Fate/Zero – 13 (Final) Review
Episode 13 (Final) – The Forbidden Banquet
Well, it was definitely no shocker that the show had decided to end on a cliffhanger as multiple teams gang up to take down their common enemy – Caster.
It was definitely the most logical way to end the series with the last scene having left people wanting for more. The unsatisfying part for me was the fact that it had taken the series 13 episodes of character development to get to the start of a major battle in the Holy Grail War.
This episode had taken on a sentimental note as we explored the relationship between Caster/Ryunosuke and Rider/Waver.
Caster and Ryunosuke
I couldn’t help but found it amusing how Caster’s and Ryu’s chat over God’s existence had so happened to air on Christmas. It was particularly interesting to watch Ryu’s mind in action as he worked around his twisted mindset to the connections that he had made over the existence of God. It had definitely given us an insight as to how his mind seems to twist logic to suit his purpose whilst exciting Caster as the same time. This was definitely a moment of watching a psychopath in action. I loved it!
I had always seen the dynamics in the relationship between Caster and Ryu to be somewhat reversed with Caster being the dominating character in that pair. However, this episode had showed us that the real driving force behind the pair’s actions is actually Ryu’s personality, while Caster merely magnifies everything that Ryu beliefs. (I know that it took me 13 episode to see this fact, call me slow if you wish)
As for how I felt about the scene… Well, I had a lot of fun observing how the individual characters had reacted to what the other had said. Ryu’s crying over what had taken place in their hideout was funny, while the information that Caster had divulge regarding his past had showed us a more human and connectable side to his character as we get to see his insecurities. This particular scene was probably created as a way to build up our interest in the pair as they are nearing the end of their life span in the series since we haven’t had too many personal interactive moments between Caster and Waver over the course of the season, and because of that I felt like I could appreciate the scene even more.
Rider and Waver
Yes, that was the thought that had came to mind whilst watching the pair. =D
The scene on the hill had definitely struck a sentimental chord within me and I couldn’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy over their bonding session. The way in which Rider had to reaffirmed Waver of his “importance” in their relationship whilst Waver was starting to lose faith in himself was very touching to watch. We are shown a softer and more nostalgic side to Rider as he tries to relive his life while at the same time, Waver is shown a glimpse into Rider’s heart and dreams.
Perhaps it was the setting of the sun as the sky grew darker, or perhaps it was the way the framing of the scene had distance itself from the actual personal chat between the two as we are shown a more observational view of the pair. Whatever it was, I really liked watching that moment on the street/hill. The execution of the framing was done in a effective manner that had reflected that particular moment. To illustrate the distance in the pair the camera takes a long shot of the scene, but when the time came for the bonding between the pair as Waver shows us his insecurities and Rider reassures him of his existence, the camera becomes more personal and upfront with closeup shots of the two.
I am going to miss this pair of idiots as we wait for the second season of Fate/Zero to air.
Yay for the reappearance of my favourite servant – Lancer.
It is interesting how Rider had gone around telling everyone about Caster as it had showed us that Rider really does have a strong sense team spirit (either that or one can see it as him being a bossy leader that treats all the other servants as part of his army).
Although I did like seeing Lancer, Rider and Saber working together, it gets quite tiring when most of the battles consist of only 3 (or a handful of) main parties whilst the rest remain forgotten in the background. I never really expected an all out massive brawl between every pairing in this series, but I did hope that if battles did happen, we would see some sort of end to them instead of characters constantly running away. I mean, the only true “end” to a character that we’ve seen in the show is the end of Assassin’s character. But even then, the show/Grail couldn’t let go of Kirei’s role in the War. Well, if the preview for the next episode is as straightforward as it seems, the next season should start off with a big bang as more servant/master pairs join the battle against Caster.
Back to the gathering. Damn was Cater’s monster huge. The first impression that came to mind was… “oh no, Godzilla is going to destroy everything”. =P It is probably obvious by now, but I guess that Caster’s spell book did heal itself after the battle against Saber and Lancer.
Well, whatever the case is with the amount of parties involved in this battle, it is good to know that the next season would start off with an fast paced action scene that should blow our minds if animation of the battle between Berserker and Archer is anything to go by.
I would like to say that I had expected more out of the episode, but I had seen this coming so I can’t really say that. Although it was an enjoyable episode, I did hope that instead of more character development (since the whole season has revolved around it thus far) we would have instead seen an end to the whole chase after Caster and Ryu. After seeing what we’ve seen through the season, I would have much preferred if the episode covering Rin and her escapades had been left out in order to make room for the big battle. As the bonding scene between Caster and Ryu had seemed like a “last tribute” scene as they near their end, I am hoping that the bonding between Rider and Waver in this episode was not done for the same reason as well.
Episode Rating: 7.5/10
Series Rating: 7/10 – All in all, it was a good season (albeit the heavy dialogue and some not so great moments).
Another series has finally come to an end, and hopefully I’ll see you guys when the next season of Fate/Zero airs. =)
If you have the time, please check out our other reviews. =) I hope that you have enjoyed reading the reviews as much as I have enjoyed writing them (and if you hadn’t then… I apologise). Oh, and I would just like to say that I had plenty of fun reading the discussions over each episode each week. =)
Take care folks! and Merry Christmas to all!
Ra’s Fate/Zero Question of the Week:
How did the series fair in your mind? Will you be watching the next season?