3 more episodes. The battle between Shinichi and himself is over, the grail has been activated and we are now reaching the final stretch of the story. I expect lot of action and a lot of turn around, Saber will finally have a chance to have a second go against Gilgamesh and uphold her ideals. We are really going straight for the finale now and I’m actually curious how they’ll manage to keep that ending going for 3 episodes, either we’ll get some kind of slower episode next week or they’ll just have to sustain a very high pace filled with action 3 episodes in a row.
Into the episode itself, I was so glad at the end when Shinji was used as a sacrifice for the grail. It was the end that it deserved, the guy was obnoxious and an asshole from the start, he was just a tool and never held any power in the struggle, seeing him die horribly was oddly satisfying. I suppose that at this point Gilgamesh is not that worried about mana, if Emiya-Archer was able to last this long and fight this much without mana, surely Gilgamesh will have enough power to fight through the final battle and still have enough mana to see through the end of the human race (or at least the end of all the weak ones). Gilgamesh might sound like a typical bad guy to some, seeking the destruction of humanity for what seems to be his own enjoyment, but there is truth and value in his ideals. Yes the guy acts like a god (mainly because he is), but his ideals are different than justice and equality. Those are primary values that reign nowadays, but instead Gilgamesh seeks strength, adaptability and worthiness. A world lived by the strong and those worthy of living. I kind of like his ideals (even if I’d probably be one of those who die miserably in the flames of hell).
At this point, the truth has been revealed completely, now everyone know how Saber was involved in the previous war and the only servant left were all part of the last Holy Grail War. It is a touching reunion, the last two finalist are once again going to face one another, but this time I doubt someone will destroy the grail like it happened previously. Emiya is aware of the terror which results in destroying the grail, I’m not sure how he will handle it, but it ought to be interesting.
I think the one information that blew all other this episode was Gilgamesh revealing the inner working of the Holy Grail. How mages were able to create a device capable of granting any wish and capable of immeasurable powers. It turns out that the fighting for the grail is not just a heroic quest to prove your worth, but instead a necessary step to generate the power to grant the wishes. No wonder that the device is so powerful, now the spirit of so many grandiose heroic spirit are trapped within it. I’m not sure if I understand it right, but the grail absorbs the heroic spirits and use them as fuel, this seems to imply that those heroic spirit won’t ever return in the future since they have been consumed by the grail. If it is indeed the case, Archer-Emiya will definitively have had his wish, he never again will continue the circle of death and infinite life as he did in the past. I guess that’s one way for him to end, I hope he’ll be satisfied.
ZeroGhj signing off