Fate/stay night – 08
Shinji reveals that he put up the force field as a defensive measure against Rin. After Shirou follows him home, he also swears that he wasn’t responsible for Ayako. Shirou is amazed to learn that the Matou family has magic in its roots, even though they aren’t mages anymore. Shirou is concerned about Sakura being involved, but Shinji doesn’t have any information about her. He only knows that when there are two children, the elder son is chosen to be the successor. Rather, Shinji’s own concerns are with Rin, and he proposes that the two of them defeat her together. Shirou then realizes that if Shinji isn’t the other mage in the school, then there must be someone else, meaning that there are four Masters going to their school. Unwilling to fight Rin, Shirou gets up to leave. As a token of goodwill, Shinji tells him that there is another Master at the Ryuudou temple (Issei’s home), supposedly a witch who’s collecting souls.
Shirou ends up asking Rider about the validity of what Shinji told him. She confirms it and tells him to be careful about going up there. Shirou then runs into Issei and Issei mentions a beautiful woman at the temple. When he gets home, Shirou finds both Saber and Rin waiting and worrying about him. He tells them about his meeting with Shinji and about the Master at the Ryuudou temple. Shirou had felt that Rider was a bit different from the other Servants he’s encountered so far. Rin suggests that Servants are similar to their master, and what Shirou felt was Rider’s murderous intent. In any case, Saber thinks that they should attack the temple, but both Shirou and Rin oppose the idea.
Rin happens to have a duffle bag with her because she’s actually moving in with Shirou. Rin settling into her new room causes Saber to start insisting that she sleep in the same room as Shirou. Somewhere in the middle of it, Shirou realizes that Rin has started to address him by his given name. While Rin starts cooking dinner, she proposes that they ignore the Master in the temple for now and focus on Ilya and Berserker. Sakura and Fuji-nee then come home, and neither takes too well to Rin staying there. Rin tells Sakura that she doesn’t need to look after Shirou anymore, but Sakura refuses to listen. Rin tells Fuji-nee that her house is being remodeled and how Shirou suggested that she move in with him. During dinner, Saber starts to sense something. Afterwards, she once again approaches Shirou about the witch, but Shirou still won’t allow her to go. Because he’s her master, he won’t put her in danger and doesn’t want a repeat of what happened with Berserker. She eventually decides to obey her Master. But later that night, as Shirou and Rin are sleeping, Saber sneaks out towards the temple. Standing on the temple gate, a Servant waits impatiently for his enemy to arrive.
Rather than spend the entire entry talking about what parts of this episode I didn’t like, I’ll just simply say that the first half of this episode is slow and move on.
Actually, the second part wasn’t too bad. Shirou’s harem is slowly growing now that Rin is living with him. Her relationship with Shirou and her rivalry with Sakura are half the reasons I watch this show (the other half being the action). And past all of the sitting around talking, there are some interesting points. Rider actually seems a little more human after her conversation with Shirou. Shinji helps Shirou realize that there must be another magic user in the school, a fourth Master. Out of the current list of characters, the two main candidates seem to be Issei and Sakura. If I had to choose, I’d say that Sakura would be the one. And there’s also the new Master/Servant combo that Saber is defying Shirou to go fight. I’m cautiously optimistic that the next episode will have lots of action between Saber and the new Servant (Assassin) and between Rider and whoever she’s fighting.