Rider and Weaver steal the spotlight yet again with their awesomeness… and of course, Lancer’s suffering.
Following the massive injuries that Kiritsugu inflicted on El-Melloi, there is no doubt that he has no ability to continue his participation in the war. Not only that, he can no longer use magic from the permanent damages caused by the “Origin Bullet.” The only obvious choice left is to have Sola-Ui take over his position as Master of Lancer so they can continue. The way she takes control is scary since she was going to cut his arm off and rip the command spells away from him if he refused. Thankfully, that didn’t happen and she gained control of Lancer with little force as possible. Unfortunately, this leaves a lot of suffering for Lancer as his original master is out of commission to the point where he almost lost hope. Even with Sola reaffirming that she only seeks the Grail to bring El-Melloi back to his former glory, it’s still leaves a lot of doubt on whether she would keep her word and of course, what happened in the past with the girl he loved in a flashback. We just have to wait and see what happens to them as the war rages on.
Yet again, Rider and Weaver steal the spotlight once the seriousness is gone. Aside from Saber and company, it seems that this duo always manages to a lot of attention with their antics. However this time, Weaver’s haste shows the rather gruesome side of the war. When they finally figured out where Caster’s base was, he tried to act cool by letting out some magic to lit the area without realizing the dead bodies of Caster’s and his master’s victims. From this realization and vomiting on the sight over dead bodies, I think that he finally realizes that the Grail War is more serious than he perceived before. Because of this, I expected him to react like this although his servant took it in a mature manner. On the other hand, their visit wasn’t a complete bust. They finally know what Assassin is now up to and burned down the hideout where Caster and Ryuunosuke stayed. It’s only a matter of time until they get cornered and defeated by the others.
Aside from the awesomeness of Rider, this episode had great character development on both sides, especially for Lancer, Sola-Ui and El-Melloi. The flashback of Lancer’s past was quite fascinating as it somewhat explains why he has no desire to win the Grail and the aftermath of being betrayed after falling in love with a woman who is already married. In a sense, this creates more suffering for him since it can happen again with Sola, which he clarifies in his reluctance to continue at first. It would be interesting how this plays out because apparently, El-Melloi still has a lot of romantic feelings for her even though she doesn’t love him back. This could only make things worse as she might start making out with Lancer, thus causing history to repeat itself once again.
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