse than a 10 years old little girl, it's safe to say that it's not going well.


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