I would definitively take the 1-hour long episodes again. The episodes are so short, there is so much epicness I feel I could watch this for days without seeing the time go by. The episodes are fast paced, they are filled with information and action, there is just no time for us to catch our breath, there is no time for us to wonder how long we’ve been watching this, I just go from one awesome scene to the other with my brain turned off.
I had a lot of questions at the end of the previous episode and a lot of them have surprisingly been already answered at the very beginning of this episode. We now are much more aware of “who knows what” in the current scenario. Illyasviel is aware of her father and her relationship with little Emiya, Saber does have memories of her last Holy Grail and she seems to remember Illyasviel just fine and so does Illya. It seems that everyone knows everything there is to know here…except for Emiya and Tohsaka. Tohsaka has been manipulated by Kotomine Kirei since she was young, Shirou is just a young boy who was saved by Emiya 10 years ago, he doesn’t have any reason to know about anything. At this point the two of them just seem like tools that have been set out to accomplish the wish of those who sent them forward. Kirei is manipulating important pieces in this Holy Grail War. Not only does he have control of two participant in this Holy Grail War, he also somehow still have Gilgamesh with him.
I must admit to be rusty with the final few episodes of Fate/Zero, but I didn’t remember Gilgamesh’s outcome. I must admit I simply assumed he vanished from existence as seem to happen when a Holy Grail War finishes, but he seemed well and alive in this episode, so surely there is either something I didn’t remember from Fate/Zero or there are some explanations that are left to be said in Fate/Stay Night. No matter what the explanation, having Gilgamesh present cannot be a good sign for everyone else, be he involved or not in this Holy Grail War, he will be a major player in it. That Servant is known to be the King of Kings, he won’t stop until he made the entire world his servant.
Back to a less between the line analysis of the episode, Illyasveil and Berserker are freaking amazing. Yes Archer proves to be powerful and interesting, yes Saber is awesome as usual and able to defeat such a monster as Berserker, but damn that Berserker. It was able to sustain significant amount of damage from Saber, it was able to fight off both Saber and Archer at once despite them being two of the strongest class. Through pure strength and power it defeated all his foe, only after being hit by one of the strongest of Noble Fantasm was it defeated…only to come back to life after a few seconds. There might be a way to defeat Berserker, but I don’t think it is rational to try and do anything else than kill Illyasveil. Not that she is a wimp either, at least compared to the little kids she was faced with, Illyasveil is a class on her own in term of magic prowess. Maybe it comes from her mother, maybe it comes from her dad, maybe a little bit of both. No matter the reason, at the end of the day she was probably strong enough to take on a weaker servant all by herself, and that’s saying something seeing how strong the servants are in the first place.
I feel there is still so much that could be said, but I have to draw a line somewhere. With so many recurring character, with so many plots and powerful servants, there is no way that this Holy Grail War won’t turn into a fantastic mess creating pools of blood everywhere. I dig it.
ZeroGhj signing off