Here we go, folks! The final episode for Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku! What will happen during Ripple’s fight with Swim Swim?
(Spoilers in this episode)
Warning: this episode review continues the trend of having an excessive amount of pictures. I tried my best to cut out what I could after revising a few drafts. But basically I focus on a few scenes at most.
Anyways, the episode opens with Snow White basically thinking of Ripple, Hardgore Alice, and La Pucelle and coming to the conclusion that she should stop being a magical girl.
Meanwhile, Ripple and Swim Swim meet up at the dam to fight. Ripple’s wearing Top Speed’s black cloak, yay!
As they throw down, Fav exposes his hand to Snow White as he talks about the purpose of the Magical Girl Raising Project, how he and Cranberry staged the exams in order to kill potential candidates in order to not be bored, and how he egged on Ripple to fight Swim Swim since he hopes that they kill each other as Swim Swim is a terrible Master who treats him and her duties with no respect and how Ripple has “personality issues” and wouldn’t be a good Master.
He then shamelessly claims he wants Snow White to be his Master. Like she’ll really want to be the Master of a sick bastard like Fav.
I basically only included this picture because we finally see Swim Swim swimming (I bet Prattle became very excited over this)!
And then I included this picture since I noticed the animation team sort of messed up here. Where are your gloves, Ripple?!
Fav continues to fill the details in for Snow White, who honestly didn’t suspect the scheming that was happening in the background. She sort of freaks out to find out that the magical girl candidates didn’t have to die, but they did because of Fav and Cranberry.
I guess Fav did have a point in seeming baffled that Snow White was clueless, but then again, all the magical girls who could have pieced together what was happening died already.
INCOMING: montage of dead magical girls and angry Snow White.
Snow White breaks the magical device in frustration and heads out to find Ripple and Swim Swim.
The fight continues. Ripple has retreated to a pole while Swim Swim swims underground (Prattle, it’s happened yet again!) and attacks her from behind. Ripple responds by dodging and throwing shurikens at Swim Swim’s eyes.
Of course Swim Swim dodges and forces them out of her body like… water? But then they reform and, by chance, lightning strikes the shurikens and Swim Swim. Ripple then realizes what Fav meant by sayng that Swim Swim’s weakpoints are light and sound.
Unfortunately, Ripple doesn’t think to perch atop of a telephone pole again (probably because the threat of lighning striking her scared her too much?) which leads to Swim Swim grabbing her by the ankle and slashing her eye.
Then she cuts off Ripple’s left arm, claiming that she’ll have to cut Ripple down if she’s unwilling to become her subject. A bit of censoring is attempted here with the censor steam. I’m not sure why they even bothered, but yeah.
Swim Swim tries to finish the job, but Ripple dodges yet again, grabs her dismembered arm, and swings it such that the blood flies into Swim Swim’s eyes in order to blind her. Well, her arm was drawn a biiiit too long but that’s what was supposed to be shown.
Then Ripple chucks a flashbang/grenade and knocks Swim Swim unconscious.
We also get a bit of a flashback back to Ripple’s dream where she met with Nemurin, but I ain’t about to give this girl anymore screen time on my blog!
Ripple staggers over to the unconcscious Swim Swim and finishes the job by weakly stabbing her body repeatedly. After she sits and cries while talking to both Top Speed and Snow White as if they were there, Ripple gets up and collapses.
And then the eyecatches.
Snow White arrives too late once again. As expected, she’s surprised to find that Swim Swim was just a young girl and it seems that Ripple died, too. Again, the animation team dropped the ball by including her arm even though it was chopped off.
Fav then pops up and congratulates her and telling her that she’s his new Master. Snow White, however, isn’t having any of it and tries to destory the Master terminal since she hears him thinking that he’ll be in trouble if she destroys the device.
However, it’s tougher than expected and Fav continues to taunt her and the dead magical girls as she tries in vain. But then, Snow White’s Lucky Rabbit’s Foot triggers and … allows Ripple to wake up? I guess she only passed out? Maybe she was outright revived. I’m pretty sure the novel explained this better. At any rate, we then get to see Fav beg for his life since Ripple is now armed with a weapon that can destroy the Master terminal.
The last few minutes of the episode takes place over six months later. Snow White has run away from home and basically became a hero of justice who travels around the world in order to stop criminal organizations and such. Meanwhile, Ripple stays in her district and helps others with small acts of kindness, much like the old Snow White did.
The World of Magic has ordered Ripple to persuade Snow White to remain in her district and stop overdoing things around the world. However, SW argues that won’t change anything, that she won’t stop what she’s doing, and that she’ll like to continue her combat training with Ripple. It seems like Ripple has been Snow White’s training instructor and is still stronger than her despite missing an arm and an eye. What a badass.
As they spar, Snow White thinks back to how she always wanted to be a magical girl and how she continued to dream even as her peers made fun of her for liking these heroes of justice. However, she has abandoned her original ideals as a magical girl and is killing the truly vile criminals if she feels like that’s the answer. She’s changed.
This series has been a great ride and I really enjoyed writing about it. A series review will be coming soon!