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Fate/stay night – 09

In front of the temple, Saber meets her opponent: Assassin. To her surprise, he introduces himself with his True Name – Sasaki Kojirou. Saber is ready to return the favor and tell him her name also, but he stops her because it’s sufficient that they know their enemies through their swords. The start of their fight is marked by the sound of metal against metal. At home, Shirou wakes up with another pain in his chest. With Saber not in her room, it’s becomes apparent where she went. While Saber and Assassin are locked in battle, Rider bypasses them and enters the temple grounds. However, she’s confronted by a horde of skeletal warriors.
Assassin is pleased with Sabers abilities, and manages to figure out the dimensions of her invisible sword by her attacks. He also thinks that Saber is holding back. He decides to use his Tsubame Gaeshi attack, which knocks Saber back with three consecutive hits. Inside the temple grounds, Rider tries to attack Caster, but her opponent makes effective use of her magic to block. During this time, Assassin is explaining the Swallow Reversal technique, and Saber figures out that it was because of a multiple dimension refraction phenomenon. The reason that she’s relatively unhurt is because the stairs gave him bad footing for the attack. When Assassin raises his sword to do it again, Saber decides to unleash her powers. Rider uses the resulting winds as a distraction to escape from Caster.
Shirou, who has arrived at the base of the stairs, notices that his tattoo is reacting to what must be Saber’s magical powers. He then sees a fleeting shadow from the forest. That same figure catches the Servant’s attention, interrupting Saber’s attack and dissipating the winds. After Assassin ends the match for now and vanishes, Saber falls over from exhaustion, right into Shirou’s arms. He carries her body home and puts her down inside the house to catch his breath. Rin finds him trying to pick her up again and teases him for trying to do something to her. But Rin also figures out what really happened. By the time Shirou has made the tea that Rin requests, Saber is back up on her feet. Shirou wants to know why she fought, so Saber responds by saying that it’s natural for Servants to fight. Of course, Shirou feels that girls shouldn’t be fighting and getting hurt. The two start arguing because Saber thinks that Shirou is looking down on her. Rin tries to calm Saber by telling her that Shirou is only trying to prevent her purity from being damaged. After some thinking, Saber decides to let Shirou fight, but she’s going to give him sword training first.


If there’s on thing I can commend this episode on, it’s production quality. The fight scenes were done absolutely wonderfully in both animation and background music. This is the action episode that I’ve been waiting for all this time. Well…kind of. As Mentar noted, they really killed the momentum of the fights with the chatter between Saber and Assassin. As interesting as it is, I could do without the explanation of the Tsubame Gaeshi attack. In contrast, the Rider scenes were a lot better about keeping the action going, so I enjoyed those a lot more.
It’s good news to me that Shirou is actually going to get some training from Saber. It’ll be a lot more fun to watch Shirou fight his battles rather than be a punching bag. Maybe he’ll finally be able to back up some of those ideals of his. The preview doesn’t show any sword training, but it does make it look like we’re getting a semi-comedic episode next week (as evidenced by Shirou running away from a nude Saber). Ilya probably also hasn’t turned into a good girl overnight, so she’s probably planning to do something to Shirou

March 3, 2006 at 4:05 pm
  • March 3, 2006 at 4:19 pmParacelsus

    Saber got owned again. Man, that sure sucks.now it’s 3-1 >_>

  • March 3, 2006 at 4:27 pmRiXeD

    ILYA?!?!? WHAT IS SHE DOING?!?!?!

  • March 3, 2006 at 4:32 pmMentar

    You mean 1-3 ;)

    This episode, the production values went through the roof. Not only the animations were awesome, the musical score was the most memorable thing to me. Great pieces, especially for Assassin.

    It never ceases to amaze me how much momentum the show intentionally forfeits to talk and talk and talk and talk in the middle of duels – and still, enough remains to make me happy. With a little bit more skillful scripting of scenes like this, the show could have been done even better. Much better.

  • March 3, 2006 at 4:32 pmHo0p

    Rider kicks ass!

  • March 3, 2006 at 4:35 pmParacelsus

    yeah Mentar, i meant 1-3 >_>;

    on a second note, Ilya is mine

  • March 3, 2006 at 4:45 pmRiXeD

    Damn ure loli…

  • March 3, 2006 at 4:56 pmHaesslich

    Uh… I take it Saber’s looking for attention, judging by next week’s preview?

