This episode felt like it was jumping around everywhere — and I didn’t really mind! Because for me, this series is supposed to be one about a kid who gets thrust into the middle of an all out magical war. And with the Holy Grail up for grabs for the last one standing, you’d expect all the (competitive) participants would be ready to do whatever it takes to win, right? Which is exactly why it didn’t bother me that things felt a bit hectic.
Just What Are Servants?
I’ve never quite gotten over what happens at the end of Studio Deen’s adaptation of Fate/stay night but that show’s ending as well as Archer’s statements this week really made me think about just how much emotional attachment Masters and Servants are supposed to have. While servants typically have the outward appearance of a human and some sort of wish they want fulfilled by obtaining the Grail, does that really mean they’re alive? Honestly, what makes them more than just a shell filled with the memories and spirit of someone from a different era?
Even though none of the above questions or answers to them have any bearing to the show itself, I think it’s really interesting how ufotable’s spin pokes around what really makes up a Master-Servant relationship. You have duos like Shirou and Saber or Rin and Archer who seem to collaborate together, ruhless dictators like Illya or Shinji who force their servants to follow their orders to a tee, and even some weirdos like Show Spoiler ▼
who take that standard and completely obliterate it! Anyways, while I can’t say I view servants simply as the tools their designed to be, I appreciate that the show is consistently trying to show us some different sides to things that I thought could only been one way.
While it remains to be seen whether or not Shirou will fall to Saber’s charm, I’ll gladly take more scenes where we get to see him show off his skills as a lackluster mage. I can’t say exactly what it is but watching him grow closer and closer to mastering his skill gets me pumped up thinking about how cool it’ll be when he can actually pull it off.
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Wtf, Caster and Assaassin? Plus, looking forward
In a double whammy kind of way, it was surprising to see two more servants working alongside each other. Even though I have no idea why Assassin would be assisting someone like Caster who said her class is quite territorial, it looks like another full-scale battle is about to get underway. Judging from the opening sequence it looks like Caster isn’t your typical type of magician that sits around waiting for their skills to cast and Assassin looks like someone who could give Saber a run for her money — meaning it should be a ton of awesome action scenes for all of us next week, yay! See you next week!
P.S. Shinji is still a jerk. And a slimy one at that.