Answer: They're not; Archer 2 is going to drop by and kill Caster deader than dead. In the latter, this proves enough to allow him to defeat Saber in hand-to-hand combat and kill Rider with ease. Contrast him grinning like a madman when he's leaping around and firing at Berserker with him just being annoyed with Shirou. He got his wish of having a fight Saber, the outcome didn't matter to him. Even if Zero may have the overall better plot.
As for Heaven's Feel, I'm hyped as fuck for it and can't wait to see how that's gonna play out, since I'm hyped as hell for Saber Alter. In Heaven's Feel where she is Sakura's servant, she becomes far more powerful and is able to defeat True Assassin, go toe-to-toe with Archer and briefly hold back Saber Alter. With this ability, Kojiro is able to maintain a cool and collected heart, regardless the situation as such he will never be overwhelmed by his emotion. Ayako and Rin are actively competing to see who will be the first to snag a boyfriend. Sakura is generally quite timid and shy resulting in her small social circle at school. By having them manifest in human form, it makes it a great deal harder for their enemies to figure out who they are prior to their Noble Phantasms being unleashed. Caster reveals that she has Taiga in captivity, threatening Shirou to hand over his magical circuits to her.
She uses this as a in her battle with Berserker to eat through his stock of lives at a near record pace. She even laments not being as girlish or shapely as Rin later on in Fate, though this only happens as she starts to realize her feelings for Shirou. While on their way back to Shirou's home, Rin confesses that Archer joined Caster because he knew Rin's strategies were hopelessly flawed. He even warns her that somebody is watching their duel and helps her get away with Shirou when Archer is trying to kill her Master. And not just by Saber, too.
After Shirou, Saber and Rin assess the situation and deduce that Caster killed Rider, Rin notes Shirou's ability to recognize the conditions of the unconscious students and employees. When she's introduced, she's sporting a smug smile and condescending attitude similar to Gilgamesh, before reverting to her usual stern persona in the second movie. The following night, Shirou, Saber and Rin set up their quarters at an abandoned gas station where Kuzuki usually passes by. There, he accidentally summons Saber, who wards off Lancer after a brief battle. He pretends to join Caster's cause and has her and Kuzuki exhaust their energy against Shirou and Rin. Oh well, they must have their reasons. As an improperly-summoned Servant to start with and a being closer to a Phantom than a Heroic Spirit, he didn't have even a ghost of a chance against True Assassin, who simply emerged from his body.
After being cornered, he somehow summons Saber, a noble woman who calls him Master. Sakura is seemingly horrified by the idea, but Taiga approves under the condition that she stay in the home as well during that time. The Japanese version clarifies its meaning. He is closer to in actual practice, fulfilling his duty as he can and holds his honor and values close to his heart, though as seen below, he is still very willing to stab someone in the back if they offend him or his sensibilities. The battles are incredibly detailed, with flying swords, dazzling effects, and a superb amount of variation between the duels.
As Shirou seeks aid in order to keep Saber in their world, he learns from the priest Kirei Kotomine that the Holy Grail is cursed. It devours anything that it can, though its source and origins are enigmatic. By the time of Heaven's Feel's climax, Kirei reveals to Shirō that he has been manipulating events from the beginning to insure Angra Mainyu's birth before the two engage in a brutal fight to the death. Where was she in Archer's life, and why wasn't she able to help him not lose faith in everything he believes in? Then there's his surprising intellect, capable of reading spells mages are constructing in their heads, and very functional grasp of human psychology. I spoiled myself on some of the broader points of the route, but a lot of the finer details are pretty lost on me.
But as much as I love the story, plot, animation and some of its soundtracks I found few of the main leads Rin and Shirou to be just tedious despite what was going on in the episodes I was watching even if there were signs of possible foreshadowing to the 2nd half of this anime it still could of used better characterisation. Speaking of Emiya, he is a high school teenager who was saved by a man named Kiritsugu ten years prior to the events. Assassin guards the gate of her base of operations and is her Servant. However, while in his room alone, he concludes that he only wants to follow in Kiritsugu's footsteps, but then remembers from Archer's words that his ideals are flawed. All three storylines are essentially equal, but they have different forms. It's a shame that I'd rather dissect it at this point than actually enjoy watching it.
It's good that they managed to bookend the film with Shiro in relation to Sakura, and that's important in good narrative design, but the second half of the film honestly feels like a huge waste. He wields a colossal axe-sword, and is capable of causing massive destruction with the mere backlash of his swings. It begins to present the idea, having two upholders of such morals against one another, but isn't explored enough to warrant it a conversational topic. Crap ok i dont remember a lot about fate route because i watched it so long ago. Even more disturbing is that, while heavily implied to be the former of these two note due to Rider knowing how important Shirou is to her true Master Sakura , it's never explicitly confirmed in the novel whether this was all an illusion Rider created in Shirou's head or if she actually did brainwash him into having sex with her.
Said can is the Greater Grail, which it has corrupted and taken over. Archer and Rin try to provide support for Saber, but Berserker constantly winds up being unaffected by their strikes, due to his Noble Phantasm, God Hand, which grants him automatic resurrection and immunity to lower level attacks. All 3 heroines plus Caren try to date Shirou but he doesn't enter a formal reationship with any of them at the end. In the Unlimited Blade Works route, he is a supporting antagonist in the latter half of the route and is implanted with the heart of Illya, the seed of the Holy Grail by Gilgamesh, but is later rescued by Rin Tōsaka and ultimately survives, realizes the horror of what he had done, and begins to seek redemption. Heaven's Feel is one hell of a ride. Archer is mortally wounded in an engagement against True Assassin, Saber Alter, and , but he survives long enough to have Kirei Kotomine surgically graft his left arm onto Shirō, who lost his own arm in that same battle. Saber, and Shirou reflect each other, and they need each other in a very logical way.