Posted by AidanAK47 on 9 December 2017 with categories: Currently Watching:, Fate/Apocrypha

When Apocrypha slows down, it’s story shows it’s cracks. But when it’s an action showcase it actually becomes quite entertaining. The characters don’t have the time to be developed but they shine in combat when they clash, sometimes showing parts of themselves the series otherwise doesn’t allow for. Astolfo for one was actually useful for once and I found myself invested in his struggle to disarm the Hanging Gardens beam cannons. Part of the reason is because Astolfo isn’t acting his usual aloof self due to a new moon being out. As the legend goes, Astoflo’s sanity was taken by the moon and when a new moon is out he temporarily regains his sanity along with his noble phantasm.

So instead of the fearless comic relief he has been throughout the series, he’s much more serious and even feels fear. This gives his fight to take out the gardens some rela weight and i was genuine tension in the scene. Well…it was also partly helped by Sieg running off to fight Karna. I don’t know what it is but that kid can suck the emotion and fun out of a scene in a instant. I was convinced that this was Astoflo’s last stand and that he was about to exit the war but he surprised me by surviving. It certainly was amusing to see Seramus also mistake him for a girl before getting dive bombed by Mordred.

They follow this is what is by far the best fight scene Apocrypha has had yet and likely the best fight in the series as Achilles uses his noble Phantasm to stop time around the plane, making it that the only way Chiron and him can fight is through hand to hand combat.(Mortal Kombat if you will) I must say that was one fantastic fight scene seeing Chiron and Achillies beat the hell out of each other in the stopped time. Sure the animation and art could have been better but it still managed to make this one hell of an anime fight. Special mention to Chiron stomping on Achilies scarf to make him into his personal punching bag.

Alas Achilies comes out on top and Chiron exits the war, although Chiron manages to use his noble phantasm to remove Achilies protection by striking his heel. Chiron even manages to get Achilies to promise to hand over one of his noble phantasms to the black team and oddly enough the end credits sequence shows that he’s keeping to it, likely giving his chariot to Astolfo. This series has it’s ups and downs as well as not living up to the potential it truly had, but it’s episodes like this that make me glad I stuck with it. There is a few great moments in this series for a Fate fan and though it likely won’t be as highly regarded as other works, it’s still a worthwhile watch.

4 Responses

  1. Avatar MarigoldRan says:

    Thank you for your hard work covering this series. It’s been fun reading your posts.

    I hear there’s another Fate adaption coming next season. Hopefully it turn out better than this one. A Shaft directed Fate production should be quite interesting.

  2. Avatar Bokusen says:

    I was kind of bored with this episode, to tell the truth. I liked Mordred & Astoflo’s scenes, but during the main fight scene I was waiting for one or both of them to fall off the plane. Hopefully this series ends well enough, as I’ve read enough bad things about Fate/Extra’s lack of plot to not have high hopes for the anime adaptation.

    Thanks a lot for covering this show so far though! I feel like a lot of people have given up on it already…

    • Avatar meow says:

      Is Encore based on Extra or just Red Saber? I don’t know too much about it but my impression of it seems to be an original story around just Red Saber. Will Foxtailed Caster, Mumei Archer or even Goldie show up at all? Is it even based on the Moon Cell? Or something completely different? I have no idea so I’m thinking it will be something completely original for now.

  3. Avatar Bokusen says:

    No idea. I haven’t played the game, just read impressions of it, & Red Saber seems like a very weak character compared to Arturia or Mordred. I don’t have my hopes up…

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