フェイト/ゼロ Episode 21
Saber on a motorcycle chases what she thinks is Rider, but loses sight of him in the city streets. Using her scenes, she finds the real Rider with Waver and gives chase. Rider decides to land his chariot on the mountain highway and make it a race. Saber uses her powers to modify the bike, making it sleeker and faster until she catches up with Rider by jumping the bike through a switchback and attacking, though she's puzzled by the fact that Iri isn't with them. Rider decides to make a stand, so that as Saber starts to launch her Excalibur attack, he has his chariot charge her. Her attack destroys the chariot, forcing Rider to grab Waver and grab a high up tree branch. Saber does not attack again, but drops her battle garb and leaves.
Elsewhere, Kirei thanks Kariya for his help as "Rider" turns back into Berserker, whom apparently can mimic other Servants. It took two Command Spells for Kariya to do this since Berserker is obsessed with Saber, so Kirei gives him two additional spells and tells him to come by the church at midnight to settle things with Tokiomi. Back at Tokiomi's place, Kirei finds more evidence, and a servant whom he tortures to discover Kirei's involvement with Kariya. Later at the church, an angry Kariya arrives and sees Tokimoi at the front, but then finds him dead. Aoi arrives and thinks Kariya has killed Tokiomi and in grief, verbally attacks Kariya, who snaps and strangles Aoi, whom he loved. In anguish, he leaves as Archer tells Kirei the play they just watched was an OK thing for a first attempt.
You know, it has taken me a while to realize this, but the whole purpose of this Grail War was not to win the Grail, but to see who could best screw over someone else in the most fracked up way possible.
Zouken is even more twisted than previously shown. It was sick enough what he did to Sakura and Kariya, but his admission that he couldn't decide on whether to win the Grail or see Kariya suffer horribly was not what I expected.
Kirei continues down the road of insanity by screwing over Kariya so that he snaps and kills Aoi. As an aside, I'm still surprised Kirei would take Rin under his wings and not just kill her too (after raping her, since he's that sick in my opinion). I actually feel the need to watch Kirei get killed in Fate/stay night. *_*
As I thought, there was something very wrong about Rider attacking Kiritsugu's hideout and taking Iri. What I didn't expect was for Berserker to have a skill to mimic the appearance of Rider. I know this Berserker can do some incredible things, but this seems almost out of left field. However, now that it is done, assuming Kariya hasn't completely lost it, I suppose he could have Berserker mimic someone else too. That would make things more interesting.
Berserker is mentioned to be obsessed with Saber, enough so that it took two Command Spells to get him to do what needed to be done (kidnap Iri). I noticed early on that he seemed to just go after Saber. Considering these Servants were real people, I wonder whom Berserker's real identity could be. Considering how one of the Servants in Fate/stay night was actually from the future, it would be rather twisted if Diarmuid Ua Duibhne (Lancer) was also Berserker somehow. I tend to doubt that will be the case, but anything is possible when "magic" is involved. ^_~
Kiritsugu apparently didn't know that Kirei was involved until he found a servant to torture (and this was real torture, not that crappy, redefined BS done for political gamesmanship). I find it interesting that he suspected Kariya. However, does Kiritsugu come to realize what happened with Archer? Considering how intelligent he is, I'd say he will fairly quickly.
Saber's ability to transform the motorcycle on the fly and use her powers to make it go faster than designed is a new one. Other than the fact that the original, visual novel writer(s) didn't conceive of it when Fate/stay night was done, one wonders what might have been were Saber to have had a bike in that series as well. Then again, she had limited access to mana/prana so maybe it is a moot point. Regardless, it was neat to see, though again, out of left field.
In the end, another sick and twisted episode, but with some interesting developments.