I was not expecting for such a major flashback to happen so late in the show. We are at episode 14 of 24 and just now we learn of the incredible event that happened before any of this even began. This might also very well explain so many of the inconsistencies which occurred in this Holy Grail War. As it turns out, Caster had another master previously, Souichirou was not her original master, in fact, she killed her original master. Turns out there was another powerful competitor in this Holy Grail War, someone favoured by the Mage Association and who went to great length to secure himself an advantage before anything even began. If anything, the man seemed quite fitting of receiving a witch traitor for a servant, it really shouldn’t have to a surprise then that he would be betrayed and killed in the most spectacular way.
From here, it seems that after receiving the notice from Caster’s original master, Lancer’s master decided it would be appropriate to terminate a rival before the game even begins. He sent Lancer in to kill Caster and her master knowing that things were not working out between the two, this sound like a very sound decision on his part. One master is out of the game before it even got to start, but unfortunately Caster managed to survive Lancer. Now we have a pissed off Caster who wants revenge for everything that happened to her in her past and present life.
Turns out this Holy Grail War is much more interesting than I thought, we just happen to see it from the eyes of the most boring master ever. If we were to see this Holy Grail War from a different perspective it could have been so much better, turns out it is not the story that sucks, it is only what we get to see from the story that does. I don’t know enough about the mechanic of the Grail Wars, but it seems to me that since we already had a master die at the beginning and that Caster was reassigned to be a master so early on, there never saw a chance for a 7th master to appear and summon Assassin. This might have been why Caster was able to summon it the way she did. Then again, we have had a lot of irregularities in this war, so I’m kind of confused as to what is allowed and what isn’t.
We’ve had a lot happen this episode, a lot of reveals, and I wasn’t able to touch most of them. The last one I want to really quickly mention is how important it is that we’ve found out Illyasviel is the vessel for the Holy Grail. It makes sense after all, she is half-human half-homunculi, but it is interesting to me that the holder of the Grail happens to be one of the master. Guess Caster might might now find out why she couldn’t find the Grail in the first place.
ZeroGhj signing off