「百の焔と百の華」 (Hyaku no Homura to Hyaku no Hana)
“100 Flames and 100 Flowers”
Now this is what I’m talking about!
Before we touch on whatever Darnic is planning to do with that giant crystal he spent the entire episode glaring at, let’s talk about some of the Servants who were lucky enough to get some of the spotlight this week.
Starting in order of appearance, boy was I happy to see Frankenstein’s Monster get some of the spotlight this week. And while it may have been brief, I thought it was great how the episode managed to humanize her even more than it already had. Because up until this point, I think it was clear that Frankenstein’s Monster was a wee bit different than your typical Berserker. Instead of constantly wanting to be in battle due to the Mad Enhancement, we saw her either being cute with her Master or out in the fields picking flowers. Things that out of context would make for a simply adorable character, but when combined with her back story, turns into something almost tragic. Tragic not only for the fact that Frankenstein’s Monster was robbed of her ability to speak and show emotion because of her class, but also because she has the perfect master to provide her all these things except the head of the family seems to have completely different plans in mind.
Changing gears to something a little more positive, it was pretty cool to see Astolfo finally strut some of his skills this week. And even though it was a shame that he wasn’t able to take on the immense power of the Hanging Gardens, it was pretty awesome to see him mounted on (what I’m assuming) his Hippogriff as he tried his best to fight without utilizing too much mana. What really sucks though is that after getting blasted out of the sky, he just had to run into Mordred of all people. I figured that the two might eventually have to fight, but boy was it tough to watch Mordred mouth off about Siegfried as Astolfo was trying his best to protect Siegfriend’s honor (while also unable to heal or do anything significant that would require mana). Luckily it looks like Sieg managed to show up in the nick of time to do something about Alstolfo losing his head to Mordred. That said, I’m really curious to see just what Sieg can do, especially against someone like Mordred.
So while I may have teased at it in the opening paragraph, I truly have no idea what Darnic has in store for all of us in the coming weeks. As a character who has been on the sidelines for the most part, I don’t think it was that surprising to see he had something going on behind the scenes. The thing is, anytime anyone attempts to mess with either the Grail or something that works like it, they’re usually in for a bad time. In Darnic’s case, I’m curious if the horde of Homunculi that Sieg freed will hamper his plans since it looks like Team Black lost a significant strategic resource. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully get a chance to see Ruler catch up to Shiro as well as watch Sieg finally wield that darn sword of his. See you then!