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3 Favorite Moments from Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 12

Which Were My 3 Favorite Moments from Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 12?

Yuuki takes matters into his own hand, Pecorine embraces her victory, and Karyl’s despair is canceled. What were my 3 favorite moments from Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 11, “Connecting the Pieces with You Once More”?

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3 Favorite Moments from Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 12

Third Favorite Moment: Yuuki Steps Up

Yuuki fulfills his role as Labyrista’s princess knight. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Labyrista was one of my favorite characters this season, so I was really stoked to see her not dead. It was quite the bummer that she was under Kaiser Insight’s control, but still, not dead is good.

We found out why Ames gave Kokkoro that gold artifact in the previous episode. I remember Labyrista holding it back in episode 5. My guess is that it’s related to her relationship to Yuuki as her Princess Knight. Whatever it is, Ames gave it to Kokkoro, and she used it in this episode. It seems to have given Yuuki some kind of magical affinity to his Princess, Labyrista. 

He leapt onto the magical energy shield protecting Kaiser Insight. Instead of being repelled, he drove his hand through the upper shield. With Kokkoro’s device’s help, he created an interface to the magical apparatus that controlled Labyrista.

At least that’s what Ames said as she watched the conflict from her set of dimensions (09:30): “… Maybe Yuuki, Labyrista’s Princess Knight, might just be able to set her avatar free!”

Even as she finished the sentence, his hand closed on the manifested controls and twisted. Labyrista snapped out of her stupor.

This is the kind of moment that only works in animation. I can’t imagine trying to describe this anywhere near as effectively in prose. Especially given the stellar level animation in this series.

Second Favorite Moment: Pecorine and her Mom

This is one of those times when prose fails. The animation conveyed her feelings with tearful clarity. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

There’s no way I could let this moment go without comment. Through two seasons, Pecorine has fought to reclaim her rightful place as Princess Eustiana of Landosol. She wanted to serve and protect her people. Not only that, but she wanted her parents back. I thought the moment when she realized they’d forgotten her, back in the last episodes of season 1, would break even her. It didn’t, but it had to rock her to the foundations of her personality.

She fought back. Not only physically, but with good humor and compassion. She built a circle of friends who she could depend on, and who could depend on her. She fought Kaiser Insight, the most powerful being in that world, buoyed in part by the cheers of the people who loved. She never backed down and she never gave up.

All through this, I kept seeing my favorite moment from episode 1, when she gazed with longing at the castle, her home. Now, after she had defeated Kaiser Insight, they appeared: Her father the king and her mother the queen. And she froze.

It was like she could not believe what she saw. It had to seem like a dream that was just too good to exist. She couldn’t even move. It took Karyl giving her a gentle nudge, a gesture Pecorine seemed to take as confirmation and permission. She threw herself into her mothers arms and wailed (21:49). 

I don’t have words to top what the animators came up with, so check out the screen shot above. Better yet, watch the episode! That’s just good stuff.

Favorite Moment: Pecorine Banishes Karyl’s Despair

Karyl could hardly believe that Pecorine was not only willing to help her – but help her save Kaiser Insight! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Speaking of good stuff, I want to acknowledge just how good a person Pecorine is. She proved it through her friend Karyl in this episode.

For whatever reason, Karyl still loved Kaiser Insight. Karyl did not want to see her princess perish. So, on the verge of total victory, Karyl invited Karyl to a meal, just as Pecorine had back in episode 5. Kaiser Insight declined, opting instead to allow her shadow self to devour her in a last ditch, impossible attempt at her own victory.

Labyrista and Metamorregnant wrote Kaiser Insight off as a total loss. The townspeople picked up on that mood and jeered at the flailing monstrosity that Kaiser had become. 

Karyl felt crushed. She had reached out her hand to Kaiser, but Kaiser had pushed her away. Worse, everyone around her wanted to see Kaiser dead. Karyl experienced a moment of black despair. 

Then she felt Pecorine’s hand touch hers. Looking up in astonishment, she saw Pecorine standing resolutely beside her. 

“Let’s save her, “ Pecorine said (12:44).

That’s one of the best examples of unconditional love I’ve seen for a good while. It honestly makes me feel better about the world!

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2 thoughts on “3 Favorite Moments from Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 12

  1. ***That’s one of the best examples of unconditional love I’ve seen for a good while. It honestly makes me feel better about the world!***

    It’d probably work better on me, if that weren’t the background mood for quite a lot of anime out there. It’s what’s behind the shounen today’s-enemy-tomorrow’s-friend cliché. There’s literally nothing that can’t be forgiven. That said, this sort of narrative background radiation is one of the things that’s always attracted me to anime. It’s better than the revel-in-the-villain-getting-just-deserts line.

    Where this show ended up using this better than other shows is that, while Kaiser Insight did sort of surrender and accept her fate, she clearly refused to be friends in a way that leaves a plausible maybe-later-maybe-never scenario on the table. Too many shows rush the friendship explosion. Not this one, despite going for a clear feelgood vibe.

    1. “That said, this sort of narrative background radiation is one of the things that’s always attracted me to anime. It’s better than the revel-in-the-villain-getting-just-deserts line.”

      Now that you mention that, I think it’s one of the things that attracts me to anime as well. Years ago, I studied theology. Now, I can’t read ancient Greek, and I can’t read ancient Hebrew, either. So I had to rely on translations. But there were some very, very clear statements about forgiveness in a certain book that’s supposedly held in high regard by some folks. And what that book had to say about forgiveness was in line with “There’s literally nothing that can’t be forgiven.”

      Okay, there was one important exception noted (blasphemy against the Holy Spirit), but let’s put that aside for the sake of this discussion.

      One exception. Yet, we seem to really like seeing our villains punished. In fact, we like to call people criminals so we can put the hurt on them.

      It’s like as a race, we’re horny for harm.

      Not that this topic hasn’t been on my mind a lot lately…

      I like your observation about Kaiser Insight’s refusal to just be friends. I liked that bit of realism.

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