「二人の距離」 (Futari no Kyori)
“The Distance Between Them”
Letting off of the throttle ever so slightly, this week’s episode took some time to remind us that there were characters we probably all forgot about.
Tying Up Loose Ends
After the fiasco that ended up with one servant eliminated and the entire student body unconscious and possibly on the verge of death, it seems that the aftermath of such an event blew over without a hitch. I mean, sure we got to see Archer and Saber duke it out with their egos on the line but I’m not sure that’s exactly what I wanted to see. If anything, I wish we got a better explanation behind Archer’s untimely appearance as well whatever it was that tipped off Rin that he was acting stranger than usual. While I’m sure we’ll find out in due time just what Archer is scheming in that cryptic head of his, I don’t like how it was briefly touched on without some inkling that we’d get some sort of answer.
On the other hand, we also have Shinji and that fantastic breakdown he had in front of Kotomine. His seiyuu does a fantastic job at portraying the character’s nasty attitude but watching him realize just how pathetic he was as a Master and is as a person had me smirking a bit. At the same time, you could feel the immensely evil aura coming off of Kotomine as he let a distraught Shinji play straight into his hand. Using his shattered pride as the catalyst to turn around his attempt to quit, you have to really wonder — could there really be another servant that’s just available? I mean, that would mean a master out there had been defeated without anyone finding out — and that seems super unlikely.
Comedy in My Fate/stay night?
I couldn’t write a post about this episode without highlighting Shirou’s fantastic acting as he chose one of the most direct methods of trying to figure out whether or not Issei was a master. Asking him to strip with a straight face as he locked the only door in the room, I couldn’t help but break out laughing as Issei quickly realized he wasn’t part of some strange joke. The thing is, and this is the kicker — how did Shirou actually manage to get Issei’s shirt off intact? Especially with the guy struggling with all his might? :3
Rin’s Strange Question
This is a bit spoilerish if you don’t already know the situation but I’ll leave a spoiler tag here for you if you want a tl;dr.
Heroes of Justice
As I’ve said in countless posts now, this show’s infatuation with breaking down what goes into being a hero and not shying away from all the negatives is definitely one of its biggest selling points. Not afraid to highlight the bad with the good, it raises interesting questions that have us wondering whether or not what we believe in is truly right and just. That said, I love how this week’s episode didn’t stress any of those things and simply gave us the reason Shirou acts the way he does. Because if there’s one thing I’m sure about in this whole ideological debate about what it means to save others, it’s that the truest of heroes have the darnest reasons for doing what they do. In Shirou’s case, who can blame him for wanting to follow in Kiritsugu’s awesome footsteps? Sure, there will always be cynics but if he’s completely invested, more power to him!
After a nice refreshing episode to get our minds working, it seems that we have another battle in-store for us next week. Judging from the preview it looks like our “heroes” are bringing the fight to Caster and putting up a good effort. All I know though, and this might be mildly spoilerish, but if Shirou doesn’t manage to do something awesome next week I’ll be super disappointed. See you then!