Fairy Musketeers comes to the end of the road, and it seems that
Cendrillon, with all the foresight of evil witches everywhere, has
rather underestimated the power of her enemies. Souta's about to face
some serious heartache, but what doesn't kill us makes us stronger,
It's the last six episodes of Fairy Musketeers, and with the last episode I looked at having dropped some fairly heavy hints about Trude's true identity, this batch thankfully wastes no time in explaining what's been going on. The first part of that deals with Souta's mother: known to Souta as Sayo, she's better known to the people of Phandavale as Sylphine, one of the Seven Sages that 1,000 years earlier had been responsible for sealing Cendrillon away in the first place. She's looking well for her age, then. Now, she's a key part of Cendrillon's plan to take revenge, and having her son turn up as the Key to Erde only makes the revenge all the sweeter.
Cendrillon has spotted that the tale of her progression from young and innocent Marlene to somewhat older and considerably more evil Cendrillon has certain similarities to Souta's own tale: they've both suffered from the pain of being separated from one they loved dearly, in both cases the separation of Erde and Phandavale played a key role in that separation, and they both harbour dreams of bringing the two worlds together. So far, so similar. What Souta's missing, though, is something of such magnitude that it pushes him over the edge from the kind, caring boy we know into someone far more evil. For her, that event has seeing the boy she loved killed in front of her when one of her spells went awry - so guess what she's got in story for Sayo.
All does not, of course, go according to plan, and over the course of five episodes we have some real heartstring-tugging, plenty of to'ing and fro'ing as Cendrillon tries to keep control of her plans, a few good surprises thrown in (along with one or two scenes that were, sadly, anything but), and some very nice large-scale battles that reflect the epic scale of what Cendrillon's trying to achieve. What it's lacking, though, is any real sense that she's ever likely to win. Now, that may seem like something of a "duh!" statement for this sort of series, and in some ways it is, but here's the problem: Fairy Musketeers at heart is a magical girl show, and in other shows of the same ilk (say, Sailor Moon), the lead character, while ultimately a force for good, is often shown to have moments of weakness, or internal doubts that mean that you can believe that there's a possibility of them turning to the darkside.