Episode 7 – Skeleton Knight in Another World


In last week’s episode, Arc learned that despite his physical strength and the vast amount of skills and magic in the world, there were people who were able to beat him with ease. Basically, in this world, once you reach a certain level, experience becomes more important than brute force. As we’ve seen, this one in Ark was hit by Arrian’s mother – an elf with hundreds of years under her belt. However, the events of this episode force Ark to admit that his battle experience is actually much less even than that of people his age – namely, Aryan.

During the pair’s battle with ghost wolves, Arc cannot kill one. Oh sure, wolves aren’t able to harm him either, but all of that means that without Aryan by his side, he’d be stuck in a battle of attrition. Heck, until someone hits him, he has to shoot a fireball through his own cloak. Aryan, on the other hand, takes four out of the pack through expert use of both magic and a sword. When it comes down to it, Arc is superior to Ariane both physically and magically, but he’s also a much less skilled fighter. All the spells and sword skills in the world mean nothing if you don’t know when and where to use them best.

What distinguishes Ark as a character is that he has no ego. When he sees how useless he is against wolves, his first thought is to start training with Aryan. He doesn’t comment on the fact that he would almost certainly defeat her in a fight due to his superior stats. He sees her as vastly better than him in one key area and wants to improve himself.

But his lack of arrogance is just part of what makes Ark’s character so endearing. In essence, he’s just a really good person. Realizing that ghost wolves may be under some kind of mind control, he frees them and allows them to escape even though their tails are a rare and precious commodity. Then, upon meeting and partying the murdered princess, he decides to risk using a resurrection spell on them all – though he worries (rightly) that it will upset the balance of power in the world and draw attention to himself.

Overall, this is another powerful character-building episode for Arc. I’m interested to see where it all goes as we move forward in the back half of the season.


Random thoughts:

• So, the skeleton’s “curse” is a legitimate curse – although its exact nature (and how/why it continues to re-establish itself) is a mystery.

• Aryan should have done the planning session in one of their rooms. I mean, she was free to eat in front of them but poor Ark had to just sit there and wait.

• Ariane’s singing of a little song about “Bleeding Blood” was better than he had any right to.

• What did Ariane do with the rest of the wolves’ bodies? I mean, just using the tails seems like a huge waste.

• I love the Ark where I ignore and charm the attacking soldiers as he inspects the Princess. This should have been a signal for everyone to run.

• If I get the whole situation right, those who escaped from the Ark and the Wolves will report that the Princess is dead – which means she has a huge advantage not only in her current mission but also in finding out who killed her.

• So, who was behind the princess’s murder? Was the corrupt brother trying to hide his tracks, or was the older brother trying to frame the corrupt and secure his right to the throne?

• I am interested to know how the intersection of political drama and the ARC endeavor will continue.

• Aryan can judge a person’s strength much better than Ark can.

• I am happy to see the return of the ninja. Hopefully it’s the next few episodes that explain her and her attitude a little bit.

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Richard is an anime and video game journalist with over ten years of experience living and working in Japan. For more of his writing, check out Twitter And Articles.

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