WOW we’ve derped through an entire season of slice of life, magic girl summer fun and we’ve finally arrived at the entire point of season three… the eight class card. Illya, Miyu, Kuro, Luvia and Rin gear up with their magic while Bazette (and discreetly Caren), gear up for the final battle to retrieve the class card. I have to say that with all the magic action story lag throughout season three, it was well worth the wait because Luvia’s generously sponsored industrial complex was absolutely necessary at one point between these two episodes.
I’m pretty surprised Luvia and Rin coordinated such an amazing plan to tackle the eight heroic spirit. Rin, Miyu and Illya create a huge opening for Kuro to fire a golden-excalibur-like-noble phantasm at the eight spirit. I loved Kuro’s internal monologue as she’s tracing the composition of the arrow. Of all the battle scenes, that sequence was probably my favourite part. When the girls fail, Bazett goes head on with the heroic spirit and ends up being fatally injured but a rune saves her life. When the girls realize that the heroic spirit has hundreds upon hundreds of noble phantasms, the only option is to retreat. Kuro pulls out Rho Aias to shield her allies while Miyu attempts to jump everyone out of the mirror world. Though Bazette manages to reach into the spirit’s core and identify its class, she’s unable to tear it out of him. The dark archer unleashes its attack while everyone flees.
Luckily everyone returns safely but it’s pretty much unanimous that it will be impossible to fight and defeat the dark archer… however when the dark Archer/Gilgamesh rips its way through the mirror world to the real world, fighting at this point isn’t an option and the girls flee. However, it seems that collapsing an underground complex on Archer isn’t enough to deter the spirit. Archer hovers over the city in his flying ship while Bazett and the others panic over what to do. The beautiful Caren Hortensia makes her appearance FINALLY and reveals her role in this entire series. She reveals that part of her responsibilities from the church included placing a bounded field over the city (just in case). Rin realizes that Church had mostly anticipated this detour in card-collecting.
After a lot of re-grouping, everyone realizes that the dark Archer is heading towards the mountain where the Holy Grail magic circle lies dormant. Kuro reveals that there must be two Holy Grail Wars – one that the Einzbern family attempted and another one that exists…
Lots of vaguely worded dialogue and much of it ties back to the existence of Illya, Miyu and Kuro. The atmosphere gets immensely heavy when the dark Archer attempts to summon the Holy Grail War. Illya endeavours to shove the thing out of the circle so the ritual cannot be completed. When Illya attacks Archer, she accidentally pulls the incarnated Gilgamesh out of the summoning…
All in all this is QUITE confusing for anime-only fans of the show. Fate Kaleid Liner has a really bad plot habit of showcasing all the action and twists before any sort of back story or explanation. It tends to give their explanations after the fact and most of it comes in bits and pieces. Those who have had no prior encounter with the Type Moon world will also be immensely confused at this new little “golden boy” whose name is Gilgamesh. (Geez how many times has Gilgamesh been used as a plot twist in the Fate worlds).
Things definitely won’t end at season three because Gilgamesh will play an important part in the upcoming series of events that will finally finally FINALLY begin to unfold Miyu’s back story.
Episode 7 Screenshots
Episode 8 Screenshots
What are you pondering today?