Fate/Zero 06 – Teamwork and Interpersonal Relationships

I know I have had problems with Fate/Zero in the not-so-distant past but that doesn’t mean I dislike the show. In fact, this along with Un-Go and Hunter x Hunter are the three shows I really care about this fall. The rest are there just so they can fill in the gaps in between.

This episode is a prime example of why I like Fate/Zero, everyone plays an important role and each one is capable of pushing the plot forward with their actions. While I do admit that the exposition tends to get tedious, nothing that happens in this show is entirely pointless. This is an intelligent cast and you don’t need some random character to point that out for you. Each team has a very specific game plan, with the exception of Rider/Waver and Caster/Ryuunosuke. I just don’t watch Fate/Zero for the action alone, because if that were the case I could’ve easily enjoyed Guilty Crown and I haven’t enjoyed it at all.

My favorite strategies are the ones applied by the Saber Team and the Archer-Assassin Team. Kariya’s intention appears to be staying incognito as much as possible while having Berserker crash the party. There could be something more to the strategy, but I’m under the impression that the Matou family doesn’t necessarily have such resources. For example, if Berserker requires a lot of mana, is it possible to have someone else provide it instead of Kariya?

Kayneth has someone else provide the mana for Lancer and like Kariya, keep a safe distance or stay in the shadows. Unfortunately, his identity has been exposed and Emiya targets him directly by blowing up the hotel he, Sola-Ui and Lancer are residing in. Chances are that Kayneth is still alive but his personality would probably choose to hide in fear of being attacked again.

Also, because he’s Sola’s bitch. 

Aside from power, things like strategy, personality and information gathering all matter in Fate/Zero. I appreciate this a lot. This isn’t Mirai Nikki levels of hurrdurr strategy but you know, actual– somewhat believable planning.

It’s also interesting to see how interpersonal relationships come into play in Fate/Zero. Let’s see, it seems Lancer has somewhat attracted Sola-Ui with his charm spell while Gilgamesh actively pursues Kirei’s…uh, services as a means to keep himself entertained. Saber’s relationship with Irisviel grows steadily and the Rider-Waver combo have begun an unorthodox student-mentor relationship.

Yes, the series’ characters aren’t exactly a friendly bunch. But I believe this comes with the importance of exuding professionalism. The characters aren’t frail, emotional teenagers. Not everyone in this series is willing to expose their true selves. As such, each character maintains an appropriate distance with other cast members and with the audience itself. This is probably why Rider and Waver are an instant hit among people, both have been intimate with the audience. We’ve seen what they do in their free time and how openly they discuss things with one another. The same could be said about Caster and Ryuunosuke but those two are insane child murderers, it’s truly hard to sympathize with such characters but they are entertaining and are always a joy to have on screen. Of course, the more we see of characters like Archibald, Kirei and Emiya we slowly become more and more familiar with them.

End Notes

Irisviel’s driving skills are insane! Saber’s uncomfortable expression during the whole thing was priceless. I’m actually amused by the fact that Emiya has been purchasing ‘toys’ for Irisviel. Despite her being his wife, I do think he treats her more like a child than a woman. Except that would be creepy because– you know– they sexed. OR DID THEY? Dundundun!

If this were Penguindrum, this scene would immediately be a metaphor for sex/seduction/penis/NTR/my face.

Bitch, stop walking around in circles. Tokiomi and that old dude already trademarked that move.

In closing, a great episode with hefty deal of character development and look into the inner workings of certain teams. This wasn’t an easy task given how awesome the fifth episode was but this episode managed to get past that and work well enough, avoiding a lot of the problems I previously had with other dialogue heavy episodes we had before.

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17 Comments

  1. I loved the scene where Kayneth made a big deal about how much magical security he had and then Kiritsugu just levels the entire building. Bombs: 1, Magic: 0. About two weeks ago I went ahead and marathoned Fate/Stay night for comparison purposes and I have to say that this show does a much better job of portraying magical conflict as it would probably happen in modern day.

    • Bombs: 1, Magic: 0

      I loved it. And I think this also raises the issue or traditional vs. modern and a great contrast to Tokiomi’s more old fashioned approach. Archibald was being an arrogant twat so it was a bit rewarding to see his hotel explode.

      I have yet to watch Fate/stay night but from what I’ve been hearing this prequel is so much better. (Surprise, surprise!)

      • Less whiny teenagers, more explosions! :D

      • Well, Fate Zero anime is better then Fate/Stay Night anime, but thats just because the Fate/Stay Night anime was done terribly. The original Visual Novel is really amazing on par with Fate Zero, its just that Studio DEEN’s adaptation was really shitty. Especially compared to the masterful job ufotable has been doing so far with Fate Zero.

