*Sigh* It seems that due to the episode order, Midnight’s going to get the action-y episodes. There was episode 3 with Berserker, Episode 5 with Rider, and soon episode 7. But hey, that’s getting ahead of ourselves, and this episode has plenty to offer.
First, the episode focuses on Shirou and Archer. Namely that they hate each other. Like…really hate each other.
S-Sure Shirou. You’re a novice mage, he’s a Heroic Spirit. You can take him… But seriously, they just really can’t get along, which puts the whole alliance thing on edge from the get-go. However, this scene isn’t just them trading smack talk, but a bit of insight into Archer’s character, and how he views Heroic Spirits and the Grail war. But first…first….
This. Ok…one thing that always bugs me is that sometimes, it feels the different stories in the Fate Universe have contradictory information. Here, Archer says most Heroic servants don’t choose to be called, but are forced to be summoned and work for Masters. Now…let’s do a head count of the previous Grail war.
Saber-Wanted the Grail
Lancer-Wanted to fight in the Grail war for his own reasons.
Archer-Wanted to fight in the Grail war for his ego.
Rider-Wanted the Grail
Caster-Wanted the Grail, but got sidetracked by crazy
Berserker-Wanted to fight in the grail for his own reasons.
Assassin-no motivation found, because the story never gave a shit about him.
Nearly all the Servants in the previous Grail War were there because they wanted to. So, either the rules are different, or Archer is lying big time. Ok…tangent over.
Archer says that, like he says, he has no interest in the Grail, and says Heroic spirits end up sacrificing everything for humanity.
He likewise says he has no goal for the Grail itself, because he achieved everything he wanted in life and died. Right…sure..that’s easily it….
The next section of the episode is Shirou with Saber, mostly him apologizing for worrying her and not including her with the alliance with Rin.
However, Shirou apologizes and it works out. He’s even gonna get sword training from Saber so that’s pretty cool.
However, we go from the pleasantness of Saber and Shirou to….Shinji. SHIIIIIIIINJIIIIIII. A character made to be hated…and succeeding beyond expectations on that task.
We basically find out, surprise surprise, he’d been the asshole master putting up the barrier and attacking his fellow students to get their mana. How does he answer to something to blatantly twisted and against the rules of the Grail war itself?
He basically tries to get an alliance with Shirou, but even Shirou’s got higher standards and intelligence than to work with a slime ball like Shinji.
By the way, for those wondering, Rin’s entire part of this episode can be summed up in one image.
You know, for a series based on the route where Shirou and Rin are supposed to hook up, so far they’ve had little chemistry. Possibly its due to his obliviousness and her tsundere-ness, but I’ve not gotten a lot of what will lead to a relationship. Shirou and Saber on the other hand…
They have a lot of chemistry, though it is very much in the realm of camaraderie. They understand each other, can work through problems, and show they can be a very good team. Maybe I’m just reading into this…I mean its not like they’ll have an intimate moment and Shirou will get all blushy and embarrassed…
But I’m mostly joshing. I am certain that in time it will reveal more stuff to support ShirouxRin, and things will go the way I assume they will. However, as soon as I say that…Shirou gets captured by Caster!
Here’s what we learn about Caster…she’s creepy and a creeper. The animators made sure we know this by showing every detail of her getting very touchy-feely with Shirou.
She really, really likes messing with out captive Shirou. As you can read, she wants his Command seals, which requires removing his Magic Circuits. Since Magic Circuits are like an extra set of nerves…I”m guessing this would hurt like a bitch….
…and I assumed correctly. And where is Saber, perchance? Well dealing with the OTHER servant guarding the temple. There’s a two-fer here.
Assassin is here to keep Saber from Shirou. Oh man…this is intense..how could they build up next episode any more???
With Archer coming in like a badass and stopping Caster, that’s how!!!!!
Well, this is escalating quickly. Looks like we’re in for a 4 servant brawl next episode, with all of the battles and awesomeness. I’m bursting with excitement and am all revved up for next week!