Well, chivalry is finally good for something.
As everyone knows by now, Saber and Lancer’s chivalry circlejerk has been pissing me off for a while now. Finally something interesting comes of it, instigated by Kiritsugu.
I kind of wonder if this show is focusing on the wrong characters. Saber, Irasviel, Lancer and Gilgamesh are not all that interesting to me. And yet these four seem to be getting the most screentime out of anyone. Gilgamesh can be interesting, but I feel like I already know all about him from the original Fate / Stay Night. Saber, Irasviel and Lancer just make me roll my eyes in exasperation.
The archmage and his wife were cool, whatever happened to them? Kotomine and Kiritsugu are probably the most interesting characters, but they hardly seem to get any time lately. Rider and Waver have gotten their fair share, fortunately. And the brief segments with Kariya and Kiritsugu were the best part of this episode. Caster and his master, unfortunately, are dead.
Saber, the Girl of Tragic Destiny
…and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself. — John 12:32
Ugh. Even Rider is getting caught up in Saber’s Jesus complex.
Same with Gilgamesh, but he’s a sadist.
I couldn’t really follow this conversation. What were they fighting over? Just that Gilgamesh thinks Saber’s suffering is beautiful and Rider feels sorry for her? I’m not sure I see this as a very significant conflict…
A Priest and a Worm
Kotomine’s actions towards Kariya were quite fascinating. Could this be the roots of his betrayal? I’m guessing that Kotomine healed Kariya, but who knows, he could have done something else as well…
Anyway, Kotomine seems to agree with me that Kariya is a much more interesting man than Tohsaka.