Fate/Zero Episodes 20 & 21
Oh, God, too much stuff happened. This probably wasn’t a very good time to miss two episodes, considering how they both had a lot going on in them. However, even though a lot of new things developed, there isn’t really a whole lot to say about it, or at least not in episode 20.
And look at that, Kariya finally gets some more screen time. These two episodes combined probably account for about ninety percent of his appearances in the entire series. I’m sure I’ve said this before, but it seems odd how much the show shits on Kariya, considering that he has one of the more noble goals in the entire show. Sure Kiritsugu is trying to end all conflict or whatever, but Kariya is risking his life not simply for his ideals, but for a child. I mean, he’s had bugs infest his body, been mutilated, burned alive, and has been made to eat the thing that took the purity from the very person he’s trying to save. Speaking of that thing, it seemed like it was censored to me because of how quickly it was shown; but why would they go out of their way to not show too much of it, but show it crawling into his mouth? Surely the show has to give him some kind of victory in all of this, otherwise he would have pretty much been the punching bag for everyone else the entire time. Oh yeah, and he strangled the woman he loved after she thought she saw him kill her husband. That kind of sucks too I guess. Everything that’s happened to him has made him out to be some kind of weak, pathetic douche bag, which seems kind of an unfair thing to do to a noble character. But I guess I shouldn’t be complaining that the show isn’t taking the normal road and putting the obvious good guy up on a pedestal; after all Kirei is much more interesting.
The on thing that was kind of pointless in these episodes was Saber and Rider’s fight. Regardless of how strong Saber is, surely just listlessly using her huge-ass laser-sword-beam whenever she wants can’t be too kind to her mana. That stupid motorcycle transformation probably didn’t help matters too much either; I don’t know the mana exchange rate on things like that, but I would be willing to bet that making a normal motorcycle go faster that it’s possible for it to move and then transforming it to something out of Akira doesn’t come cheap. Also she didn’t even stick around to make sure she didn’t waste such a huge move for nothing. So she just wasted time and energy chasing after Rider and now she’s going to fight Berserker right after she’s used her 1000 MP attack. In my opinion it probably isn’t the best plan of action.
But Goddamn the best thing about all of this has got to be Kirei. Although, I do find it kind of odd how quickly he’s changed from a cold and silent servant to a completely ruthless, almost clone of Kiritsugu. Although Kirei doesn’t’ have any real motivation behind what he’s doing, other than to find out more about himself, I think that’s what makes him interesting. He doesn’t have some secret agenda, he doesn’t have some ultimate goal, he just wants to do what he wants. And if the choice ends up coming down to him and Kiritsugu, I many actually find myself rooting for Kirei instead.