Unlimited Blade Works is now officially over! It's interesting that even though Shirou
literally saved the entire world and defeated an obscenely powerful foe
from the perspective of the Mages Association the entire Holy Grail War was merely a small-scale conflict localized to a single city. They presumably never even realized that
. The interactions between Shirou and Luvia at Clock Tower were pretty funny to watch, with her mispronouncing his name as "Sherou" and Rin getting all jealous and stuff. Also on a cruder note Luvia and especially Rin's combat outfits during that sparring match were unbelievably hot. Rin in form-fitting tank top and short shorts, yes please!
Shirou and Rin's interactions were also quite cute and sweet in an understated way. It was good to see Shirou
visiting a certain king's grave and paying his respects to Saber there
. So at the end Shirou resolves to leave the Clock Tower and continue chasing his dream of being a "hero of justice". Hopefully Rin being at his side will curb his more self-destructive impulses and prevent him from ending up the way Archer did. Shirou, while his desire to be a hero is without a doubt noble, is also indisputably pretty messed up. When the series starts he basically places no value in himself as a person except for how he can help others. Rin's presence provides a more commonsensical and balanced perspective (ironic that the mage has a more normal perspective than the semi muggle in this case) and at the very least he'll realize that hurting himself will hurt her as well.
I guess the ultimate message of the show is that "Ideals are great, but if you follow them to the point where you're hurting yourself and pushing away others, than that's pretty fucked up." The end result of an ideal shouldn't be the death or destruction of it's holder. For all the things (and there are many) that Ayn Rand got wrong in her philosophy, she got this right.
All in all, a satisfying ending to a great series.
Also: I've finally reached 100 posts woot woot!!!
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