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Summary:
Rin dreams of when she was young and was given her pendant by a man, probably her father, who was going off to fight in a war and never returned. Rin had apparently wanted to originally summon Saber, but she got Archer. On the upside, Archer apparently makes some great tea. Rin wants to know his background and his true name, but it seems that Archer doesn’t remember anything. Archer actually blames that on Rin’s imperfect summoning, but he tells her not to worry about it, especially since she’s an excellent master.
Meanwhile, Shirou and Fuji-nee enjoy another meal prepared by Sakura. Shirou tells Sakura that she should take the weekends off because she helps out every day, though Sakura says that she has no other plans. Sakura realizes when they reach school that Shirou’s arm is bleeding, but he thinks that it’s probably from working with junk the night before and doesn’t worry about it. Sakura takes her leave after Mitsuzuri Ayako comes to talk with Shirou. She tells him that Sakura’s brother Shinji has been causing trouble in the archery club and attributes it to Rin having rejected him. Being the type of person that he is, Shirou offers to help Shinji, which results in Shinji having him clean the dojo after school.
Rin and Archer meanwhile have sensed an enemy nearby, and the two wait until after sunset for Lancer to appear. Archer uses two swords against Lancer’s spear, and the two are fairly evenly matched. Hearing noises outside the dojo, Shirou goes to investigate and sees the two Servants fighting. He is quickly spotted by Lancer and gets chased into the school building. Lancer appears beside him and stabs Shirou in the heart, a seemingly fatal blow. With the battle over for the time being, Rin runs inside the school to find Shirou lying facedown. She orders Archer to chase Lancer and find out who his master is. Knowing that the dead boy is her fault, she apologizes to the body. But then she realizes that it’s Shirou, and he’s apparently important enough to her for her to use her pendant to revive him. Rin doesn’t stick around and runs off before Shirou wakes up.
Shirou is surprised to find himself alive, and goes back home. He knows that he died from the wound and thus figures out that someone must have saved him. Meanwhile, Rin learns that Archer wasn’t able to find out anything. Archer expresses his surprise that Rin used her jewel to save the witness. He explains that their fights must not attract attention and the rule is that witnesses must be silenced. For Lancer, the elimination of the witness was more important than the fight, and Lancer will sooner or later notice that Shirou is still alive.
Shirou senses Lancer and reaches for something to defend himself with, coming up with a rolled up poster. He uses his power to strengthen it just as Lancer jumps in. Shirou is sorely outmatched, though the poster does its job blocking some hits. Their fight progresses towards the storehouse, where a seal on the ground has been slowly forming. Shirou tumbles inside, but Lancer corners him and destroys Shirou’s makeshift weapon. Lancer thinks that there’s a possibility that Shirou’s one of the seven, but wants to end this in any case. Shirou’s own will to live activates the symbol on his hand and the seal behind him, and from the bright light, a figure rises out and charges Lancer. She identifies herself as the servant Saber, and asks Shirou if he’s her master. Shirou is left completely speechless from her beauty.

Now this is what I’m talking about – this episode has some really really tense action. It really had me on the edge of my seat even though I knew exactly what was going to happen; that’s just how good the episode is. Lancer is just creepy beyond words and I definitely got a little jumpy every time he took another stab at Shirou. Along those lines, the sound and music are absolutely perfect for creating the right atmosphere. Oh and did I mention that Saber shows up too? Really icing on the cake… Any complaints I had about this series from episode one were righted by episode two.
Rin is developing as a much more central character and gets a lot of screen time this episode. It didn’t seem like Shirou had a special relationship with her or even just knew her well, but she still decides to use the pendant that her father gave her to save his life only after she identifies him. There’s lots of potential for good character development here, and with this episode, I have confidence that they won’t waste it. Can you tell that I’m very pumped up about this series now? :)
And in case anyone was wondering, the message at the end of the episode merely said that next week’s airing will be at 1:45 AM, 30 minutes later than normal.

