Fate Zero Episode 18 – Resident Evil Zero
Okay, so when do we get a separate series about Kiritsugu’s childhood, cause I’d be down for that. This episode is a lot like the Rin episode a while back, because it shows just how diverse this show can. The difference being that this episode actually kind of had something to do with the main story. The episode with Rin felt more like a spin-off, but this felt more like a prequel. This episode could have honestly been it’s own OVA or something, and it still would have been good without any prior knowledge to anything else in the Fate/Zero series. I’d be perfectly fine with some Higurashi knockoff with zombies being an actual show, so go ahead and make it happen, Japan.
Even though the episode was good, I think the story it creates is kind of odd. Supposedly Kiritusugu’s dad was trying to make some kind of something-or-other that would allow people to live forever by stopping them from aging. For whatever reason he’s doing it, the new character in this episode seems to think that it’s a good thing, because it potentially help people. Now, we all know that if you ever have an immortal character in some work of fiction, they almost always are looking for a way to die because they’re tired of life, so there’s that to consider. But also, how the hell is a society of immortal people supposed to work? Wouldn’t overpopulation become a huge problem? And how is living forever supposed to help everything and make everyone happy? Isn’t the fact that life is finite what makes it so special? And it’s not like it’s everyone’s wish to live until they’re 5,456 or something; as Mr. Neil Young said: “It’s better to burn out than to fade away”.
And how the hell do you expect me to think that those things are vampires? They’re without a doubt zombies. Vampire’s aren’t brain-dead flesh eaters who stumble around like an eighty-year-old lady with chronic arthritis looking for people to eat -we call those things “zombies”. Speaking of the zombies (not vampires) the second part of this episode was really strange. The part with Shirley killing the chickens was good, but then everything got really crazy; we had zombies running everywhere, members of the Dark Brotherhood running around with knives killing then, the assholes from the Mages Guild burning the everliving shit out of the town, and finally there was Leon Kennedy’s long lost sister. Perhaps all of this makes more sense in the Fate universe to people who have been exposed to it longer, or have read the novels, but at lot of that stuff kind of went over my head.
I assume that this episode was meant to show how “Kerry” (I don’t really understand what’s so hard about pronouncing Kiritsugu) became who he is now. Perhaps he wants to save the world form people like his father, and he really wants to try to help the rest of the world, but if this event is supposed to be an excuse as to why he’s so cruel and relentless in attempting to win the Holy Grail War, then I call bullshit. I mean, come on, the kid shot his own father (after he stabbed him, mind you) without so much as a second thought. He didn’t try to get him to stop, or ask why he was doing what he was doing, he just killed him. Granted, his dad was a pretty selfish and apathetic asshole, but still, that’s his dad. I don’t so much buy this as the reason for Kiritsugu’s ruthlessness, but I can at least understand how it could be used to explain it.