“Don’t be a hero.”
Saith many a wise instructor in my army days
And I would like add, for Shiro’s benefit, “Especially if you are a noobie sorceress with paltry magical powers.” It seems to be the trend for beautiful girls in harem anime or h-games to like worthless guys who possess only high aspirations/good intentions but little ability to realise them. Don’t get me wrong, I like Shiro. He’s got backbone. He just doesn’t know how brittle they are.
In just 4 eps of FATE, I have grown to love its premise (the Battle royale and granting of wishes by the Holy Grail) and see great potential in the story if executed right. After Mai HiME, I seem to have a penchant for battle royales. The fluid shifts of powers through alliances and treachery in such multi-way fights often heighten the drama and greatly ups the emotional ante if old comrades/loves are involved. The story element of Holy grail granting wishes is likely to create a fertile platform for character backstories as we learn of the wishes and motivations of each character’s desire for the Grail; some tragic, some evil and others noble no doubt. I’m actually looking forward to Ilya’s backstory since she smells of tragedy.
I’m also slowly warming up to Saber though she reminds me a little of Mikoto (Mai HiME) with her “teki” (enemy) talk and Chikane (Kannazuki no Miko) everytime she speaks. There is no doubt her English charms will eventually find their way to my heart. However, as of now, Sakura is still my favourite FATE girl and I guess I’ll absorb Sakura into my little “harem” first before I ‘own’ Saber.
Now on to placing my order.