Join Irisviel on a moonlight stroll and much more~
So, how’s the weekend going, peeps?! I had to work yesterday so if you ask me, evening was very much better than morning and thus I didn’t have the energy to stay up late to review this episode from RAW. Besides being tired out of my mind, got through the first episode of Guilty Crown and it has more than a promising start, so if you haven’t checked it out; do so pronto.
Submissive much, Tokiomi?
Coming to the current episode of scheming and back-stabbing, we begin things where we left for a change with Gilgamesh all pissed while Tokiomi’s almost prostrated to make justifications for something we have become quite used to in this genre: Keikaku doori~ Gilgamesh, the King of Kings is not amused at all and he literally scares the crap out of Tokiomi, who still can’t believe that of all heroes, Gilgamesh materialized in the Archer class just because of his attack mode (projectile weapon). From his attire to the high-handed way he talks, this particular King needs more than amusement to stick around. Tokiomi must have pleaded on his hands and knees to set this reconnaissance game with Assassin. And it was quite successful with everyone taking the bait, in a way commencing the fourth Holy Grail War.
Me: “Oh Rider, would you get a grip?” Rider: “I got THIS. What else do you want from me, woman?!”
This fight was witnessed by at least four other masters via different familiars and Waver is one of the first to yip with joy. Though like Gilgamesh, Rider is not amused as well. He’s busy absorbing all modern news and using Waver’s mana to remain corporeal to gawk at B-2, Tomhawk and even Clinton to rule over him (lol!). Oh Rider, you are a giant slob who I assume would scratch his crotch while watching TV. Ugh, I’m glad you weren’t born in the recent years or else you’d be a giant couch potato or a gaming geek like one Daru. >.> However, thankfully, Rider has had enough and he wants to go out and find some game, maybe starting off with that flashy golden guy, who laid waste to Assassin. Time to engage the enemy as everyone must be on the move due to this fresh death. I kind of pity Waver because he’s simply being abused by Rider nonstop, pun intended.
Rider: “Food, sex, sleep and war… You gotta enjoy it utmost.” Waver: “Is that a hint of you having hots for me?”
On the other hand, Kirei pretended to have lost his servant and has taken up sanctuary in church under his father, a neutral ground for all combatants. Kirei is a slimy one for sure because, my pretties, like I said in the previous review, there’s not just ONE assassin rather many; though even I was astonished at their ‘number’. They are watching all the masters and keeping tabs on their movement, fulfilling their role of being excellent shadows. Like I guessed, it was all a play between the competing masters and setting of traps. Though, the look Kirei gave after his father’s comment on finally witnessing a miracle was very disturbing. You can say, even if he’s completely invested in this war, he’s still not sure about the ‘purpose’ himself.
Gun p0rn… SO GOOD!
When everyone went WTF?!
The Kiritsugu team has arrived in Fuyuki as well and we finally see some gun porn as baku had been looking forward to it. Kiritsugu sure looks badass with any kind of gun, big or small. Blame it on his BAMF aura and how precisely he handles it. Talking about our main protagonist, he sure comes to new light every episode. If you saw him as a pained yet loving husband in the first, you saw his fatherly face in the second and now you see the face of an adulterer maybe? I would say, hold your horses on this one and let the events play out because he and Maiya seem to share more than history. At least, I’m having fun in being shocked around him from Mage Killer to a top strategist for this war.
Iri: “You are definitely rocking that suit.” Saber: “Thank you, Hime~”
Iri’s finally out of that desolate mansion as well and looking at the real world for the first time; to her it’s Kiritsugu’s version as he had described and even showed it to her in bits and pieces. This is her only chance to experience it and even knowing that she’s being treated as a tool she genuinely seems tranquil with her condition even when turmoil is rife in her future as Kiritsugu and her family has predicted. Her positivity is highly refreshing and even Saber is affected by it becoming an excellent escort, showing her different places in the city along with her first visit to a beach. Personally, living near the tropical equator, if I do admire something around here, it’s the beach and I always default-associate it with the fun it provides to us high-humidity folks.
Anyways, while Iri frolicked a bit on the beach, a hero finally approached them with the intent of fight and Saber is ready to take him on, Iri getting her back. And the challenger is none other than Lancer (guess which Irish hero it’s this time). He’s unique in a sense but I’ll leave that for the next review when we finally see some action and his masters. This fight is overlooked by Rider, who’s having the time of his life, unlike Waver who’s on his servant’s mercy and wit’s end. Poor bloke.
