Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works Episode 7 Thoughts

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Fate Stay Night UBW Episode 7 (3)I’ve decided to stick to blog recaps and general commentary for the remainder of Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works… or until something psychologically twist-ee happens. The difficulty in reviewing FSN UBW is due to the fact that things are more or less happening in action sequence and actions sequences are pretty much drawn from the visual novel. If you’ve played the visual novel or even watched the 2006 adaptation of Fate Stay Night, you’ll realize that there are quite a few key similarities between the two anime adaptations.

I find myself enjoying this Fate/Stay Night adaptation not only to watch its stunning new high-definition animation, but also to pick out small differences in the different routes. It’s a world I’m familiar with and a world I feel very comfortable engaging as a viewer. However, because the Holy Grail War’s purpose and rules have been generally set in stone, at this point in the story we can only watch the different brawls take place between the Servants.

Fate Stay Night UBW Episode 7 (21)Big flip-around in this route because we are immediately revealed all the servants at the beginning and Archer easily deduces that Caster broke the rules (haha rule-breaker, get it?) and summoned Assassin as her Servant. Concerning Caster’s true identity, no matter how many times I see her, I feel like they really went wishy-washy with her character design at the beginning of the creative process. There is little to nothing that hints at her cultural background… and though Lancer and Archer are also given generic archetypes, their personalities emanate the key differences between them. When you look at her back story in the series, Caster just comes off as a dramatic mood-swing-driven female and when you refer to her myth, they haven’t really derived anything from the historical-mythological figure.

“Fighting for others but not yourself, is completely hypocritical.” – Archer

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I really wanted Archer and Shiro’s dialogue to be more intense. It didn’t feel like they were hinting at Archer’s back story as much as they could have and the right and wrong-morality debate came off a bit dry to me. Archer also doesn’t seem that keen on obeying Rin word for word and freely moves about as he wishes when she hasn’t given specific orders to restrict his actions. Clever of him, though. Archer’s ambiguous philosophies also seem pretty contradictory at times. He’s fine with killing a small few to save the masses, but doesn’t like meaningless slaughter. He engages in violence (or randomly cuts up Shiro) when the moment calls for it, but calls himself a pacifist. It seems like the running in circles has to do with the fact that the writers are trying to keep things mysterious with Archer for the time being.

On a brighter note, Junichi Suwabe’s English has gotten better though and the “I am the bone of my sword” line sounds wicked awesome cause he presses his voice lower at the end of the line. Compared to the line he said in the 2006 version, I think this one sounds more Archer-like…

Props for Saber charming another warrior-swordsman with her topnotch swordswoman skills and charismatic knightliness. Assassin also defends Saber from Archer and buys enough time for them to escape. What we get here are some awesome Archer x Assassin clashes before the episode ends. Hopefully the next episode backtracks and shows the actual fight because the previews after the credits in this episode were devoted to Saber and Shiro’s first-aid session after escaping.

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2 thoughts on “Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works Episode 7 Thoughts

  1. There is little to nothing that hints at her cultural background… and though Lancer and Archer are also given generic archetypes, their personalities emanate the key differences between them. When you look at her back story in the series, Caster just comes off as a dramatic mood-swing-driven female and when you refer to her myth, they haven’t really derived anything from the historical-mythological figure.

    What, dragon teeth soldiers aren’t already a big hint who she might be? Or the little flashbacks last week, when Shirou was hypnotized? Personally, I completely disregard the 2006 anime, because for God’s sake, that wasn’t Fate. At all. Caster doesn’t play a relevant role in that route and she shouldn’t. If anything, she portrays the clever and cunning part of her legend very well. You’re jumping to too early conclusions

    Archer’s ambiguous philosophies also seem pretty contradictory at times. He’s fine with killing a small few to save the masses, but doesn’t like meaningless slaughter. He engages in violence (or randomly cuts up Shiro) when the moment calls for it, but calls himself a pacifist. It seems like the running in circles has to do with the fact that the writers are trying to keep things mysterious with Archer for the time being.

    If killing few saves many, it’s not meaningless slaughter, because their deaths have a meaning. There are several types of pacifists. What you are thinking of are absolute pacifists. Pacifism doesn’t automatically mean you can’t engage in violence. There is absolutely no contradiction here.

    Archer cutting up Shirou also wasn’t random, I don’t understand how you can conclude that. Several times it was stated and hinted how he cannot stand Shirou’s guts and urged Rin to get rid of him.

    • I see where you’re coming from and I might be nitpicking things in each episode because I’m recapping it weekly.
      With Caster, I meant they hadn’t taken any elements from her myth at all. I believe it is just my interpretation of Caster’s portrayal in this series doesn’t sit particularly well with me. While Caster is still a supporting character in the bunch, she should still have some three-dimensionality to the plot. It seems natural to make conclusions from what we know thus far then when new information is revealed viewers can rework their conclusions to create new and better ones.

      Perhaps if I watched it all at once after this adaptation finished I would like how the Archer x Shiro dialogue was portrayed. He didn’t really go into the details of his kind of partial pacifism which is why it might seem contradictory to some people.
      I know that Archer cutting up Shiro wasn’t random judging from all the hostility building up but if he really considers Rin his Master, he’d abide by her decision to ally with Shiro and keep playing nice. Though Shiro says he’s allied with Rin and not Archer which is why he doesn’t fault Archer for cutting him up, I still don’t think it’s up to Archer’s decision because I factor Rin, as a master, heavily into the situation.

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