An unexpected guest arrives within this eighth showing of Fate/Zero – singlehandedly does he put on a performance of beautiful bloody brutality, true to his magus rank of Executor, unforgiving in every motion.
Kiritsugu’s cowardly tricks are shameful, and as such, we of course don’t like him in the least – in turn, we can neither respect any who take his side at the expense of their own life. Focusing first mainly on the battle to ensue within the forest elsewhere, far out and away from that of Saber and Kiritsugu – Maiya and Irisviel are escaping as per instruction of their love, Kiritsugu. Maiya’s assignment was to protect Irisviel – both however are readily willing to risk their lives in favor of assisting their worthless idol.
With an entity rapidly approaching, they agree on staying put in order to stop this uninvited arrival from harming their beloved – however, we find that to be rather amusing a point of view as this incoming individual is the most dangerous of all entries into the Holy Grail War, Kirei.
Even the over-confident disposition of Kiritsugu is quick to turn pathetic at the mere mentioning of his name, Kotomine Kirei.
Earlier did Kiritsugu do his utmost best to avoid facing off against this emotionless master of magic and servant – yet now Kiritsugu’s wife and underling step forth to square off against this frightening fellow, exhibiting far more courage than he’s ever had.
Rushing forward from the thicket of flora without fear, Kirei comes running in a manner which resonates of expertise – bullet fire from many an angle target him, yet he deflects them as if they were no more than mere mosquitoes. Several of those bullet streams seemed to be illusions however – and as Kirei is looking away, Maiya fires a full automatic array of death in his way.
Foolishly does she think she actually had him defeated as he plays dead – approaching Kirei, he quickly beats her to a blood oozing defeat within only a matter of milliseconds, and without so much as breaking a sweat. With one nuisance out of the game, he respectfully announces in a manner truly resonating of class, his intention is not to attack Irisviel or her friend – Irisviel however asserts she realized this beforehand and begins distastefully attacking this courteous gentleman of a character.
Maiya yells out from her sorry state on the floor that Irisviel’s magic will have no effect on our honorable Executor – yet Irisviel appears to have learned much more than how to drive from Kiritsugu, she’s attained the ability to think far too highly of herself whilst obnoxiously assaulting others. Kirei finds this rude response to his chivalry unamusing – and as Irisviel uses her silly tricks to pin him to a tree, he merely snaps it in half like a toothpick.
Her insolence has left him with little choice but to interrogate her – yet she refuses to respond. As Assassin materializes for a moment to inform Kirei of Saber drawing near – Kirei decides to head off before this matter erupts to an even more unfair affair of three-on-one. Perhaps Kirei could even hold his own against Saber if he so desired as one can insinuate from his display of strength.
However he heeds Assassin’s warning – taking his leave, but not before Kirei stomping the head of Maiya once more to ensure she won’t be awake for a while, then directly sending three blades straight through the stomach of Irisviel. Although he held her mouth shut to keep her screams muffled whilst dissecting her, that did not prevent a sanguine fluid gushing out her aperture like a geyser. He then heads out, leaving her as nothing more than a grotesque pulp of flesh on the forest floor – only of interest for necrophiliacs now.
Sadly, Saber ultimately arrives since her soporific fight was cut short – then we’re shown a flashback of yet another manipulative trick played by Kiritsugu some time before the beginning of the war, one which makes Irisviel autonomously heal when in contact with Saber.
All the while as this went down, Kiritsugu was using every dishonorable gimmick at his disposal in an attempt to defeat Melloi’s mastery of magic. Though whilst nearing his end, Melloi’s servant Lancer retrieves him – mentioning he only refrains from massacring Kiritsugu thanks to his servant Saber.
Melloi is clearly a very powerful character – having sustained much suffering from Kiritsugu’s arsenal of what one could best describe as “bullshittery”, he remained amongst the living, even if only slightly so. Just as Melloi had stated himself, he didn’t enter the Holy Grail War to partake in such a cheap fight, nor is that why we decided to watch it – yet we must admit, without these despicable actions, there wouldn’t be much a context for certain characters.
And so as we await anxious and enraged for the next episode entitled “Master & Servant” – curious indeed we are as to what will come of Melloi considering he’s been inflicted immobile by a bullet which supposedly boasts side-effects which won’t heal. One must also keep conscious of the “other master”, the red-headed woman who we once saw within a building an episode or so back.
Consider also, the Einzbern mansion which Kiritsugu and his subordinates stayed is now nothing but rubbish – not to mention, its location has been compromised to many other masters likely in watch, not to mention Kiritsugu and Melloi.
Above all, one should not forget that Caster is still alive – thus, the decree of the church in which all masters must work to eliminate him remains in effect.
Many possibilities are open here, and there’s a sizable cast of character as well who haven’t had screentime in a while – as so we’re left with the challenge of sitting still until we see what happens next.