Bow down before me, zashuudomo!
Wassup people? Hope you had a good weekend. I’m finally relaxing now with a three day holiday due to Eid here. Apologies for not blogging this awesomeness last week because well, a lot of project work came up and there were lots of deadlines; though, I’ve dedicated most of my free time to Meta stuff this holiday. With the new episode of MetaVerse out, you can already hear my fangirling over this series; if Jrow and Fosh hadn’t quelled my excitement, I’d’ve continued on talking about Fate/Zero for another half hour or so. Anyways, let me hit up this double episode review.
Rider just wanted to play but he only got glares. Poor bloke.
So, what happens when the Conqueror of Kings crashes your party? Well, if you are the King of Knights and a noble Knight yourself, you would get pretty much pissed off your rocker and ready to lunge at this behemoth who dared to interrupt you. Same emotions are shown by Saber and Lancer, who are not at all amused with the allegiance and alliance offer of Rider aka Alexander. The master of whom is ball of moans. I just wonder how many moans, crying and screaming Namikawa Daisuke had to go through in voicing Waver? This character is sure challenging for any voice artist but he does a brilliant job nonetheless. Personally I hate whiny characters like him and I’m usually the first one in raising my hand and calling a wimp but I just can’t in this case because there’s something endearing about him.
Waver: “He’s staring into my soul!” Rider: “Snap out of it!”
So, I’m totally anti-Kayneth when he bullies him with words for stealing Rider’s relic. The thing I loved most was Rider backing Waver up and supporting him instead of someone who halfassedly speaks from the shadows. Of course, Kiritsugu, Maiya, Kirei and Kariya are guilty as charged as well but you have to accept, this game is all about cloaks and daggers. Masters can make their servants do whatever using their command seals and you will be get enough of its examples as the episodes progress.
Gilgamesh: “Bunch of mongrels, all of you!”
Berserker: “I’ll use your sword and EAT IT!”
The battleground becomes all hot and bothered with the arrival of Gilgamesh, according to whom every other person is just a mongrel. If you have watched/played FSN, you already know how much he’s fond of the word ‘ZASHUU!’ and he definitely overuses. He’s attracted to this battleground by these supposed Kings but things quickly go nuclear as Berserker is summoned by Kariya to kill Gilgamesh. Just some backstory here: Kariya hates Tokiomi for a) Marrying his girl b) Having children with his girl c) Letting Zouken adopt Sakura and ensuing torture d) Forcing him to take part in the fourth Grail war e) Having perpetual dysentery due to crest worms and in general just being an asshole. So, you can clearly see his motivation for this war and Gilgamesh’s ZASHUU doesn’t help in further enraging the mad Berserker. You can keep on guessing why he went even more mental seeing Saber when Gilgamesh was forced to withdraw from the battle by Tokiomi. There’s definitely more than a story here.
Lancer: “I’m here, my fair maiden~”
Being a valiant knight, Lancer stops Berserker’s frontal attack at Saber because of his unfinished business with her but Kayneth being a dirty master, uses his command seal on Lancer to aid Berserker in destroying Saber. If Rider didn’t intervene and literally run over Berserker, Saber would be facing even more disadvantage than an unhealed left arm. Not to mention, Kayneth was a total bastard forcing Lancer to team up with Berserker when he was bent at fighting squarely with his honour intact. I loved how Rider intervened and playfully declared that he’ll faceoff the true winner from Saber Vs Lancer. It’s good that Kiritsugu didn’t have to reveal his position or else Kirei would’ve been even more forewarned. However, he already is after finding Kiritsugu’s spying familiar near the church.
And that’s a wrap up for episode five!
Caster: “I’ve been looking for you, my virgin~” Saber: “I KILLLL YOU!“
On the other hand, Caster is unable to stop his tears of joy, overseeing the development of this battle because he’s found his precious virgin. Of course, he’s mistaken about Saber’s identity but this is not the first time she has been mistaken as Jean of Arc. And this is from where things start in the current episode when Caster decides to appear in front of the car that Iri so recklessly drives. Seriously, someone needs a runaway car? Sign this one up and be free from cops in no time! If Saber is highly impressed by Iri’s driving (I sure would be not and have 911 on speed dial just because), she’s not amused by Caster’s repeated calls of JEANNE! He doesn’t even believe Saber when she reveals her identity of King Arthur. Caster, are you deaf or blind?
