Fate/Apocrypha Episode 16: Very spooky

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I’m trying to decide whether the flow of events in this series makes any sense, and I’m having a really hard time. These past few episodes have made me feel like someone said “oh, we haven’t talked about X yet, so let’s just throw it here”. In this situation, Jack the Ripper’s entrance almost seemed like a convenience given that they have three days before they assault the Hanging Gardens.

If I had to point to one thing that I liked in this episode, it would be Jack’s ability to keep her identity hidden. I really wasn’t expecting an ability like that and I think it’s cool.

However, that ability is deeply contrasted by the acid mist. It’s probably the most frustrating ability I’ve seen because it seems to just work whenever the story wants it to work. In some scenes, a character will cover his or her mouth and still get affected by the acide. In other scenes, characters will blatantly breathe it in and be okay. Make up you mind.

This might be another case where I just missed something obvious, but I was hoping for a bit more setup for the fact that Jack’s true aim was to invade the castle. I know it was mentioned that the dead mages were linked to the Yggdmillenia family, but that’s all I saw.

As for the whole situation with Sieg’s arm, I really don’t care that much. As far as I can tell, it’s just a way to tell us that Sieg is not surviving until the end unless something completely dumb saves him. He basically has multiple points of failure now between the Command Spell that should never be used and the power that’s slowly killing him.

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