I have a reason that i have to beat him, a reason that i have to win…!
…So she can eventually smile in front of other people.
You’re getting in the way of that.
Sakura can’t smile if you exist…!
HEY GUESS WHO RANDOMLY GOT EMOTIONAL OVER HEAVEN’S FEEL AGAIN TODAY SURPRISE ITS ME
I realized i hadn’t made a post yet about one of my favorite parts of Heaven’s Feel; Shirou’s ending motivation. At the very end of the route Shirou is quite literally dying. His body is skewering itself with his own sword creating power, he’s been losing memories and breaking down for the past 30 hours or so. (thats why there are gaps in the narration in the fourth cap, showing how his mind is breaking down) So Shirou, now dying, then gets beaten down by Kirei in a final brutal physical battle. In this moment where it seems that all is lost, that he will die and the grail will destroy humanity, the above caps are what goes through his head.
and i love it, i love it so much, that his goal is something so childishly simple and pure. He wants Sakura to be able to genuinely smile in front of people that aren’t him. That’s it. Thats all he wants.