Fate/Zero Episode 9 – Under New Management
Oh those Women, they’ll do anything to be with Lancer won’t they? Even if they’re already married and they know he’s just manifested magic. Anyway, I thought this was a really good episode. It had some back story about Lancer, had Waver and Rider, and answered one of the questions I had about the Fate universe. I had heard before that Servants are allowed to change masters and this episode did confirm that, though I’m still not sure if the servants themselves can choose to change, which is what I think Archer wants to do.
Although Lancer’s background scene was relatively short it was pretty enjoyable. Although I’m sure I missed some of it, but what I gathered from it was that he ended up having an affair with the fiance of his leader, and was banished as a traitor because of it. Then they were supposed to leave together but she got killed, or something, I’m not sure and I should probably re-watch it. But actually it was all just a dream that Kayneth had, so I’m assuming that Masters have some sort of deeper connection to their servants.
When Kayneth wakes up from his vision about Lancer, his wife tells him that his wounds were very severe and that because of Kiritsugu’s attack on him he’ll never be able to use magic again. But she offers to take his spot as Lancer’s master in order to win the Grail and restore his magical abilities, which Kayneth refuses to accept. So, the bitch decides to break his fingers until he either agrees to give her control of Lancer or she’ll amputate his arm, and since Kayneth is still sane, he gives her the command seals. While Lancer doesn’t want to change his allegiance from his original master, he does consent when she says that her only goal is to heal her husband. Obviously that isn’t true, and it may even partly be due to Lancer’s charm power or whatever it is that she wants so badly for him to serve her. Lancer even says that she looks the same as the girl that fell for him once before.
The part with Saber, Irisviel and Kiritsugu is virtually non-existent and only serves to say that Maiya is alive and Kiritsugu is going after Kayneth. Waver and Rider occupy the rest of the episode.
Finally, Waver contributes something to he and Rider’s stake in the Holy Grail War. Because he sucks at magic, he decides to send Rider along the river to take samples of water at certain spots on a map. He uses his beginner alchemy kit from Toys R’ Us to test for residual magic in the river to try to find where Caster is. So, Waver discovers that an entrance to Caster’s lair is at a certain spot along the river and he and Rider set out to go kill Caster. When they get there the show turns on it’s censorship dial once again as Waver discovers all of the dead children’s bodies. Although Caster isn’t there, Waver and Rider do discover that (the) Assassin(s) are/is still alive, making them the one the only group outside the church other than Kiritsugu and Saber who know about it.
Kirei and Tokiomi are shown in a brief scene which can pretty much be summed up by saying that the church is concerned about Waver and Rider knowing about Assassin(s), but they decide it isn’t anything to get too worried about, and simply decide to observe Rider more. You know, although I did really like this episode, it felt kind of short for some reason, but maybe it’s just because Waver and Riders scene was such a big part of the episode. Yet, a lot of pretty important stuff happened, with Lancer’s master changing, Waver and Rider learning where Caster is, as well as learning that Assassin is still alive. One thing that everybody seems to be excited about is that Rin is going to be in the next episode, though I’m not sure how much the show can feature a child who hasn’t really been part of the main story so far. Speaking of that, when the hell are Kariya and his scary-ass Beserker going to come back? He has literally been in two, maybe three episodes.