Jun 24, 2012

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Fate/Zero 2 episode 12

I finally remembered! Shiro, Kiritsugu’s son, wasn’t actually related to him by blood! He was found amongst the rubble after the explosion. I completely forgot about that, how silly. I have been thinking about it non-stop, wondering who the mother was. Damn.

I always knew that Saber didn’t actually destroy the Holy Grail. Yes, she was ordered to, but she never actually destroyed it. Saber got defeated, leaving Archer as the final servant alive. That is why he was able to stay behind, and why that bastard Kirei was still alive in the future. It all makes sense now. This story was absolutely brilliant. I thought about it long and hard, but I just couldn’t figure it out complete until I actually saw it at last. I’ll admit that I’m not exactly happy about the ending, but hey… I knew from the beginning that Archer would win. I’m pretty sure we all did.

I have to admit that I felt a little bit for Saber though. That character didn’t have it easy. She had to face many hardships to get there, only to be betrayed by her master as the end. That was definitely a tough pill to swallow. Still, Kiritsugu had it the worst. He wanted to help the world by getting rid of the Holy Grail, but only ended up making things worse by killing a lot of people in the process. And yet he still managed to raise a son. Nuts.

I would like to end this (short) post by saying that I’ve loved this anime. It’s been dark and chaotic at most times, which is something I rarely show interest in, but I loved it. I think I might fire up Fate Stay/Night next weekend and watch it till I drop. I’ve forgotten too much about it. Then again; It’s been years since I’ve seen it. I suggest to all that you watch Fate/Zero before Fate Stay/Night. It’s worth it!

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Jun 17, 2012

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Fate/Zero 2 episode 11

Damn. Fate/Zero is crushing all expectations. Season two has moved to the top 15 anime of all time, and it’s not even over yet. Yeah, it’s a definite must-see. It makes me want to watch Fate Stay/Night all over again.

The episode started out with a lot of action right away. Somehow Kiritsugu had started his battle against Kirei, which was definitely a must-see matchup. Kiritsugu prefers long range combat before anything, but Kirei is a close combat fighter. That promised for a very interesting turn of events. Both of them had their strong points and weaknesses. Kiritsugu was at a disadvantage though. His magic is limited, his weapons were limited and his movement was also slightly limited. The only advantage he had during this battle was his experience as a full-fledged mage killer.

I was worried at first. I really, really wanted Kiritsugu to win, so I started to worry a little bit when his Origin Shot wouldn’t work on Kirei. You see, Kirei used a command seal every time he used one of those bullets, keeping his own magic circuits safe. We mustn’t forget that Kiritsugu’s magic knowledge and ability is very limited, which is why he relies on weaponry. And yet he still managed to render one of his arms useless, escape the Holy Grail’s clutches and give Kirei what he really deserved; a merciless death. That guy never seizes to amaze, does he?

Meanwhile Saber was finishing things up with Berserker. It was a very difficult fight for her, emotionally, but she was dead set on obtaining the Holy Grail. She marched straight towards the church in order to start the final battle against Archer, or so she thought. Little did she know that Kiritsugu, having finished with Kirei, showed up and used up every last one of his Command Seals to make her use her Noble Phantasm to destroy the Holy Grail. Epic! The next episode will finally end this once and for all; I can’t wait!

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Jun 10, 2012

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Fate/Zero 2 episode 10

What an epic episode!  I’m really starting to get nervous. Just a couple of episodes left, so things are really starting to unfold right about now. Rider really was my favourite character on this show, by far. It took me a while to realize that, but hey, better late than never. I almost got emotional when he died. Yeah, almost, but then I remembered that I’m a guy, so I’m not allowed to show emotion!

The battle between Rider and Archer was truly epic. I always thought that Archer was such an unfair character, because his powers are just too much. I thought that it would be a fair fight if Rider managed to get him into his Reality Marble, but no. Archer destroyed everything, including the Reality Marble itself. I thought to myself; Maybe Rider was simply out of Mana? I wasn’t sure, but his defeat seemed a bit too easy. We mustn’t forget that Waver resigned as his Master, and so he was no longer capable of providing Rider with Mana. Now, I’m not saying that that’s the reason he lost, but I’m sure that it had something to do with it.

