Subtle hints to future developments done right.
Kirei discovers the body of his father, Risei, the mediator of the fourth Holy Grail War. Kirei relays Risei’s death to Tokiomi. Tokiomi, having received the shitty news, is infuriated. Risei acted with accordance to Tokiomi’s interests, so, a loss of an asset would be detrimental to his chances of winning. Gilgamesh maintains his “I don’t give a fuck” persona, and Kirei leaves the room. Gilgamesh follows him out, and tantalizes him on the subject of Risei’s death. Gilgamesh ensues the mind games, questioning Kirei’s actual feelings towards the death. So to speak, the “old” Kirei would be infuriated, and probably consumed by the need for retribution; his honor would remain with the Church, and ultimately, with his father. However, the “new” Kirei would view the situation differently, seeing it as progress, and as “good” rather than as bad. Gilgamesh questions the complexity of Kirei’s irritation; is he irritated because his father was murdered, or is he irritated that he was not the killer.
At the end of episode sixteen, Irisviel collapsed; Saber, in this episode, heals her. She presumably recovers, then she senses Maiya’s presence. Maiya’s acting as a messenger; Tokiomi’s requesting an alliance. Morally, and honorably speaking, Saber teaming up with Gilgamesh against Berserker and Rider is a bit of a shit scenario. Rider and Saber essentially fought side by side, and Berserker’s following the orders of a man with seemingly “moral” reasons [to save Sakura]. Gilgamesh on the other hand couldn’t give less of a fuck, and Tokiomi just wants to win. Maiya informs them that this decision was probably due to Tokiomi’s inevitable trepidation revolving around combating both Rider and Berserker; an alliance was sought towards Irisviel and Saber because he believed them to be the weakest of the combatants. Maiya asserts the strategic bounty in this offer; Tokiomi himself is a noteworthy master, however, he also has in his apparent control, Kirei. Irisviel accepts the invitation.
Rin speaks with her father, Tokiomi.
“Rin. As you grow up, keep the
ChurchMage’s Association in your debt. Beyond that, I’ll leave the rest to your judgment. You’ll be fine on your own. One day, the Holy Grail will appear. It is the responsibility of the Tohsaka family to attain it. Above all… If you wish to become a Mage, that is the path you must follow. Rin, take this. Well, I’ll be going now. You know what to do from know on, right?”
Quite the ominous speech. If my shitty memory poses to be somewhat accurate, I believe that he hands her the tome of spells that she attempted to use during the first season. If I remember, that she wasn’t ready to use the tome yet, but, he hands it to her now, signifying that she is. I also can’t help but presume that this scene, these essential words, influenced Rin’s entire philosophy during Fate/stay night. It’s also a seemingly ironic speech; the soundtrack playing exemplifies this as being a heartwarming exchange between father and daughter, but, it’s also laced with a subtle somberness. It could be said that Tokiomi doesn’t expect to live, but it could also be assumed that he knows the consequences of the Holy Grail. Nevertheless, he essentially tells Rin to participate in the Holy Grail War regardless of what happens. And she complies with that during Fate/stay night.
The meeting ensues, Tokiomi begins with the obligatory formalities. However, he states that the union between Kirei and him is a new one, formed only after Kirei surrendered his rights as a master. Now, my memory of the first season is relatively shitty, but, I don’t remember him dropping out; this, along with the fact that Gilgamesh gives him shitty pep talks every other encounter makes me assume that it’s a bullshit lie. The sudden pan to Kirei’s watch is also a bit suspicious; I’m assuming his command spells are hidden under it. Irisviel accepted the invitation to the meeting, however, she did not comply with an alliance. She asserts that an alliance would be out of the question, and for probable good reason too; Kiritsugu probably said that it was a shitty idea, and there’s always the underlining moral, and strategic shit underneath it. She is however, open to discussion on the order of eliminating the targets [Previously, it was basically obligatory to kill Caster first; the free command spells, and the fact that he shitted on everybody’s plans]. Iriviel proposes a ceasefire between the two of them; Tokiomi offers her his ears. She presents two conditions: first, she wants any information concerning Rider and Waver; second, she wants him to actually remove Kirei from the Holy Grail War. Morally speaking, Rider’s cool, fuck off; strategically speaking, it’s reasonable to want information on an inevitable, superlative opponent. Given her second condition, she discerned the prominent bullshit in Tokiomi’s introduction.
She states the reasons to her second request: first, there’s plenty of bad blood between the Einzbern camp and the Executor; if the Tohsakas continue to accept Kirei, an executor, an inherent distrust is already prominent. The Executors are basically inquisitors under the Church, who target heretics; using actual history as a reference point, I’m assuming that the executors basically deemed anyone that went against them as heretic, in this case, the Einzbergs. It’s basically a dog trying to team up with a mouse, but the dog is already allied with a cat; given this, the mouse requests for the cat to fuck off. Why would the dog need the aid of the mouse? Fuckin’ elephants, that’s why. Tokiomi questions Kirei on the matter, then the scene shifts.
