He said what we all were thinking.
Last week, I said that I couldn’t care less about this show now that Waver and Rider were gone. Well, I could still care less about all of the characters. But I did enjoy the episode immensely, in large part due to the fact that everything I didn’t care about amounted to nothing… or, Zero. How little I cared about the characters actually made the ending better.
Here are some good points to the episode:
Gundam SEED Style Epic Battles!!!!
This was so ridiculous I couldn’t help but laugh. We have Kirei deflecting bullets with his knives and his bare arms. I’m sure there is some explanation in the novel about Kirei’s magic cloak or command spells, but come on, this was just funny.
And when Kiritsugu uses his time magic to move at double speed, Kirei just has to adjust his timing to compensate. Somehow I don’t think the physics works that way… Anyway, it doesn’t matter, since Kiritsugu can also move at triple time and squared time. By the way, what the heck is square time? If double and triple time are in seconds, then square time is in seconds squared? It doesn’t make any sense.
In the meantime, Saber fights a tragic battle against Lancelot. No one gives a shit. Apparently there is an interesting backstory regarding Lancelot, but they didn’t explain it.
The Evil Grail is the Only Good Guy Left
Kiritsugu is convinced not to use the grail by… the grail.
Apparently Angra Mainyu is not a wish-granting device in the line of Arabian genies and trickster spirits. Even before you make your wish, it goes through a good deal of trouble to make it abundantly clear exactly what you’re wishing for.
It shows Kiritsugu exactly what his dumb ideals will lead to: plenty of people dying and suffering. And the grail will grant Kiritsugu’s wish and do exactly that.
But the best part is, despite realizing how flawed his ideal is, Kiritsugu continues to follow his ideal. In accordance with his ideal, Kiritsugu chooses the action which will kill the fewest people: destroying the grail. Kiritsugu follows through with his ideal and destroys his own ideal. After everything we’ve been through with Kiritsugu, his ideal isn’t even self-consistent. So Kiritsugu manages to destroy his own ideal while remaining loyal to it.
I Get to See Saber Suffer
I really enjoyed this part. Saber’s “honor” and self-righteousness have been pissing me off for the entire show, so seeing her defeated and forced to destroy all her hopes and dreams with her own hands was immensely satisfying.
Saber is the only one left alive who even cares about the grail. Gilgamesh doesn’t even want to bother with adding it to his treasure collection. Kirei seems to care about the grail, but I think he would have enjoyed watching Kiritsugu use the grail and end up destroying the world more than using it for himself.
Kiritsugu’s use of all his command spells to order Saber to destroy the grail was pretty badass. They don’t get along too well. I’m not sure why Gilgamesh was upset by Kiritsugu’s order though. I didn’t think he cared about the grail.