What a laugh.
Gilgamesh claims that because all the other servants are gone, the grail wanted Kirei’s wish. What Kirei desired was to witness destruction.
But is this really the case? The grail exploded before Saber died, so I don’t think so. This is the twisted wish of the grail, and nothing more.
The most telltale sign is when Kirei sees Kiritsugu wandering through the rubble searching for survivors. Kirei thinks Kiritsugu is coming to challenge him. But Kiritsugu doesn’t even notice him as he frantically searches through the rubble.
Kirei can’t understand this, nor can he understand the grail’s “answer”. And in a way, I think that this is the answer to Kirei’s question of what he desires. Kirei is jealous of Kiritsugu, and despises himself. He doesn’t understand how such an “upright” father, a man of the cloth, could give birth to such a twisted creature as himself. He and Kiritsugu are very similar. But what Kirei lacks is Kiritsugu’s empathy.
Kids sure can be heartless.
Ahahaha. He isn’t embarrassed at all.
Kirei definitely seems to be enjoying this. And Rin was quite spirited even when she was a little kid. Kirei must have quite the poker face to maintain his joy as she gratefully accepts the gift of the knife he used to kill her father.
Waver looks like a housewife going through the stages of mourning. It’s good to have at least one bright spot in this show’s ending (and for the only character I really cared about, too!). Not to imply that tragic endings are a bad thing. I quite enjoyed watching Saber cry her heart out on a pile of corpses.
Although I don’t know much of Lancelot’s story aside from the actual tale (I guess in the Nasuverse Guinevere bisexual?) this was an interesting comment. Lancelot failed to find atonement because Saber would not judge him in her anger.
This reminded me of the story of Job, which Kirei read from at Tohsaka’s funeral. In Job, a righteous man is punished as part of God’s gamble with the devil. This leads Job to descend into madness because he can’t figure out why he’s being judged. Both of them desire what they think they “deserve.” But the world doesn’t work like that. We see this with pretty much everyone’s ending in Fate / Zero. Kirei is given a new life while Matou dies, alone and forgotten. Gilgamesh is given flesh while Rider returns to Valhalla (or whatever it’s called). Kiritsugu continues to live, while everyone he knew dies. Life isn’t fair.