We’ve had a lot of new information revealed to us this episode, the last few Servant have now appeared and we have the full roster, missing only a few Master left to be known. We now also have the real identity of two of the Servant, we know Saber to be King Arthur from British Folklore (although, with a twist of her being female) and we now know Assassin to be Sasaki Kojirō, a legendary swordsman of the early Edo period. I am actually rather surprised at how quickly we ended up learning about all those servants, I suppose the real mystery will remain their Holy Grail and most importantly, the remaining masters. Shinji was, without surprise, revealed to be the master of who is now known to be Rider. He is as cowardly as ever and claims he doesn’t wish to fight, even though he most definitively doesn’t look to be someone who can be trusted. Still, according to Caster, even Shinji is a more powerful mage than Emiya Shirou, which just goes to show how powerless our main character actually is.
With all this new information comes some more speculation (at least for those like me who haven’t played the game). We are aware that Caster and Assassin are currently working together, although we don’t know the circumstances of their alliance. It seems Caster is the only one who will grow stronger if the plan works, she wants to gather the command seal of Emiya to grant them to her master so they can control Saber. Assassin’s Master would get no advantage out of this deal, he would only increase the strength of Caster without gaining anything in return. It seem likely to me that Assassin might already be under the control of Caster’s Master. It is possible that the Master of Assassin has already been killed and stolen from his command seal. I find it very likely something like this has happened, where Assassin and Caster have the same goal, the same master. Maybe we already have only 6 Masters left in the end.
There is one thing that bugs me this episode. Near the beginning, Emiya catch Archer has he is escorting him back home, at which point Archer claims no Heroic Spirit has any goal other than Saber, that they are all but slaves. The validity of that statement is most likely false, but I do not care that much if he is right or not, what confuses me most is his claim that he, as an heroic spirit, has no regret. He claims he has achieved everything he wanted to do before his death, yet in the very first episode (or rather episode 0) it is revealed that he doesn’t even remember who he is exactly. How can someone remember everything he has done, and know he has no regret, when he cannot even remember who the hell he is in the first place? I feel Archer is full of shit.
There is a big battle incoming between the Assassin and Caster team and Saber and Archer team. Based on the Servant Class alone, Saber and Archer should have the advantage in that battle, but this Holy Grail War has proven to be rather unique in term of the strength of every Servant, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out Caster and Assassin are much stronger than their class suggests. I guess we will see in the next episode just what they are capable of.
ZeroGhj signing off