Fate/Apocrypha Episode 4: That’s not Lancer

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Well, this episode certainly escalated quickly. Honestly, I felt like I had a lot more complaints in this episode than I normally have. Let’s start with the good stuff. This episode showcased a lot of new Servants, and they’re pretty much all cool. Sure, there are three characters from Greek mythology, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Greek mythology. Plus, Chiron is an Archer opposing Achilles, who was killed by a magic arrow.

In the Red faction, we also have a bit of a reversed situation going on. In normal Fate stories, the Servants work to keep their identities hidden, even to the point of keeping them from their masters. In this series, it’s the reverse. I’m not sure if this is supposed to be a significant difference or if it’s just another indication that the Red faction is a bunch of random mages, but it’s intriguing.

I’m really not convinced about the homunculus. Everything about him seems so arbitrary, and I feel like there are only so many places you can take a character like that. He starts out as a throwaway doll to be used for an experiment, so I’m assuming he’s going to find some self-importance in his life.

I guess I’m surprised that Siegfried died so quickly, since I thought the backstory he was given last week was an introduction, not a death flag. Still, I guess it makes sense now. The homunculus probably inherited his power, which would explain why Mordred calls “Siegfried” a fake in the opening battle of the series.

I actually thought that I would be making the early death comment about Spartacus, since he was getting ripped apart. But he seemed fine with the pain, and it looked like he was just captured. Maybe he was the distraction to hide Siegfried’s impending fate.

Did Gordes really use a Command Spell just because Siegfried refused to use his Noble Phantasm? It didn’t look like the situation was particularly dire yet. I get that this guy has a lot of pride, but that’s infinite levels of stupid. Also, why did it consume two Command Spells when it failed?

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4 thoughts on “Fate/Apocrypha Episode 4: That’s not Lancer”

  1. > would explain why Mordred calls “Siegfried” a fake in the opening battle of the series

    Touché. It was really a nice catch to see that as I missed it when reading it originally.

    > But he seemed fine with the pain, and it looked like he was just captured

    For whatver reasons I feel like he even enjoyed it. I swear this isn’t LN spoiler or anything, it just gives off that impression.

    > why did it consume two Command Spells when it failed?

    Here the Anime is to blame, it was rushed or at least some events were altered. Gordes is indeed an idiot, so he actually used the first one to fire off the NP because to him Sieg wasn’t following his commands as a simple “familiar”, the second one was forcibly used because of Darnic. He made Gordes stop Sieg in the middle of “Bal-” because it would show his true identity otherwise, but… the Anime shown that in the battle with Karna already, so it would be illogical to state that reason here.

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    1. yeah, it was something i thought was weird in that battle. i thought that siegfried was some kind of defective servant, explaining why gordes was always so upset with him. turns out that had nothing to do with it.

      i got that sense too…he definitely has the appearance of a masochist as well

      i kinda figured it was something like that. still, seeing darnic force the second seal would make so much more sense.

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      1. I fear they are rushing a bit so to put all the source material into these two cours. Some bits were altered even, like Jeanne meeting Homunculus here. Hope they don’t screw it, because it gets quite good (like any other Fate) later on.

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