This week’s episode starts off with Aoki discussing joining up with Koji, the musician, to create manga. Also, picking up from last week, Miura reveals that Trap is third in the early results. Although Miura is optimistic about it, Shujin is worried that Trap will fall in the later chapters similarly to another of the new series, which fell to ninth after getting third for the first chapter. Nakai finds out that Aoki is planning on teaming up with Koji, and rushes over to her house to talk with her. Unable to accept that her story is problematic, Aoki blames Nakai’s art for the failure of their series. Nakai then decides that he will continue to draw outside her apartment until she is satisfied despite the cold. Nakai continues to draw at the table outside Aoki’s apartment, even allowing himself to be beaten by local punk kids. Each day, he puts a manuscript in Aoki’s mailbox. Finally, she looks at one, instantly impressed by his art. One day, a snowstorm blows into town, which worries Saiko. When Fukuda goes to stop Nakai, he still refuses to stop drawing. Fukuda brings Saiko, Shujin, and Miyoshi to help him stop Nakai, but they arrive to see Aoki outside apologizing to Nakai, finally admitting that her story was the weak point of their manga, not his art. Aoki then breaks off her partnership with Koji and starts up with Nakai again. The episode ends as Shujin and Saiko find out that chapter two of Trap has only placed eighth. Still following the manga well…still sketchy pacing…still enjoying it anyway.
October 15th, 2011:
So, Assassin’s death is confirmed at the start of this week’s episode (there’s still gotta be some sort of catch). Waver talks with Rider about Assassin’s death. At first, Rider seems uninterested, but then becomes interested in the one who killed Assassin. Waver, who saw Assassin die, is unable to identify the killer or their Noble Phantasm. Meanwhile, Kirei seeks shelter in the church after having lost Assassin, the church being a neutral ground. In the church, more Assassins appear, revealing the true nature of Assassin. Saber and Irisviel arrive in Japan, where Iris reveals that she is just a puppet, never having seen the outside world. Hearing this, Saber lets her explore the city before reporting to Kiritsugu. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu secretly enters a hotel room, where the occupant provides him with equipment as well as informs him that Iris and Saber have arrived (apparently, they want to trick the others into thinking Iris is Saber’s Master). She then shows Kiritsugu the footage of Assassin’s attack, expressing her suspicion that Tohsaka was expecting Assassin to come. Kiritsugu becomes suspicious when he hears the Kirei is Assassin’s Master and is staying at the church, and orders Maiya to keep watch over the church. Saber takes Iris to the sea, but they are interrupted by the presence of another Servant, who turns out to be Lancer. The episode ends as the battle begins. I’m definitely enjoying this show…Kiritsugu is way more badass than he’s portrayed in Fate/Stay Night and it’s great to watch all of the intensity.