「砂漠で見つけし明日への希望」 (Sabaku de Mitsukeshi Asu e no Kibou)
“Hope for the Future Found in the Desert”
Ah yeah, now that is what I’m talking about. Fights; funnies; funny fighting: the full meal deal. And don’t forget one well-rounded elf either, cannot underestimate the impact of that either. Simple Skeleton Knight might be, but when it’s firing on all cylinders it’s certainly a sight to behold.
After getting the runaround with secondary characters the last couple of weeks, this episode returned to form by having Arc and Ariane do, well, Arc and Ariane things. Get Arc to stumble across someone in need, let the bony boy do what he does best, have Ariane (and Ponta bless his heart) do some comedic relief, and all is well with the world. What really makes this particular one work best for me though is how it ties back into the underlying themes of Skeleton Knight; Ariane hates humanity due to its treatment of elves, so Carcy enters the picture to help show not everything is so black and white. It’s direct ties like this to the institution Arc and Ariane are fighting against which (at least for me) help give it reason to be and reason for the audience to get invested. Yuriarna and the fight for her father’s crown after all may be driving the entire reason for Arc and Ariane’s partnership, but it’s half of a story awaiting a proper meeting with the white knight before it becomes (at least for me) a fully incorporated bit of material.
Speaking of material, won’t have to wait long before Arc gets some more to deal with (read: obliterate). Given only two episodes remain it’s pretty easy to guess we won’t get too far into the skeleton beating on scheming emperors arc, but newly revealed mid-level villain should do the trick to round out this season’s affairs. Plus given the guy is apparently responsible for all those angry ring adorned monsters scuttling about you know there will be some further info dropped on just what the latest enemy is actually after. Anyone’s guess whether a surprise sequel announcement awaits us a couple weeks down the line, but one way or another this show won’t be leaving on a low note.
Ponta after all won’t allow it.