“The world as it is, human nature as always, it is impossible to eliminate battles. In the end, killing is necessarily evil. If so, it is best to end them with the maximum efficiency and at the lowest cost, least time. If you want to slander that as foul and demean that as nasty, then do as you wish.”
– Emiya Kiritsugu (Fate/Zero)
The scene where Emiya finished off Kayneth in Fate/Zero was disconcerting. It left a pit in my stomach. Emiya’s words were cold and apathetic, and I hated him for it. At the same time though, I recognized the reasoning behind this simple truth.
So it wasn’t so much because of the violence, but instead because of the realization that we can rationalize murder as anything but evil. Intentions are important when dealing with the aftermath, but in the heat of the moment there is no difference. That soldier that just fell with a bullet lodged in his chest might have been the enemy, but he was also a brother, a son, a husband and a father. There is no honor in murder; the dead do not care how they are killed. To even consider honor in such an immoral act grants it the kind of respect it does not deserve.