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The young girl introduces herself as Ilya – Illyasviel von Einzbern. Not wasting time, she orders Berserker to kill her foes, but Saber runs forward to parry the hit. Much to Ilya’s delight, the two start fighting, though Saber is mostly to be dodging Berserker’s blows. She makes her way over to Ilya, but Berserker gets in her way and smashes her into a pole. It becomes apparent that Saber is still recovering from Lancer’s earlier blow, but Rin doesn’t allow Shirou to try to stop his Servant. Instead, Rin herself shoots Berserker with magic, though it doesn’t faze him at all. And even as Saber tries to move away, Berserker’s connects with a devastating blow. Saber’s eyes turn red, but she motions for Shirou not to come. He watches as bloodied Saber gets up with the support of her sword. Ilya brags about Berserker by saying that he’s Greece’s strongest hero – Hercules. Berserker raises his arm for another swing, but Shirou has seen enough. With the symbol on his hand resonating, Shirou pushes Saber out of the way and takes the blow. Everyone is completely surprised by Shirou’s actions, and Ilya even retreats for the time being. She promises that she’ll kill Rin the next time they meet.
Shirou dreams about a time when he and his father Kiritsugu were talking. Kiritsugu had wanted to be an ally of justice when he was a child, but had eventually given up the idea. The young Shirou had proclaimed that he could do it in his father’s place. Shirou wakes up from his dream, seemingly ok from the events of the night before. He finds Rin still in his house, and she tells him that his body healed thanks to one of Saber’s abilities. When Rin asks about Shirou’s plans, Shirou says that he’s not interested in the Holy Grail and only wants to prevent a repeat of 10 years ago. Rin replies that the Servants themselves desire the Holy Grail because they have their own wishes that they want granted.
Shirou feels that Saber is human and bleeds, but Rin tells him that if a Servant dies they just return to their original place. Rin then asks Shirou if he’s just going to wait around for the other Masters to challenge him, but Shirou himself is unsure about what to do. When Rin notes that Berserker is on a different level than Archer and Saber, Shirou is reminded that Berserker is really Hercules. He asks Rin what Saber’s true name is, but Rin thinks it’s best that Saber doesn’t tell him because she’s afraid that he’d go blabbing it to other people. She also reminds him that she’s technically still his enemy.
As she’s walking home, Rin encounters Sakura and makes up the excuse that she’s just taking a walk. After Rin hurries off, Sakura comments to herself that she smelled blood. Meanwhile, Shirou finds Saber in the dojo. After checking to make sure he’s ok, Saber lectures Shirou about how it’s unnecessary for a Master to protect the Servant. Shirou says that he has the will to fight, but he thinks that they don’t have much chances of success. Saber promises that in that case, she’ll create those chances. Hearing that, Shirou is afraid that she’ll attack other people, but Saber replies that it would go against her oath as a knight. As they go off to eat, Shirou thinks that although there have been a lot of unbelievable things, one thing he can believe is that Saber isn’t a cold-hearted killer.

That was a pretty and impressive bloody fight for the first half of the episode, complete with squishing and bone-cracking noises and all. I thought Saber would do a bit better, but I guess she’d have a hard time against Berserker without help, especially since she’s still injured. Ilya is pretty much the evil brat I expected her to be, but the one I’m most curious about is the shrouded woman watching them via her orb. Shirou seems to hold pretty well onto his ideal of being the ally of justice, doing right, and not hurting others based on his talks with Rin and Saber. He’s got no choice but to participate in the war, and I get the feeling we’ll get a lot of ideological stuff from him in the process.
Sakura is the other person who surprised me this episode, when she smelled blood on Rin and showed her serious face (dead eyes and all). Perhaps Sakura will have a more important role to play than just the childhood friend.
Next week, the first of a two-parter – I assume the two mages the title refers to are Rin and Shirou.

January 27, 2006 at 4:05 pm
  • January 27, 2006 at 4:10 pmmemb

    blood, blood, blood and blood :3

  • January 27, 2006 at 4:28 pmsuckoja

    Wow! Is that Old boy Shirou go see heaven once again!

  • January 27, 2006 at 4:32 pmGStrike-

    oh shit what a bloody episode….

  • January 27, 2006 at 4:39 pmJT

    he is so freakin weak!! when is he gonna grow some facial hair and fight!! :S :P

  • January 27, 2006 at 5:57 pmmangamaxx

    So this is the episode with the first appearence of “casual” saber eh? By the way, If you play the game you find that Shiro can actually be quite strong.

  • January 27, 2006 at 6:18 pmEchoX

    Is this show also already licensed?

  • January 27, 2006 at 6:28 pmJT

    i never played the game i want to though so bad!! i need to buy it ..

  • January 27, 2006 at 6:34 pmmangamaxx

    yeah, the series is licensed by Geneon they licensed it over the summer at the same time they licensed Shakugan no Shana.

  • January 27, 2006 at 6:37 pmdeftoned

    EchoX: Yes.

  • January 27, 2006 at 7:01 pmdoobie

    Shirou is actually bloody strong in the game. Really, really strong….

