Fate/Zero can develop shit even when it’s not dialogue heavy.
Crest Origin has the unique ability to sever and bind circuits; contrary to others, which destroys and regenerates [His Crest allows him to alter time]. In other words, it causes irreparable damage to the target; when the circuits rebind, they rebind differently; when a circuit is destroyed, it regenerates normally. A part of Kirtisugu’s ribs was powdered and put into bullets; he has sixty-six of them. He used the bullets in the past, most notably on Kayneth.
After leaving the island, Kiritsugu spends the next few years of his life with Natalia. Given her lifestyle, he had to adjust to it, and in the process of doing so, changed from a kid into a more able killer. In a way, he realized that the “tragedy” that he was confronted with was not unique to himself, but rather, occurring elsewhere too. He tries to be a hero, but he’s met with challenges; I’m assuming he’s after the Holy Grail to do what he couldn’t do as a kid.
They’re after a new target: Vorak. He’s eluded Natalia before, and the Mage’s Association has a huge bounty out on him. I’m assuming that he’s going to kill Natalia, then Kiritsugu is going to kill him, avenging Natalia. Kiritsugu is given the task of taking care of Vorak’s associate, while Natalia combats Vorak herself.
Well shit, that was unexpected. Probably shouldn’t predict for Fate/Zero to take the cliche route. So, I’m assuming the planes going to fall or something. Or she may killed a clone or something. Fuck, shit’s too simple. He cannot die that easily, he’s the central “antagonist” in this episode.
Well fuck you too Fate, predicting you is too god damn hard. Natalia’s faced with a dire predicament; she has to reach the cockpit, but, the plane’s overrun with ghouls. After a brief intermission, it appears that she’s successful in doing so. But, outside the cockpit are three-hundred ghouls; the only thing separating them is the door. Her situation isn’t favorable, there’s a sense of desperation in Kiritsugu’s voice.
That ghoul looks ridiculously similar to the zombie from Sankarea. Probably just coincidental.
Natalia and Kiritsugu breaks into discourse. She begins by stating his potential; she was in a predicament when he first apprenticed under her, he had far too much potential. Kiritsugu has this ability to commit to apathy when he pulls the trigger; that usually takes years to develop.
“But choosing your calling based on your talents won’t always guarantee you happiness. If you act on what you should do, without heed for what you want to do, you’re nothing more than a machine, a phenomenon. It’s not how a human being should live.”
Shit’s getting a bit more sentimental. She’s stating that regardless of his abilities, his gifts, they all lean towards killing. There isn’t a need to conform to what you’re good at for the sole reason of being good at it. Basically, don’t need to kill because you’re good at it; you’re not guaranteed to find happiness from it. Speech seems a bit out of character, but I’ll assume that she’s in realization of her imminent death; she’s using this opportunity to teach him his final lesson.
Normally, it’s the father’s job to train up a boy. Well, you know… In your case, I’m the one who deprived you of your chance for that. Well, anyway, I did feel pretty bad about it. This was the only way of life I could teach you.”
She basically served as his
father mother figure. She essentially forced him to leave his old lifestyle after making him kill his own father; she raised him, but that involved turning him into a killer of sorts.
“I’ve spent a long time alone in this bloodstained business. So long that I even forgot that I was all alone. Well… it’s been pretty entertaining in its own way. Having something like a family, that is.”
She may have taken Kiritsugu under her wing with the intentions to turn him into a killer. But, as time progressed, she began to grow closer to him; she regained the feeling of companionship. Given that, she may be regretting her influences; she initially wanted Kiritsugu to kill, but, after he “softened” her, she wants him to live a life chosen for himself, not one she impressed onto him.
This type of dialogue makes shows at times; shifting from a serious, cathartic mood, into a practical, jovial one. Contrary to her words though, she’s probably going to die.
Well, quite the development. His fervor for being a hero supersedes his emotion; the very “talent” that Natalia recognized, kills her. I actually really liked this scene. Natalia essentially introduced two choices to him: to stop the charade of being a hero, or to conform to being one. She grins at the end, recognizing his decision. Kiritsugu alludes to Shirley’s death; if he had killed her, she wouldn’t have spread the pestilence, his island would not have been purged. He aspired to avoid that mistake this time. Yes, he killed Natalia; but, along with that, he killed around 300 ghouls too; saving an indeterminable amount of lives.
On-going Thoughts: Concluding Thoughts
Really liked the episode, much less dialogue heavy, but it only shows that Fate/Zero doesn’t need heavy dialogue to develop shit. Kiritsugu basically has the talent of being an objectively-driven killer regardless of the situation; but, he also takes the brunt of the emotional damage. At the end, he essentially goes temporarily insane, cursing himself. He’s a “hero” with the bane of having the confront the realities of his actions. Excuse the bullshit commentary from the first half, there was not much to comment on.