Frankly, I was quite underwhelmed by this episode, after high expectations from watching the Curtain Raiser. A bit of note, I haven’t played the games yet :P.
This episode was quite slow and more of an introduction to all the characters, particularly on Emiya as we get to see him living a peaceful and ordinary life. He is living alone after the death of his stepfather but he has the company of Fuji-nee, his guardian and teacher in school, and Sakura, the younger sister of his best friend, Shinji. The only real exception is that he knows about the existence of magic in this world because his stepfather was a sorcerer but Shirou himself doesn’t have any real talents in learning magic and applies what little magic he knows into his hobby of fixing items. But in a sense, the episode also feels kinda rushed to introduce all the characters.
They haven’t touched into the War of the Holy Grail yet in this episode, which kinda makes it quite boring. The only Servant around this episode is Archer, under Tohsaka Rin. Based on the preview too, it seems that the next episode only introduces Lancer in, with Saber( the main reason I’m watching) nowhere in sight. I’d guess she’ll probably appear only the ending of the episode for dramaticness.
Artwise, the quality isn’tas good as in the Curtain Raiser, but it’s still acceptable. The OP and ED sounds good, especially the ED, with the song fitting in with the visuals of Saber standing in a field.Really makes me want more Saber :P.
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