Fate/Zero Episode 6 – Gran Turismo
Well, I guess if you’re locked in a castle for your whole life, you have to play a shit-ton of Gran Turismo, either that or watch a lot of Initial D. Or at least Irisviel did, because she drives like a damn Mario Cart character. I thought it was kind of a weird way to open the the episode too, because it never really explained if they were going somewhere or just driving around, but I assume that they were going to find and kill Lancer to get the curse removed from Saber’s arm. But it doesn’t matter, because finally Caster (and his crazy-ass voice actor) comes back into the show for the first time in forever and proclaims his love for Saber, or rather his love for Joan of Arc.
So somehow Caster is tied to Jan of Arc, or the French Army, or something. Apparently this guy didn’t get the memo that she was burned alive when she was only 19. And at least they didn’t start a fight and end it two seconds later. I’d rather see Caster save all the crazy shit I’m sure he can do for later. Lancer and his master had their somewhat exposition-y talk about honor and whatever, until a fire broke out on the bottom floor of the hotel, and Lancer is sent off to fight Saber, which is never seen or mention again (at least not in this episode). But that may just be because Kiritsugu blows the shit out of the hotel and pretty much levels the building. Seems people in anime have a lot of money to blow on destroying buildings these days. But yeah, I think we all know that neither Lancer nor his master Kayneth are dead, because that’d be a really lame way to die. And then Wolverine makes a guest appearance. So, yeah, I’m not entirely sure what he was doing with Wolverine claws but I don’t guess it’s that big a deal.
Caster and Ryuunosuke are back up to their crazy shit, murdering and raping children, you know, the usual. So because Saber doesn’t remember Caster, he decides they should kill more children to piss God off or something and they go and kidnap even more kids that they already have with them. I tell ya, I’m not sure I’d want to watch some of this stuff if they uncensor it on the blu-ray releases. Obviously, the Church isn’t just going to let some crazy ass murderers do whatever they want just because they’re in the Holy Grail War, so they propose to have a collaboration with all of the servants and masters to kill of Caster before he can kill any more people. Not so sure if people like Berserker would work so well in a group, but you never know.
The last scene in this episode was definitely one of the better ones, just because Gilgamesh is such a pompous bad-ass. He and Kirei talk about their motives for wanting the grail, and Archer calls bullshit when Kirei says that he doesn’t have any desire for it. Then they ramble on about joy, sin, and pleasure, and about how much of a hardcore Catholic Kirei is, even thinking that joy is sinful, because joy cannot be achieved through noble means. Archer then asks Kirei to observe the other servants and masters for him and he agrees, thinking that by doing so, he can discover why he subconsciously desires the Grail.
This episode really skipped around a lot, so at least they’re trying to work on giving all the characters equal exposure. Most of it was interactions between the servants and their masters, which I liked. Slowly but surely the characters are becoming more that just a bunch of pairs teamed up the fight each other, and are having more interplay in their relationships. I’m glad Caster is getting his time in the spotlight, even if it just to get himself killed for being an asshole, but still, he’s one of the most interesting (to watch at least) servants in the show.