My Saturday started with Adventures of Tintin and ended up with some anime marathoning and of course, the Fate/Zero live watch with even more people this time: Foshy, Jrow, Foomafoo, Kuroshinko and Cools. Why is it fun live watching via skype, you ask? Well, some very funny comments and just pure old fun of discussion. Like I always say, if you want to drop by next week, just message me on twitter.
Coming to the current episode, for those pouting people for no action in the previous episode, here you go; loads of action, revealing even more plot pointers. We start off with Iri, being escorted by Maiya to safety. She sure does get escorted a lot, doesn’t she? Living the life for sure and she is important, not only because Kiritsugu loves her. As the feeling is quite mutual, rather than going away from danger, Iri along with Maiya intercepts Kirei, foiling his plans to faceoff Kiritsugu.
That BIG BANG that we left off at in the previous episode, finally results in Kayneth, seeing a glimpse of lala land because the bullet breaks through his special Volumen Hydragram’s Autonomous Defense. You know that giant silvery dango, which creepily scalps, sends feelers out and destroys everything in its path? Now that he got beaten, the asshole keeps on talking like a high-handed queen with protruding veins on his face. I would like to think he’s going through minor heart-attacks on each step with the kind of face he’s making. While he bullshits after Kiritsugu, he in turn strategize to screw his plan to kingdom come with another deadly round of his special gun. In short, gathering his mana for defense was a mistake.
Before the fun part though, a wild Kirei appeared in the forest~
Maiya welcomed him with a shower of bullets but of course, this is Kirei we are talking about and he dodges all of them like a pro. The death scene was so fake that I was screaming a decoy at the top of my lungs when Maiya showed herself in the open. I wished to see Black Keys in the last review and here I got ‘em and I got ‘em GOOD because Kirei shows his amazing moves, which must have really hurt, Maiya. Not that I bothered much; yeah, I know, I have a stone heart.
Seeing a comrade down, Iri finally shows some of her strength in combat. Good thing is that Kiritsugu has not only taught her drunk driving but some awesome crochet combat as well. She imprisons Kirei using her brand of alchemy but it turns out that he has a thing for trees, which gives away under his constant thrusting…
Poor Tree-chan couldn’t win against DAT ASS
Things progress brilliantly with Lancer/Saber teaming up because even if the tentacled monsters haven’t reduced in number, due to continuous resurfacing, their team spirit is still blazing hot. When Saber finally uses her air-elemental attack, Lancer rides the wind and gouges away at Caster’s noble phantasm: his grimoire. The victory washes over them in a rain of bloody shower and if you heard a reverberating yayyyyy! on Saturday, that was probably me after this scene. Just when Saber was ready for her last blow, Caster uses a bloody fog as his escape card. Oh c’mon, someone die already!!! Not in this episode at least. Being the honourable heroes they are, Saber lets Lancer save his master rather than continuing her fight with him. Shucks, that’s the King of Knights for ya.
On the other hand, we find something very interesting: Kiritsugu’s origin lies in severing and binding, which is different from destroying and regenerating; for example, cut a rope and bind a knot to repair it, that’s never a perfect regeneration or mending because the rope would never be the same again. What’s interesting is that his sensei, Natalia, made sixty-six bullets with his two ribs (powdered form), sealing a part of his soul in them to make a highly powerful weapon named “Origin Bullets”. They are extremely dangerous to magi because it not only shorts their magical circuit but repairs them unnaturally to the point that it leaves the recipient broken from inside. If the first bullet physically wounded Kayneth, the second literally blasted his magical mana, leaving him almost senseless and grasping for air. If it weren’t for the timely arrival of Lancer, Kiritsugu would have surely killed him. Dang.