Kiritsugu bought Saber a motorcycle. Saber presumably goes “Well, since he bought me a motorcycle, his being an apathetic murder is negligible.” She rides off, “securing the route”; leaving Irisviel to scout ahead is as effective as the role of the royal culinary assayer. Iris rides with Maiya instead; she collapses onto her shoulder. Rather then yuri fan service, she’s actually on the verge of collapsing; she tells Maiya to go, Tokiomi will sense something amiss. Iris states her condition as being inevitable, hell, it’s a miracle that she’s still alive. Her role was to serve as the vessel of the Holy Grail; her daughter, Ilya, serves as the vessel during the next Holy Grail War. Given this, she’ll eventually revert into being just a container. She was aptly named Irisviel as a play on words, she’s serves as a veil, disguising the vessel. Given this, she’ll continue to deteriorate; she’ll probably lack the energy to talk next time. She was given Avalon for this very reason, to halt her inevitable demise. The relationship between Iris and Kiritsugu is ambiguous as of right now; I’m assuming it’s love, rather than apathetic strategy, but, it’ll probably get developed eventually. Although ambivalent in the course of action; both Iris and Maiya have one central goal, to make the dream of Kiritsugu materialize.
This is probably the branching point for Kirei; but, it is written by Gen, so Kirei could essentially go “Fuck it, I’ll try in the next war.” Kirei’s presumably packing, he glances at a picture of Kiritsugu, he ponders as to who the fuck he actually is. Gilgamesh appears reaffirming the innate desire within Kirei to actually win the war. Kirei asserts a lifelong goal, he’s aspired for it, and endured much pain, but, it still came to a failure. But, at the current moment, he feels closer to the goal than ever before. Gilgamesh questions him on his hesitation, it would be common sense to go for it. Kirei acknowledges the statement, but, he’s worried that the answer he seeks will destroy himself. Kirei receives a phonecall; he has learned of the location of the Einzbern hideout. Gilgamesh breaks into laughter; he himself was worried that Kirei hesitated. Kirei confirms that he did hesitate, but, in the end, he realized the validity of the words spoken by Gilgamesh. A flashback ensues.
This is how you tell a fucking story. You give out a subtle indicator to a future event, without mentioning it, or making it too obvious. In the previous episode, Maiya obliterated Sola-Ui’s severed hand to destroy the command spells, Kayneth on the other hand, merely shot Risei. Given that event, Kirei received the command spells from his father’s corpse. Now, Gilgamesh’s intentions are ridiculously ill-natured; he’s a king consumed by vanity, he would not let Kirei win. He did the preceding to fuck with him for his enjoyment, Kirei has never been presumed as worthy a combatant to him. Kirei explains the nature of the Holy Grail War, as a retort to a playful comment threatening his life. The grail activates upon the death of all the servants; given this, masters [from the Tohsaka family] save a command spell, to force suicide upon their servants [It requires the death of all the servants to reach Akasha, otherwise, only six is necessary. Only the Tohsaka family is interested in reaching Akasha; Akasha is a place “existing outside of time, it stores and archives information of all possibilities and events, past, present, and future, of the world. It is the place from where all souls, including those of Heroic Spirits recorded on the Throne of Heroes, originate from and to where they return after death.”.] For once, Kirei gets to fuck with Gilgamesh; it’s usually the other way around. He questions Gilgamesh’s motives now; will he kill the traitor? Gilgamesh implies that he is not an idiot, killing his master would sever his mana. But, there is a master out there with a plethora of command spells, in need of a servant.
I realize the discourse was meant to be comedic in a way, “Hey, let’s team up and kill Tokiomi, he’s a lying asshole.” But, there still isn’t a point in killing Tokiomi and reforming a new allegiance with a lesser asshole master. You still have to commit seppuku at the end; you can’t exactly win. Given the omission of a necessary seventh servant death [Kirei isn’t after Akasha], Gilgamesh would live.
=[ Rin’s going to missing a father in her life. Tokiomi basically thanks Kirei for his services, getting sentimental as to how proud he is to have served as the master to such a trustworthy pupil. He wants Kirei to remain close to the Tohsaka family as Kirei’s father, Risei did. He even requests for Kirei to serve as Rin’s senior apprentice after the war is over. Well, at least the latter comes true in Fate/stay night. I’ll assume it was done by an innate obligation; I don’t think that Kirei truly hates Tokiomi. He’s just putting himself above him. Kirei hands him a will, to prepare for the worst possible scenario. Ironically, that worst possible scenario is seemingly imminent. I can’t tell as to whether Tokiomi is expecting his death or not, he has the passive “Don’t give a fuck” face. Anyways, Kirei accepts. Tokiomi hands Kirei a box, a gift from him. It’s an Azoth dagger. It symbolizes the mastery of the Tohsaka family magics, and marks the end of his apprenticeship. This scene is so damn unique. I sense this underlining tension between them, but that’s partially due to the imminent betrayal; but there’s also compassion shown by Tokiomi. Tokiomi really hasn’t shown a sentimental side like this, at least not very often.
Fate/Zero is really good at building a storyline, and maintaining intelligent discourse; but for fuck’s sake, most of the deaths are melodramatic. Not the deaths themselves, but the god damn animation of it. Caster’s death was fine, that was done really well in my opinion, along with Ryuunosuke’s. But Lancer’s death was ridiculously melodramatic. But hey, fuck foreshadowing and characterization, cool death animations makes the show.
Nobody understands me, so I lash out in immature ways.
-Suburban Emo Kid
Bleh, it’s a logical development, just not the way I envisioned it I suppose. It’s logical if the partial ambiguity in the developments are curved to supporting it, but bleh, just seems to be a bit of a “Gilgamesh convinced me to change because he’s a good person.” type of development. That was a joke, I doubt he thinks that Gilgamesh is a good person. Gilgamesh’s lust of being amused is also a bit bleh in ways. Gilgamesh praises Kirei’s developments, and they form a bond.
On-going Thoughts: Concluding Thoughts
Good I suppose. The thing with long-ass entries like this is, I really don’t have much to say in the Concluding Thoughts. I already say everything in mind during the entry.