Fate/Stay Night : Unlimited Blade Works episode 5: Dangerous School Ground

Fate/Stay Night : Unlimited Blade Works Tohsaka intense disgust

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If I keep track of this properly, it seems highly likely that there are up to 4 Master in the same damn school. Isn’t it usually the strongest mages of their time that fight one another? I understand this cycle was especially short and brought about mostly to finish the Holy Grail War which never found a true ending 10 years ago. I can understand that after a mere 10 year the new generation of masters would all be pretty young, I can also understand that to finish the previous Holy Grail War, the new masters would all be somewhat related to the ones in Fate/Zero,  I can even understand why most of them would still be in Japan…but all at the same school? This is getting a bit too coincidental in my head.

my name is...Lelouch Vi Britannia !

my name is…Lelouch Vi Britannia !

I am an absolute hater of school anime, I dislike the genre and I grew sick of the same formula being repeated over and over again. Despite how much I love the Fate series, I cannot say I am pleased that so much focus is given to the life at the school and everything related to it. I feel it acts as cheap drama if anything. We’ve heard of hundreds of city worker died because of Caster, now a single student collapse to the ground lifeless and it is suppose to be of more importance? I like my drama to be a bit more intense than middle schooler level.

Fate/Stay Night : Unlimited Blade Works New Servant

In other news, a new Servant has appeared and while we didn’t get exactly her name or class, Considering Lancer, Archer, Saber and Berserker have already been named and revealed, she could only be Rider, Assassin or Caster. Considering her fighting style, I would put my money on Assassin for this one, but Rider remains a possibility since she seems to be using a whip. She claims her own master is a coward and it seems this new Servant was the one kidnapping people from school to increase her mana. It seems already more than obvious that Matou Shinji is another master, but I must admit I am still uncertain if he is the Master for Lancer or this new Servant. I had high suspicion at first that it was Lancer who belonged to Shinji, but considering his family lineage, this lady seems to be a more corrupt, more cowardly and therefore a more fitting choice. It remains that we have Saber, Lancer, Archer and this new Servant that all seem to have Masters originating from the same school. It could make class time to be rather annoying.

Fate/Stay Night : Unlimited Blade Works panty shot

If there is one Master we have yet to hear of at all, and that I really wish was coming back, is Velvet Waver. Considering the way the last Holy Grail War ended, and seeing everyone chosen had a direct or indirect relationship to the previous Masters, It seems highly likely we will have one person who will come back to fight once more in a Holy Grail War for the second time. He would have experience, be probably the oldest person in this war, but also, he was an awesome character to begin with…I could definitively see him being involved again and I’ll cross my finger that he is.

ZeroGhj signing off

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4 Responses to Fate/Stay Night : Unlimited Blade Works episode 5: Dangerous School Ground

  1. Farray says:

    “We’ve heard of hundreds of city worker died because of Caster, now a single student collapse to the ground lifeless and it is suppose to be of more importance?”

    Are you even reading your own comments? Again, Caster didn’t kill the workers. Rin wouldn’t call an ambulance that is trying to keep them alive if Caster had killed them. And that student is Shirou’s friend from last episode, if you hadn’t noticed. PIt’s natural that people close to you affect you more than some random people in town.

    • Zeroghj says:

      It was not yet specified of the outcome of the workers in the anime yet, and it is true that I had not yet noticed your previous comment (my bad). I also didn’t really picture Shirou and that girl to be friends, they did seem to know one another, but I didn’t see them as anything more than acquaintance. Regardless, when I was talking about that part, I was referencing to how we are, as the audience, supposed to find that event to be of importance. All of Shirou’s friend could die other than Sakura and Rin and it wouldn’t affect us in the least. Hence why I find it is a much more important event to have all those workers assaulted, rather than a single student.

      • Farray says:

        “It was not yet specified of the outcome of the workers in the anime yet.”

        Implied though. As Archer noted, Caster must have a grudge, as she made the men impotent, which isn’t necessary when all you do is stealing life force/mana. Killing them doesn’t make sense and no one died from the “gas leaks”, yet.

        “I also didn’t really picture Shirou and that girl to be friends, they did seem to know one another, but I didn’t see them as anything more than acquaintance.”

        She was Shirou’s captain in the archery club though, and from what she was saying last episode, she might know Shirou better than one might think at first. She’s as much a friend to Shirou as the student council president, Issei, is. That’s not as close as he used to be with Shinji once, but he cares about her, else he wouldn’t go ask around until everyone in school left.

        “Regardless, when I was talking about that part, I was referencing to how we are, as the audience, supposed to find that event to be of importance.”

        The story is told from Shirou’s perspective most of the time, so the boundary field that is set up in his school and any other strange events there, are just as important as the gas leaks in town. They directly affect our main characters.

        Shirou is not aware that the gas leaks are caused by mana absorbtion. Rin is investigating both the gas leaks and the boundary field, but Shirou for now is only aware of the boundary field in his school and that the students there were assaulted by a Servant.

        These are two separate cases caused by two separate Servants. I don’t see how one thing is more important than the other, as both cause problems. Shirou will have to deal with both cases eventually, so be more patient.

        • Zeroghj says:

          The major problem I have here is that while Rin side of the story is relatable to me, Shirou acts like some kind of alien. His value system and thought process are so foreign to my own it makes me unable to care for him or what ever happens in his life. I understand he is one of two main protagonist, and I understand that because of that it is highly likely he won’t die or lose in this Holy Grail War (at least until the very end), but I really wish the guy just died and we could have a new main protagonist that is a bit more sensical.

          Therefore, when I mention not being able to care for that one girl who was attacked at school, I mean that while I understand the immediate problem of having a boundary field and a servant taking strength from the kid at school, I don’t see the point in saving the life of that girl, especially considering that Rin is the one who actually saved her. Rin is a huge tsundere and act all mighty, but it is not the first time she tries to save someone like that. While it makes her seem more human, while it fits with her character, it makes for a much softer (and in my opinion much less dramatic) story than what we were presented with in Fate/Zero. I understand things will get grittier, I also hope some changes will occur in the main character where they will start acting the way a Mage should in an Holy Grail War, but for now there is too much naive characters and boring friendship and it cools me down towards the show.

          Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works stays one of my favorite anime of this Fall, but so far I feel Fate/Zero was a much more compelling story, but it is true that we barely stepped foot into Fate/Stay Night and I should try to give the show a chance to build up properly.

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