This is it, the perfect episode of Unlimited Blade works. Constant action, next to no unnecessary dialogue. A sense of real danger, characters thought dead being alive. Characters you want to live dying! This has to be nearly the perfect episode, well except maybe Shirou projecting Rias twice when he shouldn’t be able too at all…but whatever, IT WAS STILL COOL AS ALL HELL!
So we left off last episode with Shirou being knocked down by EA after Gilgamesh used it to destroy the giant grail arm. He dismisses EA and Shirou stands up, it’s time for the fight between the true king and faker to start again.
Meanwhile, the grail has a tight grip on Rin and Shinji and is amendment about not letting them go. Saber approaches but Rin yells at her not to come any closer, there’s no knowing what will happen if she steps into the grails curses.
To keep her from coming in, Rin uses a command seal to stop her. Slowly, Rin is accepting the fact she’s probably not going to live also, she couldn’t save Shinji. [which I can’t figure out why she cares for the life of me. Shinji isn’t people.]
While that is happening, Shirou begins summoning the Unlimited Blade Works. This is the part of the post I stop and proceed to fangirl all over the place. THE MUSIC, THE ANIMATION, THE PACING. EVERYTHING IN THIS PART OF THE EPISODE IS PERFECTION. Alright, so, the fight is beautiful.
Back to the grail, Rin gives Saber the command to destroy it with her and Shinji still trapped inside. This looks as if it pains Saber. She doesn’t want too kill Rin, good thing Archer rains down a path for Rin and Shinji to escape.
Wait, ARCHER?! I’m pretty sure he died a few episodes back. Ah, it was all a rouse, a thinly veiled one that the anime isn’t going to explain to us unless it’s included in the epilogue somehow but still a rouse.
Rin gives the last of her mana to Saber and Saber destroys the grail, with the always epic moment, and a amazing remix of the theme from Zero for Excalibur…and then. Then, she vanishes.
NOOOO, STUPID TRUE ENDING. I WANTED THE GOOD ENDING, GIVE ME MY THREESOME! I KNOW WE HAVE THE FATE ROUTE FOR SABER TO BE HAPPY, BUT THAT’S ONLY BEEN ANIMATED BY DEEN AND WAS AWFUL AND IT HAS STUPID SEXIST SHIROU.
I JUST WANTED MY HAPPY THREESOME ENDING FOR THIS ONE. I MEAN, ILLYA DIES, SHINJI LIVES AND I DON’T EVEN GET MY OT3…..bleh.
So back with Shirou and Gilgamesh the fight rages on, and just as Gil deems Shirou worthy enough of EA and would destroy him. Shirou slashes off his arm, and then proceeds to slash him across the chest.
UBW goes down, Shirou is out of mana and even without an arm Gilgamesh is still standing. However, that’s when a black hole opens up and the grail tries to drag him back in. Gil won’t stand going down alone so he grabs Shirou with the chains of heaven to drag him in too.
Archer throws a sword and nails Gilgamesh in the head. Then we move to maybe the most heart wrenching scene in the episode. If I totally WASN’T crying at Saber vanishing, then I most definitely did NOT cry at Archer and Rin’s last exchange.
As he smiled that dumb smile and looked like Shirou for the first time since summoning. As he vanished, despite Rin offering to contract with him again.
The long and the short of this episode is that it was perfection, from the action, to the animation, to the music chosen for each scene. Everything was carefully taken care of this episode. I’m just a little sad the fight couldn’t of lasted longer. Watching swords fly up out of the ground and collide in mid-air was pretty damn cool!
All that’s left now is the epilogue, well at least we’ll hopefully get to see Shirou and Rin in London and maybe some animation of older Waver? Lord El-Melloi II?? please?