“Roaring Thunder and the Underground Labyrinth”
So in a sequence of events which I could only describe to be bad luck, my laptop died on me and I had to send it in for repairs. Without further delays, I should immediately proceed towards getting this post sorted out.
To begin the episode, the pacing takes a step back from adventuring, briefly introducing us to the dynamics within his classroom. As far as I can tell, he’s a pretty fantastic professor who is loved and well respected by his students, despite his neurotic mood swings and resting grouchy face. Not that you can entirely blame him, considering he has a class filled with eccentrics and misfits that continue to test his patience. But the moment of calm does not last as we’re immediately thrown back into the storm, when it turns out the reason behind his particularly bad mood from that day stemmed from his favourite tearoom facing the threat of potential closure. To be honest, getting extremely worked up about a favourite tearoom is exactly what I’d expect of Waver Velvet-kun.
It turns out there’s some magical mischief going on, with swathes of electrical energy being redirected from the tearoom to an underground lair. While Waver’s theoretical knowledge might be considerable, his forays into this lair exposes a limitation in his practical talents, whereby a single electric rabbit easily accosts him. (Electric Lagombi anyone?). His students follow up on him to make sure he’s okay – and he’s at least alive, though he definitely comes out of the encounter significantly worse for wear. For the second consecutive episode, our culprit turns out to be yet another geriatric magus who’s slightly off his rockers in seeking to pursue the Root. Fortunately, Waver’s confident bluff allows them to escape a potentially life threatening encounter with Gueldoa – that army of giant electric rabbits did look pretty terrifying. You’d think that saving the tearoom would have meant that everything would end well. Unfortunately, Waver is immediately hit by bad news right after, namely that both of the Clock Tower’s positions for the next Holy Grail War had been taken, meaning he is now unable to fulfill his life goals of getting revenge and bringing about some semblance of justice for Rider. Though any of us familiar with Fate/stay Night and its adaptations would have been well aware that this would happen. Not a happy outcome, but I’m sure our grumpy boy will bounce back from it.
Over the past three episodes, I think the series has done a fantastic job of portraying a hardened and grouchier Waver Velvet who’s become this jaded professor after his participation in the previous Holy Grail War, while very much carrying a good chunk of the zany characteristics that defined him when he was a teenager. It’s refreshing to see a familiar character who doesn’t put up with other people’s shit anymore, and complains all the time, especially coming from a professor. Nevertheless, when push comes to shove, he would easily push himself and risk his life to protect his students – leadership qualities that are very reminiscent of Iskandar to me. This really builds up on the two cours of Fate/Zero , and in my opinion, going into the Lord El-Melloi Case Files without having watched Fate/Zero means you’re missing out on the complete experience. In terms of the substantive content, I’ve been largely satisfied with the murder mysteries we’ve had on hand because it’s been fascinating to see them play out. However, I would also like to see a change in formula, such as investigations into: vanishing magical objects, embezzlement of clock tower funding, locked room mysteries. Maybe add on some explorations into his students background, especially Gray as I said last episode, who seems to have some kind of connection to Saber. That should add variety to the series and would also allow it to expand on depth, which means two birds with one stone. Anyways, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading my post! I’m undecided but rest assured, it’s guaranteed that this series will be covered on this blog. Make sure to pay attention for the season schedule to find out the rest of the information.