Four Things Rin And Archer Need From Each Other (That They Learn To Be For Each Other)
- A caretaker. Let’s not mince words. Both Rin and Archer are foolish, self-destructive people who can’t take care of themselves on their own. They each need someone to stop them from doing things that destroy themselves. Now, Archer’s already done all those things that destroyed himself, but there’s always further down to go, and Rin can grab him and lift him up when he starts trying to dig the hole deeper. As for Rin, she hasn’t destroyed herself yet, but she’s bound to if she keeps on the way she is. Archer keeps her from making those mistakes—mostly.
- A teacher. I’ve talked about this before. Rin needs to learn how to care about other people in a healthy and balanced fashion. Archer needs to learn to care about himself in a healthy and balanced fashion. The two of them show each other how to do this through their experiences in the Holy Grail War together.
- Someone to save. The truth is that they save each other, or at least they try to. Rin may never fully succeed at saving Archer as she so desires, but she does her best, and it gives her a path to follow. As for Archer, deep down there’s still in him a fragment of the boy who wanted nothing but to be one person’s superhero, even if this far along his mistaken path, he’s no longer capable of giving up the things that ruined him for the sake of that first true goal. Rin is a person he can save, even if he may not quite consciously realize it at first. Somewhere in what’s left of his heart, though, he does know it, and it keeps him bound to Rin Tohsaka and helps save him as well.
- A partner. Ultimately, both Rin and Archer are people in need of companionship who’ve forced themselves onto desperately lonely paths that don’t suit them. Unexpectedly, though, those paths have met, and they’ve recognized their kinship on them, and they can become the friend and companion that each one of them has always wanted—even if it’s only for a little while. And most of all, that is what they both need.