We are first introduced to the Grail War through the talky-talkiness of Kotomine, eventually we listen while Kiritsugu talks at Irisviel and try to pretend that the art for her is better than it is. Kiritsugu summons Saber and basically leaves her to take care of Irisviel while he talks some more.
We switch to Velvet Waver as he invokes Alexander the Great and has no idea what to do with him. This is followed by some other nominally Grail War-ish plot stuff but we most follow Alexander making a man out of Velvet.
Kiritsugu heads off to talk at Maya and kisses her so we know he’s not “in love” with Irisviel, which is good, because by now we’re pretty much obsessing on Saber and Irisviel as a couple. Thankfully the manga is helpful in this regard.
We follow Irisviel and Saber, whom she has dressed up in that natty suit and they have a nice little together scene where Saber learns of Irisviel’s boring life. Saber swears to be the knight to Irisviel’s Queen and they head off to tour the town, until Saber runs into Lancer and the book comes to an end.
As one might expect, the manga is the Cliff notes version of the anime, without the same quality of visual input. But luckily for us, Irisviel and Saber are just as slashable as ever. Otherwise, this would be a really talky book.
Art – 7 at times, 5
Story – 5 Depending on if you care about the technical conversations behind the War
Characters – 7 Not bad, honestly. I don’t like them all, but they have some depth.
Yuri – Made up nearly out of whole cloth by us, but still a 4
Service – 1
Overall – 7 I’m reading the next one.
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