Fate/Zero – 12 Review
Episode 12 – The Grail’s Invitation
More character development and recaps on the current state of things as well as more dialogue with no action anywhere in sight.
I don’t want to sound like an idiot that is only able to enjoy a show when there is action in it, but the fact that all we have been seeing thus far leans more towards character development instead of plot development does make me feel a tad upset.
It seems like no matter what has happened thus far, we can’t seem to rid ourselves of any of the masters nor servants. Sure, the assassins are finally out of the picture, but when you think about it, how important were their characters in the first place? Like the episode had stated, everything was neatly planned by Tohsaka and they were merely tools.
Then we have the problem of the masters, I can see that keeping Kirei in the game would make things interesting, but it is starting to feel like the show is unable to let go of any of it’s characters. After 12 episodes, it feels like all we did was to go around in circles with nothing having happened apart from the change in Lancer’s master and the death of the Assassins. From the way things are standing, I am going to assume that in order to hype up the second season of Fate/Zero, the next episode would end on some big cliff hanger that might give us hope for a more entertaining second season.
The Saber Gang
Through using Kiritsugu’s character as a way to provide us with a insightful “catch-up” to the current standing of things, we are shown what his perception is of the different players in this war. As usual, Kiri can’t help but obsesses over Kirei’s actions and vice versa. Their mutual “attraction/curiously” over each other is another thing that seem to have been over reiterated through the course of the series, I am honestly hoping to see some big confrontation eventuate from this, because if that doesn’t happen, I am going to be pretty disappointed.
Then we have Saber’s new base which may seem familiar to those who have already seen Fate Stay Night. If I am not mistaken (and if my memory doesn’t fail me), that is the place where Shirou from FSN lives in. But moving back onto the actual events in the episode, we are told that Irisviel is ill and might be dying. I wonder if Kiritsugu knows of this and what his reaction to everything is. After all, it has been awhile since we saw that “family-oriented” side of his personality.
Archer The Manipulator
It is funny how someone as thoughtful in planning as Tokiomi would have chosen a servant that was as uncontrollable as Archer. Wouldn’t history have told him of what Archer’s personality was like? It is quite obvious that the only known unreliable factor in Tokiomi’s plans is his servant – Archer. I would love to be proven wrong by being shown that Tokiomi had in fact depended on Archer’s unstable loner personality in order for his plans to succeed, but I doubt that would happen.
One of the reasons why the episode had turned out to be so dreary for me was the way in which the conversation between Archer and Kirei was executed. Panning frames, coupled with heavy dialogue and uninteresting animation makes for a big yawn. Thankfully, Archer’s personality is not as monotonous as Kirei’s and he provides the much needed lift in the scene. Of course, his way of twisting Kirei’s words in order to change Kirei’s perception of things was fun to watch as well. If the last episode had proven anything, Archer is one character that is too bored with his existence and relies on manipulating others in order to provide himself with some much needed entertainment. Someone should really just smack that boy around. =P
I have already touched on the idea of Kirei returning as a Master so I shall not repeat myself here.
This is not an episode that would break you out of your lazy Sunday afternoon mood. If anything, it might make you feel even more tired due to how dry the episode comes across as being at times. The biggest problem that I can see from this is that as we all know that there will be a second season. As such, nothing much might happen in the next episode. Hopefully I am wrong and the show does achieve something by next week. But if all they plan on doing is killing Caster off by the end of the season, I have a feeling that such a quick death will leave me unsatisfied.
Episode Rating: 7/10 – The dialogue in this episode makes it feel like an animated novel at times as oppose to it being an animation adaption. Perhaps a good does of a more playful/artistic execution would have made the episode a whole lot more interesting to watch.