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Fate/stay night – 06

Rin breaks into the room and starts hammering the desk that Shirou is behind with her magic. The force eventually breaks it, and Shirou is thrown against the wall. However, Rin doesn’t finish him off and instead lets him stumble into the hallway. She wants Shirou to give up his command spells (the tattoo on his hand), but he refuses because it would be betraying Saber. Hearing that, she starts a countdown so that he can decide between that or his life. Fortunately for him, a girl’s scream echoes down the hallway, and Shirou rushes off to see what’s wrong. He and Rin find a collapsed girl who seems uninjured. However, Rin recognizes that the girl has had her life force drawn out and would die if she were left as is. As Rin gets down to help the girl and Shirou goes to close the door, a projectile suddenly comes flying towards Rin’s head, but Shirou sees it and blocks it with his arm. The weapon then seems to disappear after having pierced into Shirou’s arm.
An injured Shirou goes outside and into the woods looking for the perpetrator, but instead briefly sees the silhouette of his friend Shinji. Shirou feels a tugging on his arm and a blade comes out of nowhere and slits his throat. While recovering from the fairly shallow wound, Shirou sees another figure in front of him – a Servant. His reflexes are good enough to block this Servant’s next hit, but then the Servant vanishes again. Shirou considers using one of his command spells to summon Saber, but then he remembers her previous injuries and decides against it. His opponent eventually gets him on the ground using the invisible kusari stake that’s actually still attached to his arm. She uses it to hang him by his arm off of a tree branch, and throws the other stake at him. Rin comes and saves him by firing her magic and forcing the Servant to retreat.
While she’s bandaging his arm, Rin tells Shirou that there must be another master from their school. Shirou wants to continue their earlier battle, but Rin says she’s not interested anymore and instead invites Shirou to her house to treat his wound. When they get there however, Shirou’s wound has surprisingly healed. Rin attributes this healing ability to Saber’s power flowing into Shirou. The two discuss how they don’t know who the new master is, and then Rin proposes a truce because of the new Master. Shirou agrees, but Rin has to clarify that a truce and being a friend are different things. Rin learns that Shirou never really learned magic from his father since his father opposed him becoming a mage. When Shirou starts talking about how he used his only ability on the table, Rin stops him and reminds him that they’re still enemies. Although Rin thinks that he should hide what kind of magic he can use, Shirou’s reminded of how his father told him that magic wasn’t something to be hidden and that if he wanted to give up training, then he should just quit. Rin goes off on a tirade about Shirou’s father abandoning his duty, but soon the clock reminds Shirou that he should get going. On the way, Archer, who was ordered by Rin to escort Shirou, questions Shirou’s ideals. As the two part ways, Archer says that a meaningless ideal will be eventually defeated by reality, and asks if Shirou can keep chasing those ideals. At home, Shirou finds Saber sleeping, but she wakes up to say that she’s relieved he’s safe.

*sigh* I’m having a hard time getting into this series. I think part of it is because the pacing feels a bit off (the action parts are good, but the dialogue parts feel extremely slow to me). At this point, it still feels like they’re slowly developing the story, but the plot hasn’t really pulled me in yet. So to reiterate, the action parts are the main reason I’m still watching the show, and I’m holding onto it because I think the story has a lot of potential, even though it hasn’t gotten that good yet.
Next episode seems to be about Shirou and Rin working together in their new truce. I can’t say that I look forward to watching it, at least not nearly as much as I look forward to Shana or Otome.

February 10, 2006 at 4:02 pm
  • February 10, 2006 at 4:58 pmkaito

    looks good!^^

  • February 10, 2006 at 5:04 pmEliteF22

    For those who are interested, this site provides a pretty good explanation of the worlds of Tsukihime and Fate/Stay Night. Warning though!!! It contains major spoilers from the games or in the case of Tsukihime, enlightenment as to what the hell was going on in the anime. http://www.geocities.com/max3075/top.htm

  • February 10, 2006 at 5:07 pmJT

    is this episode shorter?? or just the caps are less?

  • February 10, 2006 at 5:07 pmLosttek

    Soo.. Rin saves him again? >_>

    Well, so far I’m enjoying the series, even though I had much higher hopes initially. Before Fate SN first aired, there was waaay too much hype, which naturally led to disappointment. I think too many people fell into that trap.

    But meh, there’s nothing really interesting this winter. ~_~

  • February 10, 2006 at 5:26 pmmangamaxx

    okay so which storyline are we headed into? Or are they gonna go for an original ending?

