I really don’t know how to feel about that ending.
Shirou witnessed the new Lancer (Cu Chulainn) and Archer (not Gilgamesh) fighting each other. And since it’s forbidden for outsiders to see stuff from the Grail War going on, Lancer was ordered by his Master to kill Shirou. I might be fudgey here, but as a result, Shirou summons Saber, who then protects him from Lancer.
*Pokes head in* In response to your tags, Saber does remember the events of Zero in Stay Night (that’s partly why most of the conversations between Saber and Kiritsugu are done through Iri in Zero, because in FSN she specifically states that Kiritsugu only spoke to her three times, to convey his orders with the command seals). Servants aren’t supposed to retain memories from previous wars but Saber is a noted anomaly because her soul isn’t housed in the Throne of Heroes.
Title: Old Skin
Fandom: Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle
Summary: The children of Suwa are always protected, her father had always said, and Hana had never quite known what that meant.
Notes: Wholly inspired by this lovely post. I hope no one minds I wrote something for it, I kinda got inspired and a thing happened ^_^;;
Internet’s been on the fritz since last night, so I went to bed kinda early. About ten minutes ago I check my iphone (the charger’s next to my bed) and see, hey, internet’s working. Thought process:
”Am I really going to get up at 11:30 at night and turn on my laptop just to check Tumblr and look at random shit online, even though I have to get up to go to work tomorrow?” *Pause* “Fuck yes I am doing that.”
“I want to die. I want to die. I want to die. I want to die. But before that… Before that… I…”
Or something along those lines.
Sadly I don’t have Del Rey’s Volume 18 on hand with me (Ch. 133 if anybody wants to look theirs up~), but I’m…
Dug out my books from underneath my towering stack o’ manga (gosh do I need bookshelves) and Del Rey’s translation of the line is, after the whole “I want to die!” repeating bit, “But before that…I want someone to…I want someone to…” From what I recall of the translations posted when the chapter first came out, I’m pretty certain the original line was left hanging. The “I want someone to love me” part got bandied about as a popular fan theory, so I think the scanlators of that chapter just got a little overexcited.
As to the flashback plothole, as I understood it our Fai (herafter Yuui, for clarity’s sake) received real!Fai’s memories when he died. That whole scene at the start of chapter 158, when Fai falls from the tower, there’s an image of the twins’ eyes meeting with a bunch of mirror shards falling around them. On the next page we see just Yuui, looking up with more glass hards. Inlaid with the pictures on both pages is a scene of Fei Wang asking Fai to choose himself or Yuui (the part where Fai willingly gives up his life for his brother is notably absent). Later in the chapter after the flashback ends, Ashura says (going by Del Ray’s trans again here) “You must know, as one who has received that child’s memories. Back then, that child was given the same choice, and he chose you.”
Even though the only actual memory we see Yuui receiving at that moment is the meeting with FWR, I always just figured he’d somehow gotten Fai’s memories of the entire time in the tower with the only omission being the moment where Fai sacrifices himself, which presumably got blocked or suppressed somehow by FWR because everyone loves playing with Yuui’s memories. How Fai gave Yuui his memories never actually gets explained (the magic of “Quick, we need to clean up that plot hole!”, perhaps?). It still makes that flashback in 133 a little perplexing — why flash back to that particular moment? Since as Xia said it comes after Yuuko says he should have already figured out which events were part of FWR’s plan and which weren’t, and the part in the tower doesn’t really gel with that at all. Unless Yuui’s thinking of it in the sense that “My brother wanting to die so I’d be saved wasn’t part of FWR’s plan, but the part where he actually got to do it was.” In conclusion, Clamp.
Use this random plot point generator to put your character into a difficult situation.
For those of you who like coming up with awful things to do to your characters, here’s a prompt maker that does just that.
Pfft like I need a meme generator to come up with ideas for awful things to do to my characters.
The hard part has always been trimming the ideas down in fact :|
The first thing I got when I clicked that was “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.” *snort* Did Clamp design this?