Transcribed for quick read:
But who on Earth admires the martyr’s thorny path?
Who dreams of such a life?
You see, a king must be greedier, laugh louder, and be more furious than everyone else.
He must exemplify the extreme of all things, including good and evil.
That is exactly why his subjects envy and adore him.
And why the flame of wanting to be like the king can burn in the hearts of every civilian.
Proud King of Knights, the righteousness and ideals you bore may have saved your country once.
However, I’m sure you know what happened to those who were constantly and only saved.
You saved your subjects, but you never led them.
You never showed them what a king should be.
You abandoned your men when they lost their way.
Alone and untroubled, you followed your own pretty little ideals.
Thus, you are no true king.
You are but a little girl, bound by the false idol of a king who serves others but not himself.
However, after thinking about it for awhile, I began to have doubts.
Which is more commendable: to live one’s life to the fullest, or to sacrifice oneself for the future of others?
From history we know which kingdom ultimately survived to become the largest empire in history (not that they followed Saber’s ethical code to get there, but you get the point).
I’m sure there’s a way to balance both, as there almost always is when it comes to philosophical questions. However, I’m currently in no position to have an opinion, since, even now I lack the determination to complete simple, necessary tasks (studying for exams is one thing).
The new episode of Fate/zero gave me a lot to think about.
I’ve always been interested in the heros of Fate/stay night, and have taken the time to study them, but never too deeply (with the exception of Saber; I’ve been interested in Arthurian legend since my Schoolreach days). The lastest episode encouraged me to look into it again (bloody anime is going to make me fail my exams).
The British Empire has nothing to do with Arthur’s Britannia (they were the descendants of her enemies, who sacked, slain and drove away her people). In fact, it’s the opposite of Arthuria’s wants (she’s welsh, btw). Her kingdom crumbled before her death, what was left of it was invaded and conquered.
There was a good reason why she was so emo about that. Furthermore, the one thing she sought (immortal bonds with her followers), she could never obtain. So she was defeated by Alexander already (this wasn’t a battle, this was a discourse of wits and ways: his way gave the results she wanted to achieve by those selfless methods that bit her on the ass in the end. She was left with regrets, while he had none).
I obviously didn’t do enough research. Always learning new things.
I should be studying for finals, but I started yet another blog. I realize that stuff relating to anime & manga don’t interest most people, so I set up a separate blog for all that wonderful stuff.
Just going to be random stuff that I find interesting. Maybe subbing if I have the time (which I obviously do, as I’m doing anything productive right now).