And thus Shirou and Rin became permanent allies in the Holy Grail War. Good action in this week’s episode…makes up for the slower episode last week. Although I enjoy watching Shirou get beaten up as much as the next guy, I can’t believe he managed to get through both of those fights without calling for Saber. I guess now he’ll have little excuse to keep her at home.
So who exactly is going to be next? They’ve indicated both Caster and Rider, but only introduced Rider…so presumably Rider is next (the preview seems to agree), especially given the Master is revealed as someone at the school and is already preparing something (the Master’s identity should be obvious by this point). Unfortunately, this Grail War’s Rider is always going to be inferior to Fate/Zero’s Rider to me, but I guess we’ll see what she can do.
So it looks like we’re moving to Caster now. I’m not sure I would have remembered who her master was if I hadn’t watched Carnival Phantasm (don’t judge me). Caster’s Noble Phantasm is one that’s easy to remember, though…not that I’m going to be the one who gives it away now. On the “normal life” side, everyone is obviously super suspicious of Shirou living together with Saber, so now it’s a party (Shirou harem unite?).
Next week, it looks like Rin may turn on Shirou for a bit…obviously it won’t go anywhere because it’s her route, but it looks like something’s going to upset her about Shirou. That extra female voice in the preview…Caster, I’m assuming? Is she going to interrupt the altercation and reveal her master plan?
Well, that fight was pretty intense. I really liked that Archer spent the entire fight standing on a rooftop across town (you know, like a good archer should). Still, I’m curious why Illya found Archer to be the more interesting of the two Servants when Saber was able to force Berserker’s regeneration without as flashy a move as Archer’s (assuming Archer actually forced the regeneration while the explosion was happening and Berserker was off-camera).
Based on the preview, it should be back to school next week. Normal life down time? If I remember correctly, Rider came next in the first adaptation of Fate/stay Night. The witch part in the preview suggests Caster, though. For some reason, Caster’s role in the first adaptation is a void for me…was she really all that important? I feel like knowing the ending and twists to this show actually makes it more interesting to watch because there are all of these hints that are being dropped that make me question whether the original adaptation had as much stuff like that.
I’m curious how I should approach these posts…I can’t imagine there are that many people watching this series as their first Fate/stay experience. Even watching Fate/Zero gives enough information to figure out the “twist” at the end. That being said, I don’t think there’s too many differences so far…maybe slightly more focus on Rin (not counting the episode 0). Berserker’s appearance should still be the same as the first season, so there still hasn’t really been a split yet. I’m assuming the differences will reside in how they focus their non-battle time, but we’ll see.
Anyway, it looks like next week will be the first real battle for Shirou against Berserker. I always thought Berserker’s pieces in this series were so unfairly cheapened…especially considering his true identity is probably from my favorite set of folklore of all the Servants (he’s not really my favorite character from the folklore, but the set of folklore in general has always been my favorite if that makes any sense). That aside, time to bust out the popcorn for the battle scene…who’s with me?
So it looks like we’re looping back through Shirou’s point of view after all. Well, so far we haven’t exactly seem much that is new. A couple of more displays of how much of a dick Shinji is and a lot of idealistic monologue from Shirou, but not much more. I’m surprised he actually came out and said how much he preferred to save everyone no matter what the situation like that, especially in the first episode. It’s a bit worrisome to say the least. I’m not sure how I feel about the hour-long episode again, but I guess it’s better than the first episode only being intro with very little action like the original adaptation. It just feels like a lot to sit through…though it’s basically the same idea, except everything’s brought up-front.
Music choices for this series seem solid…not much more to say about that. The styles match Fate/Zero fairly closely and I’m totally cool with that. So far, nothing here seems too different from the original adaptation, but it doesn’t really surprise me that the first part of the new route would be same since introductions can only be so different. Anyway, I guess I’m just curious about the part where the stories start diverging. There’s only one scene that I can really be suspicious about (Sakura’s night time meetings), but I wouldn’t want to be a jerk and spoil things, right?
As someone who has seen the original Fate/stay Night and the UBW movie, this series is pretty awkward for me to approach. I’m assuming this first episode was meant to give the numerous Tohsaka Rin fans out there something to gush about. I admit she’s a better character than Emiya Shirou is, but I’m guessing the focus switches back to him from here on out. If you add in the bits from the “preview” segment with the fact that this episode is called a prologue, it makes sense that next week will be a re-telling from Shirou’s perspective.
The songs at the end both sounded pretty sweet. The first half sounded like it might be an opening song, which inspires a bit of confidence. The second half sounded like another piece from the soundtrack…no complaints here. I still think it’s very difficult for me to stay relevant when talking about this show given how much I know of the story…I guess I still have some time to make a decision.