Behold, the POWUH of Broskander.
I’m kinda feeling sad that I’ve been unable to conduct our usual live watches of Fate/Zero. You can blame my busy schedule and packing. Lots of stuff happening around here but I specifically take out time to blog my favourite show of Fall and even with lots of dialogue, this has become my favourite episode as of now. Skipping the OP didn’t even bother me; this kept me at rapt-attention phase throughout its running.
As hinted in previous episode, the three ‘Kings’ literally have a long dialogue over their beliefs and even share their reasoning for taking part in the Holy Grail War. There’s really not a big summary needed as Rider simply bursts in the already dilapidated Einzbern headquarters. Though Saber and Iri weren’t expecting guests, Rider still invites himself in with Waver to have a drinking match with Saber to see who is more of a king to their chagrin. He simply wanted to pull rank and compare who was more determined to get the Grail but it all ends up as a very revealing dialogue about their motivation and wishes. As it’s a King’s banquet, the invitation was also given to one golden haughty king, Archer.
This is not the REAL stuff, bro! THIS IS.
Grail is MY treasure because I look awesome in golden armour. Suit up!
As expected, Gilgamesh didn’t like the wine bought by Iskander from a local store and he pulled out a very fine wine from his every cavernous Babylonian treasure, wondrously liked by both the kings even if Arturia didn’t voice it as well as Iskander. Coming down to business though, we find Gilgamesh’s reasoning of taking part in the Holy Grail War so that he can punish whoever plunders his treasure. As he’s of the opinion that ALL world’s treasure belongs to him to begin with even if he doesn’t know how the Grail looks like, anyone else trying for it deserves nothing but his smite. On the other hand, Iskander wants to be human rather than a corporeal body of a servant. He wants to be rooted to this time and make it his conquest. Who knows he might just start that world domination that Waver mentioned but his wish is the simplest of being human even if it means defying what is already written.
Rider: “I want to be a Magical Girl…” Saber, Archer, Iri: “…………………..”
Out of these dubious wishes however, the most interesting is of Saber who wants to change fate of her kingdom, which receives nothing but an awkward silence from the other two kings and then different retorts majorly of ‘little girl’ and not understanding the concept of kingship. Iskander and Gilgamesh share one ideal of tyranny and that is the way they had led their men, Iskander even more so because he spent his life for a dream that he couldn’t accomplish till the end and laid waste to many a dreams (of troops that followed him). Though, whatever happened, he would never like to change the history as if regretting what he all did or even trying to take its entire burden onto himself. In contrast Arturia is basically a Saint, who threw away her humanity when she pulled Excalibur from that rock and always worked for just laws and rights for everyone in her kingdom.
Assassins barked up the wrong tree
SAHI SAHI SAHHHIIIIIIIIIII!
Iskander’s explanation of displaying the extremity in living, loving and conquering shook the very bone of Arturia’s values. And by the arrival of Assassins, she even witnessed the power of his kingship that a king never stands alone from the Reality Marble that he created from his own imagination. A Noble Phantasm of that scale was definitely of a very superlative degree. The way the Assassins were used, I can bet Assassins it was Kirei’s doing on the urging of Tokiomi to gauge Rider’s strength. What ensued was nothing short of epic with thousands upon thousands soldiers materializing to help their King Iskander when he called for them. It was literally his will taking physical form, turning his long gone army into his personal servants in this Holy Grail War. The numbers of Assassins looked puny in front of this amazing Noble Phantasm that wiped out the masked servants with simple blows. The music, the animation, the vigor flowing through the soldiers’ cries literally reverberated out of the screen; this was indeed perfectly done.
Pop goes the weasel~
This time, I’m sure Assassin(s) are done for because the Great Iskander’s army doesn’t leave their prey. This is what you get for not accepting a king’s gracious invite to a banquet and laughing meaninglessly. Of course, it was an experience for everyone who was part of this and even if Gilgamesh simply sat around and looked pretty. His arched eyebrows were a dead giveaway at the acknowledgement of Rider’s power. But the thing that really hit home is the acknowledgement that Rider took away from Saber for no longer thinking her as a king as her ideals are too foreign to him.
