Fate/stay night – 05
Even though he told Saber to stay hidden before he left for school, Shirou is worried about her for the rest of the day. When he gets home, he’s relieved to find her sleeping, though she senses him and wakes up. Saber, who’s been getting a lot of rest, has more or less healed from the previous battle. At dinner, Fuji-nee dividing up the meatballs reminds Shirou that Saber is alone and missing out on dinner. So before they start to eat, Shirou brings her to the dining room and introduces her to everyone. Of course, Fuji-nee objects, but Shirou claims that she’s a distant relative. Saber tells them that she’s here to protect Shirou at his father’s request. Hearing that, Fuji-nee decides to test Saber’s ability with a fight. When Saber soundly defeats her, Fuji-nee has no choice but to let Saber stay. Though Saber and Shirou want to sleep in the same room for safety reasons, Fuji-nee insists on the three girls staying together for the night.
Meanwhile, Rin is out fighting skeleton warriors, but fails to get her target. However, it does seem that Archer has healed. He asks if what Rin would do if Shirou appears in front of her on his own initiative, to which Rin responds that she’d kill him. In the morning, Fuji-nee and Sakura leave after breakfast. Shirou reassures Saber that he’ll be ok at school, but she’s still worried about Rin being there. She warns him that their connection is still weak, and if he gets in trouble, he needs to summon her with the symbol on his hand. Most importantly, he should think about protecting himself. In front of school, Shirou experiences a bad feeling, but it quickly goes away. From a nearby tree, a shadowy figure is watching him. In the hall, Shirou comes across Rin and tries to say hi, but she just ignores him. Shirou goes to the student council room and learns from a sleepy Issei that Mitsuzuri Ayako and Matou Shinji are missing.
After class, Shirou encounters Rin again by the stairwell. This time, she’s prepared to kill him, especially since no one else is around. She shoots at him as he runs, but he manages to get away. Shirou barricades himself in a classroom and finds that Rin has erected a barrier around the school. With her casting a potentially devastating spell from outside, Shirou uses his power on a desk and strengthens it as a shield. Outside, still in that tree, a blindfolded Servant starts to smile.
This ends up being an amusing episode, especially since they made Rin trying to kill Shirou into a joke. With the animation style that they adopted for that scene and the panty joke, it’s hard to imagine that Rin would actually accomplish her goal. It’s the same style they use for all of Fuji-nee’s scenes. And I do have to say that Saber showing Fuji-nee who is boss is pretty fun to watch.
Overall though, I am not that impressed with the episode. There are some funny moments, but the major progression of the story is mainly the disappearance of Shinji and Ayako and the appearance of Rider. Rin attacking Shirou doesn’t seem like it’ll go anywhere (i.e. neither will die) and Shirou revealing Saber to Fuji-nee and Sakura doesn’t feel that groundbreaking. I admit that this may just be fallout from how good yesterday’s Otome was (yes, I’m still getting over it). Next week may be a lot more exciting since, from what the preview shows, Rider is going to be attacking Shirou.