「道は違えど」 (Michi wa Chigaedo)
This episode surprised me in the most unexpected ways. バカバカシ！
After last week’s bomb episode, I suppose it wasn’t any surprise that the story is finally taking some time to recuperate as it starts to move the story forward. With a majority of the episode revolving around lengthy dialogues between members various members of each faction, I wouldn’t fault you if you said you got a little tired of listening to so much talking. Luckily, I think there were a few stand out moments that helped keep things lively as we waddled our way through the exposition.
The first and probably least important of which was watching Gordes finally show some empathy as a human being. Ever since his introduction, it’s been clear that he’s a bit of a slimeball who highly values prestige. As a Master, he was shown as hotheaded and rash as he not only wasted Command Seals but indirectly lead his Servant toward the path where he sacrificed himself for another. Overall, not the kind of person you’d want around you in general, much less in a all out war with mages battling each other with the aid of Heroic Spirits that have transcended time and space. However, I really appreciated the scene of him toward the end as he got to work healing the Homunculi he “despised”. Besides being a huge shift in character, I loved how such a simple scene managed to humanize Gordes to the point that I was hoping he’d have an opportunity to make up for his past actions. Rag on this show as much as you want, but never did I expect to find myself rooting for a character like Gordes.
Switching gears to a slightly more competent Yggdmillennia member, let’s talk for a little about Caules. As the second in command since Uncle Gordes seems to be a bit busy as he traverses the path of finding himself, it surprises me just how important Caules has become. Supporting Fiore from behind, I appreciate how Caules is become the character who’ll most likely be the one who ends up saving Fiore from her naivety. That said, I think I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Caules due to the way he treated Frankenstein (I know it’s technically Frankenstein’s Monster, but I’m lazy), but it would be nice to see a lighthearted character like his to grow into a tougher person that serves as someone else’s foundation to cling to.
Last but not least, how can I not talk a little about Shishigou and Mordred. As the cutest Master-Servant combo when it comes to their antics, I’ll never give up an opportunity to see them get along with each other. That said, I would have appreciated a slightly longer explanation behind what fuels Shishigou’s desires and why he’s fighting in this Greater Holy Grail War. Luckily, I think it still had just the right amount of impact to make it clear that he’s more than just a simple mercenary.
Jeez, I’m surprised I managed to write so much about an episode that really didn’t do all that much. Before it gets even longer, let’s close things out here. As always, I’ll catch you guys back here next week where we’ll hopefully get to see just what Shirou has planned to “save” mankind. See you then!
P.S. I almost forgot to talk about Sieg — I wonder what actually happens if he uses up all of his Command Seals. Maybe he implodes and permanently becomes Siegfried?