I learned two major things from this episode. One — Sieg is denser than a 2×4. Two — Jack the Ripper uses a Reality Marble and I really love how thematic it is.
If I were to break down my impressions of this episode, I’d break it down into two parts. The first being the slurry of exposition we were given during the first half and then the up and down and then up again reaction to the “fight” inside of Trifas.
Starting with the former, I’m not sure that we really need all this exposition at this point in the story. Besides the fact that the show is really trying to develop Sieg and Ruler’s relationship with one another, I don’t think we really learned all that much for Team Red. Which is actually kind of depressing and refreshing at the same time. Depressing since it feels like nothing will ever go Ruler’s way, but rather refreshing since we finally got to see Sieg open up a bit and express some emotions. Changing gears to Team Black, as short as Shirou and Achilles interaction was, it was nice to finally get some more information on Shirou’s goal to save mankind. Sure, it may have been information that we discerned as a byproduct of Achilles questions to Shirou, but I for one am excited for a situation where the finale comes down to a battle of ideals where neither side is correct. Show Spoiler ▼
With that out of the way, let’s talk a little about Jack the Ripper. As a side character who isn’t playing for either side, I was really hoping that she’d have some kind of crazy moment where she did something that only a true “assassin” could do. Unfortunately, it looks like she’s become a casualty of a story that’s focused on specific plot points and characters. Something that not only sucks since she’s a cool character, but could have also been used to great effect if you were to play around with the “family” or “mother-daughter” motifs. For any naysayers out there, I think Jack’s Master’s final moments were a prime example of what could have been a great ending for a story between two misunderstood and underprivileged people. Luckily, even though the two were dealt a terrible hand, it looks like we’ll get to see a little more of Jack and hopefully it’ll be enough to give her more of a bang to go out on.
In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll get to hopefully see Jack do some crazy stuff inside of what I assumed is a reality marble.
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