「初仕事、少女の願いと忍び寄る影」 (Hatsu Shigoto, Shoujo no Negai to Shinobiyoru Kage)
“A First Job, a Girl’s Wish, and an Approaching Shadow”
While we have another episode to wait before the magic of pointy ears graces our presence, Skeleton Knight certainly didn’t waste much time in further reinforcing why it’s going to be more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Take a ludicrous concept, give it some legs and no care in the world, and watch the magic happen.
As should be clear by now, Skeleton Knight will be the more laidback kind of isekai. Outside of Arc wielding some absolutely ridiculous (if par the genre course) powers in what are actually pretty decent action scenes, this one is all about the slice-of-life-experience. This episode was case in point, where the ubiquitous starter quest plotline gave everyone’s new favourite skeleton some additional spending cash while also ensuring warm and fuzzies. Also coming across
Tempura Ponta and adding a new member to what’s certain to be one hell of a fun party, though the critter’s impact and his overall level of tolerance are still works in progress. I will say at least that this is one mascot not immediately irritating in looks and personality, which already is a fairly good win.
In terms of actual story, however, we also got a taste of that courtesy of all-too-prominent red band of doom gracing the latest monster of the week. Probably not hard seeing where this going: someone nefarious is letting big scary monsters go berserk in order to accomplish some wicked deed, and one or more upcoming members of Arc’s party will likely be seeking out the one responsible to put a stop to it. Nothing particularly outstanding of course, but again for Skeleton Knight it’s less about originality than nailing the execution. So long as Arc can stay fun with that humorous personality and his utter lack of logic behind form and action (the eating and drinking will never get old) and I have absolutely no complaints about where this series is heading.
It’s only a question of how fast we take to reach the final destination.