Fate/stay night – 13
Saber is having a dream of herself leading a legion of armor-clad men. Her physical condition has Shirou very worried. Rin tells him that Saber used all of her magic power on her Noble Phantasm and will disappear if she used it again. For Saber to recover, she either needs her Master to supply the magic or she has to replenish it herself, like Rider did by using the students at school. Shirou can’t do the former and he doesn’t want to use his command spells to force her to do the latter. Later that night, Shirou is watching over a sleeping Saber when he gets a vision of her approaching a sword in a stone. A nearby cloaked figure tells Saber that by drawing this sword, she will be become the king of Britain, Arturia. After Saber successfully pulls the sword, the scene changes to her in front of the legion of men. Shirou starts to realize who she really is, but then notices that her sword is different from the one he saw from the previous night. By the time he wakes up, it’s already morning. He finds Archer outside and Archer tells him not to forget that Saber knows about the risk of disappearing from using her Noble Phantasm, but would endanger herself to protect him.
Shirou goes to the park to think some more and happens to meet Ilya. She knows about Saber’s situation and about Saber’s fight with Rider since she was there with Berserker. She uses magic to knock Shirou out and takes him home with her. During this time, he has another dream about Saber’s sword, but then wakes up in Ilya’s room. Shirou thinks that Ilya is going to kill him, but she says that he’s special and wants him to become her Servant. Meanwhile, Saber has woken up and is looking for him. She seeks out Rin because she feels that something may be wrong, but Archer wants Rin to leave the matter alone. Seeing how concerned Saber is, Rin makes Archer help. Back at Ilya’s home, Shirou refuses her offer because he still has Saber. Ilya decides to go kill Saber. She reveals that she had Berserker kill Shinji last night after he had run away from Shirou. Unable to stop Ilya from going, Shirou decides to use his magic to free himself. But when his powers flare up, he starts coughing up blood. Of course, this doesn’t discourage him. During this time, Saber, Rin, and Archer are approaching the house from the woods.
Last week they revealed the sword Excalibur and this episode they reveal who Saber really is – Arturia, aka. King Arthur. I was definitely surprised at this twist when I first learned since the legend of King Arthur is based around a male figure. They seem to make a big deal about how Saber seems to have multiple swords and the one she pulled out of the stone is not Excalibur. I wonder how that’ll play into the FSN story or if it just makes for good trivia.
Overall the episode is disappointing compared to the last couple of weeks because they returned to the heavy-dialogue format. I really like the battle episodes more, but I’m getting more used to these slower ones. Next week seems like another exciting one with a battle between Archer and Berserker. Rin and Archer are finally getting back into the action.