Well, this was a pleasant episode, granted there was no Artoria, but, it was still nice. It was also filled with little tidbits of Easter eggs that well, you would need to see other series or know more about the franchise as a whole to get. But, they played no role in the episode, it was still nice to see. So, either way, let’s get right into it.

The Plot:

So, Shirou is helping Rin clean her house out. So, after a while he goes to help Sakura in a different part of the house. Sakura notes how busy Rin has been with staying in contact with the Clock Tower, which is the mage association for the world and in London. So, kind of important.

Anyway, Rin then wants to make lunch and tells Shirou he is not allowed to cook anything, since it would be rude to have the guest not only help clean but to then make lunch for everyone too. So, Shirou goes back to cleaning.

Today's Menu for the Emiya Family Ep 8 pic 3

Sakura on the other hand wishes to help her sister cook. Since Rin would like to make some fried rice and other Chinese foods, Sakura is curious and always wanted to learn how to cook them. So, the two spend time cooking.

After those precious moments between sisters. They eat the food. Of course, Rin does get a brief flashback to how Shirou’s future self never really changes in terms of wanting to clean everything.

Today's Menu for the Emiya Family Ep 8 pic 6

Thus, the episode ends on a happy note of Sakura wanting to learn more from Rin.

Today's Menu for the Emiya Family Ep 8 pic 7

Overall Thoughts:

I really liked the direction for this episode. It backed away from Shirou, and put more focus on the other characters, even to the point of not having Shirou be the chef for once, which was rather nice. It gave more sense that Rin and Sakura are in fact sister, which other series in the franchise haven’t really focused on. It was nice to see the two bonding and being seen as real sisters for once instead of two people who know each other.

This episode as I said did have a few Easter eggs, the big one being the chest at the start, the mage’s association, and Archer being Shirou. So, it was nice to see those little details pop up, and I am sure if I actually did see more of the visual novels I am sure I could have picked up more.

Still, this episode was a nice instalment for the once a month series. I would not mind other things happening like this, it was certainly a little more welcoming compared to other episodes, but if this is the only episode that focuses on this duo, I am certainly okay with that.

Overall Enjoyment, despite No Artoria: 90/100

Overall Score: A

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