If I had to pick a theme for this episode before the break, I would say that “entertainment” is what’s on the menu.
Last time, we learned what Archer finds to be entertaining; watching the movements of people and seeing how they act. He could see vestiges of this same pleasure in Kirei, which was why he had him make observations on the other Masters. He especially enjoys watching despair over happiness.
The same pleasure can be found in entertainment from Ryuunosuke and Caster. They too find joy in the suffering of others, and Ryuunosuke even convinces his Servant that God does as well. That would be why such things exist; his twisted mind thinks that God would see things the same way. But while Archer would prefer to sit back and watch events unfold as they would, Caster wants to fill the world with pain and death. At first it was a blasphemy in countering God, but with Ryuunosuke’s new philosophy, he does so to show God that others can cause suffering as well.Rider, on the other hand, can find pleasure in simpler things. He is already entertained by battle and food and drink, and in the modern world by games of tactics and strategy. That is part of what makes him such a good general, and by playing games he can experiment without using up manpower. But this episode is not all about entertainment. With Caster and Ryuunosuke refreshed, they decide to partake in a ritual of great destruction. Caster spends quite a bit of time channeling many through his grimore and summons the greatest beast yet seen upon this Earth. The rest of the Servants will have to work together to defeat it before it starts to feed on humans in order to sustain itself. The second half of Fate/Zero will resume in April. This gives ufotable time to put more quality into the project so that quality won’t suffer due to short deadlines. In the meantime, I’ll choose one or two shows to do during the winter but I haven’t decided which yet.