Meanwhile Saber was up against Berserker, whom turned out to be none other than Lancelot, one of King Arthur’s (a.k.a. Saber) loyal warriors. Saber was pretty shaken up when she found out, but it’s not like she had any say in the matter. They may have been allies in the past, but they are enemies in the present. It’s pretty awesome though. I really hope that I get to see some of Saber’s abilities during the next episode. It’s not like I’m rooting for her, but I sure as hell don’t want Berseker and Kariya to win. They don’t deserve, especially not after what Kariya has done.

You know, seeing Archer’s weapon made me remember the battle between him and Saber in Fate Stay/Night. That was one hell of a battle. I seriously hope that we get to see something like that again during the next couple of episodes. I hope Kiritsugu will deliver that Scabbard in time, because Saber will not be able to use her full power without it. This episode actually gave me Goosebumps, and the next one probably will too. I can’t wait!

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Jun 3, 2012

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Fate/Zero 2 episode 09

Oh god, thank you! This is exactly what I needed after two disappointing episodes (Sankarea and Eureka Seven AO). I’m getting a little anxious right now. Fate/Zero is about to end permanently, we all know that, but I just can’t seem to wait patiently. I want to find out how it ends!

Everyone is a little bit nervous right now. They all know that the final battle is at hand. Even Kiritsugu is preparing for the worst. I hope that he doesn’t experience a relapse, especially with Irisviel now dead. Kirei has really done it this time. It’s only a matter of time before things get even worse. Who knew that Kirei would turn out to be the most dangerous man in the entire story? He started out as a mere puppet in a very big game, but he has become a very dangerous and powerful man, although that’s only because he has Gilgamesh by his side.

Even Rider’s master, Waver, sacrificed all of his command seals, thereby giving up his position as Rider’s master, in order to ensure that Rider does his best to win the war. Poor kid, he’s still as scared as ever. You can say whatever you want about him, but he has made it pretty far, and not just because of Rider either. Of course, Rider made a huge different in his survival, but he too did a lot of useful things.

The next episode is going to be truly chaotic. I think that both Saber and Kiritsugu are going to lose their minds a little when they found out what Kirei has done to Irisviel. Kiritsugu is already known as a cold-hearted killer, but after this he’ll probably change into a true monster. I don’t usually like dark and twisted stories, so why the hell am I actually hoping for that? Strange. Maybe I really want to see Kirei die? Either way, I will definitely see it through to the end!

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May 27, 2012

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Fate/Zero 2 episode 08

Oh, how nice, yet another great episode. This episode is the sickest yet. It was very difficult to watch, seeing as I’m someone that doesn’t normally like to watch these types of scenes, but hey… It goes with the territory.

The story continues with Saber’s pursuit to retrieve Irisviel. She was under the impression that Rider abducted her and held her hostage on his chariot. That’s when Kiritsugu found out that it was Kariya and Kirei all along. Berserker, Kariya’s servant, has the ability to shape shift, allowing him to change into Rider (or any other servant/master for that matter). They probably did it to start a fight between Saber and Rider, hoping that they would take each other out. Very clever, and it would have worked if Saber wasn’t so smart. She realized that Irisviel wasn’t abducted by Rider when she was nowhere to be found when she caught up with them.

Meanwhile things got very complicated between Kirei and Kariya. Even Kariya’s father got involved, which was something that Kirei clearly didn’t like. Kirei promised Kariya that he would hand over Tokiomi as well as the Holy Grail to him. Kariya was supposed to come back to the church at midnight, where he was supposed to meet up with Tokiomi, only to find his corps. Kirei arranged it so that Aoi, Tokiomi’s wife and Kariya’s beloved friend, would arrive to find Kariya and her husband’s lifeless body. However, I never would have guessed that Kariya would’ve strangled her to death after that. See what I mean when I said that this is definitely the sickest episode yet?

Like I said; this episode, for me, was difficult to watch. I won’t lie by saying that I didn’t enjoy it, but it’s normally not my cup of tea. I’m just waiting for Kiritsugu to reunite Saber with her scabbard, which should give her a huge power boost. Ahh~ that brings back so many memories. I can remember just how many times that scabbard saved the life of Kiritsugu’s son, Shirou. It makes me feel a little nostalgic. It won’t be long now before other servants and/or masters get beaten. The end is clearly getting close and I can’t wait to see how it ends, even though I already have a theory worked out.

