「魔眼蒐集列車6/6 雷光と流星」 (Magan Shuushuu Ressha 6/6 Raikou to Ryuusei)
“Rail Zeppelin 6/6: Lightning and Shooting Star”
By golly. That was a lot to unpack given all those unexpected twists and turns. The misdirection from the end of last episode was strong, when Adashino used her evil-looking purple magic to restrain Caules. Who could have suspected she would actually be one of the good guys this whole time? It’s actually unfair that she collaborating with Waver through the use of secret notes. Also, I couldn’t have anticipated Yvette to have been working with the villain all this time, or suspected that the Caules on the train was a fake. And that Waver had figured it out a while back when Doctor Heartless performed healing magic far beyond his student’s actual caliber. In hindsight, it all makes sense. After all, those investigations by Luvia and Kairi had to mean something – and it ultimately bore fruit. Some people will be seeing jail time for their transgressions – BEGONE THOT! But if you’ve got a heroic spirit to chaperone you around the place, like Dr Heartless, the regular rules and enforcement don’t quite apply to you – and he immediately busts himself out of the Rail Zeppelin through coercion after openly threatening to destroy the precious mystic eyes.
With the mystery resolved and no significant questions remaining, we can now move onto some exquisite action – fantastic considering Faker has a massive grudge to settle with Waver. Studio Troyca have been technically outstanding for the entire run of the show, putting up episode after episode of consistently pristine visuals. But in my opinion, this episode was something else. We enter complete overdrive. Seeing the Child of Einnashe crawl out of a nether realm summoned by Dr Heartless elicited momentary fright, that was quickly quelled when the combined efforts of Olga Marie’s summoned meteors and the Rail Zeppelin’s defense mechanisms sent it tumbling back to whence it came. Karabo’s duel with Hephaestion had fluid animation and it was a treat to see the beautiful world from his eyes, and how he can choose to activate the past at his will now that he’s free from the interference of Dr Heartless. Everything on the screen was extremely gorgeous, and I didn’t think they could outdo themelves. But boy, did they continue to step things up in this visual feast for the eyes. And it really helps that Yuki Kajiura continues to work her musical talents into the background – poignantly bringing us full circle by re-using the soundtrack used at the very beginning of this series, when Waver had a flashback to Iskandar’s death at Archer’s hand.
At the end the episode, Gray makes a stand against Hephaestion, who resorts to her mystic eyes to incapacitate Karabo – only to be undone by a perfectly timed amulet negating the effect of Gray’s paralysis, causing her to land a critical blow on the heroic spirit. But far from being a mortal blow, this hefty slash only manages to further incite Hephaestion – who summons the Hecatic Wheel as a last resort to wholly and utterly destroy Waver alongside those on the Rail Zeppelin. But Gray refuses to stand down and chooses to revoke all thirteen seals on Rhongomyniad – hoisting this episode to an unbearable and excruciating climax. As the magical powers of prayers surrounds her and concentrates into a singular pillar of golden energy, while the magical chariot thunders down from the skies above charged with red electricity, the episode fades to black – leaving us on one heck of a brutal cliffhanger. How scintillating.
What next? It’s clear Waver or Luvia don’t die here considering their future appearances in future Fate entries. So you could say the outcome is a foregone conclusion to some viewers. But if we’re able to suspend our disbelief for a moment or two, next week should prove extremely gratifying and I look forwards to seeing how this arc will really conclude – with a part 7/6 in order for what I expect to be the true finale. Anyways, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading my post and see you next week when all hell finally breaks loose!