A return to dialogue.
Irisviel is essentially on her deathbed; she’s glad that Kiritsugu came by to visit; she was worried. She returns Avalon to him. She reminisces on how thankful, and glad she is; she’s elated. She didn’t expect to be loved, or to give love, she was created as a carrier, a homunculus suited for the Einzbern family’s needs. But, contrary to that, she lived a meaningful life. Kiritsugu apologizes for not showing her more of the real world, she denies his apology, but instead, she encourages him to redirect the happiness that she has yet to receive, to Ilya. He promises, then he leaves. Not exactly a warm embrace, but it does fit his character. Keeping objective shit in line over his emotions. Cruel in my opinion, but it works.
I didn’t really expect for Irisviel to die “peacefully” [then again, she may not.] I anticipated a much more violent death, given that it is Fate. But, it appears that she is dying content. I can’t say that I’m too emotionally attached to her as a character, it may be her character, or it may be Fate itself. I find it difficult to emphasize with mature characters in mature shows; it’s much easier to do so with school girls in school girl dramas. But by no means does Fate/Zero lag, or fall behind, they execute shit well, and that makes it a really good show. Although I can’t help but feel that watching Fate over the period of half a year does it any justice. I’d probably be more immersed, and much more empathetic if I marathoned through the entire series in a day. I also can’t help but feel bad about his promise. Knowing what’s to happen to him, and to Ilya, it’s not exactly a blissfully happy future.
He leaves to kill Tokiomi, and tells Maiya to take care of Iri.
Waver plans on staying near the ley lines where he summoned Rider; it’s to help him recover. Waver is going to spend the majority of the day sleeping, so Rider is free to siphon mana off him, as long as he doesn’t kill him. During the fight, Rider used his own mana reserves, rather than Waver’s, meaning, Waver didn’t feel the brunt of the exhaustion. Rider tells him that it was to ensure his safety; Waver could have died if he exhausted too much mana. Waver retorts; he came into the Holy Grail War anticipating a difficult fight, and along with that, the possibility of endangering his life; there’s no point to winning if he doesn’t contribute. Rider warns him to not put his all into something that may not exist. Rider contemplates on his quest for Okeanos; the lives lost, the heedless loyalty his men showed him; nobody challenged his ambitions, they assumed his word as law. However, Rider learned that Okeanos itself did not exist, the lives were meaninglessly lost; as he says, he’s done dying for fairy tales.
My fucking god, I enjoy the dialogue way too much. This discourse was more intriguing and enjoyable than the last two episodes were for me. Bleh.
Waver’s essentially the guy that’s often underestimated; he wants to prove himself. It goes back to the first episode, he challenged Kayneth’s notion of old families = more power; and that notion is correct, but Waver, nevertheless, persisted in proving himself.
Rider on the other hand, is in my opinion, a ridiculously good “leader”. He realizes his mistakes, he’s not arrogant enough to waive his naivete as a lost history. Instead, he comes to terms with himself, and accepts it. He learns from his mistakes; he’s putting Waver’s life in front of a grail that may not exist; contrary to his past, where he placed his pursuit of Okeanos above the lives of his men. Above all, he wants to defeat Saber. Why? I believe it’s because he sees himself in her. A naive king pursuing something unobtainable, in his case, it was Okeanos, in Saber’s case, it’s righteousness [or something similar]. He’s not doing this spitefully, he’s doing this to change her before the effort’s futile. Basically, ridiculous dialogue makes me squeal with glee on this inside.
Arguably, the most fucked up line ever. Kariya isn’t doing so well, he’s been trying to save Sakura, but, every other master outplays him. Zoken gives him the worm, that was the first to feed off of Sakura. Zoken forcibly gives Kariya Sakura’s energy. I’m not knowledgeable enough on worm mechanics to know how it works [Lorhand clarifies in the comments], but I’m assuming it’s done to increase his chances of winning, and to screw with him [Oh hey, I was somewhat correct].
Irisviel asks Maiya on her motivations. Why does she work for Kiritsugu? She replies by bluntly saying that she has nothing else; she doesn’t know her actual name, or her past; she just assumed the name of the first passport that Kiritsugu gave her. She lived in a war-torn country, plagued with poverty. She was raised as a child soldier, because well, it’s cheaper to kidnap children, and train them, than it is to enlist trained men. She states that she’s emotionally hardened, dead; but, she’s physically able. Even with her condition, Kiritsugu took her in. So, he can use her however he wants. Contrary, Maiya finds Irisviel’s dedication more surprising than hers. Irisviel doesn’t attempt to lie; she states that she doesn’t truly understand Kiritsugu’s ideals. She simply borrowed all her ideals from him. She jokingly tells Maiya to not tell Kiritsugu that, she’s always been supportive of him. Maiya questions her on her true wishes, unique to herself, not of Kiritsugu; Irisviel affirms the existence of said wishes. Se wishes for Kiritsugu and Saber to win the Holy Grail War [Fuck logic]. Contrary to the other families, the Einzsberns
do not strive for the Third Magic[The other families strive for Akasha]. Irisviel, however, does not care about it; she only wishes for this to be the last Holy Grail War. If Kiritsugu wins, then the ceaseless onslaught ends.
“If Kiritsugu and I fail, it will be Ilya’s turn next.”
Fate/Zero seems to be a tragedy at its fullest. It’s full of characters, the majority of which are good, although not all likable. I don’t want to see Irisviel, Maiya or Kiritsugu die. I really don’t want to see Rider and Waver die. But chances are, they will. And it won’t be for a “great” reason; there’s a sequel to Fate/Zero.
Maiya states that she doesn’t expect to survive after the war, and even if she does, there wouldn’t be a point. Irisviel rejects her mindset, but rather, encourages her to seek out her family afterwards, for her. Maiya affirms that she will, after the Holy Grail War ends. Her character is ridiculously contradictory either ways, if she states that she will search, it means she still possesses the emotion to want to find her family, about her old self. On the other hand, if it’s a lie, she’s being sympathetic to Irisviel on her death bed.
Rider charges into the room; Maiya quickly calls Kiritsugu. He impulsively, without thinking, uses one of his command spells to summon Saber. It’s interesting, it appears that he genuinely, sincerely cares for Irisviel, regardless of his objective mindset. There is no objective need, there is no strategy, to save a dying asset. He’s doing this for Irisviel, not for a tactical advantage. The developments continue to invoke glee out of me. Fuck.
Saber gets there; Maiya is critically injured, but, she insists on Saber pursuing Rider, rather than tending to her wounds. She assures Saber that she’ll be fine; Saber tells her to hold out until Kiritsugu’s returning.
Well, I’m still an easily teary-eyed bitch it seems. Was a surprising scene I suppose, I do wish that they did develop more of Maiya’s past, regardless of how shitty it was.
On-going Thoughts: Concluding Thoughts
Fate/Zero is still ridiculously good. Albeit, it seems a bit difficult to conclude it in the next few episodes, considering that it took an entire season + one episode for the death of one servant, and that there’s four servants left.