Fate/Apocrypha Episode 8: Fights on all sides

I still have my reservations about the fights in this series, but I won't complain about an episode devoted to an extended battle. Something about the battle just doesn't sit right with me, though. I get that the homunculi are there to give Sieg something to do, but something about giving both sides a disposable army makes the battle seem...cheap?

I was never too familiar with Chiron, so the interaction between him and Achilles surprised me this week. I ended up doing some research, though, and apparently there is a depiction of the Achilles showing Chiron as an instructor. I was wondering if this scene was distorting history as Fate often does. However, the story of the sacred flames is actually an alternate version of the story explaining Achilles's mythical invulnerability.

I really want Vlad to die early. He seems to be the de facto leader of the black faction, so it seems unlikely, but I felt like he was asking for it in this episode. There was too much praise for him as a Servant. I felt like he needed to be taken down a peg.

Shiro's speech in this episode seemed pretty...creepy. It fits with his character, though, since we kinda expect him to be evil. I'm not sure how I feel about the actual content, though. It felt like a pretty standard villain line of "I was meant for this".

I see Mordred inherited the driving skills of her father.

This scene felt like a death flag for Fran. I'll be annoyed if she ends up dying alone. Her master has been asking for it much more than she has, so I feel like he should be the one to die.

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