HHNNGGG DAT SMILE~
And I was thinking my weekend would go in a breeze but it didn’t. Things happened but let’s just leave it at that. For one thing, I live-watched this episode with Foshy and Foomafoo on skype. If you want to join me next week at 4:30pm GMT on Saturday, just give me a shoutout on twitter and we’ll share credentials for the skype channel. I don’t wait for the 720p just because I can’t wait; sure I download it later but there’s something in catching it as an early bird on NicoNico channel. Truthfully, can you even wait a second for the next installment of this awesome series?! Na-uh! I thought so.
Tokiomi: “I WANT THESE TATS TO LOOK COOL!”
The first scene sure was nostalgic. Almost seemed as if I was seeing a part of the 9/11 footage. However, it didn’t contain a giant silver ball and that just proves that Kayneth and party are safe and unharmed. Kirei’s father Risei and the Judge for this Holy Grail War issues an emergency provision that all masters are to cease fighting and attack Caster instead, who is behind the Fuyuki kidnapping reported in news. Reward for the winner would be an extra command seal, left from the previous grail wars. Five familiars report back, further proving the fact that Kayneth has not kicked the bucket yet. Risei and Tokiomi evilly plan the fact that once Caster’s weak from everyone’s attack, Gilgamesh would go in and finish the job, winning the extra command seal. If you’ve forgotten already, Tokiomi and Kayneth are the ones who have used one already. Every master has a total of three so this was a very early use by these two masters and they should be ready to do anything to gain one back; leveraging over others.
Broskander is DA MAN~
We don’t move to action before some comic relief by Broskander and his tsundere master Waver. Every FZ fan needs this duo on screen because they are that entertaining. Rider uses the home shopping network for the first time to order in an “Admirable Conquest” T-shirt with a world map on it. Seems like peer pressure is rife everywhere and even between kings. Our cool dude, Iskander wants to wear modern clothes just like Saber and thus the order. And you know what his next mission is? Get an XXXL sized pants but he has to first win Waver’s heart by defeating a servant first to get it. Time for srs, bsns? Heck yeah!
Kiritsugu: “It’s settled then, we’ll divide our minions in half if we separate. You can have the blondie.”
Things are heating up at Kiritsugu’s stronghold with lots of strategizing. Saber’s wound hasn’t healed yet but she’s still itching to go after Caster as per her Heroes’ Honour. Iri is right to question the motives of Church because Kiritsugu has finally pieced two and two together: Risei giving sanctuary to his own son when his servant still lives and their connection to Tohsaka, who’s playing from the shadows for the win. He doesn’t want Saber to face Caster rather plans to send Maiya after him and deal with him in his own way. Saber doesn’t like it and moves to action on Iri’s urging when Caster brings the game to their state.
DAAAAAAWWW, you two… =3=
He’s afraid of Kirei? Damn, will this Bromance ever end?! xD
I’m satisfied to see Kiritsugu finally lose it. You just can’t show an all knowing character going BAMF all the time without any weaknesses. Sure, he has a beautiful wife and a cute daughter but she’s weak and his wife is not really a human but a homunculus tool of Einzbern dynasty. Not to mention, his picked up stray, whose life he saved loves him, when he doesn’t. Oh also, he has to save the world and has an elaborate plan for it. Of course, he has to lose it to show some human characteristic. If he wants to run away with Iri and then save Illya later on; let him dream on for just a few more minutes Iri before you get a reality check done. But no, Iri knows that’s never going to happen due to his higher plans. Currently, you should suffice it with ‘saving the world’.
Saber: “I see a creep…” Caster: “I’m here, my virgin~”
Children turned to tentacle monstrosity. Not cool, bro!
Iri uses the remote-viewing crystal ball to see Caster’s progress, who has brought his game to their doorsteps aka lot of kids for sacrifice. It makes me sick to the stomach just by thinking that he has brought them to pass his time, while Saber comes to tackle him. This time he’s come prepared and he uses the kids bodies to infest them with magic to produce many tentacled-monsters, who do his bidding and keep hatching even after Saber cuts through them repeatedly. It doesn’t help that she’s still wounded; however, Lancer arrives as a Knight in Shining armour to aid her in getting rid of Caster and the copious number of wriggly things.
