Fate/Zero 6 – The other side of things
Fate/Zero Episode 6 Review
The serenity of the mountains in the night was broken with the roaring engine of Irisviel’s new ride, supposedly a ‘toy’
bought by Kiritsugu for her. Saber expressed concerns, but it all just pep talk, seeing as how well she handled the vehicle, making difficult maneuvers around steep cliffs. Looking ahead, Saber noticed a haughty figure standing in the middle of the road – and immediately discerned that it was a servant.
She then assumed control of the car and made it scream to a standstill. There stood caster, wide open and illuminated, exposed by the headlights of the car. Being straightforward like no other, Caster proclaims that he has long missed Jeanne D’arc (historical link between a mage and Jeanne herself, go figure), who he has mistaken Saber for.
Upon revealing his name, Saber did likewise – instead, Caster went on to lament about how Jeanne’s memories have been erased and she herself maddened by the changing times, also blaming God for this process. Maddened for real, Saber donned her armor and ruptured the ground beside Caster using her blade. She reprimanded him for his inexcusable behaviour and warned that the next meeting will be his end.
Back in the ratways of the city, Ryuunosuke smiles at his grotesque ‘experiments’ and talked with the infuriated Caster about changing the ‘body count’ of their experiments.
In the highlife apartment of Archibald, Lancer had a serious ‘work review’ with his Master. Sophia, his daughter, popped in to comment on Archibald’s actions in the last fight – describing him as a cowardice and incompetent Master. Lancer interrupted the string of criticisms quickly, as he, as a knight, could not bear to see his master get shamed. Sophia, realizing that she had gone overboard, apologized and readied the plan for the night; they had set up a labyrinth of mystical energy to hinder the enemy’s progress.
And so the fire alarm rang and the residents of the apartment were quickly evacuated.They really thought that Kiritsugu would just charge straight up through the floors to fight him – in reality, he had a much more pragmatic way of doing things in mind.
Following the explosions, Kirei, who supposedly had tracked her all the way up the building, ambushed Maiya. Kirei was expecting Kiritsugu to be there, but found Maiya in his place. Attempting to extract information, Kirei attacked her, but Maiya swiftly escaped through the aid of a gas bomb.
Even in an all-out war for the Holy Grail, some protocols are to be observed. Back in the confines of the church, Kirei’s father, Risei, decided to mobilize all Masters to bring down Caster and Ryuunosuke after knowing their monstrous acts.
Archer, as nonchalant as ever, casually sipped Kirei’s wine in while idling in his room. However, he displayed substance in his speech when he asked Kirei about Tokiomi’s ambitions. Archer went on to lecture Kirei about the disconnect between pleasure and sin (as he was a king in his life ) – how to find one’s own desires without sinning and such.
Deep inside, Kirei only longs to find out Kiritsugu’s true ambitions, but that will have to wait till the day they meet face to face.
The action died down a bit (assuming blowing up an apartment into bits wasn’t enough for me) in this episode, but we can see it building up again just like how it did in the first few episodes. More servant-master development – especially the emphasis on the deviance of Archer’s character- and you’d be a fool to say that it is unnecessary. Something to say about the church ? They’re pretty ethical while remaining a shady organisation, I must say – not much is spared when an immense power is up for grabs in a war. Nothing much else to say, really, the show does all the job explaining the bits very well.