I can’t say I really like this episode, or at least half of it.The part between Rin and Kirei was really interesting, but I could have done without Archer’s endless complaint of stuff I already knew about. We always knew Archer was a pathetic whiner, but he certainly took this to another level in the episode. The major problem with his complaints does not lie so much in the whining, but that most of the information is way too late. We explicitly told about guardians, the way the heroic spirit system works and all that jazz after the big reveal of the last episode. It is nice that they bothered explaining it, but it should have been done before as clues and foreshadowing for the events that transpire right now, don’t explain the rules of the game after the big twist. I know that in the universe and visual novel those rules were better explained and made more sense than what we were given here, but with the way the information was delivered in the anime it felt like the story just invented new rules to make some big twists out of nowhere.
We live in a time that is much different than it was only 10 years ago. Nowadays information is accessible from the tip of our fingertip, if you go about retelling an old story and revealing only part of the information, people will go look around to better understand what was not explicitly said. By the time Fate/Stay Night explained what happened in Emiya’s life for him to become an heroic spirit, I had already figured out a lot of the information by myself, I was told some more details and I read up on the few things that were still bothering me. This meant that a large portion of the conversation between Archer and Emiya felt very unnecessary and weirdly done. I think some of it should have happened a lot sooner or the reveal to have been done differently in the last episode. Either that or even split the episode differently. It just didn’t worked really well the way it was delivered.
If Emiya is straight up going to fight after the representation of his idealism, Rin has to face her mentor and the man who ruined her entire life. It was interesting to see Rin’s reaction when she finally realized that Kirei was the man who killed her father and how he made sure that everything would go as planned to win the grail this time around. I had been waiting for 19 episodes for Rin to finally learn about the past, I was a bit disappointed that it was such a small part of the episode. I also would love to see Emiya learning about the past, Saber’s involvement and his weird relationship in all this. Those are the things that keep me watching every week, hoping that eventually the truth will come to light. As the weeks go by, I am starting to have a feeling that Emiya won’t ever know anything about the truth and Rin will be the only one having the blessing of this epiphany.
With Lancer gone, I can already predict that the two Emiya’s will come to some sort of agreement and work together. I expect the final battle will be Saber and Rin, Emiya and himself versus Kirei and Gilgamesh. We are close enough to the finale that there are no doubts in my mind this is the way things will go, at least more or less. I’m just not yet certain how Emiya will come to term with himself, but next week episode should shed some light on that.
ZeroGhj signing off