Fate/Zero 9 – It ends in fire

It felt cinematic for a few minutes there

The episode starts out with Archibald having a dream about Lancer’s life – when he was a Knight of Fianna . Diarmuid O’ Dyna – Lancer’s real name – charmed the princess of his kingdom during an engagement ceremony and got into a royal trouble.

Another case of damsel in distress

Labeled as traitor, he fought for his life until his relationship with Grainne was acknowledged. It only ended with a bloodied Diarmuid facing the sky.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.. literally

Sola-Ui tends to the severe wounds of Archibald, and explains that only restorative magic has been keeping his vital organs alive. His magic circuits, the essence of spellcasting abilities, have been broken by Kiritsugu’s special bullets and he will never be able to use magic anymore.

She then demanded for control over Lancer and shifted from pleasant to ruthless in her mannerism. There was no other choice to but to cut off his right arm to seize the command spells.

Strangely reminded me of ‘Another’.. but let’s not get into that.

Back in Eizbern castle, Saber and Irisviel tended to her injuries and watch over  Maiya, hoping for her swift recovery.

“Nope.. still can’t find a damn to give about the children”

Saber suggested that Caster should be chased after first, but Kiritsugu insisted otherwise and went off to finish Archibald himself. Saving a few children is obviously not Kiritsugu’s goal in this war. Iri and Saber stayed back in waiting.

Lancer stoods outside the decrepit building. Sola-ui approached and declared herself to be Lancer’s new master, for Lord El-Melloi has abandoned the War.

“But honey studmuffin, I am your master !”

Lancer remained resolute and proclaimed that he can only serve one lord, and thus he has lost any purpose to further involve himself in the war. Sola-ui reasoned with him by saying that only a miracle can heal Archibald and that is her only intention behind continuing the war with Lancer. Lancer finally acknowledged her mastership.

You’d be pretty mad not to laugh at Rider’s everyday antiques

At Waver’s Residence, Rider laughed heartily while rejoicing to an extra-large beer on the house.

Hauling materials into his room, Waver set up a chemical test using the samples of water collected from the city’s river. There was but one spot along the stretch which did not contain traces of magic remnants in the water. Without delay, Rider and Waver rode into the sewers to check the anomaly.

“Guess no one’s at home”

Upon arriving, the welcoming horde of abominations and mutilated body parts all-round gave away Caster’s hideout.  Waver quickly got nauseous and teary eyed; for a moment he was crying over his pride.   He nearly injured by a nearby Assassin who waited in the darkness. Rider fended them off and even with two remaining; they retreated back into the shadows. They made desecrated the hideout as they made a fiery exit.

Fiery Exit indeed.. the putrid stench of burning corpses probably would make the average person throw up though

Back in the church, Kirei and Tokiomi’s conversation revealed that the ambush was merely to discern Rider’s trump card.

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Most people can’t get enough of Rider’s hilarity – and I am one of them. He lightens the mood to every skirmish in the series, while maintaining the fervour that has to be present in a battle with his vivacious personality. That aside, the pre-opening clip shed some light on Lancer’s background ; it was enough information for me to discern his story, but I felt that a bit more details put into the story.. Just to do him the respect. The Assassins have yet to demonstrate their real mettle, or in a more casual way of putting it – I think they suck in battle, so hurry up and show me your worth other than reconnaissance and stalking. No offence intended. If you don’t see Episode 10’s review, I probably got assassinated.

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Posted on May 14, 2012, in Anime and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. “honeystudmuffin” hahahha that got me good. Such a sad story for lancer… he was victimized so many times and in the end he thinks that he didn’t fulfill his duty. kudos to him… if only he got people who treated him well as much as he did others. after seeing all that im glad rider brightened things up.

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