As the other battles climax, Kirei’s assault comes to a premature halt with Saber underfoot as reported by his servant. Though of course, he won’t leave without wounding the two women in question. He just can’t believe that Iri and Maiya decided on their own accord to intercept him so that he couldn’t reach Kiritsugu. Kirei is unable to understand these women’s motivation because he’s devoid of emotion and thinks the same for Kiritsugu being blank and not understood by anyone. In short, you can say, he’s jealous of Kiritsugu’s trio-harem. He leaves them literally for dead but this is where you realize that Kiritsugu has done some clever thinking of sealing Avalon (Saber’s Noble Phantasm) in Iri as a conceptual weapon to which Saber unknowingly provided mana, when she touches Iri. The contact makes the connection stronger and she even heals Maiya, who I thought would be a total goner.
Broamance killers All Hail the trio-harem of Kiritsugu, who saved him yet again…
Meet Mr. Hulk
Is it just me who HNNGSS every time Kirei (Nakata Jouji) or Kiritsugu (Rikiya Koyama) speaks?!
It’s ketchup, silly!
There’s something very satisfying when a baddie hits the dust
No one DIED. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT. While watching this episode, I was literally screaming, ‘Where are the deaths, guys?’. Why do I have a feeling that the second cour would be everyone dying left, right and center? I’m loving the pacing but damn it, give me some deaths already! I’m used to the cutthroat ways of the Holy Grail war so no, I’m not shy or anything; even if I have emotional attachment to some characters, I’ll take their deaths as a trooper and move on to greener pastures. So, c’mon already don’t disappoint me like this, ufotable!
From the way I started, you would think I’m being an elitist and hatin’ on Fate/Zero but how can I?! I love this series and every new fact revealed leaves me speculating for more. Did you hear that awesome BGM, while the Lancer/Saber/Caster fight was going on? I love that heart-beating sound with eerie chorus mix; graah, when is the OST coming out! Anyways, I think it’s time that I reveal some of my thoughts, first is Iri being the Holy Grail vessel. Now, for those who have seen Fate/stay night, already know that a vessel is needed for Holy Grail to manifest and in this war, Iri is that Lesser Grail and the reason Kirei was so astonished of her joining him in combat. Like hinted before, Einzbern have created her as a special homunculus for being the Lesser Grail (vessel), a tool to their advantage to reach Akashik records (where truth of everything lies) at the climax of the war.
Speaking of Akasha, it’s a good time to talk about Origins too. If defined crudely, it’s the basic instinct of a person, a “chaotic impulse” driving the force of one’s existence, which accumulates through reincarnations. It’s different for different individuals and if you have seen Kara no Kyoukai, you already know that Ryougi Shiki’s origin is murder, while Lio’s consumption and Azaka’s taboo. So, it was interesting that Kiritsugu’s was severing and binding, discovered by his sensei, Natalia. In brief, she’s the one who rescued him from a tight situation, after which he literally followed her footsteps becoming a weapon for church to kill heretic magi.
If you really think about it, he was used as a tool throughout his life and even his contract with the Einzbern was to be a tool in the Holy Grail War. This instinct has become so ingrained in him, that he treats everyone that comes in contact with him as a tool too. Maiya, the trusted foot soldier, while Saber the ultimate servant; the only people who shake his faith on tools is his family (Iri and Illya), but even he knows that he has to sacrifice one to save another. The reason he has delegated Saber to Iri is because he’s unable to see eye to eye with her ‘Hero’s Honour and Valour’, he would’ve preferred Caster or even Assassin as a servant, but he should be glad that he got the ultimate servant in terms of power. I can only see Saber getting even more pissed off with his attitude and I would be glad if they come to understand one another but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.
I should stop talking about deaths because I can only hope for reverse-psychology to work and we getting some in the next episode but I literally won’t say it this time as my screaming above should suffice. The ones who are dwindling by a thread is definitely Kayneth and Caster. We just have to see if Risei and Tokiomi’s plan succeeds in getting that extra command seal by involving Gilgamesh into the mix. Some Broskander would be much welcome too!
Preview: There would be definitely some Rider and him saving Waver is no surprise. Sola-Ui sounds pretty greedy, trying to get ALL OF Lancer for herself. Who knows, she might actually get her wish granted? And as Tokiomi would be around, you should expect more cloak and daggers as usual. Till next time, Ja ne~