OP: 「英雄 運命の詩」 (Eiyuu Unmei no Uta) by EGOIST
「聖女の出立」 (Seijo no Shuttatsu)
“The Saint’s Appearance”
After last week’s awesome start, this week’s episode slowed things down a bit to acclimate us to this Fate’s world.
With the story flopping around between factions and characters, it wouldn’t be too difficult to call this week’s episode a little scatterbrained. From focusing on Jeanne and her tragic back story (more power to you if you learned about it through Fate GO) to reminding us that the Church and its figurehead are, in any Fate timeline, complete douchebags, following things started to get pretty difficult. Amongst all the introductions and focus on the new characters, there was also a quiet reminder that there is actually a Greater Holy Grail war occurring and that unlike all prior wars (at least ones we’ve seen on screen), this one is a giant battle royal where the reward is that the winners get to then fight amongst themselves to attain the all might Holy Grail. Something that, all things considered you’d think the story would focus more on since this is the first time it’s happened. That said, laying down the ground work for all these new characters isn’t necessarily a bad thing and I’m sure once the formalities are out of the way, we’ll hopefully be able to see some of that trademark Fate goodness (big battles, epic moments, etc).
Moving on from all the character “development”, it was a little reassuring to see the episode end on a pretty cool fight with Shishigou and Mordred kicking some ass. While it may not have had the polish and finesse of last week’s foreshadowing fight with Mordred and Siegfried, it was pretty awesome to see Mordred’s epic armor. But as much as I’d like to blush and fangirl about Mordred, there’s no denying that Shishigou is also someone you wouldn’t want to get into a fight with. With that double barreled shotgun and some crazy poison grenades, watching him roll around as he unleashed a can of whoopass against his opponents was awesome to watch as well.
Overall, not too bad of an episode when you consider it a setup for things to come. That said, seeing how the main character for Apocrypha is supposed to be Jeanne, I’m going to be awfully pissed off if we don’t get to see more Mordred later on. Not only do I want to hear more about her past and how she dealt with Artoria, but I want to see that slick sunglass wearing Shishigou create the perfect situation for her to talk about it.
Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week where things will hopefully pick up. See you then!
ED: 「Désir」 by GARNiDELiA