F/sn 17-18: Caster and Servant

Fate/stay night episodes 17-18 review

Fsn 18

First, an announcement: Sister Princess is coming to this blog as the newest show I will be reviewing, starting tomorrow!

These episodes were great. You had the interaction between the characters as they ate a meal, then things got dicey. A new Servant is wreaking havoc, so Shirou, Saber & Tohsaka go to stop it. It turns out that the Master of that Servant is their teacher! He beats up on all three of them, then his Servant threatens to create a human sacrifice. Who’s she going to sacrifice? Shirou’s housemate Sakura!

So then it’s up to the three of them to save the now-possessed Sakura from a fate worse than death. Caster – the enemy – is doing all this magic on Sakura, but Tohsaka fights back. Tohsaka is my favorite character, of course, and I loved seeing how she fought for Sakura. Apparently the two of them are very closely related, though the series hasn’t let us in on that secret quite yet. Tohsaka rescues Sakura, but there’s still lots of fighting to go!

Episode 17 rating (out of four stars): ***1/2

Episode 18 rating: ***1/2

F/sn 15-16: Fukai Mori

Fate/stay night episodes 15-16 review

Fsn 16

Fate/stay night continued to be strong this week, with a battle against Iliya and Berserker where Rin Tohsaka provides her expert strategic analysis, and Shirou and Saber do the fighting. Eventually, Saber is able to defeat Berserker, thanks to the fact that she is actually… King Arthur. Do I understand it? No. But that’s the way it is.

Saber is really a mystery to me, but I don’t care about her that much. No, I have eyes only for Tohsaka. She became my favorite character quickly, and now she’s the only one I watch through these episodes. I keep hoping she and Shirou will hook up at some point, even though the hints keep coming that it’s Shirou and Saber who have something for each other.

Episode 15 rating (out of four stars): ***

Episode 16 rating: ***1/2

F/sn 13-14: Going berserk

Fate/stay night episodes 13-14 review

Archer

In these episodes, Shirou gets captured by Iliya, so Saber and Rin Tohsaka have to save him. It turns out, Shirou managed to get free himself, but now Iliya has them right where she wants them. She sends out Berserker to kill them. Tohsaka counters by sending out Archer. Archer’s original goal was just to let them escape, but now he wants to finish off Berserker. Archer comes up with something called “Unlimited Blade Works” which I assume is important since it’s the name of one of the Fate series.

Overall, two very entertaining episode, as Fate/stay night continues to impress. I wanted to watch more this week, but I instead decided that I want my Fate/stay night experience to last as long as possible, so I decided to keep it at 2 episodes per week.

Episode 13 rating (out of four stars): ***1/2

Episode 14 rating: ***1/2

F/sn 7-8: Learning curve

Fate/stay night episodes 7-8 review

Fsn 7

So in these two episodes of Fate/stay night we get more character development, specifically of Rin Tohsaka, who has become my favorite character over the dull Saber. Rin is a delight to watch as she goes through her “almost tsundere” feelings and then moves in with Shirou and Saber. When it comes to actual plot development, there wasn’t so much of that, as there was building up of the characters’ personalities. Hopefully I’ll begin to understand what the bigger story is, because it is quite confusing. Until then, at least I’m enjoying this.

Episode 7 rating (out of four stars): ***

Episode 8 rating: ***