        • To be more accurate:

          The first route of Fate/Stay Night is pretty good but a lot more conventional than Fate/Zero; the second route is kind of amazing and just about as good as Fate/Zero or better; then the final route is good enough that it basically justifies the creation of Fate/Zero in the first place. Saber is the heroine of the first, Rin the heroine of the second and Sakura (Kariya’s niece you saw being raped by insects in the very first episode) is the heroine of the third. It gets about as dark and screwed-up as you might expect.

          Have to say, though, Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Zero are ultimately pretty different narratives from what I’ve seen so far. F/SN was essentially an epic 30 hour character study of Shirou and deconstruction of heroism, while Fate/Zero appears to be more in line with a Game of Thrones-style ensemble piece, and is a lot more concentrated and less rambling. So maybe it’s unfair to compare the two (although so far Fate/Zero’s adaption is pretty superior to Fate/Stay Night’s adaption, thankfully)

        • its just that Studio DEEN’s adaptation was really shitty.
          Studio DEEN

          There’s your problem.

    • Haha, indeed. That’s Kayneth’s biggest weakness: He’s playing by the rules like any other mage would. Against a pragmatist like Kiritsugu, it may be his undoing.

  2. >If this were Penguindrum, this scene would immediately be a metaphor for sex/seduction/penis/NTR/my face.
    You mean it wasn’t?

    • “You mean it wasn’t?”

      Lol. I have to back Ando up on this one, it looks like it was sexual innuendo. I mean, simply judging based off Archer’s personality, it seems like the perfect form of entertainment for a King such as he. Lol.

    • You mean it wasn’t?
      I wasn’t sure but now I’m starting to believe that it is.

  3. LOL CENSORING!
    that part with ryunosuke this episode was really badly censored. from what little they showed the audience you can tell he’s cutting someone, yet theres no sound. I only bring this up because in the novel you get a full description of what he’s doing, and its one of the most horrifying disgusting scenes i ever read. Urobouchi at his cruelest. Im a little annoyed they censored both that and Caster later killing the victim so heavily, because one of the roles of Caster and Ryunosuke in the story is to be horribly evil and shocking. But, from what i have seen people saying, the implications still worked well in creating the same feeling for people who hadn’t read the novels so whatever. I hear the DVD(or is it BVD? not sure what the B stands for) will have extra and uncensored scenes.
    The other problem i had with this episode was that the confrontation between Maiya and Kotomine was so short! i mean, its not much longer in the novel, but you do get more details. However i am biased as a huge fan of Kirei, so ignore my whining.

    Also, and this is important, they cut out the fact that Kirei doesn’t tell Tokiomi about going to the building and fighting Maiya! thats kind of important dudes! He doesnt tell Tokiomi or his dad about Maiya, the familiar he caught, or Kiritsugu. Kirei himself is surprised that he doesn’t want to tell them, and isnt sure why he doesnt.

    Other then those few problems though this was a great episode. Loved Kirei’s Black keys, Loved Iri driving, and loved most of all the part where Kiritsugu blows up Kayneths base. Really looking forward to the next ep, as we are getting into volume 2 material from the novel, and ther is dome great stuff coming up.

    • “I only bring this up because in the novel you get a full description of what he’s doing, and its one of the most horrifying disgusting scenes i ever read. […] Im a little annoyed they censored both that and Caster later killing the victim so heavily, because one of the roles of Caster and Ryunosuke in the story is to be horribly evil and shocking. ”

      Damn, you make me want to read the novel. =P Sounds like that would have been a pretty good scene since the evil nature of Caster and Ryunosuke in the first scene was the reason why I liked this pair. I was a tad disappointed that most things were left to our imagination.

    • We’ll have to wait for the DVDs and Blurays I guess! It did seem they were trying not to show so much gore this time around with Caster and Ryuunosuke but they did imply it well enough. I’m a little scared of what was going on and I wonder what kind of place they were in.

      Also, and this is important, they cut out the fact that Kirei doesn’t tell Tokiomi about going to the building and fighting Maiya! thats kind of important dudes!
      Hopefully it appears somewhere later in the series? I have to agree, this is a pretty important part of the plot and I hope it isn’t just put aside. I’m starting to think they’re cutting down a lot on Kirei’s part.

      This episode was excellent. A lot of building up and a lot of key moments are happening. Can’t wait for the next episode!

      • “Hopefully it appears somewhere later in the series?”

        Well, in the novel it happens here as i recall, after the scene this episode where Kirei, Tokiomi and Kirei’s dad were planning to deal with Caster, Tokiomi asks Kirei where he went when he left the church(when he fought Maiya on the building) and Kirei tells him that he discovered a spy, and then lies and says that he has already dealt with it and there’s nothing to worry about. Tokiomis just like “Oh okay, guess this is an executors way of doing things, but don’t be so reckless in the future ok?” Kirei doesnt even mention the fight with Maiya or his suspicions that Kiritsugu is actually here in Fuyuki. The novel also shows that he does this lie kind of instinctively and is surprised at himself for keeping this from them. So maybe (hopefully) they will add a later scene to show this to the viewers.

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