Dating Saber

Fate/Stay Night

Finally a good episode of F/SN for a change. I’ve realised now what the main problem of F/SN was. It was the lack of character development past the first few episodes. After setting up pretty much the roles of Shirou as clueless justice guy and Saber as the quiet aloof girl, the whole show has been concentrating too much on the action, rather than the character development, making it especially boring (except for Archer) as there was a lack of empathy I felt towards the characters. It does make a bloody difference IF Saber was fighting for her lion doll rather than some powerful, ambigious artifact, ya know.

So well, the gist of the story this time round, is Shirou inviting Saber on a date, presumably because he’s fallen in love with her. I especially loved Rin’s reaction when she LMAO’ed on Shitrou when he told her that. After Rin decides to help out by planning their date (loved how clueless Saber was when Shitrou invited her to the date) and also taking out Ilya(main obstruction), Saber and Shitrou go out and have a fun, normal date. At the end of the date, Shirou has a heart-to-heart talk to Saber about asking her to live with him forever and they start to argue. Admitedly speaking, both of them argued each other quite well, with both hitting on each other’s weak spots. Shirou storms off after telling Saber to do what she wants.

Later that night, Rin wakes Shirou from his nap, asking where did Saber went, and a worried Shirou finds Saber back at the spot they argued. I felt pretty sad for Saber when she answered that she was thinking about what to do, but she had no idea, making me really appreciate Ayako’s voicing of Saber. Shirou drags her home, but midway, they get interrupted by Gilgamesh. BTW, doesn’t he look very very similar to Archer?

7 Comments

  1. Syaoran Li Said,

    May 21, 2006 @ 5:42 am

    I decided to call him (Gilgamesh) the fashion-boy LOL

    You’re right, Ayako did a great job as always in that part, and Shirou is so lost without her that make me feel pity for him. But at the same time I was hoping to hear from his mouth that he loves her (hi said like but it’s the same to me). I like how their date was; indeed Saber was very cute every time Shirou tease her, especially with the stuffed lion, kawaii. I don’t know if Saber is going to change her mind about redoing her life but… who cares, Saber x Shirou FTW

    If Gilgamesh wants Saber for himself, definitely a big battle between him and Shirou is coming. Go for it you moron!

    Cute picture Kurogane, thanks.

  2. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    May 21, 2006 @ 12:08 pm

    Yeah…. that was the other problem with the series…. the lack of this cute moments which appeal to our inner moé fanboys so that we could root for them when they’re fighting. Seriously speaking, the whole series was taking itself too seriously :P.

    As for the pic, it wasn’t too hard of a work. I feel like redesigning my whole blog soon anyways, to make it look nicer. I’ve been stuck with this layout too long, plus it’s a hack job i did :P.

  3. Syaoran Li Said,

    May 21, 2006 @ 12:41 pm

    Gambatte with the redesigning of this place

    Well, what do we have here? Shirou admit his feelings for Saber; try to make things clear in their date without success. Then they talk about each ones behavior, how Saber doesn’t really want to fight, and how Shirou doesn’t care about himself. Is funny how Shirou told Saber about don’t redo her life for strangers, and he do the same with everyone in his old days without War.

    Next week, the battle with Gilgamesh will be a breaking point for their relationship; one of two; Saber will discover her own feelings for Shirou and decide to stay or then her decision of redo her life will prevail at last.

    I was thinking, maybe Fate-Stay Night would done a better job as a harem series instead of this… don’t you agree with me?

  4. Claude Said,

    May 21, 2006 @ 8:59 pm

    >>I was thinking, maybe Fate-Stay Night would done a better job as a harem series instead of this… don’t you agree with me?

    my thoughts exactly after this episode xD. i jus wish they’d put more scenes with Rin. i was especially hopeful a few months back while shirou and rin were dispelling the spell thingies around the school, but alas, turned out not to be >.

  5. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    May 21, 2006 @ 10:31 pm

    On it’s basics, F/SN is an harem series. You cannot deny it’s h-game roots. But the problem is that now, Geneon is changing it’s focus to the American market as well.

    As seeing that having too many h-scenes would make it hard for the series to get approved in America, they’ve toned the h-parts out and focused more on the War itself. Unfortunately, they also screwed up the character development in the process/

  6. Syaoran Li Said,

    May 22, 2006 @ 1:14 am

    You got a point Kurogane

    Let me told you something. Maybe 15 years ago, in the early ninety’s, here in Latino America our TV cables were filled with American cartoons like BreakStar, Silver Hawks and many more; at the same time the anime begun to increase, at the point if a series was good enough, Mexico, who is the big monster here in Latino America speaking of anime, take the task of bring us series like Sailor Moon, Escaflowne as fast as they can. Now with the help of ANN, I can tell you, with have to wait no more than 6 months to see an episode aired in Japan, all thanks to the producers who choose the anime shows from Japan. That was easy because U.S. only brought the rights for U.S. only… a good idea, but now, U. S. Enterprises like GENEON or FUnimation brought the rights for all America, like Pokemon, Yu Gi Oh, Rave Master, etc. Thanks to that, the possibilities to see many anime series is cut off be they, and you know how meticulous they’re.

    Now it’s time to Fate/Stay Night to suffer from this sickness. I’m not hoping to see Fate/Stay Night over here in L.A., maybe Animax L.A. (a Sony Company) can gave us that chance, maybe…

    OK, enough talking about rights and market. My only hope is to see a great finale with Shirou and Saber…

  7. Kairi Said,

    February 19, 2007 @ 8:01 pm

    I wasn’t able to watch FST but I’m seriously craving to watch this show… I love Saber and Shirou Emiya’s loveteam… I just saw FST in Otakuzine Anime mag and when I read it, I started watching SaberxShirou AMVs…. lolx…..

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