Fate/Zero Episode 8 – Death Does Not Exist
Well, once again, Fate/Zero sets a bunch of pretty cool stuff up, then yanks the carpet out from under us. Like the other time this happened, a bunch of people fight and in the end, it’s pretty much like it didn’t happen. But there was a lot of blood in it, so we’re a step in the right direction.
While there are technically three fights in this episode next to nothing happens in Saber and Lancer’s fight with Caster, and most of the episode is spent on Kiritsugu and Kirei. Kirei, also known as Wolverine, feels the need to come and join the fun, and while I suspect that he simply came under the churches orders to help kill Caster, Irisviel and Maiya decide that they need to take on a superhero mage-killer. Not surprisingly Maiya gets the shit beaten out of her, because apparently she didn’t learn anything about fighting him the first time he attacked her. Although Kirei tries to tell the two idiots that he (probably) just came to kill the child murderer, Irisveil decides that she wants some abuse too, and calls out her neon string falcon to help.
And of course the show doesn’t have to courtesy to tell us what this thing is; all she says is that Kiritsugu taught her how to do it. Although her magic bird manages to tie Kirei to a tree, that doesn’t do too much good, because instead of shooting him, Maiya sits there for thirty seconds and watches him break down the tree. Then when he walks over to her she pulls her gun out, only to get kicked around some more. Then Kirei moves onto Irisveil and questions her about why they tried to fight him, but I don’t really see how he expected her to answer him when he was chocking her the whole time. Then shit almost gets real when he stabs her with his wolverine claws and leaves her to die, which actually kind of caught me off guard. But of course, the show delivers some back story about how Kiritsugu gave her some magic sword scabbard that heals her when Saber is near, and she lives to die another day.
Like I said before, Saber and Lancer’s fight was really short. Literally nothing happens beyond Saber making an opening for Lancer to destroy Caster’s book, and him cutting it. After he does, all of Caster’s crazy tentacle monsters explode into blood and Caster gets really butthurt.
Then Caster pussy’s out and leaves in some big fancy blood explosion, and Lancer goes to interrupt Kayneth’s and Kiritsugu’s fight, which pretty much consisted of Kayneth wandering around the mansion and some Kiritsugu back story. In a flashback, Kiritsugu is show having his ribs removed, ground up, and put into bullets, which somehow does some magic something or other to a Magus, rendering their magic useless. At first he just hits Kayneth in the shoulder, but then the mercury gantz ball stops the bullet which pretty much kills Kayneth fro the inside.
Just when it looks like someone may actually be killed, Lancer steps in and cockblocks the whole thing. He appears, grabs Kayneth and jumps through the window, simultaneously flipping off everybody who wanted something to happen. So Caster leaves, Kayneth get’s rescued, and Irisviel lives, so pretty much nothing happens. It’s not like I just want everyone to die in a single episode, but I’m getting annoyed at this show constantly resetting everything to zero after these big fight scenes. You know what? I’ll say right now, that no one will die before this “season” of the show is over, and it’s going to piss me off to have to wait until April to see the rest of the show.