  • February 10, 2006 at 5:28 pmOmni

    JT, it’s not shorter. There are less caps because there aren’t that many action sequences. There’s not much to cap when people are sitting around talking…

  • February 10, 2006 at 5:42 pmEliteF22

    Probably original ending. I think they’re going to try to reveal the real names of all the servants, especially Archer. To do that you need an original ending, because in the game you only find out his name in Rin’s ending.

  • February 10, 2006 at 6:25 pmZanarky

    By hard time getting into the series… do you mean you might drop it >

  • February 10, 2006 at 6:32 pmRasmiel

    “Probably original ending. I think they’re going to try to reveal the real names of all the servants, especially Archer. To do that you need an original ending, because in the game you only find out his name in Rin’s ending. ”

    Yes, Archer’s real name was shocking. Didn’t even expect it.

    Ah, Rider, always looking gorgeous. Now all we need is Caster to complete the team of three sexeh servants.

  • February 10, 2006 at 7:11 pmAnza

    Fate/Stay Night is impressive but it’s just somewhat dull, I can see why your having a hard time getting into the series Omni.

  • February 10, 2006 at 7:38 pmdward

    Hmm……I have a feeling Rin still wanted to own Saber…oh well….As expected, Shirou won’t summon Saber that easily even if he’s about to die.

  • February 10, 2006 at 8:36 pmmangamaxx

    That’s what you call a strong sense of “justice”. that or stupidity, it’s getting really hard to draw a line between the two these days.

  • February 10, 2006 at 9:38 pmNikto

    Well, dissapointment here, diss. there, but let’s just wait and see what this series has to offer, and as for me I like it so far ;)

  • February 10, 2006 at 11:18 pmmango

    hmm do i sense shirou x rin?

  • February 11, 2006 at 12:39 amEleutheria

    The problem with the series is that its original form, the game, is almost all monologue. That invariably translates into dialogue heavy scenes.

    Next episode: Saber asking for okawari (extras)….

  • February 11, 2006 at 1:00 amAznSoulBoy

    its still good though

  • February 11, 2006 at 3:17 amAlpha123

    It’s still ok to watch, gives me a show to fill Fridays with, but I’m gonna agree with Omni as I too look forward to SnS and Otome a heck of a lot more than FsN every week.

  • February 11, 2006 at 9:13 amtragicsmile

    :/ Our dear directors are apparently forgetting that you’re supposed to “show, not tell”. We’re watching a show here, not listening to a goddamned audiobook.

  • February 11, 2006 at 9:27 amKaito

    I have a feeling someone stole my name for comments… but anyways,
    Fate/Stay Night is a good show, but with even BETTER shows like Otome and SnS, i guess this show just isn’t nearly as interesting. ^^;;
    For a visual novel -> anime conversion, I’ll say it’s doing a pretty good job of it, if not still dialogue-heavy.

  • February 11, 2006 at 12:33 pmsuckoja

    Well, I think the pace so far has been slow on before they bring forth a BANG to us! I don’t expect the story to go BANG like Otome now. They can keep it to start in next 4-5 episode later when the story should really begin.

  • February 11, 2006 at 12:48 pmkinb

    I think it’s going pretty well, Fate is still only just beginning, while Otome & Shana are much further along into their stories being a season ahead and all :P

    It’s kind of interesting thinking which path they’ll take with the show, or if they’ll merge parts from a number of them, looking forward to see how it plays out.

  • February 11, 2006 at 6:30 pmAnime Adoru

    I think the main problem so far is that it is difficult to identify with Shirou and feel good (hence enjoy the show). He is portrayed as too much of a looser. Compare that with butt-kicking gutsy Arika…

  • February 12, 2006 at 1:20 amAvariceon

    Saber needs more air-time, Shirou is a complete failure. Hey Shirou if you wanna save people without killing them you might want to check out Kenshin!

  • February 16, 2006 at 7:58 pmJuvyniled

    First few episodes were interesting, but it has been slowing down. I don’t mind that the protagonist of this series has pacifist tendencies but he really isn’t doing much at all, like trying to impress his ideas on others. Also, there seems to be quite a bit of random occurences that lead to other incidents like the scream of the girl leading to the intro of Rider. I’m having doubts as to the direction of this show, but I’ll keep watching it.

  • February 21, 2006 at 10:56 pmmango

    They might as well kick Archer out too. I understand thefact that he’s cannot appear in public (e.g. the school) but still…they should give him more screen-time.

    And this anime definitely needs more action. But I guess it’s a bit early to say whether this anime is good or not.