The World’s Last Hope

This episode was quite a disappointment regarding the showdown between Saber and Berserker. If anything, it just feels rushed to the point that there could hardly be a form of legitimate redemption for both of them. I mean, they were once comrade in arms so I would really love it if it detailed more of their struggles especially on Lancelot’s side of things, particularly, his deep hatred for Arthur(ia).

That aside, we did see the entire irony of Emiya Kiritsugu’s attempt at salvation. How his only hope became his greatest despair. Even though I’m quite aware of that thing inside the Grail, it personally felt poorly explained in this episode as to how much of a danger the Grail is. Not ignoring the possibility that not all who watch this series are fans, I would’ve loved it if they put some more detail in showing the Grail’s identity and how much of a threat that this is to humanity.

I mean, I understand the “Boat Game” that was forced upon Emiya but how does the Grail participate in such an event? Will it trigger its saving/sacrifice each and every time a calamity takes place or will this happen as an apocalyptic event where humanity would be reduced by the numbers?


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. x
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 00:59:55

    Yeah, not the best episode in terms of introducing the elements from F/SN, but it works well enough to keep the story moving towards the end.

    The idea with the boats was less about the calamity and more about the “us” versus “them” mentality. By always choose the largest group as “us” whenever there is a conflict, using the Grail, the smaller group will always die out completely and the larger group’s survival will be ensured. Then if and when the surviving group split up due to disagreements and the cycle will continue.


  2. baka~
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 01:06:48

    So are you saying that the grail will automatically implement Emiya’s ideals? That should a crisis occur that would endanger humanity, it will automatically select the best course of action in saving the majority and sacrificing the few?


  3. x
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 03:10:28

    Well, that’s not Emiya’s ideal, more like what Emiya believes to be the only thing he can do himself. Emiya’s ideal was to eliminate conflict altogether, which is deemed impossible for the grail, since Emiya doesn’t know how to do it.

    I’m saying that the grail would give Emiya the means and the will to carry out actions that will save the majority while sacrificing the few in each and every scenario almost indefinitely.


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