Man watching this episode just made me REEEALLLLYYY miss London…
To be honest I really think the episode was not properly arranged. I got really excited about the Clock Tower scenes that I really did not want the random filler back story of HOW the couple got to Europe in the first place. The back story filler high school scenes were definitely huge information dumps but I suppose it was mostly good for audience members who have no idea how the two of them moved to Europe. Shirou and Rin have only been in England for six months and the two of them are still settling. Shirou has been admitted into the school as a “follower” and protector of Rin’s since she’s the heir of a big mage family which is always being targeted. His job as boyfriend and protector works well in this Clock Tower set-up but now Shirou is contemplating joining the Clock Tower and mage association for real to pursue magic. The entire episode basically follows his thought process as he reaches his final decision.
“What matters is where you end up and how far you came, right?” – Rin
While the only reason for this episode was to wrap up one or two strands in the characters’ futures. Rin has actually grown into such a mature young mage and I love how much calmer she is about certain situations. She’s much less of a tsundere now that she’s grown up a bit but is still AS COMPETITIVE as ever when it comes to school and such. I LOVED the mini battle between her and Luvia.
One of the most engaging scenes in the final episode is when Shirou and Rin visit Saber’s grave by a set of abandoned church ruins. Shirou confesses that after moving to London, he realized the Holy Grail War was one event compared to many. He surely feels the weight of the universe on his shoulders as he pursues this hero of justice ideal that he hasn’t entirely given up (or at least becomes something more). He feels like he hasn’t changed, that life simply goes on. He doesn’t know exactly how things have affected him. Rin generally agrees now that the events of the Holy Grail War are slowly fading into the background of her memories but her thinking still differs slightly. I loved her monologue and explanation because it goes hand in hand with her ideals as a mage. For her own growth and improvement it all has to do with the fact that she’s building on a foundation of knowledge and strength that’s been handed down through many generations and she feels a strong sense of duty as a mage to contribute to that scholarship and that legacy.
The episode actually concludes like a proper and resolute visual novel ending. I’d love to see more of a slice of life every day series on Shirou and Rin’s lives in London. Shirou becoming a full-fledged mage won’t be easy from how far he’s lagged. Man I was not ready to see the credits roll up on the screen. GREAT closing lines by Junichi Suwabe as Archer. I want SOOOO much more Fate but I suppose all fun things must come to an end sooner or later. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you guys for reading and following me throughout this long long UBW journey… and now… well, we wait for a series version of the Heaven’s Feel route 😉
What are you pondering today?