「叛逆の騎士」 (Hangyaku no Kishi)
“Knight of Rebellion”
After weeks of being rather negative toward Apocrypha, this week’s episode finally did it for me.
While I try my best not to be biased toward certain characters, I’d be lying if I said Mordred wasn’t my favorite character (with Frankenstein’s Monster being a close second). As both the figurative and literal “Saber” of the show thus far, it’s been a little depressing thinking about just how little we’ve seen of her/him. Luckily, this week’s episode did a fine job of rectifying that as we got a much closer look at Mordred’s past and the internal struggles that he/she is dealing with. Between the parental issues to trying to discover his/her identity, I think I’m most excited to see how the story fills in the gap between what we saw today and Arturia impaling Mordred during that battle on the hill. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for the story to fill in all the holes.
Moving on to the bigger problem at hand, boy was it fun to finally see all sides of the Greater Holy Grail War finally interact with each other. Not only did we get an epic battle between Mordred and Jack the Ripper, who thought we would see Fiore actually leap into combat? As someone who the story has painted as “weak” due to her lack of legs, never would I have imagined her having some kind of Doc Ock inspired suit that would allow her to nimbly move around the battlefield. That said, if we’re talking about surprising and unexpected battle skills, Shishigou’s ability to understand the battlefield and use whatever he had at hand felt just as good if not better. I mean, when was the last time you saw someone hop into a car and genuinely slam into someone? Hopefully Fiore manages to make it through this one since she hasn’t really gotten an opportunity to show us just what she stands for and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to handle whatever happens to Caules afterwards.
Anyways, with the story in the midst of its first true battle and all sides on edge, I can’t wait to see just where things go next week. If I were to make a guess though, I have this feeling that Ruler is going to step in at some point and force some type of ceasefire due to some kind of rule being broken. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week — see you then!
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