「フロム・ヘル」 (Furomu • Heru)
I actually really enjoyed this week’s episode.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve felt this about Apocrypha, but this week’s episode did a fantastic job at resonating with me. The storytelling, the characters, even Sieg managed to woo me in all the right ways. Leaping straight into the first point, let’s talk about just how great this week’s episode was in terms of the story it was trying to tell. Instead of some huge battle involving little kids ripping every other character limb from limb (I bet some of you like me were waiting for it), I really appreciated how the episode used this moment to highlight just how similar all our characters are. While their specific circumstances may differ, everyone at Trifas was dealing with the issue of just what it means to “exist”. Whether that means trying to save every single child possible or providing salvation to those children through freeing their souls, it doesn’t change the fact that there was a huge struggle going on between trying to determine who was correct. Looking at it from that point of view, it becomes pretty difficult to say whether Atalanta or Ruler had the correct train of thought when it came to dealing with Jack the Ripper. What may have been even better then that though, was how Sieg used the whole thing to really add some substance to his existence. As a homunculus who is trying to understand humanity and maybe even become “human” himself, it was fantastic to see him realize that the world is imperfect and that learning to accept that fact while moving forward is something that we all have to do.
Shifting gears back to the characters, I just wanted to talk about Jack the Ripper for a second. As someone who was badass as a servant and super humble facing death, I really wish her character got fleshed out more. Seeing how her character was the literal embodiment of children suffering (as well as possibly a commentary on England during that time), I can only imagine just how powerful this moment could have been had the story given her character a wee bit more time.
Overall, a great episode in my opinion. Sure, there may have been some odd moments here and there, but with what it had to work with, I thought it was a great way to end this mini Trifas arc. Our major characters got an opportunity to grow while less important side characters got some screen time. All that said, hopefully this also means we’ll be returning to the “main” focus of Team Sieg and friends trying to reclaim the Greater Holy Grail from Shirou. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!