Carnival Phantasm’s fourth and (temporarily) final endeavor of comical cuteness is quite possibly the funniest of them all with its main focus on the ever-adorable technically challenged Tohsaka Rin.
As is customary, the assorted Neko-Arcs open the episode in a bar – they discuss television and tape recorders, as we find out, they do so with certainly good reason.
Emiya is away late at work, he calls home to Rin in hopes she can complete the simple task of recording a certain show for him while he’s out. As he’s in a rush, he tells her no other instructions, nor was it assumed such would be necessary – as it turns out however, Rin is totally technically handicapped and struggles to even remember which buttons to press. Her real nightmare begins as she comes to unfortunately find, Emiya has a Blu-ray.
Archer watches entertained as Rin panics in complete dismay as she cannot comprehend this complicatedly straightforward device. He offers Rin his assistance yet she rudely refuses him – leaving him to continue watching the sad sight of one without the wisdom of technology.
Sadly for Rin, the show starts at seven and she’s essentially got no time left – with a minute to spare, Archer finally informs her, the Blu-ray contains a hard disk which is used to save information in place of physical media. She ungratefully punches him literally flying through the roof to hide her embarrassment – yet even then with Archer’s help, she still fails. As Emiya arrives, he comes home to find Rin had recorded the wrong program.
Moving along to other things, Emiya and Shiki are distressed as they form a think-tank to brainstorm methods of succeeding with their harems. Shiki refuses to give up and generates a retractable whiteboard from the dining table – in a strike of genius, he begins scribbling an incredible scheme which will allow him to pull off an enjoyable day with all five or six of his girls. This sends Emiya into a fury of motivation who also begins to plan out his time with each of his harem.
In the end however, as they glare at the overflowing mess of ink on the whiteboard, they realize it is simply impossible. Lacking the prodigal skill of Sugisaki, Neko-Arc comes to the rescue, insisting fans head onto “the interneto” and vote on whether our male lead characters of Fate/Stay Night and Tsukihime should date the respective main heroine, or the entire collective of females.
If you are actually interested in voting, which we recommend, do so via Twitter. Tweet using the hashtag “#cpdate_all” to cast your vote for the total package of female – otherwise, tweet using “#cpdate_main” if you’d like our male leads to only date the corresponding female lead. Personally, we’re going for the harem ending.
With the closing half, we receive the always welcome episode of White Princess Phantasmoon. Our true mahou shoujo ancestor exhibits even more so rather suggestive poses than usual – certainly a nice touch with her voluptuous physique.
Finally, the hit group Afterschool Alley Alliance makes their repetitive yet admired appearance in-front of some supposed fans. They now actually receive some praise with each joke, yet it seems they still face some troubles in lifting their gig off the ground.
With that, the fourth episode of Carnival Phantasm concludes – we get the usual next episode preview, which shows very little of the next episode, and are shown are awaiting destiny. Considering this segment of four episodes is technically a “season one”, the next batch of four will be “season two”, and likewise for a third pack – reaching a grand total of 12.
A marvelous must-watch indeed whether fans of Type-Moon or not – the combination of comedy, lack of seriousness, and wholeheartedness of the characters paired with the one-shot exquisite plots of short captivating excellence are completely well worth the minutes spent watching.