Given that I’m semi-retired from the aniblogsphere and have not blogged a complete series for years, it’d take something AMAZING for this aged tanuki to try again. Apparently Fate/Zero is.
Well at least if the rest of the series is like its pilot episode. Despite what many thought was an overtly verbose debut, I thought Fate/Zero ran a tight yet coherent episode educating the viewer on the meta-narrative, crafting the somber mood/direction and most importantly, hinting at/divulging the motivations of the various Masters. These motivations would be key in driving the plot and I know I’m going to take pleasure in seeing ‘good’ lose their way and ‘bad’ earning our sympathy as the Holy war proceeds.
While the Holy Grail war is a battle royale, I thought the match-ups were subtle but clear given the motivations revealed so far
Archibald vs Velvet
Much like New money of the US versus Old money of UK during the Titanic era, Archibald vs Velvet would be a battle about mage pedigree and lineage. Of course the classic ‘teacher vs pupil’ Star war-esque angle would add texture to the rivalry.
Tousaka vs Kariya
Looks like to me that Kariya was in love with Rin’s mom who got married off to the heartless Tokiomi anyway. The contrast between the two men cannot be more stark. Continue reading