It has been a long time, but Fate/zero hits us with an exciting episode for the second half. With that, this leaves us with the servants duking it out against Caster while Karia and Tokiomi has a confrontation over giving up Sakura.
From the looks of the battle against Caster, it certainly looks like a lost cause because the creature around him keeps regenerating. No matter what attacks they land, it doesn’t deal a final blow. To make it even worse, there are bystanders near the battle site, which makes it more worrisome. On the other hand, I’m glad that Kiritsugu finally does the right thing by sniping Ryuunosuke in the stomach and then the head. This does a lot of justice in his immoral murdering and sacrificing of innocent parents and children. With that, this count as the first death of a master in the Grail War.
Aside from the war, Gilgamesh attitudes towards Tokiomi intrigued me. When he talks to Kirei, he treats him like a bro and even entices him back into the Grail War. On the other hand, he has a different relationship with Tokiomi since he gets angry about having to use his Babylon Gate. Perhaps this distrust between the two might relate to using the command seal in Episode 5 and the backroom dealings with Kirei. Either way, this doesn’t look good for Tokiomi as it could raise more problems aside from having to encounter Karia in the future.
On the other hand, Tokiomi faces another confrontation with Karia while Berserker has a dogfight with Gilgamesh. It’s already a known fact that Tokiomi gave up Sakura to the Matou family. However, the reasons behind it never got told until now. Apparently, he thought that her potential would never get realized if she stays. Although it’s his right to put her up for adoption, it doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. To make it worse, he picks the wrong family to care for her. That part kind of disgusts me since we all know how terrible Zouken Matou is when he shoved her into a room with parasitic worms in the first episode. From that, I think this will ultimately contribute to his bad ending for being a bit too pushy on his daughters so they can become an “elite” magus.
With Ryuunosuke finally snipped down, we are left with one nasty servant that won’t die. This gave me a thought that they might have deliberately weakened Saber so she can let out her true strength when the time comes. Either way, it’s an excellent way to begin the second season and I hope Caster gets defeated in the next episode. ¶