FateZero 10 – A Dead Children’s Wonderland by Night

FOCUS!

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.

“Rin.”

“Bitch please, I’m a mage and I can kick both of your male asses anytime, so beat it”

In elementary school, Rin was quite the prodigy- she was righteous, smart and bold. She was particularly fond of Kotone, a classmate of hers.

Mana Management 101: By Tokiomi

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.

“Listen.. you’re gonna have to live with the weirdos for now so that you don’t lay your useless ass on my plans”

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.

No tentacles this time.. I’m surprised

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.

~ Kira Kira Kira~ ( sparkling, dazzling, what-not )

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.

“This is an open invitation for all pedobears to.. COME AT MEH”

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.

“Come boy.. just look at the pretty little bangle”

Near breathless, she finally reached Ryuunosuke’s cramped hideout. There she found Kotone and many other children lying unconscious.

“well aren’t you a sweet little loli with twin-tails”

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.

“THE POWER OF MY LOLI-NESS COMPELS YOU TO LIBERATE MY LOLI SISTERS AND BRETHREN FROM YOUR SLAVERY”

“O SHIT, LOLI OVERLOAD”

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.

“Your Loli powers do not suffice to neutralize the abomination for it has no emotion, let my creepy crawlies handle this one”

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.

“come to my family so that your loli powers may be honed.”
“no thanks Kariya-kun.” :okay:

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.

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 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 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Her loli powers was just too much for a master (of the holy grail war_ to handle lol. I wonder what they were trying to show from Rin and her adventure… i didn’t find much point in watching her liberate the other lolis. maybe it’s part of the novel… but the impact it had didn’t feel strong besides the last part. that’s doesnt justify having to watch 20 minutes of Rin with stressful monologue running around. why ufotable… wh~y?

    Nice captions lol.😀

  2. I on the other hand, enjoyed this episode. Rin was favorite
    (at least before) character in the fate series, seeing her years younger is just to hnnnngh for a lolicon like me >_< Agree, Kariya needs more screen time, seeing that he is fighting not for the grail, but for a loli Sakura-chan

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