OP2: 「きらめく涙は星に」 (Kirameku Namida wa Hoshi ni) by タイナカサチ
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I’ve got lukewarm feelings toward the new OP, but the animation that accompanies it is pretty juicy. Archer vs. Shirou in particular o_O Honestly, I don’t think that the OP scenes necessarily reflect what’s going to happen in the show, but are instead maybe just scenes to make the fans happy.
Because Saber is feeling so weak, Shirou carries her through the forest. They arrive at some ruins that Archer had scouted out in case they needed a place to hide. After Shirou lays Saber down, he asks Rin about Archer. Holding her arm, she says that he was conceited to the end. But she doesn’t want his death to be in vain, so they must defeat Berserker. And in order to do that, Saber has to make a recovery. Since there are no people in the forest for her consume souls from, Saber will have to replenish her power by having Shirou transplant his magic circuit to her. Shirou decides to do it, so Rin walks up and kisses him. When he pushes her away in surprise, Rin tells him that she was trying to give him a little preparation before the ceremony. Rin also gets Saber ready by untying her shirt and pushing her onto the bed. She says that all this is necessary to raise the success rate. Shirou then takes Rin’s place on top of Saber and Rin starts chanting. It causes Shirou’s spirit to leave his body and enter Saber’s. There, he finds an open area filled with lava that’s guarded by a dragon. The dragon rips off Shirou’s arm and eats him, but inside is Saber and her magic circuit.
Shirou wakes up the next morning with his arm around a blushing Saber. She’s been recharged and seems ok now. The plan is for Shirou and Saber to face off against Ilya and Berserker while Rin hides until she can launch a surprise attack. Rin and Saber start discussing what Shirou will be doing while Saber is holding off Berserker, so Shirou takes a tree branch and turns it into a bow. He asks Saber not to use her Noble Phantasm and she agrees. Ilya eventually finds them, and since Shirou can’t convince her to stop, Berserker and Saber face off after Ilya orders her servant to kill everyone. Saber is barely able to hold her ground, so Shirou tries to help her out by making himself an arrow and shooting it at Berserker’s head. It hits its target, but harmlessly bounces off Berserker’s skin. As Berserker starts to wail on Saber, Shirou realizes that he still can’t do much to help. He remembers Archer’s advice about mastering the one thing that he can do and how what he images is his strongest form. A vague image of a sword starts to appear in Shirou’s mind. At this point, Berserker shatters Saber’s armor. She still manages to push forward and knock Berserker back a little. Rin decides that now is the time to launch her attack. She uses her jewels to freeze Berserker and to blow up his head. In doing so, however, Berserker catches her in his spare arm. And he’s still alive despite the damage. Ilya explains that Berserker has twelve lives, one for each of Hercules’s twelve labors – this is his Noble Phantasm: God Hand. Rin has knocked off one of his lives, but Ilya explains that Berserker still has seven lives left. At Ilya’s command, Berserker starts to crush Rin; the situation looks hopeless.
So the question that started my day was: How the heck are they going to handle the sex scene between Shirou and Saber? Well, this is how they did it. In order to transplant his magic circuit, Shirou has to go inside of her, confronting the dragon and everything. I guess you could make a pretty strong argument that it’s all a giant metaphor for sex. Still, there was some great fanservice, courtesy of Rin preparing Shirou and Saber for the ceremony (including her kissing Shirou and all of the RinXSaber shots).
Is there something wrong with the way Ilya is doing math? If Archer killed Berserker five times and Rin once, wouldn’t Berserker only have six lives left, not seven? Or do they count the first one as not one of the twelve he’s got stocked? Something seems fishy…
I’m glad that Shirou looks like he’s going to create one of Saber’s swords for himself. He’s proving himself to be pretty adept at making weapons. The whole bow thing seems like a vague reference to Archer though.
Anyway, I hate cliffhangers, so I’m eagerly awaiting the conclusion of this battle next week.