Taken from Fate / Zero Episode 11 – Entitled “The Grail Dialogue,” I was suprised that the dialogues throughout were quite stimulating that I had to blog about it.
Each person has his own ideals/beliefs but is there one that is truly right?
“Should kings be selfish tyrants (Rider) or should they be self-sacrificing beings for their country’s prosperity (Saber)?”
“What is a real king?”
“Should the king be alone?”
Find the answers while watching the show. Got the link below. Some of the lines I had to pause and note lol…
“I wish for my homeland’s salvation (to change the past). I will avert Britain’s destruction. For the country that gave me my blade to which I offered my life, was destroyed”.
“A king is a martyr is to his ideals.”
“Of what worth is a king that is powerless to save its people? A just rule, with just laws, those are the duties of a king.”
“The king does not make offerings. The nation offers themselves to the king.”
“Is a king (supposed to be) a slave towards what is right?”
“I shall not grieve. And I shall not weep (for all who have died in battle for me). But I shall not regret. Let alone undo it. Such an act would make a mockery of all who fought with me.”
and the lines that sold Rider’s point of view to me personally.
“You said you would martyr yourself for your ideals. In life, you must have been a pure saint. A proud and noble figure, certainly. But who can truly admire the martyr’s thorny path? Who dreams of such an ending?”
“A king…The king must be greedier than any other. He must laugh more loudly and rage for longer. He must exemplify the extreme of all things, good and evil. That is why his retainers envy and adore him. And to be the flames of aspiration, to be as the King is, can burn within his people.”
“The righteousness and ideals that you bore may have indeed saved you once. However, what became of the people you saved and left them by themselves? You may have saved your people, but you never led them. You never showed them what a true king should be. You abandoned them when they lost their way. Then alone and untroubled. You followed your own pretty ideals. Thus, you are not a true king.”
At first, I might have rooted for Saber’s ideals of righteousness. You can tell somehow while I’m writing this that I might be biased in favor of Rider (Isakandar) here. I liked how he implied that this is how a true leader leads his men.
Of course, if you thought that there were only two choices, a third choice pops out of nowhere.
Archer’s line towards Saber – “Follow the path that you believe in. Your pain and trouble… as you bear a burden of kingship, which is too much of weight for any. It is a splendid to gaze on.” - made me clap in my mind. A very nice answer. Triumph through hardship.
So which among the three views of the Servants would you agree on?
Highly recommend that you watch this episode and heck, the whole series.
If you haven’t watched the episode, here’s a link.
Sidenote: This has got to be the show of the year and IMO, better than Fate / Stay Night. I leave you with the ED song as I lay to rest.