When Dreams Shatter Mar11

When Dreams Shatter

Kiritsugu is a happy, wide-eyed kid with big dreams. He and his father live near a quaint village on a peaceful island in the Philippines. His best friend (and secret crush) is his father’s research assistant, Shirley. One night, while they are standing near a lake and staring at the sky full of stars, she asks him what he dreams of becoming when he grows up. Although he is too embarrassed to tell her, his dream is to become a hero. One fateful night, everything changes. The research his father has been working on, which he thought was supposed to save lives, ends up being nothing more than a means to turn people into zombie-like creatures called Dead Apostles. Worst of all, the first person to transform into one of these horrifying fiends is Shirley. Kiritsugu knows that he is the only person who can keep his father from harming another person ever again, so he kills him. This is Kiritsugu’s story in the anime Fate/Zero. It is heartbreaking to watch the young boy forced to choose between his father and the good of humanity. After killing his father, Kiritsugu’s expression becomes vacant and his personality robotic. No one should have to make that kind of decision, especially as a child. He has failed to reach his dreams, but he has one last hope. Kiritsugu still wants to be a hero more than anything and becomes determined to stop all of the evil in the world. He trains under a formidable mage and assassin named Natalia. She becomes like a mother to him as they hunt down evil men who threaten the innocent. In time, Kiritsugu masters his trade of killing dangerous mages to the point that he earns himself the title “The Magus Killer.”...