Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya
- Trailer: Russian dubbed trailer
- What it’s about: Illya von Einzbern is your average grade-school girl, with a penchant for watching mahou shoujo anime whenever she’s at home. One day a pair of magical girls come to her town in search of powerful artefacts. Their magical wands are so annoyed with the girls’ constant bickering that they leave to find new masters. Illya picks one up, and is inadvertently drawn into a series of increasingly dramatic (and well-animated) battles to help the girls on their quest.
- Why you should watch it: Fate/Kaleid is one of those shows that dances around the edge of Poe’s Law. I’m never quite sure where exactly the writers are playing the tropes attached to Magical Girl shows and ideas of fanservice straight, and when they’re exaggerating them for deliberate comedic effect. If you’re a fan of the Fate franchise, there’s a lot of nods back to the other works in the so-called “Nasuverse”, but it’s not only possible but easy to enjoy Kaleid on its own merits. The comedy is on point and the fight scenes are honestly some of the most well put-together action sequences that I’ve seen in *any* anime, not just magical girl shows. It’s very, very binge-able and is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face.
- Caveats: This is a show with fan-service of almost every imaginable kind, and it’s not ashamed of it. So if you’re put off by the idea of young girls making out, or are uncomfortable with the cutesy trappings of Magical Girls in general, maybe try something else first. Watching or reading Fate/Stay Night is advised before starting this show just so that you can pick up on all of the references, but it’s not a strict requirement.
- Themes: The first season is mostly a story about learning to rely on others and work as a team. The second (and going by the manga, third) shifts the focus slightly more towards family and the sacrifices made for their sake.
- Similar works: Cardcaptor Sakura. If you didn’t see/read Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Zero before this, they’re also a good avenue to explore.