Neeba and Kaaya have been making their way over a vast body of water, unaware that they’re being watched by four assassins. First, however, the pair have to get past a giant whale-like creature, and from this they realize that the space they’re in is unstable, meaning that Gilgamesh’s heart is as well. The two eventually stop and rest, and while Kaaya tries to heal Neeba’s injured arm, the two start talking about Kaaya’s belief in God and fate and Neeba’s lack of faith. It reminds Kaaya of a time when she had prayed but had watched a priest get beheaded, and her faith is further questioned when Neeba tries to prove a point by acting like he’s going to rape her. Meanwhile, Jil and company have gotten separated in a jungle environment. Jil and Henaro manage to find each other before spotting Gremica and Ki, and though Jil tries to get Ki back, he’s rebuffed. Before anything else can happen, both sides are attacked by two of the assassins. Jil and Henaro quickly get pinned down, but they are saved by Fatina and Utu, and while they’re keeping the assassins busy, Gremica and her assistant Acra prepare a special attack. This attack appears to take care of the young girl, and Gremica subsequently flees through the door to the next area. That leaves Jil and company to handle the other assassin, and they manage to disable it temporarily via some teamwork.
Neeba and Kaaya have come under attack from the other two assassins by this point, and they realize that these assassins are the soulless artificial soldiers that Pazuz released. The two manage to escape after Kaaya casts a Heat Body spell on Neeba, and he uses the power it gives him to smack the two assassins away. The resulting whirlpool sends them underwater, but fortunately this is where the door to the next area is located. Jil and company meanwhile make their way through a dark tunnel, and Fatina and Utu question if Henaro knows who the assassins are since she’s been acting weird. Henaro, however, doesn’t give them a straight answer. Fatina then expresses her concern for Jil, but he’s fine, and the group soon arrives at the next area. This new place has blue skies and green fields, and there’s a large house in the distance. Back in the jungle, Coopa, Melt, and the Golden Knights come across one of the unconscious assassins. Around this same time in Meskia, Kelb learns from an old man that Gilgamesh is planning on invading neighboring countries and could do crueler things. This is on full display in front of Ethana in the form of the corpses of dissidents.
That was an unexpectedly good episode. I thought we might get more of what we saw last week, but this episode actually had a significant amount of Kaaya and Neeba, more than the rest of the series so far combined. The two are more of an odd couple than I thought since they’re not really romantically linked (despite this scene) and have opposing ideologies, and despite their teamwork here, I have to wonder if they can stick together to the very end. On the topic of Kaaya, she looked like she’s aged a lot, though I’m not sure if that’s just a factor of the animation quality this week or not. This episode also had those assassins who I had long ago forgotten about. The little girl was kind of annoying, but this creates another side to the battles, and I always enjoy a good three-way fight (the one this week doesn’t quite count though). Henaro’s connection to them is also interesting in that the implication that she knows them makes me think that she might eventually betray Jil and company.
Next week looks to have everyone reuniting with Ahmey as they reach the place where Neeba and Kaaya started the series. I still don’t understand what Neeba and Kaaya were doing for six months since it obviously hasn’t taken Jil and company that long to get to this point, but maybe we’ll find out next time.