As the military continues the search for Ki, Jil and company take shelter at Kelb’s place. Fatina is opposed to the idea of heading back up the Tower, and when Jil decides that he’s going to go anyway because he wants to know what happened to Kaaya and Neeba, Fatina opts not to join him. For the time being, Kelb tries to figure out who the young Ki is since the real Ki is supposed to have been Gilgamesh’s queen, and he finds everything going on to be strange. When Jil later tries to convince Fatina to come, she compares him to his brother and feels that they only need her because she’s a skillful mage. Their conversation is interrupted by the arrival of Uragon and the Golden Knights, but Jil and Utu manage to fight their way out and escape with Ki. Joining them is a druid named Henaro who had been dining at Kelb’s and had gotten caught up in all this.
The four of them decide to take a new transportation device called the Dingle Ladder to get up the Tower, however they get surrounded before they’re able to reach it. Fatina shows up at this point to help them, and she’s chosen to go with them after having given it a lot of thought. Using Jil’s defensive abilities along with Utu and Fatina’s powers, the group hold off the knights and then makes their way through a gate that wasn’t locked because it was under Ethana’s control. Once they’re safely on the transport up, Jil thanks Fatina for saving them, and although she came along, she makes it clear that Jil has to give up if they don’t find anything up there this time. She also makes him promise to protect her since he’s a Guardian.
Well this was a fairly straightforward episode that managed to be pretty funny at times (all the stuff they threw at Jil, Fatina getting nailed in the butt by Ki, the recurring joke of Utu and his helmet) and very cute whenever Ki was on-screen. I really, really could have done without this scene though. Anyway, it’s pretty clear now that Fatina has feelings for Jil with the way she joined him and hugged him and wanted him to protect her. That makes the love triangle a bit more plausible – and I suspect a lot of what leads up to the reunion with Kaaya will be doing that – but I still think that ultimately Kaaya has no competition for Jil, assuming she doesn’t die or anything.
Next week should be fun because Coopa and Melt are back. Hopefully they’ll be rejoining Jill as well.