「自由の在処」 (Jiyuu no Arika)
Well then — that escalated quickly.
Before we talk about the latter half of the episode, can we take a moment to talk about just how awesome Mordred and Shishigou are? As members of Team Red, it feels like they’ve received very little support or information (except for those few memos that came out of Shishigou’s “handy” fax machine) yet have been doing a fine job at kicking some serious ass. Be it getting ambushed by a horde of homunculuses or ending up in a two versus four, it never fails to surprise me how they manage to turn the tides in their favor every time. Don’t get me wrong — I’m normally not one for these type of “super” characters who always manage to gain the upper hand. But when it comes in the form of what feels like a third team that is trying to play by multiple rule sets, it’s tough not to root for them when they manage to come out with a win. That and even though Mordred is categorized as a Saber, I feel like that they could have easily been part of the Berserker class with the way they can just ignore damage and just charge forward. (I use they because Mordred’s gender is ambiguous, sort of. Biologically, Jack the Ripper confirmed it was a female, but I think Mordred refers to himself as a male. Not sure, going to stick with they until the story addresses this fully.)
Anyways, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, can we also talk about that giant floating castle in the sky? While I have to call shenanigans about the Hanging Gardens being a giant castle, I suppose in the world of Fate, something that used to be considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World could be as crazy as a fortress that can float in the sky. If the characters aboard (and Ruler’s) expression were anything to go off of though, it seems pretty clear that no one expected the thing to fly. Something that I think serves as an important reminder that be it ally or foe, everyone is constantly being left out of the information loop.
At this point in the story, I’m not quite sure where things are headed. Both factions have essentially declared war and have brought the battle to each other’s doorsteps, Ruler or Jeanne d’Arc is trying to assess the situation, but is constantly one step behind the current activities, and Homunculus Sieg is trying to figure out the point of his existence and is now heading to (I’m assuming) the frontlines of battle. Among all of this we have servants from both sides who have a story to tell, except I’m not sure where it would fall into the story since there’s already so much going on. All of which come together to form this chaotic situation where just about anything could happen and we wouldn’t really know what hit us.
In any case, I’m hoping the story manages to figure out just what it’s trying to do since it’s had more than enough time to lay the groundwork of whatever is coming. I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully get an answer to just what kind of story Apocrypha is trying to tell.
See you then!
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