Fate/Apocrypha Episode 18: Random interlude done

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I’m really struggling with this Jack story. It might have been better with a bit more information, but I couldn’t see it as much more than an excuse to split the party. I had way too much questions about why characters were behaving the way they were. The random scene at the end where Shakespeare basically says “and now back to the story” was pretty funny because of how true it was…

Atalanta’s the big culprit in this episode. The opening of the episode explained that her dream for the Grail comes from the fact that she was abandoned as a child, but it doesn’t explain why she completely turns on Jeanne. If Artemis treated her well, I don’t see why she would have so much resentment bottled up. Why was she so viscerally offended by the fact that Jeanne wanted to destroy the kids that made up Jack? The only explanation I could muster was that Jack brainwashed her, but Jack was willing to accept death in the end.

And on that note, why did the kids change their mind? From my perspective, I saw Atalanta and Jeanne arguing about what the right thing to do was, and suddenly a child walks forward ask if there’s any other way. Then, they just accept when Jeanne says “no”. That scene kinda cheapened the background to me, making me think that the only reason it was there was to force Atalanta to hate Jeanne.

Still, there was one part of the episode that I liked, which was surprisingly Sieg’s scene. The fact that he’s a homunculus that has only seen the benevolence of humans is used well when he’s shown the suffering of London in Jack’s past. His response makes sense when he questions why humans can act in this ways, because he’s rightfully surprised to see it. I just wish that there was more to Jeanne’s response. I kinda want to know why she accepts human cruelty so easily.

6 thoughts on “Fate/Apocrypha Episode 18: Random interlude done”

  1. I think Atalanta was the child that was left by her father = abandon by adult.
    and was adopted by Athemis = was helped by adult. = looks at her as the idol and wants to be like her. Athemis’s doing is right for Atalanta’s eyes, and she wants to do the same.

    But the truth that she is another victim is true and the case of Athemis and Atalanta are different because Atalanta is the child who her family doesn’t want her, while Athemis is the god. So she has “trauma” in her heart but wants to save children. But I doubt she is aware or not that she is the one who wants help, wants to be saved, but she manifests her desire to “saving children” instead. Of course, she really wants to save them. Atalanta has her own selfish desire and will do for others too. It’s difficult to explain her thoughts.

    So when Jeanne can’t answer children’s expectations, Atalanta can’t accept it, but it’s not because Jeanne doesn’t save children, but because she can’t answer Atalanta’s expectation. You can see when she cries, her feeling is weird if she cries for children. It looks like she is breaking. Jeanne is destroying Atalanta’s selfish desire (wants to be saved). Another point is Atalanta participates to obtain Holy Grail, is because she wants to be saved. Saving children will fill the void in her heart.

    When Jeanne says she rejects children’s requests and will destroy children in spite of she was called “the saint”, it’s like she destroys and betrays Atalanta’s wish, so she accuses Jeanne. Although she sees children are saved by Jeanne, she interprets into negative one (destroys them as Jeanne says). Although I think Jeanne sends them to afterlife/heaven more than destroy them since they are dead already (unborn children).

    ps. Sorry for long reply. (lll>

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    1. no, the length is fine. i just wish that id gotten that from the episode. atalanta’s past was basically one line of relevant information. the problem i have is if atalanta’s trauma is focused on the fact that she was abandoned, i dont understand why the flashback focuses on the act that she considers to be positive (the fact that artemis takes her in). it doesnt fit with the insane reaction we saw.

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