Wow, a lot of food for thought this week. Though there was considerably less action that in the previous high school battle scenes in the last few weeks, I really enjoyed this episode for its characters’ interpersonal interactions and insightful dialogue.
The actual events of the episode follow up on the aftermath of Shiro’s epic trace on magic. Shiro is bumping into things, falling over and breaking dishes all over the place. This goes on throughout the day and while this is all happening, Rin has crashed at Shiro’s house to re-group regarding the plan to approach Caster. Seriously, Rin and Saber would be the most kickass Holy Grail team. Shiro is just… excess LOL. But it is very amusing to see Rin tease Shiro here and there. I like the Rin X Shiro interactions in this route much more than the Saber X Shiro ones in the first route. I feel like because Rin and Shiro are from the same era and of generally the same age, there’s more to relate to. Rin’s silver tongue makes conversations even more amusing to watch. Even Taiga gets totally taken down by Rin’s quick wit.
No one can really figure out why until Archer finally approaches the Emiya complex and diagnoses Shiro. I’m surprised Archer voluntarily offered his help but it’s a fair trade off considering Shiro got an “ideals lecture. Turns out that Shiro’s long neglected magic circuits are in a state of shock from the sudden mana usage. Archer kind of gives Shiro’s circuits a boost, allowing him the opportunity to recover in a few days.
The bulk of this episode’s theme focuses a lot on Shiro’s reasons to fight as a mage. Rin gets pretty irksome about Shiro not wanting to study magic for himself, but for a satisfied happiness he gets from helping OTHERS with it. Shiro’s obviously not as tied to the whole mage thing as Rin was raised to be. Archer almost echoes and further explores the blacks and whites of Shiro’s ideals. Archer states that he fights for himself and encourages Shiro to fight for what he truly desires… to make sure that what he’s fighting for isn’t a borrowed idea or empty ideal, that he’s fighting for something he can take full responsibility for, and that’s really only himself.
“Let your ideals drag you to your death…” – Archer
Favourite moment- Taiga telling everyone to shut up cause there’s going to be an English pop quiz LOLLLLL
Favourite animation shot…
This episode really lay it on HEAVY towards the end. I’d love to see more Archer introspection. The man is definitely more complex than the present Shiro.
UBW is going strong!!
What are you pondering today?