The Mion River Battle
YAY!! This just made my day. x3
Seriously, what an action-packed beginning. It continues right where we left off, with Saber and Rider fighting against Caster’s monstrous form. Since he can infinitely regenerate, their blows have no significant effect on him. It’s up to Saber’s noble phantasm, which I really can’t wait to see. But first, she has to get rid of Lancer’s curse in order to use it. Meanwhile, Tokiomi and Kariya argue about Sakura, Kiritsugu quickly kills off Ryunosuke (*sigh* he deserved a long, brutal death >.>), and Gilgamesh and Berserker face off in epic aerial combat.
The highlight of this episode is definitely the latter. It’s hilarious how Gilgamesh just relaxes back into his throne the entire time. =P When I imagined the scene from the novel, it wasn’t nearly as awesome as this. Impeccable animation, and the CGI is integrated well enough for my enjoyment. Although it was hard to wait three months, the production values are definitely worth it.
As for the interesting little argument between Tokiomi and Kariya, there’s pros and cons to both sides. I don’t exactly look to Tokiomi as an evil guy. He cares deeply about his family bloodline and wants Sakura to be raised as a magus for her protection and potential. Kariya couldn’t care less about his own and betrayed his father, so it is a little hypocritical for him to attack him about family. Then again, Tokiomi gave Sakura to Zouken, of all people. It is mostly that fact that makes his decision seem so bad. If I were Kariya, I’d probably leave that creepy vampire too. My feelings are that Tokiomi had good intentions, but he’s more in the wrong for sacrificing Sakura’s soul and happiness in order to obtain her magic potential. And I just can’t blame Kariya too harshly for the kind of family he has.
The new OP song, “to the beginning” by Kalafina rocks. Way better than the first one.
Eleven more episodes of epicness coming right up!