FateZero 10 – A Dead Children’s Wonderland by Night
A sneaky little figure laid bits of crystals onto a magical papyrus. She focused her mana into the pile of crystals, hoping to form something of value. To no avail, she fretted – and Tokiomi arrived at the basement.
In elementary school, Rin was quite the prodigy- she was righteous, smart and bold. She was particularly fond of Kotone, a classmate of hers.
In between her daily life, Tokiomi would show Rin intriguing things that mana can turn the crystal into. She could only be dazzled at the pretty sight.
In light of the dangers of the Holy Grail War in Fuyuki City, Tokiomi decided to send Rin to live under the refuge of Zenjo (where Sakura was sent to). He also claimed to want to battle in ‘perfect conditions’ thus further stressing the importance of getting rid of hindrances.
Pouting her lips and complaining inside her head, Rin put it on herself to be useful before the war starts.
Nighttime came and Rin sneaked into the basement by herself to read up on magic textbooks. She couldn’t fathom even a single word written in the books.
One grimoire in particular came to life by itself and violently attempted to drag Rin into the abyss. Hearing her desperate screech, Tokiomi rushed to the basement to neutralize the magic.
He explained that some objects in the world have their own magic, and thus she has to be aware of her surroundings all the time. As an early birthday present, Rin received a mana compass; a compass that always points to the largest source of mana in the vicinity.
Should the amount of mana be beyond Rin’s league, the compass will fixate itself on one point and emanate brightly on its tip.
Concurrently, the kidnapping of children by Ryuunosuke had still been going on. Kotone, in particular, had gone missing and Rin became worried sick over her.
She wandered alone into Fuyuki city’s streets at night, only with her compass in hand to find her.
Solely trusting her compass, she ran after wherever the needle pointed.
Rin eventually stumbled into an aisle, and saw Ryuunosuke walking hand-in-hand with a seemingly brain-dead child. Rin continued tailing him, only to find two more to add to form a mindless throng.
Near breathless, she finally reached Ryuunosuke’s cramped hideout. There she found Kotone and many other children lying unconscious.
Her perceptive eyes have deduced that the purple armband was what hypnotized the children, and she quickly got on higher ground to come into contact with the armband.
Remembering her ‘mana overload’ incident on her crystals, she repeated the same action on the armband – it was destroyed in a burst of mana and unbounded the children from their mental shackles.
In a mad daze, all of them fled the building and left Ryuunosuke to eat the dust.
Avoiding the police, Rin stood inside the alley—her compass indicated a powerful magic present and soon enough, one of Caster’s abominations dropped from above. Rin was petrified, though, was saved by Kariya’s magic insect swarm.
After seeing Rin pass out, Kariya placed her on the bench [from episode 1] on the symbolic park, conveniently within the sight of Rin’s mother. Kariya then affirmed that he would win the Holy Grail for only that would ensure Sakura’s freedom.
I Haven’t laughed this hard at my own captions.. self-appraisal. Perhaps the whole premise of Rin’s actions in this episode drove me to act that way. I felt that it was way too coincidental and unrealistic for Rin to have found Ryuunosuke wandering around Fuyuki City at night, and with children being dragged around even after his hideout has been desecrated ( his reaction to that wasn’t even shown, perhaps he did not care ?). Given, she knows when the kidnapping occurs, but chances of her knowing the kidnapping involved occult means ( the mana compass finding the purple hypnotic bangle ) was just happy-go-lucky, really. Beginners luck, I suppose ? Don’t get me wrong though, I never doubted Tohsaka’s prowess in magic, it’s just the scenario that I had a contention with. That aside, we see more intentions being revealed – Kariya fights for a noble cause in this Holy Grail War, even though he does not even desire it for himself. This selfless guy needs more screen time.
Posted on May 15, 2012, in Anime and tagged anime, berserker, bugs, Caster, Fate/Zero, grimoire, hindrances, holy grail, kariya, kirei, Magic, rider, saber, servants, swarms, tohsaka, zenjo, zombie. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.