Fate/Stay Night – Unlimited Blade Works episode 9: Now All Welcome, the King of Heroes

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works Gilgamesh

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We all knew it was coming at one point or another, he is finally here, the King of Heroes has joined this Holy Grail War. It was clear from the very beginning that Gilgamesh was going to join at one point or another and to be honest, I’m actually surprised he joined so early on. I figured he would appear near the end where the battle has already been pretty much won, instead he’s actually joining so early on that he is assigned to the most useless of Master.

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works worthless master

I understand Gilgamesh is the strongest heroic spirit to have ever lived, but it remains that he is only a single person and his life most likely depends on his Master surviving. I understand he was able to survive using Kirei’s mana, but now that he’s been essentially transferred to a new master, wouldn’t this mean losing said master will be his death? Gilgamesh is a funny individual, I feel that obvious, regular rules might not fully apply to him, but still. Having someone so powerful assigned to such a loser makes me cringe a bit. Hopefully Gilgamesh will take control more over the kid. He sure has quite  the personality so he might possibly just leach mana and do as he pleases, who really know with this guy.

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works Saber protecting Shirou

His arrival does makes things interesting has this Holy Grail War has become even more intense than before. It was already pretty impressive when Berserker and Caster were shown to be nearly invincible, if we add Gilgamesh to the mix we are left with the three knight classes to be the weakest in this war. Saber was one of the strongest heroic spirit last Holy Grail War and now she is amongst the weakest. Granted her master doesn’t help, but there is a sizeable power difference between the good and the bad heroic spirits here. I have a feeling this Holy Grail War will have to focus mainly on killing the masters, the heroic spirit don’t seem to be killable in any way, yet all the masters are stupid little kids. It seems to me like the power disparity between the masters and the servants makes it so someone who would have had a proper Assassin Class servant could have easily won this thing already by now. Maybe one or two Master have enough power to detect an assassin coming their way, I doubt even Rin could have done anything about it.

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works Tohsaka Rin

Speaking of her, I understand she is a tsundere and she has her personality problems, but she is acting ever weirder lately. She was straight up delusional today thinking that Shirou might have a crush on her. She is supposed to be a well trained, psychologically powerful mage, yet she acts worse than anyone her own age as an individual. It is apparent that losing her father affected her emotionally as a child. She needs a real man in her life more than she wants to win this War. It is a trait of her personality that I find to be rather annoying to be honest.

ZeroGhj signing off

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4 Responses to Fate/Stay Night – Unlimited Blade Works episode 9: Now All Welcome, the King of Heroes

  1. Farray says:

    Speaking of her, I understand she is a tsundere and she has her personality problems, but she is acting ever weirder lately. She was straight up delusional today thinking that Shirou might have a crush on her. She is supposed to be a well trained, psychologically powerful mage, yet she acts worse than anyone her own age as an individual. It is apparent that losing her father affected her emotionally as a child. She needs a real man in her life more than she wants to win this War. It is a trait of her personality that I find to be rather annoying to be honest.

    Interesting fact, Tokiomi staying alive would have left a negative impact on Rin’s personality, because she would have sided with her magus side of her life.

    Might have a crush on her? Shirou has a crush on her, from the very beginning. Which is something the anime doesn’t show very well. Actually, their whole relationship isn’t portrayed very well. Rin is only acting that way towards Shirou, for reasons. She’s only really acting like a tsundere towards him. If it wasn’t for Shirou, she would have kept her cold, merciless facade as a magus, even though it clashes with her morals as a human.

    Besides that, if we’re talking about stupid kids, I’d say FZ’s Masters weren’t much better in terms of stupidity.

    Also, since you’re lacking info, prepare to be dumbstruck next episode, when… stuff happens.

    • Zeroghj says:

      Interesting fact, Tokiomi staying alive would have left a negative impact on Rin’s personality, because she would have sided with her magus side of her life.

      Now that’s all a matter of perspective, I think Rin would have been a much more interesting character if she were more of a mage.

      Also, since you’re lacking info, prepare to be dumbstruck next episode, when… stuff happens.

      I’ll keep that in mind

      • Farray says:

        Now that’s all a matter of perspective, I think Rin would have been a much more interesting character if she were more of a mage.

        This is basically what the author is saying regarding this:

        In the young Rin’s eyes, her father Tokiomi was a great magus deserving of love and respect. She did not yet understand the ruthlessness and cruelty that stemmed from that ideal. If her father had survived long enough for her to comprehend that aspect of him, it surely would have had a grave effect on her own personality.

        But whether she chose to rebel against that inhumanity and turn her back on sorcery itself, or chose to embrace it fully, becoming a perfect, cold-hearted magus like her father – the only certainty is that for her, happiness would be nothing more than the fleeting dream of a far off parallel world.

        Alright, it’s not exactly known whether Rin would side with the magus part of hers, but Rin is happy with her balanced life right now and she wouldn’t be if she had understood what a person her role-model, her father, truly was. She has fun studying magic and she is proud of still keeping her humanity and morals. Because let’s face it, most magi are assholes, or their morality at least differs so much from ours, that it’s almost impossible to comprehend and accept them.

        I personally like characters I can relate to more.This is why Rin and Shirou can work well as a team. The only person that stops Rin from going too far as a magus is Shirou. If he isn’t there, Rin will become more cold-hearted and she will do things she will definitely regret later. Such a situation hasn’t occured in UBW, yet, but this of course isn’t the only story of FSN.

      • Farray says:

        But in the I guess you’re right. It’s a matter of perspective. Perhaps Rin would be more interesting to you, if she acted more like a mage, but I already saw her doing that in the novel and I can’t say she is very likeable that way.

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