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Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 12 Review – Quick Summary

In Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 12, “Connecting the Pieces with You Once More,” Pecorine/Princess Eustiana vowed to take it all back from Kaiser Insight. But with Kaiser Insight having subverted the powers of both Labyrista and Metamorregnant, is that even possible? It’s not like Pecorine is in peak condition. Despite his unstable magic, Yuuki had determined he would fight beside Pecorine. How much will Yokkoro support him, given her meeting with Ames? Will this all end in another collapsing timeline?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

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

Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 12: Pecorine intended to reclaim what was hers

Pecorine had come this far. She would not back down now. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

My favorite quote came early in the episode. They were words of resolve. They were words spoken from a heart that would not yield. The quote belongs to Pecorine.

The newly-constituted Kaiser Insight descended to the flagstones in front of Pecorine, Yuuki, and Kokkoro. She came down slowly, and she looked quite impressive. Calmly and with supreme confidence, Kaiser Insight said that she would now complete her mission: To take everything from Pecorine. 

It’s hard to overstate just how menacing she sounded. 

Except, Pecorine wasn’t intimidated. It was more like Kaiser Insight’s words ignited her resolve. She drew her sword back and put herself into a ready stance.

“No,” she said (01:43), “you’re going to give it back.”

And just like that, Pecorine set the tone for the rest of the episode.

Best in Show Moment for Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 12

Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 12: Karyl could not believe Pecorine would stand beside her

Karyl could not believe that after all Kaiser Insight had done, Pecorine would still try to help her. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: The Mirror of Fiction

The best fiction, the fiction I enjoy the most, holds up a mirror to reality. That mirror is like magic. It vanishes the irrelevant details. It embellishes the color of what’s important so it stands out. Looking into the mirrors that are the best examples of their craft, I can see the world from a fresh perspective. I can see those ideas in a form that’s stripped of the tribe-speak and assumptions that pervade the world we live in.

My favorite moment in this episode (and yes, it was a tough choice with so many contenders!) is an example of an ancient concept. It’s well-known, but seldom adopted. It’s preached almost daily, but seldom lived. 

Violence begets violence, doesn’t it? We know that. We see it around us every day. Yet, it’s hard to come up with a strategy to not respond to violence with more violence. A famous book says, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). But how many people really do that? How many people even try?

Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 12: Kaiser Insight was a formidable foe

It’s really hard to love your enemy when they’re bent on destroying you and your entire universe! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Suffering is scary. Accepting violence means we’ll suffer. And since our enemies often want to do violence to us, there’s no way that we’re going to try to understand them enough so that we can begin to love them. It takes strength, courage, and determination to endure even the idea of that much pain. 

In this episode, Labyrista and Metamorregnant had given up on Kaiser Insight. They said the shadow would devour her soul. That broke Karyl’s heart. 

How easy would it have been for Pecorine to pat Karyl on the shoulder and said something like, “Sorry, Karyl, rough luck, that! Let’s go home and toast to her memory!”

Delivery: Pecorine Stands Beside Karyl

Really, really easy! And not a single soul could possibly have blamed her. But I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Pecorine is better than I am. She has a goodness I find inspirational. She didn’t take the easy way out. 

Karyl thought it was over for Kaiser Insight. She thought her Princess was done for. I’m not going to question Karyl’s loyalty. I’m not going to question her morality or even her common sense. She was in pain, and Pecorine saw it. 

And Pecorine knew what to do about it.

Karyl looked up at the colossal shadow, believing it to be Kaiser Insight’s death throes. She heard the jeering of the crowd who were ecstatic at the impending death of the creature who had oppressed them and who had tried to take everything from Eustiana, their real Princess. 

In that black moment of Karyl’s despair, Pecorine took her hand. 

“Let’s save her,” the real Princess Eustiana said (12:44).

Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 12: Pecorine had toughness to spare

You have to be tough to stand up to an enemy’s abuse, as you’re trying to figure out how to love them. Pecorine has toughness to spare! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I can’t argue that they used non-violence on Kaiser Insight – but they tried it. Both Pecorine and Karyl offered to sit down and eat a meal with her. But Pecorine absolutely lived the idea of loving her enemy. Kaiser Insight had taken everything from Pecorine. She tried to literally destroy Pecorine’s world. That’s about as “enemy” as you can get!

Maybe magical powers like Pecorine’s are why it’s easier to live up to those ideas in fiction! Because I certainly don’t have Yuuki’s power-up capabilities or Pecorine’s Princess Strike! But I can enjoy the mirror they held up to my world. And I can think about the possibilities I see there.

What did you think of Karyl’s decision to fight beside Pecorine, Yuuki, and Kokkoro? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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