Kiritsugu instructs Maiya to escort Iri out of the castle grounds and in opposite direction of the fight. Just then Kayneth decides to gate crash with a blob version of T-1000. Kayneth announces his entry rather grandly and I was almost agape at his skill at fighting even if it meant spellwork rather than handwork. I’ve already dubbed him an asshole so he definitely surprised me in coming out of the shadows and facing Kiritsugu. Sure, he must be livid after the previous bombing and has come for revenge but I can only hope that he never returns and is taken care of soon! I have to mention Kiritsugu’s power of Reality Marble, which is basically the alteration of time within his body and has been passed down from the Emiya dynasty. His usage is either fast forwarding via Time Alter: Double Accel or Stagnate to slow down his body’s time for combat and stealth. This definitely surprises Kayneth but he’s still not afraid. But he should definitely be after Kiritsugu’s satisfied smile. I can only hope his special two-second-loading pistol is like Colt and can break through magic barriers. Just die, Kayneth.
GO AWAY AND DIIIEEE!
We are ALMOST at the half-mark of this series; for the first cour at least and no deaths yet? C’mon man, I need to see some BLOOD! I got plenty though even if it was octupussy gore. See what I did there? I don’t even— Moving on from bad puns, wow, Lancer, you are still not dead. You sure are one lucky Lancer because as per Nasuverse goes, Lancer is usually the first servant to go. Now the more I see him, the more I like him and I would rather Kiritsugu offs Kayneth than Saber offs Lancer. I can wish, right? We need more of Broskander as well because he can’t just sit in the house and TV shop; he needs to go out and fight some servants!
Progress-wise, things definitely didn’t play out as I presumed in this episode. The tactics are getting complicated with many elements coming into play. From the reference about the extra command spells left from previous war to Kiritsugu solving the Kotomine/Tohsaka alliance, which brings me to Kiritsugu’s motive. Now, remember, how he has been a Mage Killer from the start, as if on a suicide mission? Well, life is certainly like that for him, even now. He has a purpose to win this Holy Grail and for it and he’s ready to sacrifice himself. Pay close attention to, ‘I’ve already sacrificed you and leaving behind Illya’, he’s prepared for his own death and knows that Illya won’t get her parents’ love. Harden your hearts, people, there’s a lot going on here.
The reason he’s afraid of Kirei is because he thinks of him as his true nemesis; someone like him, who can thwart all his plans and even overtake him in this war. Kirei was an executioner himself and you can clearly see the killer-intent in his eyes when he had caught Maiya. He’s going to be a feisty player even if he’s playing the second fiddle to Tokiomi right now. I want to see his Black Keys (the long rapier-like swords), again and if you have seen Tsukihime, you’ve already spied them on Ciel; recycling weapons and characteristic features is common in nasuverse.
I have to applaud Iri in keeping her cool, when the enemy came knocking. I liked how she was worried about Saber and sent her to fight Caster, which she was dying to do as opposed to Kiritsugu’s plan. It was not defiance rather she took the most reliable decision at that time, looking at how Caster followed her to their gate. I also presume that she knows about Maiya’s feelings towards Kiritsugu and knows that his affection is merely of a caretaker towards her. Like Kirei’s Black Keys, I want to see Reality Marble in work some more; this is a pretty nifty power indeed.
Caster was creepy as hell with his virgin chants and wriggly things. I mean, how the creatures moved to their BGM was sickening; I literally EEKed at the little kid transforming into many tentacles with razor-sharp teeth and suckers. Someone put him to rest because that book of his is sure dangerous. Is it bad of me to miss Ryuunosuke here? I feel like I haven’t seen him much except for in dark room with weird shadow angles; not like he has handsome feature, that eye-distance is eerie to say the least. So, any bets for who’s getting killed next episode?
Preview: The next episode will be Mage Killer and seems like it’s about time for someone to get killed! I would love it that Kiritsugu kills Kayneth so that Saber doesn’t have to kill Lancer. I’ve really come to like this dude and not just because he’s a bishie and has that mole on his face. Though, I would love for Saber to kill Caster; this creep has been pissing me off from the get-go. Looks like I want a lot of people dead but it’s the fun of Fate/Zero. With Kirei’s Command Spell showing, do we have him join the fun too? Wrack your brains till next time, ja ne~