「死闘の報酬（こたえ）」 (Shitou no Houshuu (Kotae))
“The Reward For The Death Match”
Oh boy was this week’s episode fantastic. Leaping straight back into the action, there was barely any time to breath with so much fighting going on.
Even though I’d love to talk about how amazing all the fight sequences looked, I’ll take this opportunity to touch on something I thought was really important to the series as a whole. No matter where you look, the show is definitely trying to make a point about the stark differences people have when you talk about “saving” someone. Does it mean stripping your empathy away in order to save the most amount of people? Or does it call for you to treat every life equally and therefore try to save whoever’s within reach? Because either way you look at it, you’re saving people, right?
While the answer is obviously no, thinking about the merits of both sides leads me to an awkward internal battle. Maybe it’s because I’m a bit older now and have lost a bit of faith in what chivalry entails, but it’s tough for me to watch Shirou spout his ideals about what it means to save others in-front of battle hardened warriors. I know it’s part of the story and specifically designed to have you question your own beliefs but what’s probably the most powerful part of ufotable’s adaptation is the way it quickly makes you fall for the side that opposes Shirou. Even though I believe you shouldn’t value anyone’s life more or less than another, Archer makes quite the compelling argument in-favor of creating the most beneficial situation for himself and humanity as a whole.
Anyways, I was just curious about what everyone else thinks about this big conundrum. We’ve seen what happens to people who try to save others only to see another fall and logistically it’s a nightmare but does that mean we shouldn’t even try? WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Assassin Is Best Assassin
While he may not be True Assassin, I will always hold a place for him in my heart. Every bit deserving of the title Samurai, how can you not love a badass that flaunts his abilities in all the right ways? Also, props to him for not attacking Saber from behind as well as stopping Archer’s second surprise attack against Shirou. Now, if only he could leave that darn temple!
Man, can you imagine how awkward it’s going to be the next time Shirou see’s Rin? “Hey, your servant nearly killed me. How ya doin?” Anyways, even though so much fighting went on throughout the episode we really didn’t get anywhere. Caster seems to be just fine, we still haven’t seen Illya or Berserker, and Shinji seems to be doing whatever (I’m okay with not seeing Shinji though). Judging from the preview though, it looks like the story is about to make another sharp turn so I guess we won’t have to wait too long! See yall next week!