This week’s episode starts off with Azuki being berated by her manager because she doesn’t want to be in a photo book, as it would be good for her career as a voice actress. Meanwhile, the studio is uncomfortably silent, disrupted by the arrival of Shujin and Miyoshi. However, they soon fall back into silence, but Ogawa breaks it to release the tension. Miura comes by to discuss the fourth chapter, not wanting to change the first three chapters. Saiko gets worried that he hasn’t heard from Azuki, so Shujin asks Miyoshi to talk with her. The next day, Takahama (one of the assistants) stays behind to finish some extra work after the other two leave. Normally the most silent of the assistants, Takahama opens up to Saiko, telling him his dream to work at Disney. Takahama explains that his silence comes because he can’t relate to the other two assistants, who are content with being assistants. He looks up to Saiko, and the two are able to bond. The next day, Saiko sends a text to Azuki to check up on her, and she replies telling him about the photo book. Azuki’s responses worry Saiko, so he tries to call her, but she won’t pick up the phone. Saiko then rushes off to Azuki’s house, despite Shujin and Miyoshi’s protests. Shujin then calls Azuki himself, telling her that Saiko has rushed off to see her and asking her to stop him. Azuki calls Saiko before he is able to reach the train, apologizing for her behavior and forcing him to finish his manuscript. Saiko is still worried about the photo book, so Azuki asks his true opinion about it. He admits that he would hate for her to be in a photo book for others to see, so she decides not to do it. Despite her refusal, she gets another audition. The episode ends as Shujin answers a call from Miura with the early results from Trap’s first chapter. I’m not sure if I like the pacing of this season yet…So far, they haven’t gotten so far. There’s so much better material later in the manga, but it seems like a distant dream for the anime…it’s a pity. Oh well, I still love this series.
October 8th, 2011:
Back to shorter, more manageable 20 minute episodes. This episode starts off with Waver using Rider to steal some books, which Rider uses to find out the world has changed since his time. It is revealed that Rider is King Iskandar, as Waver almost uses a command seal to force him to be more respectful, but chooses not to waste it (smartly). Iskandar then demonstrates his powers, calling forth a chariot carried by oxen (he is Rider, after all). Meanwhile, Kiritsugu is playing with Illya (who is super cute, by the way). Meanwhile, Saber talks with Iris, surprised that Kiritsugu is so soft-hearted, having seen him as a cold person. Apparently, there was some friction when Saber was summoned, since King Arthur was supposed to be a man and Kiritsugu found it hard to believe Saber was the same person. We move to another scene where a serial murder is drawing something on his victim’s floor. He introduces himself as Uryuu Ryuunosuke to the boy he has tied up on the ground. However, a seal appears on his hand and the pentagram that he drew on the ground starts to glow. A Servant appears, introducing himself as Caster, and the two make a contract. Caster lets the boy go free, but the boy is then mutilated by tentacles when he reaches the front door. What a fun way for Ryuunosuke and Caster to bond >.> Caster then introduces himself as Bluebeard. Kirei then reveals that Caster was the seventh Servant, so all Servants have been summoned (he summoned Assassin if I didn’t mention it earlier). Kirei orders Assassin to infiltrate the Tohsaka house and kill Tokiomi Tohsaka. However, Assassin is found out by Gilgamesh (Archer), who takes him out with ease as the episode ends. Well…maybe that death was fake. We know what’s supposed to happen. Anyways, I really dig this series…It’s so intense.