Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works episode 17: Caster is no more

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I believe this episode was the very first time that we finally saw Archer act semi-seriously in a fight. Yes he did use powerful attacks against Berserker, but it still didn’t feel like something as powerful as his shield during his battle against Lancer’s noble phantasm. Speaking of Lancer, I know about nothing of Cú Chulainn, everything I know about that hero comes from its wikipedia page, but from what I read it makes more sense for that heroic spirit to have been a berserker than a lancer. He is said to enter battle frenzy where he cannot distinguish between friend or foe and that sounds like an attribute a lot more akin of Berserker than Lancer, no matter what his favourite weapon is.

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It always seems so vague to me how they define certain of those classes. Why was Heracles a Berserker? I thought that Berserkers were supposed to be those fighter who were uncontrollable on the battlefield and lusting for battle. I can see why his undying ability can be seen to be Berserker-ish, but why is he more a Berserker than the current Lancer? Why was Alexander the Great portrayed as a Rider yet Gilgamesh is an Archer? There are some general association that I do not fully understand here.

Enough with my confusions, let us highlight the main event of this episode, Caster’s defeat. It really didn’t come to any surprise to see Caster attitude take the best of her in that battle. Maybe it isn’t just Caster though, since most traditional mages seem rather presumptuous and overconfident, but it remains that she was led into this trap and kept walking in it until she was no more. For someone who hates betrayers and cheaters, she sure doesn’t know how to deal with them after all this time. In this episode, and to lead to her demise, she was actually betrayed and cheated twice in the same span of 5 minutes. First Tohsaka manages to lure her into her trap and give her a good punching, and then Archer came out of nowhere and betrayed her, ending her life. History repeat itself it seems.

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I really can’t say that Archer’s treason was a big surprise, we saw that one coming from a mile away, it is a bit surprising that Caster never figured it out though. Archer has never been one to inspire trustworthiness and yet he was left to his own device and to roam mostly free on the church ground. Caster really got what she deserved for trying to control more than what she could manage.

I’m not sure I understand completely why, but it appears Archer really hates Emiya. Is it simply because he reminds him too much of himself? Or is there some deeper meaning? I’m not too sure but I’m curious to see if it is something which will be further explained in the near future or if there is simply something important I missed. One thing I didn’t miss though is how badly injured Archer was moments before attacking Caster and how that doesn’t show or affect him at all when he fights her or her master. For a useless arm, he sure used it a lot and well. I guess Archer just forgot he was hurt…or the story did.

ZeroGhj signing off

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4 Responses to Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works episode 17: Caster is no more

  1. Farray says:

    Speaking of Lancer, I know about nothing of Cú Chulainn, everything I know about that hero comes from its wikipedia page, but from what I read it makes more sense for that heroic spirit to have been a berserker than a lancer. He is said to enter battle frenzy where he cannot distinguish between friend or foe and that sounds like an attribute a lot more akin of Berserker than Lancer, no matter what his favourite weapon is.

    Heroic Spirits can be summoned into different classes, if they fit. Cu Chulainn can be summoned as a Berserker, a Caster and… of course a Lancer. You barely see Lancer use his rune magic, though, if at all.

    The upcoming mobile game Fate/Grand Order features Cu Chulainn as Caster.

    Why was Heracles a Berserker? I thought that Berserkers were supposed to be those fighter who were uncontrollable on the battlefield and lusting for battle.

    The only requirement for the Berserker class is to get “mad” once in your life, because then you qualify for the “Mad Enhancement” skill, which defines the Berserker class. Heracles was often caused to go mad by Hera and even killed his wife and children. Heracles’ best class is Archer, although he can be summoned as any other class except Caster and Assassin in the Fuyuki Grail War.

    Why was Alexander the Great portrayed as a Rider yet Gilgamesh is an Archer?

    Alexander the Great had some famous mounts that he rode with… that’s pretty much it. Gilgamesh is portrayed differently in the Type-Moon verse. He shoots his weapons from Gate of Babylon like arrows. His arrogance and autonomic behavior also fits the typical Archer class skill “Independent Action”.

    For a useless arm, he sure used it a lot and well. I guess Archer just forgot he was hurt…or the story did.

    Mana consumption is a pretty effective way to heal, though Saber and Caster excelled in this Grail War regarding healing abilities. I assume Archer used up large amounts of his reserves to heal himself. Also, he didn’t actually use his arm to off Team Caster.

    • Farray says:

      I’ll take that last sentence back. God, I’m tired…

      Anyway, yeah, Servants heal faster.

      • Zeroghj says:

        I did not know that an heroic spirit could be summoned into multiple different class, in that case it makes a lot of sense and I can see how heroes like Heracles fits multiple roles. Knowing this alone alleviates my confusion, thank you.

        As for Heroic Spirit healing quickly, I call that to be a bullshit excuse, since Archer seemed to imply he used about all his mana to defend that attack against Lancer and I’m not even sure where Archer gets all this mana anymore since as far as I know he doesn’t have a master currently.

        • Farray says:

          Archer was still contracted to Caster at that time, who had large reserves left (since she stole from all the citizens). It’s not unlikely for him to take some of his Master’s mana to heal himself and then ironically use it to kill her and her Master.

          Archer has reserves left and due to skills like Independent Action, the Archer class can act more mana efficient than other classes. I’m pretty sure it will be brought up in an episode or two again. I do admit that it’s a bit ridiculous how much mana Archer can spend in the whole route though.

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