「魔眼蒐集列車2/6 神威の車輪(ゴルディアス・ホイール)と征服王の記憶」 (Magan Shuushuu Ressha 2/6 Gorudiasu Hoiiru to Seifuku-ou no Kioku)
“Rail Zeppelin 2/6: The Gordius Wheel and the Memory of the King of Conquerors ~And yet humans still become slaves to what they see.~”
For the second installment of our six part ride, the train continues chugging along in the British countryside while murders and attempted murders connected by mystic eyes are conducted across the board. While I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the execution of the mystery premise so far in this series, but the Rail Zeppelin arc has immediately proved itself to be above and beyond the rest. Which makes sense, considering it’s the only bit of actual source material Troyca has adapted, compared to the rest being anime original. We continue at the scene of Trisha’s murder, and I can’t deny that her decapitated corpse made me feel quite queasy. Nevertheless I have to admit I felt extremely fascinated and excited, because there’s so much fun to be had in speculating about the setup behind the mystery. I had assumed that the person targeting Waver and the person behind these murders were one and the same. They might still be related, but I get the impression that they’re two separate entities. My conjecture from the previous week was also wrong. It isn’t the case that these mystic eyes are a threat to the perpetrator, considering they have the ability to work around such visions. The goal seems to be the mystic eyes themselves, though I’m not sure if they were stolen for their value or for their utility. Personally, I think utility because surely auctioning on the black market would expose the perpetrator as the murderer? And a third party seller would be no use, because they’d be implicated as having ties either way. So from my perspective, that would limit the case on our hands to a crime that isn’t inspired by monetary incentive. There’s so much we don’t know about, and the existence of magic means that conventional logic and alibis don’t apply, which massively blows open the window as to who could be the potential perpetrator. If we’re talking about an inside job by someone from the Clock Tower, Adashino is from Policies so she’s my primary suspect. Yet I can’t help feeling the series has tried to establish her as the red herring multiple times, and I’m not enthusiastic about falling for this trick again. And another candidate has appeared as a potential suspect, which I’ll get onto later.
The appearance of this mysterious figure related to Iskandar really surprised me. The action scene between Gray and Hephaestion was a joy to behold. The red crackling energy was really cool, the clash of blades was well choreographed, and the reveal of mystic eyes and the Noble Phantasm were shocking to say the least. My only qualm is that the scene was short, and I wanted it to be longer! You would think that Waver, a massive expert on Iskandar, should recognise them. But that hasn’t been the case, even though a Google search indicates that Hephaestion (the identity they claimed) was indeed among Alexander’s closest subordinates. I guess this raises questions to me, as to why Hephaestion would be relatively unknown to Waver in the context of the Fate universe, and who their master might be (as well as said master’s ulterior motive).
Outside the train, the team of Reines, Kairi and Luvia are working to discover who exactly could have carried out the inside job. For a long time, I had also assumed that Kayneth was the previous head of Modern Magecraft. I guess now we’ve found out that isn’t the case, and it makes sense. Kayneth had a particular disdain for Modern Magecraft, as shown through his conversations with Waver in Fate/Zero, and saw it as significantly inferior to the old and traditional magecraft inherited through generations of the important families. After all, why would he take up a senior position within a department he couldn’t care any less about? As to who this previous head might be, I’m really annoyed that Luvia stopped just short of dropping a name. But I definitely get the feeling that he’s connected to Waver’s missing relic or the murders on the Rail Zeppelin. Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading my post and see you next week for more on this magical murder mystery thriller!