    Let’s see – Rider, Assassin, and Saber all engaged in battle… Rin looking smug.. and now naked Saber in next week’s preview, plus Ilya running up to Shirou.

    This may actually be a better ep than the last, as far as action goes. :D Rin’s appearing to steal the show… again.

  • March 3, 2006 at 4:59 pmaxel

    …and the harem grows!

  • March 3, 2006 at 5:02 pmAznSoulBoy


  • March 3, 2006 at 5:08 pmNooger

    Woot!!! It’s NAKED SABER!!!!!

  • March 3, 2006 at 5:26 pmmangamaxx

    Why is she naked? and a better question, why is Shiro running away from naked Saber??!!? His logic makes no sense to me, especially when you consider what kind of game the anime was based on.

  • March 3, 2006 at 5:50 pmpach

    soooo, Rider got killed ??? it may show a way on the story the aniem is taking

  • March 3, 2006 at 5:50 pmZyl

    I’m guessing that in the next ep, nekkid Saber wants

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  • March 3, 2006 at 5:54 pmDemon Eyes

    I don’t understand Shirou anymore. I don’t think he ccan slank any lower than that. Who in their right mminds runs away from NAKED SBER?!!!!/

    And why is she naked? I thought she was on of those MOOODESSST people!!

    I love Rin. I really do. Can’t wait for her antics.

    IS it me, or is Fate’s ep more anticipated than the previous one? Always?

  • March 3, 2006 at 6:09 pmKaito

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  • March 3, 2006 at 6:27 pmqwertypoiuy

    why didnt you blog ergo proxy
    it looks its going to be one of the best anime of all time not only the season
    and its animation mmm the words cant describe it

  • March 3, 2006 at 6:53 pmthenightsshadow

    Awesome. Now all we need is a maid…oh wait. Too late.

  • March 3, 2006 at 7:19 pmAznSoulBoy

    well he ran away because he was surprise..? and i dun think rider got kill already lol

  • March 3, 2006 at 7:23 pmmangamaxx

    Man, Shiro that lucky bastard. Wants to be “Justice”‘s ally eh? Well you know what Justice’s ally doesn’t do? They don’t run away from naked Saber!!!! Be a man and take head on!

  • March 3, 2006 at 7:24 pmdward

    Oh boy oh boy….I’m sure looking forward to watching this ep and the next one. And wth is Saber-chan doing naked in front of Shirou!?

  • March 3, 2006 at 7:41 pmHaesslich

    I suspect that the reason Shirou is running is because he saw Sakura standing behind Naked Saber with a knife… which explains why he’s outside and (apparently) gets glomped by Ilya. I swear, Sakura’s just going to snap and kill everyone, the way things are going… especially if Rin was the one who suggested Saber get Shirou’s attention through creative wardrobing.

  • March 3, 2006 at 8:40 pmnaga_jahat


  • March 3, 2006 at 9:22 pmJT

    isnt that the best cleavage u have seen in anime!?

  • March 3, 2006 at 9:25 pmbj0rN`-

    LoL! Shirou running away seeing Saber nude.. But I guess in the game it doesn’t matter since there’s the 3some thingy between them and Rin. =X

    And what is Illya doing?! Now Shirou’s going pedophile? Anyway, she’s damn lucky to have girls everywhere. Saber, Rin, Sakura, Taiga, Rider, Illya. Who else? Wonder if they’ll reveal Caster’s face too. She looks pretty though she has elfish ears.

  • March 3, 2006 at 10:00 pmhideaki_kakashi

    calm down shirou…. you just lead Saber into your room isn’t it…! but there are many chance … if you lose one there still another.. shirou gambatte na.. for my part too! thehehe ^^

  • March 3, 2006 at 10:43 pmRasmiel

    It makes me laugh how many people are blaming Shirou for “not being a man”. I know for a fact that the most “men” out there get hotblooded when they see a girl naked, thereby resulting in self-pleasuring action or sexual engagement with that girl (forced or unforced). That’s called being a beast, a dirty one who can’t control his desires. I praise Shirou for running away and controlling his manly urges to do anything that clueless Servants like Saber don’t expect. He’s a gentleman.

    I’m really hoping they’ll animate some of Ataraxia stuff as well, so others can see just how awesome Rider and Caster really are. But I guess the chance is really slim, given the anime is not that long.

