While Rin is held hostage, Archer’s true identity and origins are finally revealed.
I have to admit, I didn’t expect things to quickly to go down so quickly. While there was some hints in the last episode that Archer and Shirou are related, Archer is basically Emiya Shirou from the future. He decided to become a guardian to fulfill his ideals of becoming a hero. Of course, this means that he had to kill some to save many. This also means that he killed various people who disrupted the peace and caused wars such as drug lords and even Middle East terrorists. Sadly, his ideals betrayed him as he killed many people with no results to show for it. This can explain why he wants to kill Shirou so badly in order to be relieved from his duty.
Meanwhile, while Lancer gives a nice punch to Shinji’s face to save Rin, his master is finally revealed. Yep, it’s Kirei who acted as Rin’s guardian for over 10 years before revealing that he planned on using her for his plans. Yep, Rin was very furious when she found out that he was the one that killed her father in cold blood. Now, he wants to use her to gain access to the grail, which will not happen for sure. Still, it’s nice to see her give a nice rant to him.
Aside from that, while it’s sad to see Lancer’s demise when Kirei forces him to commit suicide with a command seal, it’s apparent that Rin is not done with him. Rin might use a command seal next time to have Saber come to defend herself against him and Shinji. As for the battle against Archer and Shirou, it’s going to be interesting to see Shirou try to catch up to Archer in terms of capabilities with Unlimited Blade Works finally being used for real next time. I can’t wait. ¶