Fate/Stay Night – Unlimited Blade Works episode 7: I heard you liked Servants, So our Servant summoned a Servant to fight your Servants

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works Caster

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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.

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works Caster fighting stance

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.

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works Assassin

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.

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works shirou hurt

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

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3 Responses to Fate/Stay Night – Unlimited Blade Works episode 7: I heard you liked Servants, So our Servant summoned a Servant to fight your Servants

  1. Farray says:

    “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.”

    You know, some parts were changed. In the VN Caster asks Archer why he missed on purpose. His twin swords, Kanshou and Bakuya, cut off her “wings” and Caladbolg still dealt a lot of damage, even though the arrow didn’t even hit Caster.

    ” 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. ”

    It’s left out, but all the spells she is shooting are almost instantaneous and of the highest rank (you can only do that if you have something like Rin’s jewels and Rin’s jewels can only be used once and then are destroyed). Caster comes from an age where her magic would almost be considered True Magic nowadays, so she is actually far better than the FZ one for instance.

    Caster Servants just have problems in general with almost every other class, especially with the three knight classes – Lancer, Saber and Archer – and Rider, who are given magic resistence. The Holy Grail War isn’t really fair and balanced.

    “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? ”

    Well, the detailed explanation is in the Heaven’s Feel movies. It was also explained in FZ, but only if you had bought and seen the BD specials, the Einzbern Consultation Rooms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSi6B6fJ-b4&t=2m22s

    Archer is right though, Caster is not a proper Master, so she doesn’t summon a proper Assassin Servant. This one is still a badass one, though.

    “I might be mistaken, but I do believe Assassin impressive technique was just that…a technique. ”

    Which is exactly what Saber said. He possesses a technique on the level of a NP. Techniques can be NPs, but Tsubame Gaeshi isn’t. The third strike of Tsubame Gaeshi kind of couldn’t properly hit Saber, because the stairs aren’t a good place for him to execute his technique, although Saber’s instincts saved her ass again.

    I’m kinda disappointed with Aniplex’s translation again. I’m not expecting perfect English or anything, but mistranslations are not cool. Not Assassin is nameless, it’s his sword that is, for instance. It’s a bit of a shame that Archer’s iconic line “Farewell. Drown in your ideals and die.” was differently translated, but that doesn’t really bother me.

    And hey, we got a glimpse of Rin’s dreams. Doesn’t tell as much as the novel at that point, but I’m glad they didn’t forget it last week.

    • Zeroghj says:

      Caster Servants just have problems in general with almost every other class, especially with the three knight classes – Lancer, Saber and Archer – and Rider, who are given magic resistence. The Holy Grail War isn’t really fair and balanced.

      It indeed seems rather evident that this war is not balanced one bit, I understand that Caster barely ever have any chance of winning this thing, but what bugged me more than the imbalance was Caster true belief that she would win this thing. I understand they are proud heroic spirit who seeks victory and think of themselves as better than everyone else, but just how blinded by your own ego can you be to believe you have a chance at winning this as Caster?

      And hey, we got a glimpse of Rin’s dreams. Doesn’t tell as much as the novel at that point, but I’m glad they didn’t forget it last week.

      We indeed got a glimpse of her dream, but I must admit it was so hectic that I barely understood a think. All I really gathered from it is how Archer somehow survived a very large scale battle and seemed either sad or satisfied (not sure which). Hopefully there will be a bit more to this dream, because I sure don’t feel like I grasp the emotion and story behind it.

  2. Farray says:

    I understand that Caster barely ever have any chance of winning this thing, but what bugged me more than the imbalance was Caster true belief that she would win this thing. I understand they are proud heroic spirit who seeks victory and think of themselves as better than everyone else, but just how blinded by your own ego can you be to believe you have a chance at winning this as Caster?

    To say it in card gaming terms, Caster doesn’t have the best hand, but it’s good enough to win with the right strategy. Caster’s territory isn’t actually bad. Archer would have had serious trouble to get inside and kill her, if Assassin hadn’t let him through.

    Caster and Assassin are the sneakier and weaker classes in the Grail War, so you usually can’t jump into battle like Saber, Lancer or Berserker. Noble Phantasms and circumstances however can change a lot and while four classes have strong magic resistence, this Caster is strong enough to deal with them. She has the tools. It’s a matter of how she will use them.

    It’s kind of like with FZ-Lancer. No one thought he was a serious contender, but if he and his Master had cooperated, and if Lancer had not met Saber and fought dirty, he could have won the war.

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