I’m so upset that the battle between Archer and Lancer started at the end of this week’s episode. Anyway, this week’s episode also brings up an interesting discussion about Shirou’s general mentality. Naturally, I’m inclined to side with Rin just because I’ve never been a believer of true altruism. I’ve always thought that most selfless actions are done with a selfish intent. Shirou’s attitude just rubs me the wrong way…it’s almost ironic that his stubborn beliefs about helping others step all over Rin’s wishes for him.
Next week should be the battle between Archer and Lancer (round 2). Given Lancer’s track record in all Fate series, the fight probably doesn’t end up going too well for him…though it’s probably too early in the second half to kill off a Servant (plus his Master hasn’t been revealed yet). I’m also curious whether they’ll explore Archer’s identity some more. I already know, but this week there was definitely a clue with Rin’s comment about the heart pendant.