  • January 27, 2006 at 8:17 pmmikemil828

    //he is so freakin weak!! when is he gonna grow some facial hair and fight!!//
    I’d like to see you take a hit from a half ton axe from a 10 foot tall giant and live….

  • January 27, 2006 at 9:00 pmAnonymous

    I think it was pretty ballsy for him to take the hit from it in the first place.

  • January 27, 2006 at 9:22 pmZ3r0

    yes.shirou is DA bomb DA man he is freaking strong. give him some time its still early,the fact that he doesnt die tells you he could take a blow from a servant and lives proves that he is strong even tough theres a reason for it

  • January 27, 2006 at 11:44 pmShinji103

    Why is it that when some people see a male character who can’t actually /fight/, they call him weak? I’d call him closer to /normal./ >.>

    In episode one of Shakugan no Shana, some people called him weak, what do you expect him to do? Pull some cliche move and summon a suit of armor out of thin air? The same here for Shirou? What the hell do you expect?! If Yuuji and Shirou /had/ pulled some awesome powers out of their asses and fought back, people would have thought it was cliched. >.> Some people just can;t be pleased…. >.>

  • January 27, 2006 at 11:45 pmShinji103

    Gah, typo on my last post, no question mark after the first “Shirou.” >.>

  • January 28, 2006 at 2:07 amMooMooCow

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  • January 28, 2006 at 2:27 amEliteF22

    Man, they’re doing a good job of interwining the 3 game story lines together. Still wondering how they’re going to be able to reveal everything without some major revisions.

  • January 28, 2006 at 2:41 amRift

    Yeah, I think it was really ballsy for Shirou to jump in front of Berserker’s sword and take the hit… I mean, that would rip a normal person in half. Also, complaining that he ran from Lancer would be kind of dumb too… I mean, he’s just a normal high school kid. What’s he supposed to do against these guys?

    But yeah, you can kind of tell from the next ep preview that Saber is going to start training him… Shirou’s going to get pretty damn strong by the end of the series.

    Answer to MooMooCow’s question below…

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  • January 28, 2006 at 2:47 amNigredo

    they’re doing the 3 game story ? I thought they will only do the Saber one …

  • January 28, 2006 at 4:57 amPandaharo

    Saber should get more screen time!!!! Great ep none-the-less

  • January 28, 2006 at 7:04 amAnima015

    the shrouded woman! Show Spoiler ▼

  • January 28, 2006 at 7:32 amdoobie

    they won’t do the other two. Only fate.

    That said I’d like it if Sakura’s story was made into an anime (the third one)

    Plus shirou’s power is actually alot greater than what you all think (you’d have to have followed the game)
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  • January 28, 2006 at 10:39 amayyo

    Oy, she’s not an evil brat >:(

  • January 28, 2006 at 10:51 amJuli

    //off Can you tell me the exact game name and the platform please !

  • January 28, 2006 at 11:40 amcyw1988

    shirou has the protagonist aura.. the most powerful aura of all.. grants immortallity and makes girls attracted to you…

  • January 28, 2006 at 11:44 amssdd

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  • January 28, 2006 at 12:06 pmTiggerwrath

    Great Summary Omni, this series has me hooked and such.

    ssdd, please use the tags, you just spoilt part of the story for me, thank ye very much =(

  • January 28, 2006 at 3:34 pmHanashi

    Has it been said that Shirou can’t remember anything that happened before ten years ago? If that’s the case, then I think I just figured out what’s going on here.

  • January 28, 2006 at 10:17 pmKiraTakuto

    Did Shirou’s dad just die sitting up? Is that the reason he was crying in that scene?

  • January 29, 2006 at 12:18 amDemon Eyes

    Me believe he was so awesomed by this man, he fell in love.


    Them be love tears.

    That beingsaid, there are mostly Fate and UBW story parts in the anime.


    Dark Sakura *wink wink*


    When will Shirou completely die?!!!!

    Whatever happened to Saber dress up?

    Why the hell was Saber and Rin 40m away from one another when Shirou was asleep!!!??

    Come on Rin, this is your chance.

    Jump her while master is sleep woman.

  • January 29, 2006 at 12:27 amAznSoulBoy

    ommgg soo good man. wow i thought sakura will be always nice but when i saw…her serious..i was surprise xD. anyway..hmmm rinxshirou HAHAHAHA

  • January 29, 2006 at 12:51 amSyaoran Li

    This is going to be great, great, great!!!

    But… I don’t know how they gonna put the relationships here, well, we have to wait…

  • January 29, 2006 at 4:21 pmKaiZX

    A little bit of spoiler for those of you who cares about Shirou:

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  • January 29, 2006 at 8:31 pmBurnout02

    …And that’s not the biggest thing.

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  • January 31, 2006 at 10:37 amNeko

    Why do the girl and teacher eyes at the end of this episode completely devoid of pupils ? Have their souls been eaten or something ?

  • August 4, 2009 at 10:46 pmDimeric

    Empty stomachs are enemies. =D