I almost forgot that this episode featured Rin! Damn my internet connection for sucking so much. It takes forever to download anime episodes nowadays.
Rin was learning magic and then some from Tokiomi. She practiced with some crystal but kinda phailed. Tokiomi showed her the right way to do it was by controlling her mana. That was the first time I saw Tokiomi using magic. She naturally looked up and idolized her father. To an 8 year old, anyone who can do magic is considered awesome heh.
Her dad was sending her away from Fuyuki City to Zenjo in order to keep her safe from the Holy Grail War but Rin being Rin thought that she could have helped out her dad to win the war. She sneaked in the study to learn some magic by herself but almost got eaten by a book if his father didn’t come in time. This was how Tokiomi ended up giving her a mana compass to help her determined which stuff that has its own mana.
The disappearance of children in Fuyuki City affected Rin as well since her friends were involved. No doubt that it was all because of Caster and his Master. Since she was worrying about her friend Kotone, she ventured into the city alone at night. We all know that it was a dumb idea but this was Rin and that what makes her so endearing.
However, the mana compass was useless because there were traces of magic everywhere but she managed to find Ryuunosuke with the children and thus she followed him. Without even thinking things through she charged in. I almost wanted to warn her to stop because what she would find eventually will change her as a person. But meh, that only applied to normal people. I’m not gonna lie though. I was freaking nervous watching her let herself inside that abandoned bar.
Thankfully she had to face Ryuunosuke first. If she met Caster right off the bat, we won’t be seeing her in Fate/Stay Night because she would become one of the tentacle monster. She tried to destroy the bracelet that controlling all the children
But she made herself known to Caster because of that. The mana compass went haywire and she knew she was dealing with something beyond her ability. As usual, Caster sent out his tentacle monster to deal with the problem and every time I see them, it just makes my skin crawls all over with disgust. I sure don’t want to be Rin at that moment.
Thankfully Kariya was around to save her. I kind of want to bitch slap Aoi for her reaction when she saw the face of Kariya. Be thankful woman! That man sacrifices his life to save your child from being raped by the insects (though he was a tad too late for that). She seemed more concern about Kariya winning the war than the safety of Sakura because winning the war means that Kariya has to kill Tokiomi (and himself eventually). But of course I wasn’t being fair. I’m sure it’s hard for her to choose between her husband, her daughter and her childhood friend (but not really).
I was wondering why wasn’t Tokiomi or Kirei comes forth to help out Rin. Then it occurred to me that Tokiomi relied on Kirei to report everything and for Kirei the Holy Grail War comes first. So when Assassin asked if he should do something about Rin/Aoi, Kirei ordered him to tail Kariya instead. His priority was right even though the decision was pretty heartless. Or maybe he just didn’t know about it until Kariya came to Rin’s rescue. After all, I don’t think he has Assassin following Rin around. The Assassin was initially following Kariya and hence how he ended up with Rin. It would be interesting if he tells Gil instead of Tokiomi about Kariya’s resolve to win the war. It would be even more interesting if he kept it all to himself.
I am actually quite happy about this episode. I like watching Tokiomi with Rin. He sorts of became a different person. How should I put this… more warmth maybe? We kept seeing him doing nothing in almost every episode, just sitting there besides the gramophone ordering Kirei around. At least I know now that he’s quite capable himself. I know he’s from Tohsaka family and all that but seeing is believing, if you know what I mean.
Also, he obviously loves Rin but how could he has the heart to send Sakura away even though he knew what would become of her daughter?
p/s: I skipped the preview for next episode.