「救世の祈り」 (Guze no Inori)
“Prayer of Salvation”
Now that, was a fantastic episode of Apocrypha.
God damn, I don’t think I’ve ever felt that hyped after any episode of Apocrypha. With the story chugging along to the next big climax and characters getting an opportunity to show us that they’ve grown since this whole damn thing started, I don’t even know what I should talk about first.
If I had to make a snap decision though, there’s no way I couldn’t talk about this new alliance between Sieg, the Black Faction, Ruler, and Shishigou. Seeing how the previous format of Team Red versus Team Black has went out the window, it was nice to see the participants of this Greater Holy Grail War manage to get along and pool their resources together. But honestly, what probably felt the best, was that everyone that partook in this week’s amazing fight probably had little to no attachment to the grail itself. Instead using their shared displeasure of Shirou to fuel their actions, it was this great situation where everyone couldn’t care less about what happened in the past (because it was related to their Masters fighting a separate war) and managed to become one hell of a team. It’s hard to really put into words, but seeing Sieg, Mordred, Jeanne, Chiron, and Astolfo all fight together was truly a sight to behold.
Moving on, boy did Astolfo get some great moments this week. Showing off his charming side while expressing how much he cares about Sieg to truly demonstrating the true worth of an idiot who couldn’t care less that they’re facing the Golem of Creation straight in the face — I’ve come to see Astolfo as something truly more than a cute and endearing trap. That and I think that scene where he had to gently coerce his Hippogriff into obeying was so adorable I almost died from the cuteness overload.
Flipping back to some more serious talk, let me end this post with some short rambling of the future. As someone who has no idea what’s coming (except for what I’ve seen in the comments that I’ve had to spoiler tag), I can at this point honestly say it was worth watching the first cour. With the story evolving and the conflict changing, it really feels like we’re about to dive into the meat of things. Sieg is no longer a useless homunculus, all of my favorite characters are now working together, and Mordred gets an opportunity to be more than this angsty girl who can use her sword better than a Berserker. All things that I would have never saw coming even a few episodes ago.
To everyone who’s made it this far — thanks for keeping up with the posts! I hope the story keeps up what it’s doing now and I hope you’ll join me for the ride :).
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