We certainly had quite the action heavy episode this week in Fate/Stay Night. Between Assassin / Caster and Archer / Saber alliance, we were following two battles of people who didn’t quite cared enough. I feel no one really tried to fight to their maximum here. Saber and Assassin got a bit heated up, but none of them revealed their own Noble Phantasm to one another. I might be mistaken, but I do believe Assassin impressive technique was just that…a technique. On the other side of things, Archer did use his Noble Phantasm on Caster, but he didn’t even cared what kind of damage he would do with it. He just tried to put an end to the fighting so he could leave for the night. Caster, while having really impressive magical beam, certainly didn’t seem to be working all that hard to kill Archer. I do not know if it is simply because she is weak, but she didn’t seem to have anything potent enough to kill Archer. She might be mostly invincible and capable of stopping space and time, but it won’t do much if she doesn’t have the power to kill someone with those power. I would give her the benefit of the doubt that she is simply conserving her power and mana for the fight against Berserker, but at the same time, she didn’t impress me all that much.
Here is the thing, Caster is a powerful enough Servant than she is able to summon another Servant. This sounds impressive enough to begin with, she can also control space and time and become essentially immortal in her little sanctuary. This might sound like incredible power, but she is limited to staying in said sanctuary. From what I understand, if she were to leave that place, she would be easily defeated. Another important question is…who is the master of Caster? She seemed to imply the master was not a puppet of her, that he or she was still operating all this. Does Caster have a mage even more powerful than her as a Master? Or is that master just weak and really trusting? Still a lot of unknown in that situation.
Now unto Assassin himself. He is quite the impressive Servant, for an Assassin class, he sure feels a lot more like a Saber class to me. Yes he doesn’t have the strength or the swiftness, but his techniques more than make up for it. Usually Assassins have a tendencies to hide int he shadows and simply Assassinates targets, yet this guy doesn’t seem to want to hide anything at all. The one that bugs me here in this episode, is how Archer claims that the Assassin standing outside is “not the real Assassin”. What does that mean exactly? Does it mean we have another Assassin Class somewhere? Does it simply mean that he is an “artificial” servant that doesn’t respect the traditional class? I am really curious if we might have one more player and summon here. Will we have 8 Servants in this Holy Grail War, will we have 2 Assassins? The wording is ambiguous and while I would think there are still only 7, I am certainly not an authority in the rules of the Holy Grail War.
This episode went by so quickly, this tends to happen when we have action heavy episodes. We know a little bit more about every Servant, like how Archer consider himself a pacifist. We now have Shirou who wants to be useful and become a swordsman, which is kind of odd considering he is a mage, but it follows from the education of his mentor for him to act unusually. I wonder what the next big confrontation will be, one thing is for sure though, people really want Berserker dead.
ZeroGhj signing off