「ジャック・ザ・リッパー」 (Jyakku • Za • Rippaa)
“Jack The Ripper”
Here we go — it’s time for the plot to slow down once again as we build up to the next climax.
I’m not sure how to feel about this week’s episode. Yes, I understand that we once again got another episode devoted to setting things up for the future. But even though I understand what happened, it doesn’t make me any less disappointed. More on that later though, since there was one part of the episode that really piqued my interest.
And that point my friends, was Jack the Ripper herself. Looking back at it, I don’t think I ever took the time to think about just why this little murder child existed. Besides being another rouge servant that didn’t play along with the established Red versus Black paradigm, I figured Jack and her “mother” were playing the chaotic neutral card and just doing whatever they wanted to do. A thought that when I look back was pretty dumb since for the most part, Heroic Spirits or Legends end up participating in the Holy Grail War for the specific purpose of having a wish granted. And when you think about the whole fact that you usually have to defeat all the servants before the Holy Grail will do anything (I’m not sure how it works in Apocrypha since some players have spoken about a second war that would have to be waged after one faction was defeated), Jack’s strategy becomes quite astute. Not necessarily because it’s a simple plan of action that anyone patient enough could execute, but specifically because she and her Master thus far have been able to do it. That and I loved how someone realized that Yggdmillennia was on the ropes and if there was a time to strike, right now would be it.
Glaring praise of Jack aside, let’s go back to the situation between Jeanne and Sieg that the story won’t stop trying to force down our throats (I feel like the comments are slowly beginning to affect me). Now, before anyone accuses me of siding with anyone, I don’t care whether or not the two end up together. This is a Fate show and happy endings are far and few in-between. What irks me the most about all of this is just how empty the relationship between the two are. Or rather, how empty Jeanne’s feelings for Sieg “feels”. I think it’s painfully obvious that Sieg doesn’t see Jeanne in a romantic light and who could blame him? There hasn’t been much going on in the romance department and I’m waiting for the two to share some kind of meaningful conversation.
Anyways, let me close this post out before it gets any longer. With the story building up toward the next big battle with Assassin, I can’t wait for another opportunity for team Yggdmillennia x Mordred x Ruler to do their thing again. Until then I guess I’ll patiently wait and watch as the story does its thing. Catch you guys next week!
P.S. Gotta hand it to the writers for not forgetting about Gordes. I can’t help but love that he’s getting a second chance to redeem himself.