「放課後に踊る」 (Houkago ni Odoru)
“After School Dance”
Boy was that an awesome episode to get the month of November rolling.
With such a strong emphasis on magic, honor, and duty to do what one believes in, this episode brought up something that’s been on my mind — if you had the ability to use magic, wouldn’t you do anything and everything to push your advantage over others? Sure it may not be morally right to drain others of their life force to power up your Servant but when there are heroic spirits coming after your head, it puts into perspective how the line separating right and wrong gets a little blurred, am I right? But on the other hand, you have people like Rin or Shirou who wear their beliefs on their sleeves and try to do thing within reason — Rin being the prime example of the pocket tsundere that looks cute as she has trouble trying to figure out a way to get thing done without jeopardizing her morals. Either ways, I’m glad to see that the action is finally beginning to pick up again with Shirou being at the center of it all. Finally showing some his backbone, you have to give him props for taking on a Servant head on with a copious amount of blood dripping out of a gaping hole in his arm.
If there was one thing that really caught my eye this episode, it was the last few minutes as Rin started to really open up to Shirou and let out some of the true emotions she tries to keep hidden deep inside of her. If you forgot (or didn’t catch it), Rin’s dad was her family’s representative during the last Holy Grail War and came to a rather untimely demise. Leaving behind only things of value to a mage, it makes you wonder just how tough it must be to live in that kind of household. Something that must run through Rin’s mind with the way she highlighted the fact Kiritsugu decided to prioritize being a father over a mage.
As I said in the opening, it looks like the story’s about to ramp back up and it couldn’t have happened any sooner. With despicable mages out in the wild terrorizing innocent people, it’s going to feel so good to watch Shirou and Rin team up together to knock some sense into them. See you next week!
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P.S. Sorry for the late post guys! I was in LA for PMX and will have a short post for it later in the week. Talk to you soon!