The End of Honor
Intense…and heartbreaking. Lancer’s final scene in the anime affected me way more than the novel after seeing those bloody tears and hearing that painful cry. But it’s really the way he dies that makes it so tragic–forced to commit suicide by his own blade, just as he was finally allowed the pleasure to fight Saber as a noble warrior. His only pleasure. And it’s even worse after all the hatred Kayneth spewed at him…after killing Risei. Gosh, what a depressing episode… D:
At the same time, I can’t exactly hate Kiritsugu for how he duped Kayneth, cuz I didn’t like him or Sola to begin with. He’s a hard man to judge, as he uses harsh methods to get rid of the other Masters and Servants, yet he’s willing to sacrifice himself to “save the world.” The cold hard truth of humanity drives him as opposed to Saber’s chivalry, which brings up very interesting topics about human nature, the goodness/hellishness of war, heroes, honor, and etc. Is Saber wrong and Kiritsugu right? Or is Kiritsugu being way too extreme and contradictory?
Well, we’ve seen Kiritsugu and Kirei mean pretty serious business now, so the suspense around their inevitable battle is killing me. I’m amazed at myself for not reading much further than this point. xD After the next episode, it’ll be mostly new material for me.