Fate/Zero Episode 10 – Kids These Days…
Oh, Rin, if only all 6 year old girls were brave enough to ride a train into a city at night to save some girl who was kidnapped by a crazy child murderer by using magic hax. But joking aside, this was an okay episode, though it seemed kind of out of place in this series. I know that Rin is a major character in Fate/Stay Night, but it seems kind of odd to have a whole episode devoted to her saving her friend in this show, unless she somehow becomes a major character later on in this series. Plus, I haven’t seen F/SN and will not watch it until after F/Z is over.
But it really seems like they’re drawing stuff out to the end of this season now. This would have been acceptable as a part of an earlier episode, but it definitely shouldn’t have taken up a whole episode this late into the season; I mean, there’s only three episodes left in the season. You could argue that it did have some character development for Rin and some between her and her father, but let’s not forget, that doesn’t really matter in this series. Rin is NOT a main character, so I don’t really see the need to put this much focus on her, other than to drag out the series so they can have a good cliffhanger at the end of episode 13.
This episode doesn’t even really have a place in the timeline of this show. Seriously, just look at it, this could happen anywhere after the first episode to last episode, it really doesn’t matter. Kariya actually makes an appearance, but when he does, he just restates why he’s in the War, which is the same thing he said the last three times he was shown.
Even Ryuunosuke was kind of lame in this episode. When I first saw him taking those kids with him, I though some shit was fixing to go down, and Rin was going to step into a room full of mutilated corpses or something. But alas, he only put some magic spell over them and knocked them out, which Rin easily stops by going Super Saiyan on his ass while he just sits there and takes it. Seriously, this crazy child killer just sits there and lets Rin destroy is magic bracelet, and doesn’t even try to get away or stop her. She’s a six or seven year old child, don’t tell me this twenty-something couldn’t pull his arm away from her.
After Rin saves all the kids Kariya pops up just to let everyone know that he’s still alive, and the episode’s pretty much over. Now that I think about it, this is really and truly a filler episode, not a bad one, but still a filler episode. Why did this need to happen now, what about Kiritsugu going to kill Kayneth? What about Caster finding his lair destroyed? Is this really more important than all of that stuff? Nope, they’re just wasting time so they can end the season where they want to.