This episode..this episode. Its really rather interesting how much works here that didn’t in the Deen anime, and the story telling and animation remains great. Its also giving a lot more depth to the characters. First of all, Shirou.


Don’t worry Shirou, thats….perfectly normal….

We see that he’s been working himself hard to try and get stronger, so he can fight more effectively in the future battles. However, something’s going off with him, like the vision he had where his body explodes into blades. One thing also very interesting is how, despite absolutely loathing Archer, he’s been mimicking Archer’s fighting style. Something Saber is less than thrilled with.

….I have the sneaking suspicion he might need to apologize.

He doesn’t mean it to insult Saber, just that he finds Archer’s style easier. And very oddly, he is seen trying to dual wield swords. Curiouser and curiouser….

Of course, since he is a big part of the episode, we have to discuss…Shinji.

One thing I’ve noticed-you almost always hear Shinji before seeing him in a scene, as if to keep you thinking “Oh FUCK NO NOT THIS SHIT AGAIN” before having to lay eyes on is wormy face.

His main job is to continue mugging, laughing and being a complete twit. And he succeeds in this, because he thinks he’s amazing even when noone really likes him. He’s just…terrible.

We’ll get back to him in a second. One thing has been slightly perplexing me. This is an adaptation of the Rin route in the games, but so far, there’s been little shipping fuel between them. This episode actually has them talking a lot more, and shows Rin a different side to Shirou.


That’s not to say Shirou isn’t sometimes an absolute braindead doofus, because he certainly can be. It is clear to literally everyone else Rin wants to have lunch with him, but he literally has to be dragged to the rooftop for him to get the message. But there’s clearly more to Shirou than meets the eye, and Rin sees that a lot in this episode. It may be partially that, with our Archer, she needs to rely on Shirou more, which means she can better appreciate how he handles the situation. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Both of them talk, Rin dismissing Shinji as being too weak to do anything and ignoring him, but Shirou points out that Shinji’s been putting up the barrier. Both were underestimating Shinji when, uh oh its too late.

Oh…Rider…your radiance is so much it makes me almost not want to punch Shinji’s stupid face in.

The barrier is up, and its proceeding to suck the energy out of the entire school, in addition to cutting off contact with the outside world.


And even worse, weird skeleton familiars seem to be popping up to attack them. But, this quickly begins to not make sense. Rider shouldn’t be able to summon familiars this way, and why do it here? At any rate, the entire school’s unconscious and likely going to die if the barrier isn’t lifted. Rin’s freaking out, and Shirou actually works very levelheadedly, and takes charge. First off, he summons Saber, who, being Saber, is awesome as usual.

King of Knights comes in, breaks all the bones.

They decide to split up, Saber dealing with the enemy Servant, and Shirou and Rin taking down the barrier. As if on cue, in comes Rider.


Just…stop for a moment, and look at how glorious she is. And her vs Saber, this fight should be so cool and intense and just….


If you thought that fight was too short and anticlimactic, its actually revealed this isn’t Rider. Its a shadow of Caster, who apparently enjoys being all creepy and bad touch with Saber as well. And now things begin falling in to place. This was never Shinj being the real threat, but Caster and her master.

Anyways, an unknown figure confronts Rider, as Shirou and Rin find Shinji doing what he does best, sniveling and likely soiling himself. Seriously, its amusing how pathetic he is, and how he’s finally getting some comeuppance for being the piece of garbage he is.

If anyone makes a gif of this, I will be eternally grateful. Note-I didn’t even realize the first time just where she was stepping.

They realize that, someone else has been manipulating all of these events, and stumble in to seeing the results of Rider’s battle with her mystery opponent.


I just feel…just…so sad…T_T I wanted so much more for her, she had so much to live for. We have to see Shinji live, and Rider die?? sigh That’s part of the adaptation, I suppose. In order to see every character at their fullest, you need to play all the routes in the game, with some routes just taking characters out way before they got the chance to do anything. While this is likely the best route….it means we don’t get to see Rider anymore. And that’s just……so sad….

Farewell, Rider. We’ll always have the upcoming Heaven’s Feel Movie, and Carnival Phantasm, and the plenty of other adaptations you’re in.

Well, after ditching his servant to be killed like a spineless coward, Shinji continues his streak of not being of any use to anyone by not even telling them who he saw fight her, so the assailant is a mystery still. He fucks off, and neither of our heroes decide to just kill the spineless little worm. One day, Shinji…one day.

Anyway, for now, the menace is over, and Rin is impressed by Shirou. While Rin is the prodigy mage who knows the Grail war in and out, she isn’t flawless, and she appreciates the skills and attitude Shirou brings to the table. One cool, but also chilling aspect to it though, is the last words he says.

Must….resist…6th Sense..joke……

This is one aspect of Shirou I never got in the Deen anime, and it really colors his characterization in a very interesting way. He isn’t just a simple generic dumb shonen protagonist. He’s suffered hardship, has a lot of issues, and its clearly affected him. While its made him in some ways more capable than he seems, it also just gives a new new dimension to him, that I eagerly want to see in the coming episodes.




This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Wanderer

    I can’t help but think a lot of upcoming trouble would have been prevented if they’d just killed Shinji here…

    1. Vantage

      It’d be a waste of prana. Sometimes I can’t believe Kamiya Hiroshi had his roots in Shinji of all characters…

      1. Wanderer

        If it would rid the world of Shinji, even using Excalibur isn’t too high a price.

        Kamiya Hiroshi… checks MAL …Ok, would not have expected the same person did some of those voices.

  2. Farray

    “That’s not to say Shirou isn’t sometimes an absolute braindead doofus, because he certainly can be. It is clear to literally everyone else Rin wants to have lunch with him, but he literally has to be dragged to the rooftop for him to get the message. ”

    You get this scene in the novel, if Shirou decides to go out and talk with Rin. He knows exactly what Rin wants, it’s just Rin isn’t honest (and in the novel Rin even asks him whether he just plays dumb to mess with her). Oh, and the whole school erased whatever Rin just did, the yelling, from their minds because it doesn’t fit Rin’s image as the school idol.

    If there is one thing Shirou values very much, it’s honesty. Which is kinda funny, as he refuses to admit he actually admires Archer’s technique and his weapons (he reacted very much like a tsundere when Saber patched him up at the end of the last episode). Or when Archer saved him from Caster and Shirou told Archer to let him go, he actually thought he didn’t want to be a burden for Archer, who probably could have escaped, if he didn’t decide to rescue Shirou. Unfortunately, that all got lost in the adaptation.

    Btw, here are the gifs you want. Enjoy:

    “While its made him in some ways more capable than he seems, it also just gives a new new dimension to him, that I eagerly want to see in the coming episodes.”

    I think what many people often forget or ignore is that, outside of magic and the Grail War (which are both relatively new ground for him and/or where he lacked proper teachings for many years), he is doing pretty well in life. He’s fit, he excels in many things (repairs, archery in school), he’s got a part-time job, he’s a great cook etc. Shirou isn’t that incompetent, especially in battle actually (his quick reactions saved his life a few times already) and as one could see in this episode, while Rin is more experienced in magic, she often panicks when things become life-threatening. It happened in episode 5 too, when Rider almost killed Rin and pierced Shirou’s arm with her nail.

    1. Farray

      “while Rin is more experienced in magic, she often panicks when things become life-threatening.”

      To elaborate, in the novel it looked differently, because Rider’s boundary field melts everyone inside it (she dissolves the bodies and souls for mana). They looked very much dead, not like the gas leak victims, who were merely knocked out.

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