WHOOOO FATE IS BACK!!!!! Really I didn’t expect such a dramatic rock ballad opening from the series. So many lovely shots of the characters and the servants. The opening really hints at the connection between Archer and Shiro… as if you didn’t already pick that up from all the interpersonal angst in the first season.
We return to Saber, previously captured, under Caster’s command. I’m surprised the animators relied on the fan base so much because we’re throw right back into the throes of the Holy Grail War. Some conflict brews between Caster and her master, Soichirou.
Through the lens of Archer and her dreams, Rin introduces us to the special servants called “Protectors” who are summoned into the world at every age to prevent the destruction of the human race and the world; forced to defend humanity despite the burden and betrayal spurred by his ideals…
Trying to take all the characters seriously after I re-watched Carnival Phantasm… LOL
Archer and Rin set out to hunt down Caster and Soichirou. Rin feels optimistic about saving Saber in the process but Archer seems… less enthusiastic for sure. Props to Rin for taking on Caster head on. Beautiful mana and magic animation but Archer ends up betraying Rin mid-battle to side with Caster. Definitely a QUICK switch when it comes to weighing pros and cons. Since Caster claims to be able to support more than one servant, Archer defects to the other side.
I’m surprised they brought up the twist so quickly in the first episode but Fate definitely wastes no time. Well, at this point it seems like a good time for Shiro to appear and “save the day.” Well, despite all this, Archer bargains to let Rin and Shiro leave. Indeed, common courtesies from a traitor is definitely awkward but the two of them leave. My heart goes out to Rin here, I really liked her partnership with Archer and I feel bad that she’s all alone now… Definitely adds a spark to this route though. The routes just get more and more complex as the game goes on, the anime is following well. The heart to heart between Shiro and Rin lends insight to Rin’s insecurities. Despite all her Tohsaka pride and her power as a mage, she’s still a teenage girls and sometimes we get lost in the Fate world and the war too long to remember that our two main protagonists are fifteen to sixteen year olds fighting a life or death battle. Definitely a lot more intrapersonal angst than with more matured characters like in Fate/0 who have clearly outlined goals they’re driven to.
Cute confession moment though and I suppose we get the little romance bit between Shiro and Rin out of the way in the first episode of the second half in order to make way for more pressing (and epic) grail matters in the upcoming episode.
Great opening overall!! I absolutely loved the ending. Kalafina is back with their vocals and the visuals were just lovely. So excited for more Fate, what more can I say?
What are you pondering today?