When most people think of major climactic anime fights, it's normally very over-the-top with destructive attacks and big speeches and lots of screaming. While it is often between just two combatants, it's rare that the fight only contains two total hits and no dialogue, and still remain compelling and incredibly interesting. Thankfully, we have one such brawl here today, between two of the most important characters in the Fate series in the first and only fight between Kiritsugu Emiya and Kirei Kotomine in the 2011-2012 anime Fate/Zero.
Watch the fight here!
It's difficult, if not downright impossible, to break this fight down in terms of themes or character arcs coming to a climactic head. This fight is really a matter of settling who is the more cunning or the one who is really willing to go the distance in this feud.
It's a brawl that's been hinted at and built up to since the prologue episode of Fate/Zero. All series these two have been comparing themselves to one another, trying to figure out what it is that is drawing them ever closer until at last they meet and at last they fight.
And it isn't as if the fight is incredibly long or that they talk to each other. As was mentioned earlier, they don't speak to each other. They barely even change expressions. They just instantly know that they have to kill each other, because only then will they know an escape from the lives they think they're leading.
This isn't going to be a character analysis of Kirei and Kirtisugu, because that alone deserves its own blog post. Instead, this is going to be an analysis of the fight that the two have and how it's ultimately a reflection of both themselves and the struggles that they've been having all season.
Kiritsugu vs. Kirei
Kirei vs. Kiritsugu
Let Them Fight
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