OP2: 「ASH」 by LiSA
「最後のマスター」 (Saigo no Masutaa)
“The Last Master”
Off with their heads — or something along those lines.
After a short one week hiatus (I don’t consider half episodes an episode, sue me) Apocrypha makes its triumphant return to our screens with so much exposition that I felt like I had just read a book by the time the episode came to a close. Luckily, even though things were a bit heavier on characters talking to one another, a lot of questions from two weeks ago were somewhat answered which left me feeling pretty content by the time the new ending song by ASCA started playing.
So, what do we talk about first? Sieg becoming a bona fide master with one of the cutest servants left? Vlad / Darnic actually getting completely wrecked by Shirou? Mordred doing something freaking awesome instead of being a crazy meat head? Let’s start with Shirou first. Seeing how he’s a former Ruler-Class Servant who somehow managed to chain himself to the earth and has now lived under a different persona for sixty years just to prepare for this very moment, I think we should all at least give him a round of applause for successfully executing his plan thus far. With so many different moving pieces as well as the Yggdmillennia clan plus Mordred and Shishigou to account for, it’d probably be a little rude of us not to be impressed with Shirou’s ridiculous planning. All that said, I am also a stickler for the rules of the Fate universe and it really bothers me to see Shirou going completely against the natural order of things. Even if his wish is to bring salvation to the human world, there’s just something wrong about watching a Servant blatantly breaking the rules of the game that he’s supposed to be a part of.
Moving on to the other man of the hour, boy was Sieg cool this week. Besides truly growing a backbone and also turning into a heroic spirit, I loved how he finally got to return the favor to Astolfo. Just how many moons ago Astolfo provided a way for Sieg to keep his life, it was nice to see things make a full 180 with Sieg getting to become Astolfo’s master. And as an added bonus, hopefully this means we’ll get to see a full powered Astolfo in the future since Sieg is probably the best being in the whole world that could serve as a Master — infinite mana circuits and all.
Overall, a pretty darn good episode if you ask me. We got to see the factions get shaken up and characters who were deemed useless have finally been given an opportunity to show their skills. While it remains to be seen just what’ll happen now since Shirou has the actual Greater Holy Grail, I’m sure it’ll be a run ride figuring it out. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where things will hopefully get even crazier. See you then!
P.S. The most satisfying moment had to be watching Mordred execute Astolfo’s former master without a moment of hesitation.
ED2: 「KOE」 by ASCA