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Fate/Zero

Happy Mother’s Day, Kiritsugu.

While I can admire Kiritsugu’s ability to ‘cut’ off his feelings as he pulls the trigger, it’s a different matter for the man himself. While his origin allows to ‘cut’ off his feelings, but ‘tying’ them back together to the man himself is where he can’t seem to resolve it properly.

Every time he chooses these drastic measures, apparently for the sake of the most effective, efficient way of doing it, it just feels to me he’s totally given up on the world and doing it out of spite. As if pulling a tantrum that never really ends. Towards the world that denied him a beautiful place in it. And where justice is present and all encompassing.

It’s like what Natalia says, he’s just too much of a machine in one way. But additionally, he’s too human in the other way. In that manner, Shirou feels a lot more respectable to me now.

15 Comments

  1. Dakkar Said,

    May 13, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    Well, at least he made her smile in the end.

    And this episode it’s cigarettes that make a cameo appearance…

  2. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    May 13, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    That is what happened to Sky France flight. Kerry has to kill all that he loves.

    GARcher is what would have happened to Shirou if he followed Kerry’s path.

    Next episode, the Tokiomi-Matou family all comes apart.

  3. Nights Said,

    May 13, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    wow, I didn’t realize that this air on the mother’s day weekend until you mention it. (i know its mothers day just didn’t make the connection) It certainty makes his back story hit harder.

    But like Natalia said when your tying a cut string back together its not the same. Kiritsugu has just been cut way too many times.

  4. Qwerty Said,

    May 13, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    Good thing he didn’t do anything as crazy as suggesting a water landing. Someone could have gotten killed doing something that dangerous.

  5. c2710 Said,

    May 13, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    farewell natalia… im gonna miss you as well

  6. Random Hobo Said,

    May 13, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    I swear so many people hate Shirou for being too excessively naive and good natured,
    I really can’t understand their sentiments. Finally I see someone else mention positive things regarding Shirou.

  7. Noidnil Said,

    May 13, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    I wonder how many more cameo´s are going to be there. The cigarettes this time, last time Albireo, maybe shiki is going to walk in too next time?

  8. xammy Said,

    May 13, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    @Qwerty
    First off we don’t even know if Natalia can land it. I could also argue that ocean currents can take those ghouls to the shore, or those bees can affect other species, but whether Natalia can be saved or not is not the issue here. This scene is supposed to show that kiritsugu chose saving more people over saving his family. This is opposite to HF shirou’s decision.

  9. shinkirou Said,

    May 13, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    it fell that the last 2 episode like watching resident evil

  10. kronk Said,

    May 13, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

    I hope the practice of giving your mother a missile on Mother’s Day doesn’t catch up among the otaku crowd. If it did, all the black markets the world over will find their stock of portable surface-to-air missile launchers in short supply, and all those poor terrorists and freedom fighters won’t be able to shoot down all those Black Hawk choppers or Predator drones infringing their no-fly zone, and of COURSE we don’t want that now, do we?

  11. The Moondoggie Said,

    May 14, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    I made a block of chocolate I wanted to model as a missile for a joke the day before yesterday and hid it for mother’s day today…

    But yesterday, mom told me she don’t like chocolates and likes vanilla icecream now…

    Dammit! You can’t sculpt icecream! Not possible! ;_;

  12. Saevel25 Said,

    May 14, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    I am wondering if they timed this on purpose or it just happened this way. But i loved this episode, it was the cliche’ child becomming an assassin, but even though how much she believed he could disconnect his emotions, he still couldn’t in the end. I just think this will brings a great difference between Kiritsugu and Kirei.. Kirei would be the person who truely lacks emotion, though now he’s developing the enjoyment of watching other people suffer. While Kiritsugu can still kill with out emotion, i think it eats away at him, hence his reasoning for the grail war, to end all that he has fought. He’s finally found his way to bring what he fought for to an end. So in one way, Kiritsugu is regaining his humanity, while Kirei is loosing his more and more. They are very similar, yet taking different paths.

  13. Edlar Said,

    May 14, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

    Kiritsugu is not a sane or mature individual who can deal with his actions. As you can see, he is one step away from a psychotic episode. It’s why he can’t bear arguing about his methods to Saber because even he knows his justifications are bullshit, but they are the only thing keeping him going or he is going to collapse in an absolute puddle of despair when he realizes it was all for nothing.

  14. Mr. sir. Said,

    May 14, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

    It’s like only 300 zombies, just land in a cleared desert-like area, grab yourself a sniper and they stand jack shit chance….

  15. Dakkar Said,

    May 15, 2012 @ 6:10 am

    Oh, come on. Natalia was clearly aware of what Kiritsugu is going to do and accepted it without any complains. Considering her experience, if there was a better way, she could certainly enlighten him beforehand, yet she didn’t.

    And considering Kiritsugu’s line of work, he’s still a damn nice person. At the very least, he’s a better character compared to immature and delusional Shirou, who survived solely by the means of the plot armor time after time.

    @Noidnil
    We’ll certainly get Tomoe’s cameo in the end, in the chibi form :D

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