Ummmm I don’t really have anything to say as way of intro, except for, phew! We got some more Saber into our diets finally! I was pretty sure we were going to perish from malnutrition here.
Lily’s up first:
I love Iskander, but he irritates me. That’s the thought that consumed me in this episode.
I was absolutely mesmerized by the quality of the animation this week, exceptional during the display of awesome that was Saber on her motorbike. What happened to Kariya was sad, but Saber’s chase after Rider was the highlight of the episode. Biased, me? I have no idea what you’re talking about. She used Excalibur, which means I never stood a chance. Saber is strong and she shines, and the way Iskander keeps minimizing her annoys me to no end. I won’t say Waver was wrong when he said Iskander recognizes the true potential of warriors given, as the King of Conquerors, he wants only the best in his army. But he thinks himself too big, he has far too great standards. He’s unable to see Saber as a King, so he won’t go all out against her, he won’t take the fight seriously. He wants to dominate her, without recognizing the possibility of being beaten. If she’s not a King, she cannot defeat a King. And because of that line of thought, he lost a battle.
Maybe now Iskander will give Saber, and her Noble Phantasm, the consideration she deserves. Maybe now he will allow his pride to take that blow, because were Saber not focused on saving Irisviel, I believe this could have been his end. At least someone needs to have their priorities right.
And Kirei… Is it bad I think so little of Kirei? It’s not that he’s not dangerous, playing the war combatants like pieces on a board and learning tricks of deceit with Gilgamesh, but at the same time, I do not feel he’s the mastermind a show of this caliber deserved. Perhaps the faceoff between Kiritsugu and Kirei will be outstanding, but right now, he’s bland, with bland cards up his sleeve. It’s almost like watching a soap opera villain. If anything, Gilgamesh’s manipulation is interesting, but not Kirei himself.
Since Berserker was the actual kidnapper of Irisviel, does this mean Saber will target him now? I’ve been expecting Berserker to be the second to last servant to go – since, through Fate/Stay Night spoilers, we know who the last one is –, so I hope the focus will be on Rider, because despite his charisma, I’m tired of his arrogance. And Berserker is much more interesting.
Well, and let’s see what Katherine has to say for this week:
This episode was like Christmas.
My main impression of it is, “SABER ON A MOTORCYCLE, OMG SABER ON A MOTORCYCLE OMGOMGOMGOMGOGMOGMOGMGOYGHYTFU. *brain explodes*”
The chase sequence was like a drink of water after the dry, sandy Kiritsugu desert that I’ve had to crawl through these past few episodes. I’m even glad Rider cheated to “win,” because Saber’s reaction to it made her look even more awesome. I mean, she clashed swords with Rider while flying through the air on a motorcycle after dodging hurtling chunks of cement and rock to save Irisviel. Mana-shmana, it was the power of love. 😉
Alas, Rider did not actually have Irisviel. Saber did kick his ass, even if she didn’t go all the way and knock him out of the war. She obviously had better things to do once he wasn’t an immediate threat anymore-like save her beloved.
Even though my opinion of Kariya took a hit when a) he let Berserker drop Irisviel on the ground and b) he discussed Irisviel with Kirei as if she were an object (no better than the Einzberns in that respect), I still felt bad for him because of all he went through to save Sakura…until he killed Aoi.
What Aoi said to him was horrible, but I have no sympathy for a man who attacks the woman he loves for not noticing his feelings. Especially since it seems like he was always too much of a wimp to do anything when he had the chance. Kind of Nice Guy-ish, when you think about it. Sorry Kariya, unrequited love sucks, but it’s not her fault that she didn’t read your mind. Her choice of a husband wasn’t exactly stellar, but at least Tokiomi (I’m assuming) had the cojones to make his feelings known. Anyway…
More Saber on a motorcycle next week, please~ XD
So it seems the consensus is that Saber on her motorcycle was exactly the direction the show needed this week, and I will have to concur. I do love Katherine’s description of the Kiritsugu backstory as a desert. But do I have much crossover on everything else with my fellow Fate/Zero bloggers?
First, the animation for this week was truly ungodly. And I almost turned into a puddle of goo over Saber. Good lord was she cool. And that she trounced Rider just added to the utter awesomeness of the episode.
What happened with Kariya bummed me out, but I wasn’t hyper-shocked by it. He’s totally lost his humanity by now; we’ve known for a while that he’s off his rocker, but this was the final straw. There, of course, was really no other option for an outcome here, but its really sad to see, nevertheless. I did like Kariya, and I do feel sympathy for him because he never stood a chance, but his murder of Aoi places him firmly in the bad guy column here.
I was, by the way, completely blindsided by the revelation that Beserker was the one to kidnap Irisviel. I didn’t see that one coming at all.
And, for a moment of spoilers LOOK AWAY IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE SPOILED, an intriguing thing to consider – Guinevere has been depicted as looking similar to Irisviel in the Fate canon. So, its a bit fitting that Beserker would be the one to cart her off, huh? Maybe we can draw a comparison here, by the way, between Kariya and Beserker in that the women they loved married other men (granted, that didn’t stop Lancelot and Guinevere from carrying on together, anyway, although that did destroy Camelot). Beserker’s ill-treatment of Irisviel, the Guinevere lookalike, would parallel with Kariya’s murder of Aoi, in that both are harming the women they loved but couldn’t “have”.
Switching gears, Kirei remains fairly dull, so its a damn good thing he’s got Gilgamesh around. As I’ve said before, I loathe Gilgamesh when he’s in battle and making obnoxious speeches, but around Kirei I can’t help but be delighted by their interplay. Where are the BL doujin, folks? Come on, don’t leave me hanging.
I don’t really have much else to say about the episode, since most of what I could say is pure incoherence as I burble away about how utterly cool Saber is. Did I mention how cool she is? Hnnnnngh Saberrrr.