I am a little surprised Cu, Lancer, has appeared sooner than Rin in this series. Granted, I am not complaining. But, it is nice to see another character from Fate/Stay Night not suffering, much like Illya last episode. So, it looks like this show will air the first of the month. It is going to be awhile until episode three. Either way, let’s get right into it. I will also switch between the servant’s title and name naturally, so, there is a fair heads up.
The dish today is salmon. The episode starts with Shirou thinking exactly what he could make for supper. He sees some fish, but it is a little over budget. Before he can move onto the next place he is stopped by Lancer, who is apparently working part-time.
Honestly, how he acts, it is hard to tell he is a servant. He seems like just some average fish salesmen.
But, anyway, Cu is curious of Shirou’s cooking, since he does all of the cooking. So, he invites himself over to eat. Of course, Shirou didn’t just pay for Cu’s food, Cu did pay for himself, so there are no worries there.
Later on, Saber senses something off. Upon answering the door, it is Lancer. His magical energy was setting her off causing her to tumble in the cutest way possible. Well, Cu quickly makes himself at home, much to Artoria’s displeasure.
Shirou starts cooking, and again, we are reminded that Cu is a hero from Celtic myth, Shirou is a little uncertain if there was some legend dealing with salmon, but didn’t give it much thought.
Shirou goes again through the process of how to make the meal. It felt a little shorter this episode. But, the steps were still plentiful.
Saber and Lancer start talking. Apparently, Sakura and Rider talk about Shirou’s cooking. So, although servants don’t need to eat, he was still curious. Of course, Saber boasts of Shirou’s cooking more so.
Anyway, time to eat, and Lancer certainly enjoys it.
Also look at this Saber Face. Probably a good reminder my reason for reviewing this show was just so I could do more posts related to her.
Lancer wouldn’t mind doing this again some time. He offers to clean up. And, well, the episode ends with him deciding to get drunk with Taiga, who is apparently fond of him.
I do like how this episode was. The first one made it seem more about the food, while this one was more about the characters. While, prepping the food did play a role this time, it was nice to see other types not take center stage. Instead we got to see more of the characters and different interactions.
Now, I am only comparing it to episode one mostly due to the fact it is hard to say what they could do for this series. Episode one dealt with a tradition, while the most they touched on for that in this episode was how Cu is Celtic, and there may or may not be a legend that goes with it.
Now, I have never read the Fate/Stay Night Sequel Fate/Hollow Ataraxia. So, I know in the sequel it explains why the servants are still around and why they did not go away at the end of Fate/Stay Night. But how the ending theme plays it, well, I wonder what happened to Gilgamesh and Hercules, since it would be interesting to see how they handle cooking. Hercules, being a Beserker and not one for words, and Gilgamesh being arrogant. But, who knows.
Anyway, with how short it is, I find it hard to say a lot about the show. It is nice, cheery, and certainly a pleasant surprise compared to other Fate series. It is a very welcoming change of pace. I was honestly very stressed prior to watching this episode, for other reasons, but this episode was just the nice calming show I needed. I hope more episodes are like this.
I am starting to think the only thing I actually hate about this series is that it needs to be longer. I like how they focus on the food. But I just want to see more interactions over the food with the characters. We are seeing, at least in non-parody, anime form how these characters are taking away the “People die if they are killed” scenario. I certainly welcome more of this show, and I will be pleased to see if it goes into a different direction next time when handling things outside of the cooking.
Overall Enjoyment: 99.99/100
Overall Score: B
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