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.
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.
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