Inside his fortress, the other Gilgamesh is relishing the idea that he’ll soon be free and able to become god. Outside, Neeba is getting ready to sneak in despite Ki’s warnings about his death. Her visions had led her to bring Jil here, but since Neeba rejected him, Ki is starting to think that fate can’t be avoided. Jil’s group arrives outside shortly after Neeba moves out, but they decide to take a more direct approach of attacking through the front. They break through, however Gremica then runs off in one direction and Melt goes off in another. Melt is searching for Coopa, though what he doesn’t realize is that she has managed to escape on her own already. After dealing with the foot soldiers, Jil and company find Henaro waiting for them, and she gets Uragon and Might the Fool to join her by invoking Amina’s name. When Jil tries to question Henaro’s resolve by bringing up how she brought Coopa along so that Kaaya could heal her, Henaro insists that Coopa was just a hostage. Jil nevertheless feels that she’s not cold-hearted, and he feels that she’s betraying herself, but Henaro just sics Tear of Ice on them and leaves.
Meanwhile, in Meskia, the battle is going poorly for Ethana and her forces. Right when it looks like Ethana is finished though, Kelb shows up with reinforcements and scares off the attackers. A relieved Ethana falls into his arms. Back inside the Mythical Tower, as Neeba sneaks through the fortress on his way to get to Gilgamesh, the Succubus and Ki talk about Ki’s goal of getting the Blue Crystal Rod and destroying the Tower. Elsewhere, Coopa gets discovered by a guard but is saved by Melt. Their reunion is broken up by the sound of fighting in the distance, and they realize that it’s probably Jil and company. The group has their hands full with Tear of Ice, and it is ultimately Fatina’s magic that manages to take the knight out. Before they move on though, Utu questions why they have to keep going and what Jil plans to do about Gilgamesh, Neeba, and Kaaya. Jil’s answer is that he’d climb even without a reason because he’s a Climber, and he leads them forward. In the throne room, Neeba is able to defeat Sword of Blood, but Gilgamesh has Kaaya strung up and is slowly trading places with the real Gilgamesh. Dropping his bow, Neeba takes Sword of Blood’s sword and prepares to fight. Jil, Fatina, and Utu are still en route to there, and along the way, Fatina admits that she took refuge with Jil after what happened with Neeba because she knew that Jil wouldn’t betray her. However, she’s still worried about Neeba, and Jil reveals that he is as well. The three are then reunited with Melt and Coopa, and they all face the throne room together.
Well that was fun. Along with all the plot stuff, there were some good battles this week with the knights. Both Neeba and Fatina took out a knight each, but Fatina managed to look much more impressive doing so. Speaking of her, I think it’s a shame if she either ends up alone at the end of all this or back with Neeba again. What she said about worrying about him keeps that latter possibility alive, especially since I doubt FatinaXJil will happen. And on the topic of relationships, Kelb showing up at the perfect moment and giving that speech felt a bit cheesy to me, but it was nice to see him and Ethana together finally.
As for Gilgamesh, his ranting at the beginning of the episode made me think that he was a bit fruity in the head. He got just a bit too excited about being free. I still think of him as a pretty standard bad guy though, as far as motivations go. Also, it’s been in the back of my mind that Gilgamesh is voiced by Seki Tomokazu, the same guy who voiced Gilgamesh in Fate/stay night, but that comparison didn’t become so obvious until this episode with the golden armor. I wonder if that casting was intentional now. In any case, the preview makes it seem like Gilgamesh might not have much trouble with Neeba and will only be a bit annoyed at Might the Fool attacking him. It would make sense that Jil and/or Kaaya be the ones who finally take him down, and with only two episodes left, it could happen as soon as next week.