「生の代償、死の贖い」 (Sei no Daishou, Shi no Aganai)
“Price of Life, Redemption of Death”
I have no idea what’s going on anymore.
After giving Apocrypha one more episode to really see if the show would decide whether or not it was done playing around, I think I can now confidently say that I have absolutely no idea what this show is trying to do. But, after a bit of retrospect, this may be the best thing for the show at this point.
Now you may be asking, “Takaii, how in the world could things be good the way they are?” to which I would reply “They aren’t, but we can find something good here!” To start off, let’s take a step back from the traditional idea of a Fate show focusing on a specific character or set of characters and instead think of Apocrypha as something that is trying to show us just how crazy the idea of having a Holy Grail war is. With two separate teams fighting with their own set of servants, it’s kind of crazy when you think about 14 different servants (plus Ruler) all fighting against each other. With so many different figures that could fill out the roles of Saber, Lancer, Archer, Rider, Caster, Assassin, and Berserker for each side, there’s so possible material that you could literally create almost any situation you could imagine. And if I had to praise Apocrypha for doing something well, it’d have to be the variety it’s shown us for all the Servants we’ve seen thus far.
That said, the praise ends there since I honestly can’t think of anything else that’s been done well. The story has been a mess with a lot of focus on Team Black (aka the Yggdmillennias) and barely any on Team Red, characters are just appearing out of nowhere with some dying out of the blue and some creating possible continuity errors, and the overarching goals that the story is trying to push on us seems to have gotten lost amongst all the jumping between characters.
Honestly, I’m trying really hard not to be a downer, but I think I may have went into Apocrypha expecting too much. That said, with my expectations thoroughly adjusted and the possibility that things could make a quick 180 and go from okay to fantastic since the “groundwork” has to end somewhere, I want to believe that in the near future this show will become something we all are excited to watch.
In any case, I’ll catch you next week where we’ll discover whether or not Siegfried’s decision to be a honorable hero was the right one. See you then!