If there is one thing this episode didn’t have too little of, it is definitively story progression. It was quite clear that at this point some kind of important battle or reveal would be necessary to keep this show from stalling too much. And progression there was. I was definitively not expecting for Rider to be eliminated already. She only appeared once before and we barely got to see what she was capable of. If anything, I think this was the first time Rider was even acknowledge to be the Rider Class. We never learned her name, never witnessed her Noble Phantasm. It was pretty clear that she was a weak, after all even Shirou was able to defend himself against her, but I didn’t expect she would go down so easily.
I know Rider is not the best servant class out there, but I didn’t expect her to be gone in an instant like this. I at least wish we could have got her name or something! One of the most interesting thing in Fate/Stay Night is to learn who the heroic spirits represent and what their powers are. Will we really never learn who Rider was? Is this only a trick and Rider isn’t really dead? I feel there must be something missing, the anime would never miss an opportunity to reveal such juicy information. I just don’t want to believe that Rider won’t reappear at some point. I smell treachery !
If there is one thing we actually learned, it is the power of Caster. While I found her to be rather underwhelming while in her own sanctuary last episode, she managed to kill Rider in an instant this episode and even got to give Saber a scare. I was rather surprised to find out Caster’s power even outside the bound of her own Sanctuary. I was not expecting she would be able to cast shadow of herself so capable that it could take out an Heroic Spirit. For a Caster, she certainly isn’t a weakling. I still doubt she can take on Saber or Archer, let alone Berserker, but she certainly isn’t as useless as I believed. If anything, her ability to deceive others and her wit might be a major advantage in this Holy Grail War which features mainly stupid immature kids. We still don’t have a precise idea who exactly is Caster’s Master, but if I had to bet, I’d say the odd teacher we saw long ago is a definite contender. If there is but a single adult in this war, he is bound to have an incredible advantage considering the maturity of his opponents.
The Holy War has definitively begun, we already have one less servant alive. Considering we began with 6 Masters to begin with, it seems we are already at the final 5. How quickly can things turn around, I’m eager to see more.
ZeroGhj signing off