It’s funny how one of my blog posts is titled ‘it ends in fire’.. because it’s how this series actually ends ultimately. Even without watching Fate/Stay Night ( the sequel ), I kind of guessed it correctly.
The Holy Grail War culminates in a nerve-wrecking decision by Emiya Kiritsugu to destroy the Holy Grail by using Saber’s Excalibur. However, ‘destroying’ the Holy Grail was not as simple as it sounds. Moments later, an ominous, albeit familiar- looking red liquid materializes above him, rupturing the very sky and drowned the landscape in a blazing deluge – the huge central part of Fuyuki city is scathed almost entirely in that moment. Kiritsugu could only stare in horror as he fled into safety. The fates of Kotomine Kirei and Gilgamesh were unknown.
After the ensuing chaos abates, Kirei wakes up to a ravaged land filled with nothing but debris, death and flames. Seated on a pile of debris is a naked Gilgamesh in human form, staring down at his former Master. Kirei figures that it would be Gilgamesh who had kept him alive through the disaster, as the wishes of the King of Kings himself was somehow granted – thus explaining his mortal incarnation in flesh. Kirei laughs off this incident and sought to ‘seek deeper meaning’ behind this destruction that had so long been the answer to his life’s questions; hinting the awakening of the evil entity ‘Angra Mainyu’.
Elsewhere, the daughter of the Homunculus wakes up from a nightmare where she saw Kiritsugu running in distress from a world engulfed in fire. The spirit of Irisviel comforts her, assuring his safety and return. Realistically, he can never return, of course.
The daughters of the Tohsaka family reunite after their long seperation. They have Kariya to be grateful to– or so Kariya himself thinks. In his version of reality, Aoi-san was back to life and Sakura was brought back together to be with Rin. His fate was actually to be the food of the creatures that have once given him the power in the War, by the hands of the obedient [ to Zaken Matou ] Sakura.
At the very least, Waver is alive and well and seeks new frontiers following the end of this Holy Grail War. He fondly remembers of Iskandar ( Rider ) and seemingly underwent a change in behaviour.
Relatives of Tokiomi Tohsaka gather in a fateful afternoon to mourn his death. With no capable immediate family members to become the head, Rin has the responsibility upon herself to carry on the will of the Tohsaka forward.
All hope’s not lost for Kiritsugu, as he finds a single juvenile soul alive beneath the smouldering surroundings. Unhesitatingly, he adopts him and builds a residence – all that – from what provisions he has left, for the boy who survived the great fire.
His name is Shiro
p.s Commentary will be added later
Something I made for my school’s weekly assignment. I don’t just write all the time, ya know
Never have done stop motion before, so do criticize it and tell me how I can improve.
Other than that, the specifics:
Saber Nendoroid Petite from NewType May Edition ( Fate/Zero special )
If you haven’t already realized by now, I’m a Saber freak. Also, I realized that keeping a blog isn’t just all about writing and giving patrons what they want. New stuff keeps everything fresh, right, Saber?
This beautiful servant just arrived in my mailbox today, as a complement to the NewType May edition, ordered from J-List.
Let the pictures do the talking !! Apologies in advance if you were expecting more substance from this post :p
(Where’s my commission from J-list for doing this?! :P)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Back in Eizbern castle, Saber and Irisviel tended to her injuries and watch over Maiya, hoping for her swift recovery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Back in the church, Kirei and Tokiomi’s conversation revealed that the ambush was merely to discern Rider’s trump card.
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.