Seriously, with all the blood pouring out of these people you’d think one of them would have died by now. Archibald the Archmage got shot what, an inch above his heart?
Speaking of which: what a terrible name. Archibald. I bet he’s wearing a wig.
Fight Fight Fight!
An entire episode dedicated to fighting. And I have to admit, this is what Fate / Zero is best at. The battles are intense, and this is helped immensely by the spectacular animation.
There were three battles in this episode: Maiya and Irisviel vs. Kirei, Emiya vs. Archibald, and Saber and Lancer vs. Caster. Interestingly, Emiya and his group participated in all three.
The fight with Kirei was quick and intense. Maiya got stomped on and Irisviel got strangled. Irisviel still annoys me: she’s a member of the goody-two shoes poser club along with Saber and Lancer. I do like her a bit more when she’s losing though.
I do like Maiya. She doesn’t waste any time posing, just shoots and runs in with her knife. It’s only Irisviel, Saber and Lancer who do all this posing. and being honorable. Normally this wouldn’t bother me so much, but we have a cast full of trained killers and the main focus seems to be on these three clowns, the ones I care the least about.
In Emiya’s battle, Lancer rescued Archibald at the last second. It seemed to me like his magic circuits were already fried though.
I do like the contrast between the servants and masters with this pair. Both the servants want to have an honorable battle, and the two masters go off behind their backs and try to assassinate each other. Of course I am supporting the masters in this conflict.
As for Caster, it seems that my intuition was correct in that his love for Jeanne was of the “I want to murder her myself” variety. And Saber calling Caster a “monster” seemed to push some buttons. I’m guessing we’ll see something about his past soon.