Fate Stay Night – Unlimited Blade Works episode 13: Back into the Game

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This review will be short and sweet like the rest lately, but welcome back to Fate Stay Night – Unlimited Blade Works. There was a short pause between episode 12 and 13, just enough for me to forget about a lot of the story. At least this episode was kind enough to give us some reminder of what happened previously. Now I think I remember enough to go back into watching it week to week and dislike it ever more like I did before. It is not that I think Fate Stay Night is a bad production or boring to watch, I just hate teenage drama and Fate Stay Night, despise how important the fighting and meaning of the battle, is filled with pity drama between teenagers. Furthermore the original material is so old that Tohsaka might be the most vanilla tsundere I have ever seen, the girl has such an important role yet she is just so annoying in her way of thinking and acting that it ruins the atmosphere for me.

put it in, I'm waiiiting

put it in, I’m waiiiting

Enough of my whining, the episode was pretty interesting, but it creates a rather bleak outcome. Archer was the one voice of maturity and reason in this whole charade, now he has decided to side with another Master (even though it is terribly obvious that Archer had some plan of his own in doing this) and the two kids are left together to fend themselves against their improbable odds of winning.

Fate Stay Night - Unlimited Blade Works Archer

We also got a reveal that Caster if Medea of Colchis, a character from Greek mythology, the women who became the wife of Jason, destroyed him as a hero, and then proceeded to kill her two children when he left her later on. I know her to be a priestess and therefore it is unsurprising to see that she loves hanging out in temple and church so much. She’s definitively an interesting character personality-wise, it is just a bit weird to have such a weak character of mythology being portrayed to be this powerful. Without doubt King Arthur is a much greater legend than Jason, let alone Jason’s wife. Despite how much I hate this arc compared to Fate/Zero, I’m still happy to be back to blogging it, the quality of the show is splendid and the story remains complex enough to catch my attention. Hopefully things turn more towards the action than teenage romance soon enough.

ZeroGhj signing off

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5 Responses to Fate Stay Night – Unlimited Blade Works episode 13: Back into the Game

  1. Farray says:

    I know her to be a priestess and therefore it is unsurprising to see that she loves hanging out in temple and church so much. She’s definitively an interesting character personality-wise, it is just a bit weird to have such a weak character of mythology being portrayed to be this powerful. Without doubt King Arthur is a much greater legend than Jason, let alone Jason’s wife.

    I think you don’t know much about her. I couldn’t disagree more with what you said here (ignoring the teenage drama, because that’s just opinions). Medea was a very powerful magus, she actually did most of the dirty hard work for Jason after he arrived in Colchis. Jason never would have achieved much without her, she was the far more important character.

    And without doubt, I can say it’s absolutely not true that Arthur is a much greater legend than Medea. Medea’s legend, a very important part of the classical mythology, had so much influence in literature, art and music long before Arthur even existed.

    • Zeroghj says:

      It may be because of the culture I grew up in. While it is undeniable that Medea was a legend much before king Arthur ever came to light, I only half-learned of Medea from personal research and personal interest in Greek mythology. King Arthur’s story was adapted and told many different ways to children where I am from and therefore his story is pretty mainstream in contemporary culture. I know that there are also many different counting of old Greek mythology, so it might be possible that what I know of Medea is not the same legend than the one taken for Fate/Stay Night.

      From the story I know, Medea was just a very difficult women who slowly destroyed Jason’s life and eventually she killed her children when Jason left her.

      • Farray says:

        Well… hard to say which story you heard about Medea, but in most legends about the Argonauts and the Golden Fleece, she contributed a lot to Jason passing her father’s challenges, like making the dragon who guarded the Fleece fall asleep with her herbs (which she also did with the town citizens).

        Remember Caster reinforcing and protecting Kuzuki with her magic when he killed Rider inside the Bloodfort or when he beat up Team Shirou a few episodes ago? It’s based on the part of her using protective magic on Jason.

        Not to mention, her infamous trick to get rid of Jason’s rival, Pelias… Well, she had the support of the gods and is commonly portrayed as being the person in the right, since it was Jason, who eventually betrayed her.

        When one is talking about magic in Greek mythology, the three most famous people are probably Circe, her niece Medea and the goddess Hecate. There’s also that story with her living as friends with Heracles (also an Argonaut) in Thebes, but that’s a different story altogether.

        I know that Arthur is part of today’s culture and pretty mainstream, but I think you undervalue Medea’s legend and her influence altogether. She is a very important part of the classical mythology and with it, eras like the Renaissance.

        • Zeroghj says:

          In that case you simply seem to have a deeper understanding of the original stories than I do. I know those classical mythology only from summaries and the implication of the stories in ancient Greece politic and social culture, most of what you describe in term of event seem to agrees with what I knew, although in greater detail. I also think I remember Medea had Jason plant some special seed that would grow an army of skeletal warrior in a similar fashion that she does in the anime. Although I do believe I read a different ending than the one you mention there, but according to the (always super accurate) Wikipedia page, there seems to be multiple ending in the literature for this story.

          • Farray says:

            In that case you simply seem to have a deeper understanding of the original stories than I do.

            I think that is the case here. Being friends with someone who studied history probably gave me a different understanding of how much the classic mythology influenced the Western culture for thousands of years, far longer and more than the legend of King Arthur.

            That said, Medea is often depicted as a tragic heroine, who was scorned by the egotistic Jason. Interesting to note is that Medea killed Glauce and her father by sending her a lovely dress and crown. Only both were poisoned.

            I guess since in the recent decades Medea and the Argonauts haven’t been depicted as much as King Arthur, it could lead people to think his is the far greater legend, but in my opinion that is highly debatable. Her legend is a very important and early story about gender inequality and women’s rights.

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