A new challenger appears!
Ufotable, you kechi! I wanted MOAR FIGHTOOOO~
More Zero Love~
Whammed Expectation: when you know, you are inches from getting it
Rider: “Does this shorts makes me look fat?” Waver: “……….”
Gun Porn: You know you love it!
Obligatory Elegant beauty plug~
All Saber Fanboys/girls, you can scream now
I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT EPISODE!!!
Aww man, I needed more action! A lot happened, while some things just remained the same. I guess the big reveal was the Assassin’s capabilities but I already knew that so for me except for the Saber/Iri, Kiritsugu/Maiya and Waver/Rider bonding, nothing much happened. I expected the Lancer and Saber fight to get a move ONNNN, which I’ll get eventually in the next episode.
Before I get into nitty-gritty, I can bet you went all WHAAAA—with the whole Kiritsugu/Maiya kiss. For me, it didn’t seem sexual or even romantic in the least. It seemed as if it was done by Maiya to appease some of Kiritsugu’s guilt that he feels towards Iri in using her and his daughter Illya, who’s frail for her age (most of us already know she turns out to be a cute loli). I guess, this will come to light with some flashbacks and how Maiya became his trusted assistant. I’m pretty sure now that Saber is not going to like her master’s underhanded dealings in past or even some of his strategies to win the Grail but let’s leave that for later. The feeling though resounds in both Iri and Kiritsugu that they love each other yet are holding their emotions in check just because their partnership has a giant ticking clock on it and everything they know would end as the fourth war climaxes.
I loved the bonding between Iri and Saber, which is very much needed because they would be working together and Iri would even wear Kiritsugu’s role for posing as her master like in the current battle. It was rather refreshing to see Iri putting her hair down and having some fun with the gentlemanly Knight, so what if she’s a reverse trap? Iri shares the cuteness factor with her daughter; though her brand is of maturity and elegance. There’s just something about her that makes you smile whenever she’s on screen. While for Saber, her majestic charm is still quite in place and has not yet been sullen by the wariness and default-suspicion of Saber that some of you witnessed in Fate/stay night. She will remain to be as majestic though and her willingness to participate in fight in agreement of Iri is a simple proof.
Another important thing of note is the identity of servants and why it should be kept secret (even emphasized on Fate/stay night). You may ask why? Well, as they are famous heroes, knowing their true identities would give the opponent tactical leverage over them; however, Knight class servants are easier to point out than the rest and like Kiritsugu noticed, Tokiomi showing his hand by flaunting his servant is more than fishy. As noble phantasm is physical manifestation of a hero’s legend, witnessing that pretty much means knowing the true identity and thus having an advantage in a fight. You can compare it to seeing a captain’s Zanpaktou for a battle strategy against them. They get to know about Gilgamesh or not, he’s going to be a very powerful force to reckon with in this war.
One discrepancy though, according to Saber servants come with all the knowledge about the current era so why Rider has to do homework on modern weaponry? Sure, Rider’s default skills are riding but he should not be gawking at Tomhawks and fighter planes or even read up on modern weaponry because he should already know how to steer/use them. I guess, the whole joke was on his fanboyism to rule over world rather than technicalities. Also, Waver is in deep shit and I saw more than hints of bromance this episode. I pity Waver and he’s still pretty adorable, which comes as a surprise because I usually don’t like his type of characters.
Like I said before, I can’t wait to see Berserker and Kariya because even if they are not big favourites in terms of power, I like Kariya’s nobility. And imagine Caster in a battle with Ryuunosuke’s insane laughter in the background? Sure tingles your spine, doesn’t it? Including this, I can’t wait for the next episode because we would finally get to see an all out fight between two Knight Class servants and this is not going to be a short MI mission. Anyways, before I close, I have to fangirl on Rikiya Koyama voicing Kiritsugu because I think I’ve fallen in love with his voice. Why is it so SEXY?! Someone tell me! Also, for some reason Hikaru Midorikawa’s nasally voice really suits Lancer; don’t you think so too? So, how did this episode fair for you and who are you dying to see fight it out next? Till next week, ja ne~
My fangirl heart BADUMPed when I heard Kiritsugu calling Saber, “Kawaii King of Knights”. Saber honey, do Papa proud against Lancer; though it’s not going to be a death match for now. Also, Rider is telling Waver to ride but he isn’t liking it. Pfft. Oh Namikawa, how I like you when you whine.