Archer and Shirou are both such morons.
As I’ve said many times last season, the entire thematic conflict of Unlimited Blade Works just doesn’t make any sense to me.
Shirou values others more than himself. Which is apparently wrong.
What? Come on. Valuing others more than yourself is a great thing. It’s called compassion. Shirou’s problem isn’t that he values others more than himself. Shirou’s problem is that he’s fucking stupid.
For example, consider when Shirou revealed himself to Gilgamesh in an attempt to save Ilya. Had Shirou been able to save Ilya’s life at the cost of his own, maybe it would have been worth it. But the problem is, when Shirou stood up, all he did was scream ineffectively at Gilgamesh. There was no possible way he could have saved her in that scenario. Furthermore, Ilya was already dead. Shirou isn’t wrong for valuing others more than himself. Shirou is wrong because he’s an idiot.
Set up as Shirou’s foil (and also as spoilers, you know), Archer takes the opposite position, that you should value yourself more than others. Which makes him an asshole. (Assuming he actually does value himself more than others… sometimes it feels like he’s just trying really hard to make himself look like an asshole.)
Ugh, everything with Ilya was so great. I cried. (OK, not really, but I should have.) All of this worked as well as it did solely because I’d watched Fate / Zero. This really is a sequel.
I especially liked the scene on the roof. One second it’s this comedic scene with Shinji being Shinji. Then the next second Gilgamesh is turning the maids into pincushions. It did a great job at establishing Gilgamesh as a threat.
I loved Ilya’s flashbacks too. Berserker is so moe…
The confession scene was cute. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t played the visual novel though. If I recall correctly, in the game they just start fucking each other silly outside on the grass? Maybe I’m forgetting this though. The only one I remember for sure (because that’s when I learned that I have to fast forward through them) is when Saber had to recharge her mana (remember how Shirou can’t give her magic power? yep, that’s why, semen is the most condensed form of magic power). Um, anyway, Shirou’s confession that he always liked her rings a bit hollow if you’ve seen the other arcs but whatever.
True love, true love.
Says the guy who has been practicing human sacrifice…
Rin you pervert…
Here, have some Rin faces:
I think this one’s my favorite: