This episode was a little less impressive than the previous one in term of epicness, but it was to be expected I guess, there needs to be some tender moment from time to time in this show too after all. I never had the crush for Irisviel, I don’t mind much that she is about to leave this world, she was a homonculus from the start after all. But she was easier to relate to than Kiritsugu, that is certain.
Now the only people left to cheer for is a kid, a pretty much already dead masochist, an emotionless mercenary and a crazy chaotic assassin from the church. I personally can’t complain about what is left, although I could care less about the kid. Irisviel had her use, but in the end she was not meant to see the end of that fight and she had the personality and mind of a prepubescent girl. Now while Saber might not be my favorite heroic spirit, actually I think she is the one I like the less after Berserker and Assassin, she is still under the command of Kiritsugu, so there is still some change that she won’t be an emo teenage girl for the next few episode and that she will instead act like the real hero she is supposed to be.
The little “Story time with Rider” part of the show was quite boring, yes it is good that we get to know the kid and rider a bit more before they die heroically in their fight against saber, but still, I never cared much for that kid, he was never a threat to anyone, he is just some small loser that wanted to act all big and tough to prove his teacher that he is such a big shot. Well guess what, your teacher is dead and you are still alive kid, you already proved your point, now please die happily in a fire. It is really such a shame that Rider ended up with such a pitiful master, he had such good potential. But I’m afraid he is still no match for Gilgamesh.
Now not only Irisviel is about to die, but Maiya actually died this episode. I’m not sure I really liked how she spoke her mind for the first time right before she died, it was as if she was stating the fact that she was just about to die. Nevermind that, it is exactly what she did. She knew full well she would not live to see the end of that battle and I think this is why I liked her so much in the end. She was a realist. She was the polar opposite of Kiritsugu or Irisviel, she was not moved by ideologies or stupid values, she did her job and she was loyal to Kiritsugu only because she had nothing else to fight for. I have more respect for Maiya than I have for Irisviel by a long shot, but I am still not sadden by her death, as it was said in the episode, she did her purpose, her job was done and now she was ready to leave.
There are only a few episode left, I cannot wait to see what kind of epic action the next episode will have in store for us !
ZeroG signing off