January 13, 2006 at 3:58 pm
41 comments »
  • January 13, 2006 at 4:01 pmMentar

    This ep was VERY VERY good in multiple aspects. What I liked most was that it manages to create some real tension – Lancer was freaky and scary. The more I see it, the more convinced I am: This show will deliver the goods :)

  • January 13, 2006 at 4:13 pmShinji103

    /Finally/. Saber appears! :D She shoulda shown up in episode 1. :P

  • January 13, 2006 at 4:28 pmGStrike-

    Saber to the rescue… Saber is so kawaii…

  • January 13, 2006 at 4:36 pmSyaoran Li

    Ok, this stuff covers chapter 1 of manga..

    Saber, finally you’re here with us.

  • January 13, 2006 at 4:47 pmdeftoned

    Oh yeah!! ::drools:: Sorry about the puddle on the floor. ;)

  • January 13, 2006 at 4:58 pmaxel

    o shiet its SABER!!! HELL YEA!!!

  • January 13, 2006 at 5:19 pmGuido

    Those from the Saber class are the most coveted and prized among the sorcerer ‘masters’ to have as slaves, especially if they are beautiful, iron maiden girls wearing slight armor.

  • January 13, 2006 at 5:40 pmmangamaxx

    Oh yeah, action! This is where the story starts!!!

  • January 13, 2006 at 6:28 pmAizenji Sorato

    Lately a lot of guys get saved by girls: rin (asa), yuji(shana), and now shirou (saber)

    Man, such wimps o_O (J/K)

  • January 13, 2006 at 6:57 pmmangamaxx

    hey, some people are rescuers and some people are rescuees. Everyone has their own respective role.

  • January 13, 2006 at 7:22 pmF!reStr!fe

    Saber is awesome want to see her bad.

  • January 13, 2006 at 9:38 pmNikto

    Well if they keep it up like this, then boy oh boy. I wanna see more :)

  • January 13, 2006 at 10:29 pmRasmiel

    Is it just me, or does the animation quality seem a bit better in this episode? It’s so…polished?

  • January 13, 2006 at 10:31 pmOmni

    I think that’s just because there’s action sequences and Saber for them to show off.

  • January 13, 2006 at 11:12 pmZ3r0

    awesome!!! this is da bomb
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • January 14, 2006 at 12:04 ambj0rN`-

    Yeah! Saber looks much nicer in the anime!

  • January 14, 2006 at 3:31 amShinova

    Great fight scenes. And Saber looks good too. The show is definetly ramping up the momentum now.

  • January 14, 2006 at 4:04 amPandaharo

    A W E S O M E Anime!! A W E S O M E Saber!!

  • January 14, 2006 at 10:12 amdward

    Whoa~ep 2 is hell nice. I didn’t play the game so I know nothing much bout it but….it sure looks like Rin knows Emiya………Now I’m definitely addicted to this anime!

  • January 14, 2006 at 7:45 pmunknown phoenix

    ooooh siiick!!.. but i still need to get the dub or raw anime can some1 send me a link in my email pls….. *dark_x2@msn.com* sabers the greatest!!

  • January 14, 2006 at 7:45 pmShinn Asuka

    lol what was that blood dripping from shirous’s arm in the begining of this ep?? that wasn’t explained.. unless i wasnt paying attention.

  • January 15, 2006 at 1:22 amordnance11

    A question on the OP..is the title “This Illusion” or “DisIllusion”? The melody is the same. but the lyrics are very different.

  • January 15, 2006 at 2:06 amsuckoja

    Thank’s Omni for another splendid job here! At last… Saber is out. Such a cool figure she is. For some reason, I think this episode show how much Lancer loyal to his duty here. And poor boy Shirou… What a night he had here. Get kill then revive then nearly get kill again!

  • January 15, 2006 at 7:14 amfisherman horizon

    awesome. saber finally appeared!