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May 20, 2012

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Fate/Zero 2 episode 07

Oh boy, yet another tragic episode. I can remember so well how confusing Fate/Zero used to be, but everything is so clear right now. The weirdest things are happening right now, and yet I’m still keeping up with the entire story thus far. I’ll admit; I am seriously very impressed by how far this anime has gotten during these past few months.

I felt so nostalgic when I saw Avalon, Saber’s scabbard, again. It was inside of Irisviel’s body, which probably allowed for her to recover faster than normal. I guess Kiritsugu has finally become serious, but even he was surprised when he found out that something was wrong when he went to kill Tokiomi. He is in for a very, very big surprise.

It’s not just them though, oh no. Everyone is preparing for the worst. Even Kariya is falling deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole. The only composed ones right now are Archer and Rider, but Rider and his master decided to take a different approach by abducting Irisviel. Saber and Kiritsugu are bound to show up now.

You can definitely tell that Fate/Zero is nearing its end. People are dying, battles are about to unfold and it’s only a matter of time before the remaining participants show up as well, especially now that Kariya has received yet another ‘gift’ from his father, the life of Sakura. It is only a matter of time before Kariya and Kirei clash, and that’s when things will really get ugly, not that he has a chance of defeating Archer.

There are a lot of things I could’ve said about this week’s episode, but I’m going to end with this. I honestly don’t think that it’s necessary anymore. They managed to make things so simple and yet so incredible interesting, that I can’t even express my opinion the way I want to anymore. This anime has shattered all of my expectations. This is definitely something that I will watch again one day, that much is certain.

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May 13, 2012

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Fate/Zero 2 episode 06

Here it is again. I guess I have a lot to make up for, as I kind of screwed up during my last Fate/Zero post. Don’t blame me though; I skipped most of last week’s episode. I just wasn’t interested. I’ll have you know that this week’s episode was a whole lot better. It actually piqued my interest.

I just finished watching it and I finally realized how Kiritsugu got to be so heartless. He killed friends, family and a whole lot of other people he probably didn’t even know. The man has seen it all, done it all and probably killed it all. He went from a little boy that killed his father, to a young man that blew up a ghoul-infested plane with his ‘fake’ mother in the cockpit. Killing his one thing, but killing friends and family is something else entirely. You have to be pretty twisted to be able to do that without hesitation. Sure, he blew up that plane because he thought that it would save lives, but did he really do it because of that? I wonder…

It was all very weird and very dark. What’s even weirder is that Kiritsugu actually fathered a son later on. My whole image of him completely changed. How can such a man raise a child? He said it himself several times during the show; “I only know how to kill”. This, if you think about it, makes him no different than Caster or Kayneth. He killed a lot of people. His reasons for killing people don’t really matter at this point.

This makes me think completely different about Shirou, Kritisugu’s son, who is said to have been raised by his father. Sigh, why do these things have to be this complicated. I’ve already seen this week’s episode, and yet I’m still trying to figure these things out. It’s maddening. I just hope that the next episode will shine a little bit of light on what is going on.

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May 6, 2012

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Fate/Zero 2 episode 05

What a strange episode this was. I thought that I would be happy to learn more about the past of certain characters. Was I wrong? I’m not going to dance around it; I didn’t enjoy this episode one bit. It was dull, boring and pretty pointless if you ask me. This will be quite a short post I’m afraid.

The episode revolved around a boy named Kerry. I can only imagine that ‘Kerry’ at one point grew into Kirei. Who else could it possibly have been? Those were the days were he was still innocent and harmless. Yes, apparently he had such days. Who would’ve known?

The episode showed us how Kirei became so twisted, how he came into contact with the concept of religion, and probably why he’s after the Holy Grail now. I believe that a person’s past has always got something to do with that person’s future. His choices in life could’ve very well been influenced by past experiences. He saw his friends go nuts and looked death right in the eye. That is bound to traumatize him.

Like I said; I’m not going into detail. The episode was really uninteresting. What can I say? I’m just not interested in that character. I skipped through quite a bit actually, which is something I rarely do.

Update: Meh, so several people have been E-mailing me, and one of which has actually commented. I didn’t know the character in this episode was actually Kiritsugu. Frankly; I don’t really care at this point. I had really high expectations for this week’s episode, but this was just a little bit disappointing. I love this anime, and I tend to raise the bar pretty high with shows I love. Forgive this fool.

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