Fate/Apocrypha Episode 10: Back to the beginning

Well, I checked the logs and it seems we're right back to the beginning of this series. I would be more skeptical, but many of the scenes at the end are completely reused. And I know the Saber class is supposed to be the strongest class and all, but Mordred is obscenely strong.

Poor Fran got the Chaozu treatment in this episode, a full sacrifice for virtually no gain. It was nice that she got to go out in a blaze of glory, but that was still a pretty sad end for her. I was going to be much harsher on this scene if she hadn't come back after being initially stabbed. Getting Siegfried back in her place just seems like such a bad deal...

This week's brought up the idea of using Command Spells to increase Servant strength a couple of times. Outside of Fate/Grand Order, I wasn't even aware that Command Spells could be used in that way...not that I claim to be an expert on Fate or anything. I guess I'm too used to seeing them used literally for the "command" part in other series.

I don't have too much to say about Sieg's "awakening". The whole "this is my choice" thing makes sense given how much it's been beaten into our heads that this guy is the poster boy for free will. Heck, the scene almost felt like a cheap way to insert an Arthur-style "sword in stone" reference.

Uhh, I think Ruler would like to have a word with you on that, Shirou. Isn't she possessing a human right now?

In fact, many of Shirou's lines in this episode really hurt to see. This guy obviously has no idea that Sieg is the protagonist.

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