Apr 29, 2012

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Fate/Zero 2 episode 04

Better late than never, right? I did watch Fate/Zero before I went to sleep (I just had to), but I just didn’t have the time to write about it. That’s too bad, because the story just got a whole lot more interesting. This season is definitely the best.

Everyone was still recuperating during this week’s episode. That’s not so surprising; they all went through hell and back in order to defeat Caster and that monster of his. But that’s when Tokiomi sent out an invitation to Irisviel to come and talk to him about the possibility of them cooperating together. Needless to say that Irisviel did indeed come and listened to what he had to say. However, Irisviel had a few requests of her own, one of which was to make Kirei resign from the war. Tokiomi agreed and everything seemed to go pretty smoothly, when Kirei decided to stay in the war, kill Tokiomi and take Archer in as his own servant. Man, I did not see that coming.

This war really is filled with nothing but traitorous psychopaths. Trust no one, kill everyone. It really is too bad. This episode actually made me think about the ending, I mean… Why bother? We all know that Gilgamesh is going to win. They made that very clear in Fate/Stay Night. It sure isn’t Saber that’s going to win, why else would she have appeared at the next war for the Holy Grail? Who knows, they have surprised me this much already, maybe the ending will be different after all.

At this point I can only hope that I get to see Shirou’s mother. I know that Kiritsugu is the father, but who the hell did he knock up? Shirou had red/orange hair, so that leaves out Maiya. Irisviel would be the most obvious choice. She is his wife, is the one he’s fighting for, and she is currently the most likely to survive, seeing as Gilgamesh has a thing for Saber. But Irisviel’s body is weak, the hair doesn’t match, the eyes don’t match… It’s really killing me to find out.

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Apr 22, 2012

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Fate/Zero 2 episode 03

Okay, here goes. I finished this week’s episode an hour ago, which means that I’ve been thinking about what so say about it. I first thought about describing this week’s episode as epic, but I don’t think that epic will quite cover the awesomeness of this week’s episode. Let us just say that this episode alone made the second season of Fate/Zero my favourite season.

Remember how I said that I wanted to see what would happen with Lancer and his new mistress? Teehee, how happy I am right now. Mind you, the way they were killed wasn’t exactly noble. It was awesome and skilful, but certainly not noble.

The real question we must all ask ourselves after seeing this episode; is war noble at all? I honestly don’t think so. There is no place for nobility, pride or justice during war. It’s just another excuse for people to gain power. Kiritsugu, after having been through many hellish situations, probably thinks along those lines as well.

Anyway, Kiritsugu had arranged for Saber and Irisviel to go and challenge Lancer for one final battle to the death. That’s when Kiritsugu executed his real plan. You see, Maiya, Kiritsugu’s assistant, approached Sola, Lancer’s latest puppeteer, and chopped off her right hand. She kidnaped her and gave her to Kiritsugu, who used her as a bargaining chip to make Kayneth, Lancer’s true master, sign a magical contract that will kill Lancer and protect him from Kiritsugu. He signed it alright, thinking that he and his fiancé would be safe, but nothing could’ve been further from the truth. Kiritsugu was unable to kill them because of that contract, but Maiya obviously didn’t have any problems with that.

Sigh, this war really is full of psychopaths. Even Kiritsugu isn’t that sane. Needless to say that both Saber and Irisviel were appalled by the way Kiritsugu kills people. Saber was furious and humiliated, plus she made good points too. However, I think that Kiritsugu, having experienced similar situations before, made this plan to ensure the safety of Irisviel.

I think that I will be dreaming very well tonight. Yes, I know how disturbing that sounds. It’s not like I will be dreaming about ways to kill people. More like what is going to happen next, and where, with whom, with what… I seriously can’t wait for the next episode.

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Apr 15, 2012

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Fate/Zero 2 episode 02

What the hell? Why do I feel so nostalgic? Not much time has passed since I last wrote about Fate/Zero. But there’s a question we must all ask at one point during this season; is it better than the first season or not? It is too soon to say right now, but I must admit that it’s looking incredibly good so far.

