「五人目の契約者」 (Go Hitome no Keiyakusya)
“The Fifth Contractor”
There’s always an exception to the rule.
A character who we haven’t seen much of until recently, Kuzuki and what he brought to the table was a complete surprise. Taking the idea that a Master doesn’t have to be someone on the sidelines supporting their Servant in battle, it was a bit crazy to watch him in action against powerhouses like Saber and Rin. Taking out the former with a swift beat down and the latter with a well placed punch that sent her flying, it makes you question just how scary he could be if he could use magic. That said, as scary as his physical abilities might be, what might be every scarier might be how well he managed his public persona. While he wasn’t able to completely throw Rin off of his scent, there’s something to be said about powerful and smart fighter.
Looking passed all that though, was there really anything all that wrong about Kuzuki’s view on human life? While it might be a bit selfish, how wrong is it to look out for yourself when everyone else is doing the same — especially if they’re just strangers who care about you just as much as you care about them?
Superb Fighting Again!
There’s something about every single fight scene that ufotable does that brings me an immense amount of joy every time I watch them. Be it the shiny lights stemming out from every angle of the screen or the quality of every single fiber of clothing flapping in just the right way, there’s no denying that this week’s fight scene was on-point. If I had to pick one thing that got me in this one, it had to be the sound effects used for Kuzuki’s punches. Something about just how vicious they were matched perfectly to how I expected someone who could fight Saber hand-to-hand would be.
Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and with the way Shirou’s been drooling over Archer and his way of fighting, his tribute to him this week raises a lot of questions. While I don’t want to stay on this topic for too long since it enters spoiler territory really quickly, I’m pretty sure this episode helped connect a few dots for the people who’ve been paying close attention since episode 00.
Battles on Every Front and Looking Ahead
With various battles brewing on every front, it seems that there’s no end for any of them in sight. Caster’s Master has finally been revealed and is someone who’s just as capable as herself, Shirou has discovered a latent ability that’s been dwelling deep inside him and it seems to resemble something we’ve already seen, and just in case you forgot about him Shinji seems to be doing well with his new Servant that seems a bit arrogant and cocky. Judging from the preview though, it seems that among other things we’re going to jump back into the argument Shirou and Archer started a few weeks ago. While I could do without the two bickering with each other, I wouldn’t mind seeing Shirou have some way of backing up his words this time around.
Anyways, see you next week!