Yeah, this whole “Saber being captured by Caster thing”…I thought I blocked those memories out. Random note before getting into anything else: I think it’s pretty sweet that the opening from the original Fate/stay Night, “disillusion”, was brought back for this episode. I really liked that song. Anyway, lots of hints about Archer’s identity in this episode as well.
I’m not super surprised about how this “season” ended, but at least it didn’t end in the middle of as big a fight as Fate/Zero did (though it did sorta end in the middle of a fight between Kirei and Caster). Also, the longer episode went similarly to the first episode (which was also twice as long)…the extra time was mostly used for some more Rin service. Anyway, should be fun to watch Shirou fumble around and fight without Saber, right?
Pretty chill episode this week to cool down from last week (even though Saber didn’t actually do anything last week). We got a chance to see Shirou’s advanced Master interrogation techniques (what would he have done if he were investigating Sakura instead?). There also seemed to be some bonding moments with Rin this week, but do those even count as raising affection points? I suppose the discussion about Sakura kinda counts…
Sounds like there will be some sort of battle next week from the preview…who are they attacking? Probably Caster, I guess. I’m more curious about when Shinji will make his re-entrance. It sounds like he’s getting another Servant. Who could it be? Is it Lancer? Or is it the mystery Servant that I won’t name because of spoilers (you can probably already guess who it is by now)? I’m heard that this series was intended to be watched after Fate/Zero, so maybe I shouldn’t be so bothered giving things away…
Oh…Rider was taken out that easily? I guess that means Shirou wasted his second Command Seal. I swear those things get thrown around like candy…Rin even wasted one. It makes me wonder how the enemies use these Command Seals. Did Shinji have any left when Rider was killed? I suppose they don’t necessarily increase battle capabilities, so they don’t really need to be saved like secret weapons…maybe I’m thinking about this incorrectly.
Now that Shinji’s out of the picture, I suppose the focus will shift back to Caster…well, maybe not immediately. There’s still Berserker to beat, right? The preview seems to be showing an argument between Archer and Saber…but that can’t be all that happens next week, right? There’s only so much time left in the show. By the way, my memory of the UBW movie is giving me certain images of Saber and Caster…involving bondage? I’m sure that’s nothing to worry about…
They’re really laying on the hate hard with Archer, huh? It’s not really working on me because I still think his fights have been awesome so far. Those two are well on their way on the path to being best friends. There was a weird moment this week, though, where Shirou reacts to Archer’s bow materializing (right before he shoots Caster out of the sky). Is there a special meaning to that reaction or was it just something insignificant? Am I just looking too deep into it?
From the preview, it looks like next week returns to the field at school…so fighting against Rider next? I guess they have to give all of the Servants a turn or something. Plus, if Shinji’s participating next week, there could be more mage battles…and since Shirou isn’t exactly equipped for that, Rin would have to step up, right?
So I’m guessing the point of this episode was to introduce the remaining Heroic Spirits in this Grail War? It seems the focus has shifted away from Shinji and Rider (which I can’t really say is a bad thing). Still, Shirou is continuing to prove himself fairly useless…his Trace doesn’t even work most of the time and it looks like he will be playing benchwarmer in this fight between Caster and Archer. Unless…maybe time to shine? Or is that too optimistic?
Next week, I suppose there will be some battles to watch…Archer vs. Caster and Saber vs. Assassin, it seems. The Assassin in this Grail War always seemed strange to me…you would never expect an Assassin to confront a purely offensive class like Saber so blatantly. But if I remember correctly from the first series, he’s not a normal Servant…what was his thing again? Probably something spoilerific, right?
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?