Lord El-Melloi II Case Files – 03 – What Modern Times Entail

Lord El-Melloi II is pissed, and he doesn’t hesitate to take it out on one of his more talented but insolent students, Flat, with a head-grabbing move that another student, who looks like a magical girl, has patented it. Meanwhile, a new student, Luviagelita Edelfelt, is not amused, and asks Gray what, exactly, is the lord’s deal.

In continuing with the domestic comedy that surrounds him, the source of Waver’s foul mood is the unplanned closing of his favorite coffee shop due to an electrical fault. As a loyal and enthusiastic regular, he offers his services to track the cause. Turns out one of the exterminators the owners hired went missing into the labyrinths beneath the shop.

El-Melloi’s investigation leads to an encounter with some kind of lightning-aligned beast, and when he fails to return to the coffee shop, Gray is called, and Gray calls Flat, who along with his classmate Svin meet Gray in the tunnels to search for their professor.

They locate him, a bit beaten up but otherwise fine. Svin takes him above for medical attention, while Gray and Flat follow the illuminated tracks of the monster that attacked the lord. They eventually encounter that beast—a kind of giant demented electrical rabbit—and Flat shows he’s no slouch when it comes to magical barriers, making a good team with Gray.

They eventually reach the source of the monster: the workshop of a Clock Tower zoology mage, Gurdoa Davenant, who sees the death of the exterminator and others to be a small price to pay if he can reach the Root. He summons several more rabbit beasts that surround the students, suggesting an excellent battle is about to take place.

Unfortunately, Lord El-Melloi returns with Svin (in his own form of beast mode) and a bunch of documents tying Gurdoa to a number of crimes for which the Clock Tower has frozen his assets and declared a warrant for his arrest. It would seem the modern world cannot bear mages like Gurdoa, willing to break the rules of magecraft to pursue his own lofty designs.

He later admits to his students he was partially bluffing and probably would not have been much help if Gurdoa didn’t go peacefully (which he does), but I imagine if he’d let Gray, Flat, and Svin let their collective hair (and hoods) down, they could have put on quite a show. Instead, it’s a much more subdued (and thus boring) resolution.

This episode’s case file was okay, but nothing to knock one’s socks off, especially after the spectacle of Gray unleashing her power (and as-of-yet unspecified connection to Saber). However, the post-credits scene bodes well for some future excitement: according to Luvia, two positions for Association participants in the Holy Grail War have closed—not something El-Melloi wants to hear.

Author: magicalchurlsukui

Preston Yamazuka is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

One thought on “Lord El-Melloi II Case Files – 03 – What Modern Times Entail”

  1. I actually think that the anti-climatic ending of this episode was meant to illustrate that Waver’s title as a Clock Tower Lord wasn’t for necessarily for show. Be a nuisance in his backyard, and Waver, with a few phone calls and sufficient evidence can arrange for the equivalent of law enforcement in the Clock Tower to render you a wanted man by the Clock Tower. Waver’s words have enough credibility that they can condemn you if presented the “right way” and placed in the ears of the right people. It’s a different kind of conflict resolution from going guns blazing and subduing a Magi, and I think this variety doesn’t quite harm the show. It also shows that Waver, in far cry from his Fate/Zero self, is capable of playing politics for his own ends ten years later.

    Guroda’s crime was not murdering a few dozen individuals – it was murdering them in such a way that it could be traced back to him using mundane means; which meant that his activities, done right in the heart of London presented a high risk in breaching the laws of Magecraft secrecy. Who deems Guroda’s activities (hidden to the clock tower until this incident) sufficiently risky? The Zoology and Policies (also called Law) department of the Clock Tower.

    For the Zoology department, this indiscretion is simply ammunition for his rivals to remove him from the playing board in a brewing succession crisis. The Policy department, on the other hand, is not blind to the implications of advancing technology – Guroda’s activities might have been untraceable a century back, but the advances of information technology mean that his activities, right beneath Central London are too open to ignore. Waver’s charges would not have stuck a century back, it would easily stick in Waver’s day.

    I think the big flaw in this anime-original story is coherence really, not so much the decision to end with an Anti-climax. Had they reminded viewers again that Secrecy is taken very, very seriously by the Magi as a community, and foreshadowed better that “Secrecy breach” was on Waver’s mind during the investigation; that would have set up the so-called twist of Waver coming down and waving an indictment warrant at the villain to break the villain’s will to fight.

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