Keeper of Gil's Vault wrote:Ilya always dies, no matter what. Her life-expectancy ends one year after Heaven's Feel 5. "Not being able to save her" refers to the fact that EMIYA was not able to convince his Sabre to give up her attempt to redo the selection of the king and enjoy life as a woman (stop denying her own self). This indicates that EMIYA's relationship with his Sabre was not as close as the one existing between Shirou and Sabre. This alone would suggest there are differences between the life experience of Archer and Shirou.
I know the theory, but I don't know it's basis. I just can't find a single fragment of the text that indicates "not saving her". It would help a lot if someone posted it.
Ilya doesn't live long after the grail war and that's probably why Archer feels guilt of "not being able to save loved ones". That's correct.
SolarAdept wrote:Pretty much everyone in the community agrees it's either an Ilya route Shirou or a Shirou who never met Archer(EMIYA).
I don't think there's much to think. We don't have time travels in our world so time paradoxes are just speculations. As much as I don't like the idea of Ilya route, it is still acceptable, but Shirou not meeting Archer seems illogical.
Think about it. Rin always uses her pendant in the summoning process and heroes can be summoned to any time. If you talk about time paradoxes then perhaps the codition of being summoned to the time the hero lived is "partial memory loss". Hell, I don't know. I don't care about time paradoxes.
Anyway in Fate Archer was kind of like Shirou's mentor who gave him basis of mastering projection, Rin was like his magic instructor who taught him the proper way of using magic + gave him a brand new high class magic circuit and Saber was like his sword teacher + you know what. All these neatly fit to form the heroic spirit Emiya. Especially if you consider that Shirou is still a dumbass when it comes to "what do you enjoy" questions.