Fate/Apocrypha Episode 6
Well it was quite a bloody episode so to speak. Lots of blood in fact, the first half of the episode was pretty boring, and was filled up with madmen playing with their corpses or celebrating the deaths or upcoming sacrifices for their ideals. There were a whole lot of psychos that’s for sure. Aside from that, at the very beginning of the episode, they shed light on Mordred’s past and his struggles, and how and when things went south with is relationship with King Arthur. But honestly, I couldn’t find it in me to care, there was something about it that just didn’t register with me and lacked impacted.
The second half however was much better since we’re finally getting actual battles between both servants and masters. It started off with targeting Black Assassin Jack the Ripper first because nobody on either side wants to deal with that shit. It’s Mordred VS Jack for most part before Chiron fires into the fight but isn’t able to finish either one of them. As result Jack ends up retreating to fight another day. Had she not retreated then she definitely would’ve been a goner given the pace of the fight was going, especially with Chiron in the fray. No escaping that sniper. With Jack out of the fight, the battle shifts to Mordred VS Chiron, which was quite impressive considering Chiron managed to deliver damage in an unexpected way, by sustaining an injury which enabled him to swiftly outplay Mordred in close combat. While those two duke it out, Fiore and Sisigo has quite an interesting fight, especially given Fiore is using Bronze Link Manipulator which is both a weapon and skeleton that enables her to move around more so than her wheelchair. However while it is powerful, it has its shortcoming and sure enough it’s downfalls are coming back to bite her. It was quite a mistake to simply face off Sisigo one on one without backup. If her brother or Chiron doesn’t jump in front of her to take the shots, then I doubt she is going to come out of this battle alive. Should Caules jump into the fray (and it’s safe to assume that he will), one has to wonder whether or not he had enough time to summon Frankenstein whom he had decided to go without.
But there is also one more player in the fight, and that is Shiro and his Assassin Semiramis. So there are bound to be more surprises in the mix, and potentially, he may look to eliminate two Black Fraction Mages and their Servants, and possibly three if Semiramis, manages to track Jack down. However taking into consideration we are only six episodes into the series, I do question whether or not it might almost be too early for two or possible three more to fall within the next three episodes.
Lastly, it looks like Gordes is going to end up as the sacrificial lamb for Caster’s Noble Phantasm. Can’t say I’m surprised. Also we already knew Astofolo’s master is a total psycho, but gosh, she and Jack the Ripper probably would’ve been a match made in heaven at this point.
As each week goes by, I am starting to question whether this series will be able to keep me interested for the long haul. To be frank, had the second half of the episode not happened, I probably would have dropped it today. But the battles did happen, and that was enough to reel me back in to make me come back for more. That being said though, I will be putting a time limit on this series. If it doesn’t improve/find it’s footing within the next few episodes, there is a good chance that I might drop it. Either way, what’s the most important is that it finds its footing sooner than later because the last thing we need is the story dragging its feet until episode 12, otherwise that kind of defeats the purpose of a 24 episodes series.
That said, it seems when Mordred and Sisigo are fighting hardcore, it is always more fun to watch (especially since I love the duo very much).