Ryuunosuke’s sadness on quantity over quality killing
After getting cornered by Saber, he sulks to Ryuunosuke, who’s busy killing children as slowly as possible. Is it bad of me to actually want to see what’s he doing rather than those columns? Call me sadist or whatever but I like me some blood whoever’s it is. I’m somewhat amused by Ryuunosuke calling Caster, danna; role reversal anyone? Though, he would give respect to someone who has shown him even more innovative ways to kill. Caster simply wants to prove that god doesn’t give a damn even if humans keep on continuing with their blasphemous ways and thus it would be interesting to have a human hill of kids. Kimochi warui ne~? Fact: these two are not in this battle for Holy Grail but have simply teamed up to leave a trail of bodies, which is now being very closely monitored by the authorities. Not to mention the previous battle was even reported on news. Like that would make any difference to the main contestants of the Holy Grail War.
Lancer’s internal thought: I so want to do a hair-flick but studios aren’t animating me in this scene; Unf!
Let me be clear, I dislike Tokiomi and Kayneth by rule because they are assholes, while I adore the rest of the masters, the degree is different though. Currently, I wish to free Lancer from Kayneth and Sola-Ui because they are snobbish to the nth degree and they definitely do not deserve such an honourable servant who only sees their betterment. If Kayneth is a bastard, Sola-Ui is a bitch with a big mouth and no sense of what to say. Kayneth’s sweatdrop proves the point that she overwhelms him but let me still make it clear:
You ARE pathetic, Kayneth.
Kiritsugu PWN’D you with his bombs and all your wards were of no use!
It was pretty BAMF of Kiritsugu in simply bombing the whole damn building; though, I don’t think there was a 150 meters freefall because Kayneth does know magic and could have simply opened a dimensional portal to escape the explosion. However, Kirei has all of his Assasins’ eyes and ears to track the competing masters and servants. In this particular situation he spots Maiya and manages to injure her; though she quickly runs off leaving smoke in her wake. I can bet Kirei was rather disappointed.
Rin! Yo’ Papa’s so fat, he doesn’t even move from his chair for TWO EPISODES!
With Caster and Ryuunosuke going crazy kidnapping children and Kirei establishing a tail on them, Risei agrees to gather all masters in hunting this pair so that somewhat of an order is back to the war. Of course, this is pretty subjective because Risei is helping Tokiomi and even Kirei in covering up the big heist they are planning. Gilgamesh on the other hand is tired of waiting and finally approaches Kirei in getting some observations done. He wants to know the motives behind all masters, not just their servants or strategies. Clever, Gil, you are actually goading Kirei to discover his own purpose. For now though, he’s clueless and still in foreboding mode.
Bromance plug: Poor baby, he’s thinking about Kiritsugu day and night. :3
Hair up or down, Gilgamesh remains smexy as hell
What a BERSERK pair and I love it!
Christmas’s coming early this year. Santa Clause is on his way~
Gilgamesh: “This time the prize is me. Come to the dark side, Kirei~”
Looking so BAMF just before blowing up a whole frikkin’ building!
Holy! This series sure has kept me on my toes. Even when I can browse the light novels any time I want, I don’t want to because they would rob me off the speculation wagon. I love fawning over servants as they are revealed and fine tune the strategies everyone is following. There are even times I wish I could copy my #FateZero tweet timeline here because I sure do talk about FZ a lot and usually it causes a lot of interesting conversation with fellow anibloggers.
Compared the previous episode, six is lots of talk and not much action. I guess, such episodes would come just for regrouping thoughts. This should also prepare you for the one season gap between season-two to maintain the quality. I have to give ufotable slack here because this is their first long series. Comparing to Kara no Kyoukai, they released it years apart even if they were always on planning stage whenever a new release was up in theaters. Production quality is still up there though conversational scenes sometimes become static to eye blinking and few hand gestures.
I have to fangirl over BERSERKER going berserk, literally. His entry was brilliant and how the kind-hearted Kariya that you spied in first episode has transformed into a cold-blooded killer with motives simply saying, “Korrose~” is spine chilling. The animation of Berserker’s black aura is gritty and his battle tactics simple yet efficient. He didn’t stay on screen too long but ruled over episode five like a king, even when he isn’t one. I literally feel pity for Kariya and his will to finish off Tokiomi and save Sakura. Like I predicted previously, keeping Berserker corporeal takes a toll on him. Not to mention, with Rider injuring him, it’s gonna hurt. Dx
Another person who is awesome: Rider. Seriously. This dude is a true warrior, upholding hero honour. It’s going to be amazing seeing him fight another servant and I can easily guess that Saber will win against Lancer, however much I like him and I swear it’s not because of that HNNG mole. The next one seems like a death match, while Caster gets ready to be followed. Which master will do him in? Got any favourites? First choice has to be Saber as he literally bothered her but won’t you feel good if Berserker does this deed? Place your bets now!
Preview: Things are getting serious! There’s a manhunt for Caster and Ryuunosuke; will they be punished? I can hope, right? Not to mention, Saber Vs Lancer recommences and of course, it’s a death match. So, look forward to some more panic, next episode. Ja ne~