  • January 15, 2006 at 12:14 pmbakaro

    just watched the episode from eclipse and was great i think so far is going to get better and better,i did like when saber say “Are You My Master”

  • January 15, 2006 at 12:38 pmbakaro

    @ordnance11
    the opening is call “This Ilussion” i know because i have the ost

  • January 15, 2006 at 1:23 pmZim4o3

    It’s just sad that Shirou and Rin ends up to be enemies sooner or later since both of them are included as the seven magicians. Rin and Sakura are the

  • January 15, 2006 at 6:03 pmJustinStrife

    Yayyy!!! Episode 2 was awesome! Saber x Rin FTW :)

  • January 15, 2006 at 8:45 pmAznSoulBoy

    “It’s just sad that SHirou and Rin ends up to be enemies sooner or later since both of them are included as the seven magicians”

    OH YA? OHHH THAT’S TOO BAD =(

    man now im getting addicted in this anime =D. Do u guys know why rin say “Why…Why did it have to be you..” does she love him or…does she know him?

  • January 15, 2006 at 8:47 pmAznSoulBoy

    ” I definitely got a little jumpy every time he took another stab at Shirou”

    YA ME 2 and when Lancer say BOO

  • January 15, 2006 at 9:06 pmRasmiel

    Well…the seven masters and servants are supposed to kill each other, only one group may stay alive. That’s the ultimate goal of the war.

    And AznSoulBoy, I don’t think that line you mentioned is a very accurate subbing. Rin doesn’t even know him. She just felt guilty for being so careless and starting a fight with other human still around, causing him to die. It was that guily that made her use the pendant, not because she feels any affection towards the stranger.

  • January 15, 2006 at 9:11 pmOmni

    Rasmiel: Rin wasn’t going to use the pendant until she recognized who he was. They may not be acquainted, but she knows him somehow.

  • January 15, 2006 at 9:52 pmAznSoulBoy

    yah thats true she wasnt going to use the pendant hmm…..but why she was shy then…when uhmm uhm…archer say that he was surprised

  • January 16, 2006 at 11:32 amJustinStrife

    Actually. It’s in the game why she saved him. And yes she did know who he was. He was probably the only person she would have used the pendant to save as it made the pendant useless afterwards(her father’s gift to her no less). Which also brings up a connection with another character because of her act here… But I won’t spoil it. :D

  • January 16, 2006 at 12:29 pmAznSoulBoy

    ooo interesting

  • January 16, 2006 at 11:12 pmKuroNeko

    the opening is call “This Ilussion” i know because i have the ost
    A question on the OP..is the title “This Illusion” or “DisIllusion”?

    As i typesetted the opening credits/lyrics for my group, i can tell you, you are both wrong ! lol
    The game version of the opening is called ‘this illusion’ sung by M.H
    But the anime version of the opening is called ‘Disillusion’ sung by Sashi Tainaka
    the lyrics are the SAME tho.
    To add more confusion, they released 2 promos a few months ago for the anime ..and used the game version of the opening …
    bah anyway hope its clearer for ya guys …personally i prefer the M.H version
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    As for Rin and Shiro …dont forget guys Rin ditched Shinji (you go girl!) and he is Shirou best friend(…well if you can call that a friend)
    so maybe they are not friends, but she knows him for sure …

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  • January 17, 2006 at 12:09 amordnance11

    After watching the sub, if Shinji gets offed, I won’t shed a tear.

    I’m just wondering how big a sacrifice Emiya is going to have to make to save his most important person (of which I’m guessing is either Saber, Rin or Sakura).

    I’m guessing that Rin does have feelings for Emiya…why would she say “why you?” when she saw him and revived him.

  • January 17, 2006 at 8:16 pmkenji

    anyone know where i can dl the mangas?

  • January 17, 2006 at 8:37 pmkenji

    if anyone knows please email me at dash2skye@yahoo.com

  • January 29, 2006 at 3:08 amBlanc

    Nice ending.

  • December 21, 2006 at 4:52 pmNaster walken

    la mamada fate stay night rin,rin,rin,

    disillusion – kirameku namina wa hoshi ni