Episode 2 of Unlimited Blade Works this week takes us into the Shiro’s official induction and introduction into the Holy Grail War. A big difference right now between this route and the main Fate route is that Shiro quickly acknowledges that Saber is a Heroic Spirit summoned to fight and doesn’t continue spouting and lecturing her about gender roles and protectiveness. This makes for a quick, efficient and equal relationship between the two.
To thank Shiro for halting Saber with a Command Spell, Rin has decided not to kill Shiro… yet… well, until she’s paid back the debt. Rin explains a bit of the Holy Grail War to Shiro before taking him to the Church for Kirei Kotomine, the overseer of the war, to explain the rest. The conversation between Shiro and Kirei is pretty ironic at the church (if you’ve watched Fate/Zero, you’ll know what I mean). Kirei also seems amused that Shiro has appeared as Saber’s Master…
Not everyone who is chosen as a Master to participate in the war always knows right off the get go why they want to use the Grail’s powers. However, it always seems to be something they “need” somehow at the end of the day. The Grail choose the Masters, the Masters summon the Spirits, the power of the Grail somehow manifests the spirits and it then becomes the Master’s job to anchor the Heroic Spirit to the material planes through mana. The same problem arises with Shiro and Saber – since Shiro isn’t a full-fledged mage, he really doesn’t know how to support Saber with mana. Rin and Saber would be a pretty unstoppable team if they were really paired up together. Shiro’s decision to continue in the Holy Grail War is a result of finding out that the fire he found himself in, the one Kiritsugu saved him from, had been directly caused by the conclusion of the previous Holy Grail War (again see Fate/Zero for back story)… Shiro wants to make sure a disaster like the fire never happens again as well as find out the details of the event I suppose.
Everything in episode two is still really introductory and will provide first time Fate/Stay Night viewers with a lot of necessary rules, regulations and supporting plot details to the world before we delve into the nitty-gritty fighting between Masters and Servants. The most exciting part of this week’s episode was probably Illya and Berserker’s appearance at the end of the episode. If you thought Illya was adorable as magical girl in the summer season, you’ll LOVE her as a kickass scary Holy Grail Master in Unlimited Blade Works. Both Berserker and Illya, in terms of new animation and design, look respectively menacing and eerily cute. Episode 2 was fairly solid and I’m excited for actual fighting to break out because this plot, the characters and the fans, are raring to go.
Also if you guys are interested, at the time of this post the opening song for the series has been released I believe so you can either purchase the copy online or scope out the internet for a digital download.
What are you pondering today?