Told you so.
On that note, since I didn't mention it last episode, can we get a bit of acknowledgement for Dan's battle strategy on the second floor?In our last episode, with the help of Rani, Saber and Hakuno engage the enemy team of Dan and Archer, who we learn is the famed thief, Robin Hood. We also learn that Dan actually died nearly a thousand years ago, but thanks to the corruption of SE.RA.PH, he was brought back, and so he started murdering all of the Masters he finds, never able to ascend. Robin knows about this, but continues on, because it's all he has now.
One can presume that this 'unkillable' monster preventing Masters from ascending means that Amari probably hasn't gotten any higher than this. I could elaborate a bit more on this, but I think I'll wait until the plot finishes up on the Third Stratum to continue discussing that subject.-When Rin places her hand on the wall, she quickly realizes she made a terrible mistake. She's forgotten the true nature of the Third Stratum, and the reason the Masters fled to a lower stratum. Because this was made when the creator was high on all the drugs? And then we have a moving shadow as Rin explains that, on this stratum, there is a monster that cannot be killed. And then said monster makes an appearance.
"Oh deary, deary me, this is none of I!"-I'm assuming this is a reference to something, perhaps a fairy tale, but I can't quite make out the last word, so it's lost to me.
So I said I'd get back to this...So, I didn't seem Amari among the dead, so either she's dead offscreen or she was able to escape. Either way, more tragic ends for everybody!
Incidentally, take a close look at the shadows in the scene of Alice getting Bolg'd.-...Well, this explains how she survived the fight against three Berserker Servants back in the First Stratum. But I wonder if she has E Luck? So Rin attacks, stabbing Alice straight in the stomach, who cries out in pain. Oh, but we're not done yet, as more spears emerge from her body.
BTW, the book is... was... the last remnants of the Servant Nursery Rhyme, who could no longer maintain her imitation of Alice's form.The battle has ended, and now, there is truly nobody left on the Third Stratum. The book in his hands begins to disappear, leaving only a familiar bookmark.
All I'll say at this point is that this is an idea that was originally considered for the Fate/Extra video game, but did not get implemented until now.And then we have Rin and her transforming into something that can fight Servants. But how did she get that? She did mention she was a Servantless Master, but is that because she merged with her Servant somehow?
-Yay for close up of Saber! ...Wait, what did she say about the Fourth Stratum?
-...Right, so, to quickly recap, we're skipping the Fourth Stratum because that pair sucked so badly that they weren't worth a mention. Of course, this is an adaption reason that I'll explain later, but I can see why they skipped this part.
Hm... how much can I actually say here? The battle on the Fourth Stratum was cut out basically to conserve their episode count. They've said they might come back to it for an OVA episode, but to date that hasn't happened. The Servant encountered on that floor is also the point-of-view character of the second Drama CD.So let's discuss why the Fourth Master was skipped, as that's the easiest to do without getting into too many spoilers. After defeating Nursery Rhyme, an event plays that requires the main character to make a choice. This choice affects how the rest of the game is played, as it changes two Servants you will fight. Mainly, the Servants you with in the fourth and sixth rounds are affected by this choice. The fifth round, where you would fight Julius, does not change. I can't really go too much more into this one, because I suspect we'll need to revisit this later.
While this translation convention doesn't get applied in official translations, fan translations of Type-Moon products tend to distinguish between two characters with identically-pronounced names that are written differently in Japanese characters by writing the name of the one that comes second in the work in all-caps.-Just to repeat, Hakuno is apparently not Hakuno. He's just a collection of death, but was influenced by her. Interesting. But yeah, Hakuno (we'll just keep calling him that to keep it simple)
In all honesty? It began as a meta-joke on the audience back when Fate/Extra was in development. The idea was to show someone the fanbase would think was Blue Saber in a new attire or something like that, and incite a reaction like "what the hell happened to Saber?!"-And in classic Fate tradition, in this universe, Nero was actually a woman. Crazy, right? But why does she look like Blue Saber?
No, Hakuno is specifically an NPC. An NPC whose design is based on a real person in cryostasis (this isn't even the only case - when we saw Sakura back in Episode 1? She was an NPC as well)... but the NPC has no established link to the human on Earth. This means that nothing that happens to the Hakuno in the Moon Cell will carry back to the Hakuno in the cryo-chamber.As for her backstory, it's a bit complicated, she isn't exactly an NPC. She is based on a real person, but said person is actually in cryostasis. They were caught in a terrorist attack that left them severely injured, mostly in the brain, but hey, it could be treated! Except the only guy who could treat it was also caught in the blast. Talk about bad luck.
Anyway, the Moon Cell ended up grabbing her, and here she is, fighting in a war she didn't know what was going to happen.
The closest thing to an official explanation for the resemblance in-universe is that Blue Saber's legend is built partially from the foundation of a historical Roman officer. No particular statement if Nero and Blue Saber actually count as distant relatives, though.And now we come to the elephant in the room, one Nero Cladius, Hakuno's Saber. So again, we have a gender swap of a historic character that was originally male, and just to make it interesting, we make her look at Blue Saber. This was actually a big thing back when the game was first released, as this makes her the first proper Saberface, and lead to theories that Blue Saber is actually descended from Nero.
The Golden Theatre is considered to be 'similar to a Reality Marble', but not truly one. At any rate, there's an amusing description of what it does in supplementary material for this show. Basically, it shifts all opportunities of victory and luck in favour of the one playing the protagonist's role (with said role in this sense being Nero, of course). Also of note, Nero's sword is specifically not a Noble Phantasm - it's just a sword Nero personally crafted and named.Her Noble Phantasm is also rather unique for a Saber. When she activates it, she's actually recreation her theater, which makes it a Reality Marble.