12 Days of Christmas #3: Fate/Zero

I have already said everything I need to say on Fate/Zero, but this anime aired in 2012, so here I am making another post on it. It is kind of funny how because of Fate/Zero’s funny airing schedule, it somehow managed to make my 12 Day post thingies twice.

Anyway, onto the post. There are two most memorable moments hidden in this post.

Most memorable Moment 1

Lancelot’s final monologue

[Commie] Fate ⁄ Zero - 25 Lancelot Berserker

I think most people (if not everyone) will disagree with this choice simply because it was not really a special moment nor was it a big surprise. Not to mention it happened in the epilogue and not the main story.

Unfortunately, I really liked this moment.

I have said this before, but I love King Arthur’s legend and I love it when our protagonists get complimented.

I am not sure why but I really like it when the praise for characters builds them up into Demi-gods that I can look up to. This is why I like heroes/super heroes. They are figures worthy of our admiration and respect.

Now, it is one thing for our lovely heroine to be praised by a friend, but Lancelot was no friend. He betrayed King Arthur and then fell into darkness becoming the very thing he had sworn to fight. He was more than a generic enemy who might have gained respect during the fight, no he was a traitor. And yet, despite his betrayal, his feelings of respect (and loyalty to as he still tried to be a good Knight after his affair, but failed miserably) still held true.

That kind of love and respect really tickles my fancy.

All of this talk of respect and stuff is good, but you know what pushed this scene into the upper percentile of Fate/Zero scenes?

The Voice Acting.

Good god, for pretty much the entire series, we hear nothing from Berserker, then an evil hiss or two (during his fight with Saber) and then that eloquent speech. Ryōtarō Okiayu (Also known as the VA for Kuchiki Byakuya) did such a great job. I can’t help but get shivers when he says “King Arthur” for the last time .

Other Memorable Moments

Rider’s Death

[Commie] Fate ⁄ Zero - 23 Rider

I did not find Rider’s death to be incredibly epic. Sure, he charged forth with that massive army of his, but they were decimated in a single sword slash. Then when he alone charged forth, he to was easily dispatched. As upsetting as it is to not have had a super epic death for Rider, the lack of epicness was part of the point. He was a King, a conqueror, but a foolish, naive one.

His ideological policies and spirit of adventure was no match for harsh reality. His last charge was a fools charge. He knew he wouldn’t win.

But if he didn’t charge, he wouldn’t be Rider.

He wouldn’t be the foolish King who conquered so much for the sake of his unreachable dreams.

And yet, despite the foolishness of his charge, the naivette of his dreams, he proved something at the end. He made Gilgamesh acknowledge him as an equal.

Through the power of dreams and spirit alone, Rider had conquered reality…for a second or two anyway.

He was awesome and he shall be missed.

edit: CRAP. I didn’t realize it until I reread this post several days later, but I totally forgot something. I forgot to mention that the best part of this scene was the little exchange between Gilgamesh and Waver (I already wanted to mention this, but I totally forgot when I wrote this segment!). Once Rider had died, Gilgamesh approached Waver because he was a threat to his master. Upon noticing that Waver no longer had his command seals, Gilgamesh decided that Waver did not have been eliminated.

Gilgamesh, however knew that a loyal subordinate would want to die avenging his master, so he gave Waver a fair chance to do so.

Waver refused.

But he refused because he was ordered not to die.

This impressed Gilgamesh and earned Waver the respect he had always wanted.

Fate ⁄ Zero - 23

(p.s. You should go read Scamp’s post on this. He put it far more eloquently than I did).

Lancer’s Death

[Commie] Fate ⁄ Zero - 16

Lancer’s death was so very tragic. It was so, so painful to watch. Poor guy, he only wanted to be a good honorable knight. BUT NOOO, the stupid grail and stuff got in his way.

I didn’t even like Lancer that much. Even though he was kind of meant to be a compliment to Saber, I thought his decree of honor and stuff was less tolerable than Saber’s.

Still though, it doesn’t change how brutal his death was. Up until this point, the show hadn’t been terribly sadistic with the deaths of characters, but this moment…this moment changed all that. F/Z only got more and more gruesome after this scene.

Saber’s Noble Phatasm

[Commie] Fate ⁄ Zero - 15 Saber

Saber’s phantasm was shiny.

Most memorable Moment 2

[Commie] Fate ⁄ Zero - 25 Archer Gilgamesh

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  1. #1 by Kai on December 21, 2012 - 3:24 am

    Most of the characters in Fate/Zero are incredibly pitiable, dying in vain and not gaining anything even in their deathbed. Sometimes it hurts just to look at them, lol.

    The scene with Lancelot will definitely wouldn’t catch much attention first hand, in fact, lots of people flame in MAL saying the light novels did that scene better, blah blah etc.. I think that scene is quite thought provoking though. It highlighted the mistakes in Saber’s kingship.

    • #2 by Reiseng on December 21, 2012 - 7:46 am

      Yeah, that scene could have been better in my opinion if they had just skipped Saber’s part of the dialogue. I have no idea how they did it in the Light Novel though. Nonetheless, I am happy to see that I wasn’t the only one who thought that scene was important.

      Yeah, all of the poor sods, the suffer so much! Kiritsugu’s face after the city blows up has so much defeat and sadness carved onto it.

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