「彼方へと」 (Kanate E To)
“To The Other Side”
Even though I was really hoping that my favorite duo would make it to the end, I have to give it to the show for giving them such an amazing farewell.
Boy, even though there was some crazy stuff going on toward the latter half of the episode, there’s no way I can’t talk about Mordred and Shishigou’s final fight together. Starting with the most obvious — boy was that a pretty fight. Even though it may not have been as stylized as some of last week’s crazy fights, the animation through and through felt crisp and clean as we saw Mordred clash with Semiramis. And while I would normally complain about the completely blown out sound effects that make my eardrum feel like it’s ripping itself apart, I can give it a pass for just how great the fight itself was. Moving on from the animation, I thought the fight itself was just plain fun. Looking back at all of Mordred’s previous opponents, there really hasn’t been one that’s given her too much trouble. Sure, Frankenstein may have given her a good run for her money, but besides that and a good kick from Chiron way back when, I think it’s pretty safe to say that Mordred had the upperhand in most of her fights. That is, until this week, where we got to see her back against the wall with Semiramis unleashing an effective strategy against the berserkish Mordred. Toss in the fact that Mordred and Shishigou teamed up together to take down the Queen of Babylon and you had one of the best fights of the show.
And as if an epic battle wasn’t enough, we were treated to a sweet scene between Shishigou and Mordred during their last moments together. As fan favorites, it was awfully bittersweet watching the two share a smoke together as they revealed they realized just what it is that they wanted. With Shishigou admitting that he just wanted to bring his daughter back and Mordred realizing that she didn’t necessarily want to become king, it really felt like that our two characters had finally reached a point where, even though they were satisfied with how far they got, they could have achieved their goals had they just managed to hold on just a little bit longer.
Shifting gears to Jeanne’s situation, I can’t help but feel bad for her. When she was alive, she gave up everything in order to become a Saint and in return for her work she ended up being burned at the stake. As a Heroic Spirit and Ruler for this Greater Holy Grail War, she’s been thrown around like a rag doll with little to no concern for her well being. With that in mind, it’s not too difficult to see why if she did end up falling for someone, she’d fall hard. Which is probably why, even though I haven’t managed to empathize for this girl at all throughout the series, I felt pretty terrible as I saw her lose her mind when she started to believe that she was the reason why Sieg was going to die.
P.S. I could go on and on about how Shishigou saw Mordred as a stand in for his daughter and that Mordred viewed Shishigou as a parental figure, but I can already feel the tears building and I’m not about to start crying on a plane flight.