Gil: I’ll be stalking you now, Saber-yo~
Though, someone enjoyed this confessions way more than expected. Gilgamesh has now taken more than an interest in Saber and he believes her ideals of putting the complete burden of saving her people on her own shoulders is umoshiroi~ (I’m literally reminded of Izaya here and how he voyeuristically enjoys other people’s sorrows). He doesn’t want her to change and keep at her ideals even if it looks too extreme to Rider. Over Rider’s harsh words, Saber is reminded of a Camelot knight who left her just because of this reason, branding her in the same way that she doesn’t know human emotions because she has literally taken off that skin and has become a protective deity rather than a leader. You can guess on the who, quite easily here.
Saber: “WTF are you doing, Rider?!” Rider: “Delivering the weed you ordered!”
Why so moe, Broskander?!
Bros protect each other’s back…. in Waver’s case it’s always the other way around
The moe-moe-kyuuun Waver-chan~
When things got really EPIC
HNNGGG, this EPISODE! I promised your mind being blown and ufotable sure delivered and oh so beautifully! That EPIC Reality Marble was FTW. Rider completely overshadowed the other two ‘King’ servants by a long shot. But, you still haven’t seen the complete glory of the Gates of Babylon and Excalibur; so, I’ll save it for later and you should too. These three are definitely the top contenders for the Grail, even if Rider doesn’t acknowledge Saber’s fate-changing wish and there’s always that looming upset of Berserker.
Anyways, it’s easy to pass a judgment when you’ve lived life so fully, enjoying food, sex, sleep and war, quoting Rider. Their beliefs are extremely opposing; Rider’s point of view of leading by the nose to Saber’s eternal salvation. Both warred but one for the nation and the other to see the end of the world. I’m just glad that at least Gilgamesh became a median between these two and acknowledged the sacrifices of Arturia. You’d expect him to just sit there looking pretty or spout some haughty comments usual for his character, but that is the visage he has been wearing for all to see. Actually, he sees and hears all, each and every action of his ‘interest’ is noted and saved in memory as this is his form of ‘entertainment’, observing people and their motivation. That is how this golden-haired and crimson-eyed Treasurer of all time is. Pay close attention to his interest towards Saber, which is not as stalkerish as Caster but somewhere near lascivious where he can’t wait to see what she’ll do next. You can say, her nobility and the overburdened youth she has spent is highly amusing to him.
This time finally, Assassins are done for and let me rejoice the passing of one servant finally! SOME DEATHS AT LAST. Call me a sadist but damn, I did rejoice at the slaughter of Assassins by Iskander’s army and it was overwhelming indeed. I see him riding on top of being one of the best characters of 2011 easily; he’s definitely likeable and exudes leadership from every pore. Thinking back, that scene was not that long but left the biggest impression with his troops and even his old horse turning into a frikkin’ servant, was just awesome.
Kiritsugu, sure failed for the first time, leaving the girls behind that is. Good thing, it’s not Rider’s style to attack from behind and without announcing, not that Saber and Iri are helpless in any way. Amusingly every king taking part in this war has honour but different degrees of it. The mixture ends up being absolute rule, tyranny and promise of salvation, all of which left the respective nations in different forms of ruins afterwards. So, what have they been really working for? I agree with Rider for not trying to change the fate because what happened happened and it’s better to let it be rather than squirming in grave and even after death (Saber, get over it!). No wonder, Saber’s too honourable for her own good and doesn’t look at the grey in everyone rather than extreme of right and wrong. Like Rider, I empathize with her and already see the repercussion of this war in the fate/stay night route.
With Assassin finally dead, I’d be interested to see what Tokiomi would do for the ‘second stage’ of the war and will Kirei just sit quietly? I doubt it. His obsession over Kiritsugu can’t die as we have already seen and as he’s a fighter himself, he won’t be resting easy. His form of ‘reason’ and purpose are still undefined because he still doesn’t know why the Grail chose him. I guess, we’ll find out by next season.
Preview: Tokiomi seems pretty happy after witnessing Rider’s Noble Phantasm; he should definitely be scared right now. On the other hand, Saber and Iri are on the move, while Gilgamesh has another chat with Kirei agitating him further. Even from the command seal floating about, Kirei simply looks like a speck in front of Tokiomi’s strategies but overshadowing his master shouldn’t be much of a problem for this dude.
And can you believe only two more episodes left? Damn it! Till next time, ja ne~