「開戦の狼煙」 (Kaisen no Noroshi)
“The Beginning of War”
This week’s episode was exactly what I’ve been looking for — Servants and Masters leaping out into the battlefield, ready to rip each other apart.
Finally, after weeks of buildup, it looks like the Greater Holy Grail War is finally beginning to rise toward a climax. With both factions ready to use whatever means may be necessary to secure victory, I can’t wait to see what happens as this giant battle wages on. But what may have been even better than getting to see all these awesome servants fight may have been how the show finally started to use the story as a tool for more than throwing exposition at us.
For a specific example, I was caught completely off guard (in a good way) when we got that quick but touching moment between Achilles and Chiron. Besides revealing that the Red Faction’s Rider was Achilles (I didn’t realize, wanna fight?), it was really cool to see the story use the history of its characters to really emphasize just how difficult the fight was about to become. As short as that flashback may have been, it did a great job at revealing just what kind of person Achilles truly is as well as adding some complexity to Chiron. With the former having to come to gripes that he has to kill someone truly important to him and the latter demonstrating that even with his calm demeanor, he’s capable of putting his duty ahead of his feelings. Hopefully, we’ll get to see just how this all progresses as the two end up duking it out against each other.
Changing things up, god am I glad that Mordred and Shishigou exist. Serving as some well timed comedic relief for a rather serious episode, you have to love how they poke fun at some of the mechanics that exist in the Fate world. Just like back in Fate/Zero, it must be nice for someone outside the Rider class to have the skills to “drive” any type of vehicle.
While this post could go on and on about things like Astolfo being best boy, Shirou being a complete badass and leaping into the fields of battle, or Sieg’s plan to free all the Homunculi, let’s save those topics for next time when we’ll hopefully get to see where things go. Overall, I must say that each episode of Apocrypha has been getting better and better and I hope that this trend continues all the way till the end. Catch you guys next week!