A lot of things happened during this episode, things that I didn’t expect to happen during this episode, or the next for that matter. I loved how Rider came up with the idea to use his Noble Phantasm, or more commonly known nowadays as his Reality Marble, to temporarily teleport Caster and his monstrosity to another dimension, so that the rest can figure out a way to permanently take him out. That’s when Kiritsugu came up with a cunning plan that consisted of two parts. First was to find a proper location to defeat it. The second part was for Lancer to sacrifice one of his lances so that Saber could use her true power. There are a lot of things I could say about that, but I will summarize it in just one world; brilliant.

There’s one thing that bothers me though. Rider’s ability to use that Reality Marble relies on the fact that his men will be waiting on the other side. However, will they still be there next time, even if Caster killed over half of them during this battle? I’m really curious about that. Perhaps there’s something that I missed when they explained how his Noble Phantasm works.

The other thing that bothered me was when Kariya faced Tokiomi. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that Kariya is extremely weak for someone who went through hell to obtain power. He used his little insect friends to attack Tokiomi, but he just stood there as Kariya’s insects did nothing but commit suicide as they tried to penetrate his magical barrier. Also, I’m not entirely sure what Kirei is planning to do with Kariya, who has been utterly defeated by Tokiomi. It seems a little bit dark and mysterious right now.

Anyway, a lot of things happened during this week’s episode of Fate/Zero, but I think the highlight was when Saber revealed her sword and used that blast to permanently defeat Caster, that insane freak of nature. That must’ve been the moment where Archer, or Gilgamesh if you will, took interest in Saber, claiming that she was to be his woman. His interest in Saber will only grow into an unhealthy obsession, but that’s still in the future, I think. Right now I’m more concerned about Kirei’s intentions with Kariya, the status of Rider’s Noble Phantasm, and Lancer’s latest puppeteer. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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Apr 11, 2012

Posted by in Fate/Zero 2, Spring Anime 2012

Fate/Zero 2

Good, very good. I have been waiting very patiently for this one. I knew that it would be coming this spring, which is why I didn’t read the manga. Yeah, that’s right, I’ve been a good boy. I’ll be frank; it sure as hell wasn’t easy. They ended the first season with the mother of all cliff-hangers.

The artwork still looks as good as ever. I know very few people that have complained about the artwork in Fate Zero. I do believe that it could be a little bit more detailed though. Don’t get me wrong, the artwork is good, really good, but I just feel that it can be so much better if they focussed a bit more on those little details in the background. Maybe that’s just me?

And the story, well, I don’t think I have to do this one. The story is superb. It’s so beautiful, deep and complex, you could watch it forever. I am not kidding! I wouldn’t mind watching another hundred episodes of Fate Zero. It beats the hell out of Phi Brain.

It goes without saying that I strongly recommend this anime. However, I only recommend it if you have seen the first season. If you have not (you lucky devil); go see it before you watch this. Trust me, it’s most definitely worth it!

Plot Summary: Fate/Zero takes place 10 years prior to the events of Fate/stay night, detailing the events of the 4th Holy Grail War in Fuyuki City. The War of the Holy Grail is a contest in which seven magi summon seven Heroic Spirits to compete to obtain the power of the “Holy Grail,” which grants a miracle. After three inconclusive wars for the elusive Holy Grail, the Fourth War commences.

Founded by the Einzbern, Makiri, and Tohsaka families centuries ago, the Einzbern family is determined to achieve success after three successive failures, no matter the cost. As a result, they have elected to bring the hated magus killer, Kiritsugu Emiya, into their ranks, despite his methods and reputation as a skilled mercenary and a hitman who employs whatever he can use to accomplish his goals. Though Kiritsugu had once wanted to become a hero who could save everyone, he has long since abandoned this ideal upon realizing that saving one person comes at the cost of another’s life. For the sake of humanity, he will ruthlessly destroy anything and anyone who threatens the peace of others.

However, Kiritsugu finds himself deeply torn between the love he has found for his new family – his wife Irisviel and their daughter Illya – and what he must do to obtain the Holy Grail. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu’s greatest opponent appears in the form of Kirei Kotomine, a priest who cannot find any sense of fulfillment in his life and sets his sights on Kiritsugu as the possible answer to the emptiness he feels.

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