「空を駆ける」 (Sora wo Kakeru)
“Soar Through the Sky”
This week’s episode was freaking fantastic.
Ever since we saw the fall of Vlad, I’ve been a little wishy washy about how I feel about the story (or rather the writers) and how it’s been trying to give our characters more depth now that the immediate threat is gone. Besides a few key moments here and there, most attempts have felt bland at best — which honestly has kind of sucked because there’s so much potential with all the remaining characters.
Amazingly though, this week’s episode did a complete 180 and gave us some fantastic moments amongst all of our key players. Sieg managed to have a moment where he truly began to notice all the small things that make people, people. Astolfo got a chance to be more than an airhead and even got a chance to genuinely toy around with Sieg. Caules, Fiore, and Chiron got a few moments to share their respect and love for each other. Even Gordes got a nice little shout out from the very beings that he tried so hard to be mean too. From start to finish, there was never a dull moment to be found.
That said, Team Black’s players weren’t the only ones who had a chance to shine in the spotlight. Surprisingly, Shakespeare finally got a chance to do more than just shout out some random words. Sure, I would have loved a deeper explanation about his powers, but as a famed writer whose quill has crafted stories that millions of people view as the gospel of writing for his era, it isn’t too hard to make an educated guess behind why Shirou blew a Command Seal to control Shakespeare’s powers. Powers aside, I loved how Shakespeare managed to show us a different side of Semiramis. A darker side that lets on what feels like her true personality and one that I wish we could see more of!
And as if that wasn’t enough, we even got a bonus in the form of witnessing the beginning of the epic final battle. Full of giant beams, arrows, and yelling it was everything I think anyone could have asked for. However, if I had one complaint (and a very minor one at that), I’d have to question Atalanta’s decision to leap straight at Jeanne. As an Archer who hasn’t shown that much close quarter combat ability (compared to Chiron at least), it feels like it would have served her better to wait for Jeanne to come at her instead. But who knows, maybe she’s about to unleash some crazy CQC.
Boy, who knew a one week break could do wonders? Jokes aside, I can’t wait to see just how things play out with so many different things going on. While it remains to be seen just who will end up being the victor at the end of the day, I’m curious to see if the story is going to go down the route of “none of this matters because Shirou activated the Greater Grail” path. Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully get to see Astolfo activate his magic books as well as maybe a fight between Karna and Sieg.
Catch you guys then!
P.S. I forgot to touch on Shirou reaching the “Grail” at the end of the episode, but I can’t even guess about what’s going to happen now that he’s activated the “Third Magic”.