Fate/Zero 09 – Tragic Figures

Why is Waver so moe?

With 4 episodes left in the first half, it becomes increasingly apparent that the cast of Fate/Zero is made up of tragic figures. The way things progress in this series almost feel as if they’ve been predetermined. The characters all feel as if they’re gravitating towards a path of tragedy. As Lancer so easily puts it: “I harbor no hatred for anyone. However, fate was simply too cruel.”

The episode opens with Lancer’s unfortunate demise after eloping with his master’s wife. Given a second chance in life, he only desires to remain loyal to Kayneth despite Sola-Ui’s obvious attraction towards him. Apparently, Lancer is cursed to NTR people because of his mole. I’m not sure if the series has confirmed that, but I’ve been hearing about it and there’s Kayneth noticing the effects somewhere around episode 6? Kayneth is thrown into a terrible situation, forced to give his command seals to Sola-Ui. With this new team, I’m not sure how well Lancer and Sola-Ui will fare against the other masters and servants.

I’d talk about Saber, Kiritsugu and Irisviel but I just didn’t care about their woes in this episode. Their segment was possibly the most boring of the bunch.

That’s why the real highlight of this episode was Waver and Rider infiltrating Caster’s hideout and finding out that Assassin isn’t dead. There’s great development on Waver’s part, most especially. I used to think of him as a spoiled brat, but the more I watch him interact with Rider. I’m starting to think that it’s just because he lived a sheltered lifestyle. There’s also the fact that he’s very eager to prove himself. Waver’s just a kid, and his shock upon seeing the dead children in Caster’s lair shows how innocent and naive he is.

It’s a blessing in disguise to have Rider as his Servant, I don’t think any other partnership in this series is as healthy.

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  1. One thing the show has done really well is make Waver into a sympathetic figure. I remember the first time I saw him, I didn’t like him at all and thought he would be dead meat as soon as he stepped onto the playing field — and look at him now! And with such a proud father figure alongside him~

    • and look at him now! And with such a proud father figure alongside him~

      I’m going to be sad when they lose they war…..*insert troll face here*

  2. The whole Lancer and Sola-Ui situation is sure to stir up some trouble in coming episodes.

    I agree with you on the Saber situation. That was the most boring part of the episode. Waver however really made the episode good. His personality is slowly being revealed in a positive light. Not sure why Waver is moe you would have to ask an expert but I can agree that he is moe. More so than all the other female characters anyway. Except Rin maybe.

    • Yeah, I wasn’t really invested with the Saber situation at all. Waver’s part really made this episode, and I’m really rooting for him and Rider. Of course, we can’t say why Waver is moe– he just is! He sure gives the other females a run for their money, hahaha!

  3. i didnt think Waver was too moe this ep, he actually looked a little manly this week with the chemistry. love the how they are showing his bond with Rider grow, but their scenes felt less lighthearted. As you said, the characters all seem like they are heading towards tragedy, and the Lancer segment at the start really set the tone of the episode in that way. Even though Waver and Rider where great as usual, the grim tone of the Lancer thing seemed to hang over their scenes, making it a little less funny.

    btw, how come you didnt do a post for the action packed episode 8?

    • Even though Waver and Rider where great as usual, the grim tone of the Lancer thing seemed to hang over their scenes, making it a little less funny.

      Definitely. And I’m pretty sure it’ll only be a matter of time until the two will have to fight their own battles.

      btw, how come you didnt do a post for the action packed episode 8?
      I had a really busy week and unfortunately, I couldn’t blog much at all. :(

  4. Hey Mira, why didn’t you come to WGC. I was hoping to see you there!

    I’m glad that you’re still following Fate/Zero. While it has it’s plot holes, things that happen in Fate/Zero just feel so… realistic. I love that.

    • Oh snap. I couldn’t come, I’ve been really caught up with real life these days! Next time? =3=

      Yeah, there are a couple of plot holes that I do find questionable but it’s pretty much enjoyable. I think of it as a polished summer blockbuster with substance.

  5. Well, what about “Waver’s just a kid, and his shock upon seeing the dead children in Caster’s lair shows how innocent and naive he is.”
    there is some text from fatezero ranobe:

    The limits of Waver’s imagination were that corpses were but remains of human bodies in the end; nothing but the result of their destruction. However, the scene before his very eyes now, surpassed his previous thought completely.

    As an illustration, that place was just like a variety shop.

    There were furniture. There were clothes as well. Musical instruments; cutlery. Various items uses of which were not understood at all; they probably were just pictures or artworks. The enthusiasm of the creator devoting himself completely into designing them diligently, and his profligate sense of fun could be perceived.

    Unmistakably, the craftsman who made these ceaselessly loved his raw materials, and the manufacturing process itself.

    They understood that there was someone who violently discovered pleasures. That might be the person who committed those murders. But the things in this blood-stained space were not corpses.

    There wasn’t a single “destroyed remains” here. Everything was a new creation; an art. Their lives as “human beings”, their carcass as “human beings” were completely discarded meaninglessly during the process of the art―that was the entirety of the slaughter at that place.

    Murders which were done creatively to amuse himself; this behavior which created art by means of death, had far exceeded the maximum level Waver’s mind could possibly take. Above simple emotions like horror and disgust, at such a graphically realistic and alarming shock, Waver could not even stand straight. Before he realized, he was already on the bloodstained floor on both his hands and knees, regurgitating all the contents of his stomach.

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