Fate/Apocrypha Episode 3: Fights across the board

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I’m starting to understand why this series is running for two seasons. If we need an introduction like this for every Servant, it’s the only way we’ll have time. That being said, it’s technically three introductions if you count Chiron. Those aside, this episode seemed to focus a lot on an escaped homunculus, which was a bit strange. He seems important, but I can’t imagine what his role is other than being a MacGuffin for Caster.

I’m not sure what to make of Ruler’s impartiality in this episode. On the one hand, it makes sense that she would try not interfere with Servant battles when possible. On the other hand, she was very quickly convinced that Karna wouldn’t attack her once Siegfried arrived.

Quick note: I think I misinterpreted a scene from last week. I thought that Ruler had no idea what her role in the Grail War was, but that doesn’t seem to be the case from this episode. I’m guessing that line was just her way of saying “why do I need to be here?” instead. My bad.

The fight animation in the battle between Karna and Siegfried just didn’t feel great to watch. It was like I was watching two blurs slamming into each other with explosions in the background. It didn’t feel like an actual fight. I hesitate to say that it was all bad, though, since I thought certain parts looked fine, like the face in Siegfried’s explosion and the shot of each Servant with auras around them.

The rest is just going to be small scenes. This scene in particular was pretty hilarious. Nothing to see here, officer!

Siegfried’s background seems suspiciously similar to Arturia’s background in that they both felt pigeonholed into the whims of the people. Also, wasn’t Gordes trying to hide Siegfried’s name?

Arturia’s parenting skills are pretty strong.

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