So it’s finally revealed that Archer is Shirou’s future self, driven mad by the betrayal of others he tried to help by sacrificing his own humanity. It’s never said in words, but heavily implied, so I’m just going to run with it. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the battle between Shirou and Archer in the Unlimited Blade Works, though. Did it just skip a scene? Were the production costs of just showing the UBW too high?
I’m also similarly bothered by the fact that Rin was able to become a Master again so easily…if all you need is a Servant willing to accept you to refresh your Command Seals, that seems far to easy to exploit. Anyway, is next week’s episode not the battle between Archer and Shirou? The preview seems to feature Lancer. Also, the last scene in the episode reminds me…what exactly happened to Assassin when Caster died?