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Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 9 Review – Best In Show

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Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 9 Review – Quick Summary

In Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 9, “Converging Hearts, Passing Souls: Crepes the Flavor of a Promise”, Pecorine tried to tell the secret of her identity to Karyl, but her nerve failed her. Will she get another chance? Afterward, Karyl look homemade rice balls to offer to Kaiser Insight, but the princess was not on her throne. She was sick in bed, so Karyl knelt beside her in the hopes Kaiser would regain consciousness. Which Kaiser was Karyl waiting for? Are there more than two? And why is Labyrista so worried about Yuuki – and what will her concern drive her to do?

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

Favorite Quote from Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 9

Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 9: Karyl would like these peaceful times to last forever

Karyl didn’t want the time of peace and togetherness to end. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Foreshadowing can take a lot of forms. Sometimes it’s obvious, like the death flags Kimihito Kurusu set in episode 12 of Monster Musume (around 07:50). Sometimes it’s more subtle, like my favorite quote from this episode.

Or maybe the quote qualifies as more obvious than I’m giving it credit for? It’s hard to tell, because I was so caught up in the moment.

It was at the festival. Pecorine had missed one chance to tell Karyl her secret. Now, Kokkoro pulled Yuuki away to play with balloons so Pecorine would have a chance to talk to Karyl in private. After a few moments of Pecorine’s beautifully animated indecision, she finally found the nerve to speak. 

But Karyl beat her to it. 

“I wish,” she began (11:50). “I wish this could last forever.”

It can’t last forever, of course. Pecorine knew that, but she didn’t want her confession to be the catalyst that ended it. 

Judging by what happened later in the episode, her concern was misplaced.

Best in Show Moment for Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 9

Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 9: Even as she fell, her thoughts were with Yuuki

Even as she fell, her thoughts were with Yuuki and his friends. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Labyrista Had a Solid Plan

She had a good plan. It just wasn’t quite good enough. I’m going to miss Labyrista.

I don’t fully understand what her death means. Is she gone from all worlds? This “dive”? What’s it mean to be one of the Seven Crowns? In the context of this episode, and in the context of this “re:dive,” I think she’s gone.

The fight scene was everything my science fiction brain wanted to see. They fought in an abstract place. She and Kaiser Insight (which Crunchyroll translated as Omniscient Kaiser) threw geometry at each other. I don’t even have the words to describe it; it was just insanely cool. At one point, Kaiser conjured so many swords that they seemed like a single, monstrously huge predatory snake. 

Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 9: Labyrista's tactics anticipated Kaiser's sword attack

The swords gave Labyrista quite a lot of trouble, for a time. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

They even threw moons at each other. If you’re going to battle in the abstract, that’s the kind of thing I like to see. I didn’t even know it was an option!

Labyrista had a good plan. She had discerned a weakness in Kaiser. She directed the two other members of her guild, Rino Inosaki and Shizuru Hoshino, destroy the attacking swords and the shadows that supplied Kaiser with power. Labyrista backed Kaiser into a corner and prepared to administer the killing blow.

Delivery: Labyrista’s Regret

It really was a good plan. 

But Labyrista didn’t know about the ring Kaiser had given Karyl, or the teleportation properties that were a part of it. Nor did she know that there were two Kaisers. So when Kaiser teleported Karyl right in front of Labyrista’s sword thrust, Labyrista of course stayed her hand. She’s not a murderer. 

Kaiser is. The second Kaiser plunged her sword through Labyrista’s back. 

As Labyrista fell, the structures her magic had created disintegrating around her, she thought of Yuuki. She thought of his resolve to help his friends, and of her failure to eliminate the danger.

Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 9: Only now does Karyl understand who she's been supporting

How must it feel to Karyl, knowing the princess she adores is a cold-blooded murderer? That she’s on the wrong side? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Thinking of Karyl’s stricken look and screams when as she realized what had happened, Labyrista thought (21:32), “I’m sorry for putting your precious friend through such terrible pain.”

Damn, I’m going to miss Labyrista. 

What did you think of Karyl quoting the Terminator? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 9 Review – Best In Show

  1. That battle was absolutely insane in terms of animation. The entire season has been really strong animation-wise imo

    1. I agree with you about the animation.

      It’s been a pretty good season for visually dazzling battles! Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc brought some powerful and complex battles to life. If you haven’t seen Gigguk’s Youtube video on the subject, you can see it here:

      Honestly, I think that the only way Princess Connect suffers by comparison is by sheer volume of the battle.

      But I’ll say this for Princess Connect: I prefer its non-battle animation! Especially the character models.

  2. Hey good news! E-Bay had it for a good price, I have a Region free portable DVD player, do I bought it! That means I get to review it in a few weeks and…

    Look. I said it was good news. I didnt say for whom it was good news for… Sigh. But yay. I’ll finally know for certain if this truly is Best In Show!… No I don’t need a nap! Yes I am joking… No that isn’t a body under my bed. Yes I’ll stop typing…

    1. I hope it works well for you! Do you need subs? Can you understand enough Japanese to watch it with just the original audio?

      Because that would be seriously cool.

      1. Usually DVDs come with English subs. But thanks. Anyway yeah. I kinda like owning my anime, and I always check the DVD stats to make sure it has English subs. This does. Come now. I have been around the Anime block since my first fan reviews in the 90s, and my first official reviews in the early 00s. Still thanks again for the assist. I’ll post about it when it arrives next week or so.

  3. Wow! I saw that I CAN buy this series on DVD… Just not at Amazon. It’s sold out… Guess I’ll try E-Bay… And be saddened by the prices being asked for. Yeah. I like Anime just like all of you, but that doesn’t give people the right to price gouge us on a DVD purchase.

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