  • March 3, 2006 at 10:44 pmmango

    I’m rooting for Saber x Shirou all the way now. Rin x Shirou is also acceptable but it looks like theres none in this episode, so whatever. =3 I like Ilya and Shirou as a sibling relationship not as boyfriend girlfriend. So cute

  • March 3, 2006 at 11:03 pmdward

    Oh jeez….you guys making me having dirty thoughts too…..

  • March 3, 2006 at 11:35 pmBurnout02

    …Don’t worry about that. Ilya doesn’t have a H-scene either in the full game OR in Hollow Atraxia. Apparently, TYPE-MOON doesn’t like loli…

  • March 4, 2006 at 1:19 amdward

    Oh….Omni…just what does Rin meant by protecting Saber’s purity? You know, purity have…er….different sort of meaning back there….

  • March 4, 2006 at 2:03 am?????

    Saber naked OMGZ but im still rooting for Rin X Shirou

  • March 4, 2006 at 2:14 ameurys

    All girls and no Archer makes eurys a dull viewer…

  • March 4, 2006 at 2:33 amShinji103

    You go, Rasmiel! :D Shirou deserves the credit of having self-control. :D

  • March 4, 2006 at 3:21 amEliteF22

    Type-Moon doesn’t like loli!? You haven’t seen the semi-sequel to Tsukihime have you. Man, Shiki and Ren got it on in that one. Oh, don’t let Ilya’s look fool you. There’s a reason why she and Shirou don’t get it on, which was revealed in Ataraxia.
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    And guys, there was no 3some in the first game. Rin did not join in with Saber and Shirou. She just helped them get in the mood, cause they couldn’t do it themselves. In Ataraxia there is a 3some between Sakura, Rider, and “Shirou.”

  • March 4, 2006 at 3:25 amAnacone

    Yeah fight… boo nothing happened :( I’m losing patient now, although goodlooking fighting scenes, that’s just not enough. Luckily they didn’t strech that fight with that outcome.

    Shirou had chance to take advance of Saber when she fainted. Maybe his insticts are like his magic skills.

  • March 4, 2006 at 3:31 amcyw1988

    lol i think the story is going ok… not too fast not too slow… should be a 24-26 eper afterall unless they try to push too much in 4 eps…. next ep is probably a

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  • March 4, 2006 at 9:34 amAznSoulBoy

    Ya me 2 im still rooting for RinxShirou xD

  • March 4, 2006 at 10:21 amdward

    Oh man….every week I get to see you guys mentioning who x who blablabla…..I’m pretty sure the anime is not going to focus a lot on romance or anything related to it. Hmm…..I gotta comment on Shirou’s action too. He’s really a gentleman for running away in front of a nude Saber. Second thought, the idea of ShirouxSaber isn’t that bad at all. But comparing Rin to Sakura…I still prefer Sakura.

  • March 4, 2006 at 11:47 amcf18

    “Caster reveals to Rider that she’s a Master.”

    Hmm… No she didn’t.

  • March 4, 2006 at 12:37 pmSubarashii no Masterpiece

    0:14:36 – Lancer detected

  • March 5, 2006 at 1:41 amwiseman

    Hay!! Ran away like that!!!

    Shiro~~ U are gay?? anyway

    I can’t accept in situation like this :)

  • March 5, 2006 at 5:14 amBurnout

    Actually, depending on the scenario the anime’s using, Shirou’s mileage may vary…

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  • March 6, 2006 at 4:51 amcurious curiousity

    well why the hell is saber naked and plus this game and seeing shiro run away makes sense since in the game he would probably stare it’s oposites people !!!!!!

  • March 7, 2006 at 3:37 pmmango

    I like watching the scene when Shirou carries Saber all the way home. I wish they would fall in love even though it’s highly impossible T-T

  • March 12, 2006 at 7:00 amblazingshadow

    i’m guessing you are using eclipse’s sub for the review, right? “multiple dimension refraction phenomenon” means that even though assasin did the 3 slashes one after the other saber saw all of the slashes like if they were done at the same time (she saw 3 swords at that instance instead of one)

  • March 12, 2006 at 6:09 pmMachi

    Actually incase you didn’t know Illya is really just that weird… She is ALWAYS a good girl during the daytime but when it’s night time she takes on her master persona ^^

  • August 28, 2007 at 7:41 amPrecious

    Damn situations

  • December 10, 2008 at 11:33 pmKim

    It will more insteresting that they face the Espada like Bleach. That make the show more insterseting.