Kinoko and Takashi's Q&A
Fate/Grand Order THE MOVIE -Divine Realm of the Round Table- Part 1 Wandering;Agateram Edition
Are the Enforcement Knights serving the Knights of the Round Table in the Sixth Singularity existences with a past like Heroic Spirits? Or maybe they’re just made to follow superior beings? <Man by the Water>
Nasu Kinoko (from here, “N”): The soldiers of the Round Table come in two varieties; “Enforcement Knights” and “common soldiers.” As you’ve guessed, the Enforcement Knights are existences with a high rank of soul, but could not reach that of Heroic Spirits. The knights of the legendary Camelot who appeared in that era, drawn by the Lion King. When the Lion King disappears, they disappear as well. However, the “common soldiers” were invited by the Lion King’s call, but they are not knights of Camelot, rather they are soldiers from all over Britain. Gawain’s subordinates were soldiers from Orkney, and Lancelot’s subordinates were soldiers from the French territory. Each Knight of the Round Table’s subordinates were as such. They did not follow the Lion King, rather their masters were the Knights of the Round Table. Mordred and Tristan have no troops under their control, but Agravain lends some troops to Mordred.
I feel like Bedivere’s hairstyle resembles Arturia, but is there perhaps a reason for that? I think it’d be nice if there were. <Yanagi>
N: Isn’t there?
Takeuchi Takashi (from here, “T”): There is! Or so I’d like to say. When we made “Fate/stay night,” I drew Bedivere as moderate and especially plain. Although, I gave attention to the hairstyle alone so he didn’t look like an extra… I suppose, but with Tenkuu Sphere’s redesign, sure enough, I think some new meaning came about.
What is the Round Table doing when the Holy Selection isn’t going on? <Neko-chan>
N: Even Neko-chan has an interest in the everyday of the Knights of the Round Table... I sense… an opportunity for big business...!
T: Answer it seriously, come on.
N: Agravain takes care of developments and regulations inside the Holy City, the collection of resources that remain in this Singularity, property management, army inspections, and works as the Lion King’s secretary. Gawain supervises the Holy City’s defense forces and trains the soldiers. Mordred suppresses and cleans up enemies outside the Holy City as a raid unit. Lancelot’s assignment was the same as Mordred’s, but his main responsibility was investigating and monitoring the Egyptian territory, and driving out (protecting) the refugees. Tristan cleaned up rebels and remnants of the Crusaders, and Sanzang talked with the people who received the Holy Selection, and ate very energetically.
When you two depicted Bedivere, in both writing and image, was there anything in which you took special care? <I Love Camelot>
N: Bedivere’s demeanor, considerate modesty, and the way he conducts himself are all pretty neutral, but I wrote and thought of him as a man of conviction with a heart as solid as a rock. Ane he’s hard on Tristan for his own sake, but for Bedivere himself, it might be something of a pastime.
T: I rarely draw Bedivere anymore, but as I answered in Yanagi-san’s question, but I drew him with no overemphasis, with a feeling of transparency. The color of his mantle that represents his character image well is my favorite.
What would have happened in the Sixth Singularity if, instead of the Lion King appearing in Jerusalem, it were a different Arturia (like regular Saber or Alter)? <kia>
N: Hmm… that’s a tough one… as one would expect, I don’t think the usual King Arthur could win against Ozymandias and the two Crusader armies…
T: But what about this swimsuit Arturia?
N: The desert would be covered by the sea and everyone would smile, I suppose.
Among the Knights of the Round table favored by the Lion King, only Agravain did not receive a “Blessing”, but if he were given a “Blessing” temporarily, I wonder what effect it would have? <Silver Moon Madao>
N: “Judgment.” A suicide attack for evildoers would be added to his Noble Phantasm. Of course, it targets himself as well.
T: I can see Akkun keeping a composed face as he fires his Noble Phantasm, even while involving himself in a suicide attack…
Please tell me how Arash passes the time on a normal day! <Riot of Cherry Blossoms>
N: He goes to bed early and wakes up early, and spends his mornings moving his body to train himself. At noon he checks the condition of his bow while he goes hunting. In the afternoon he talks with the people, and at night he thinks about tomorrow while looking at the stars. Like that.
T: He’s a hero, huh?
N: He’s a hero! To me he’s a hero in the same category as Adol Christin! (He’ll save the world 101 times)
I understand that Bedivere and Tristan are good friends, but I’m curious what their first meeting was like. <Unagi>
N: Bedivere sensed from Tristan’s excessive freedom, “Ah, someone needs to be strict with this guy,” and afterwards, protected him. Even while Tristan gave him a cold reception, he trembled in fear inside with the thought of “This knight is saying awful things about me, but there’s no bad blood or hostility… but there’s no kindness either... just what is this clear iron will...?”
T: Those two became best friends ever since...
It seems that the “humans” chosen by the Lion King’s Holy Selection, were unpolluted, undisturbed by all evil, and had possessed immortal souls since birth, but could it be that these were humans who possessed some identical “Origin?” <Gisute>
N: They each have different Origins. You could say the souls were angelic, distinct from their Origins. (Angels cannot perform evil)
T: Hmm, it seems that sort of “evil” differs from the concept of good and evil thought of by humans.
N: Nope, you can think of it as simple evil. Things like “unconsciously despising another person,” “damaging your surroundings for your own sake,” or “aimlessly hurting life.”
If either of you two received a “Blessing,” what kind of effect would you hope for? <Moon Tailor>
N: No sleep.
T: No rest.
Among those in Camelot, which character was the hardest to think of? <Hoshikiri Momo>
N: Sanzang-san, actually. I was troubled with what sort of mark she should leave behind as the representative of Buddhism. The role of the Knights of the Round Table had been decided from the beginning, and Ozymandias already had character setting so I just had to utilize it accordingly. The one I had fun writing was Hassan of the Cursed Arm.
T: Cursed Arm’s role was too good.
N: I hadn’t expected to be able get him to show his factor of, “although this time he’s just in a villain role, he’s basically a serious guy, passionate about his work,” that had carried on from “stay night.” His “I don’t care about other countries!” at the end doesn’t carry the meaning of “I have no interest in other countries,” but rather, “no matter how good the Lion King’s Holy City may be, I don’t need it!” No matter how severe or poor it may be, for that very reason, he loved his country, and Cursed Arm puts that belief into his outcry.
The theme song “Dokuhaku” sung by Sakamoto Maaya-san is such a good song, and I’ve listened to it a lot. I would like to hear Nasu-san and Takeuchi-san’s impressions of this song. <Replica Fan>
N: With its quiet beginning, and the vocals hitting you with a strong melody different from what I would consider in a ballad, it really is a song with depth. The movie version of Camelot has no idle moments, different from the game version, and it’s a solid production. Don’t you think the severity, anguish, and the strength to move forward sung in “Dokuhaku” is a perfect match?
T: “Yakudou” was such a godlike song, so as expected of Sakamoto Maaya, she reached such an incredible level… I was so immersed in that and the song went “boing!” over my head. It was a sensation like my whole body was being blasted with wind, light, and sound.
N: Part 2’s “Toumei” was a song great enough to amaze me as well...