Wow. Just… wow.
The show really seems to be running with the theme that Alka and her adversaries operate on such a higher level, any ‘normal folk’ who interact with them are doomed -- pretty much automatically. Since I’ve drawn more than a few comparisons to the Dollars trilogy, this really makes me think of Tarrantino’s read on those flicks where he said Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and the like were basically just gunfighter gods walking among normal men. The rules didn’t apply to them. They might as well have been from another plane of existence.
Anyway, there’s the more obvious case of squirrel boy trying to join the fight here, of course, but then there’s also that earlier scene where he has to cover up his infection during the last meal with Alka. You really have to feel for the guy. There he is, trying hard not to seem like a burden -- desperately wanting to seem useful to her. And it’s all just painfully denying the obvious. Like any proper tragedy, you see the seeds of misfortune getting planted early on, and are then filled with a sense of dread anticipation throughout the rest of the plot.
The funny part is that any plot synopsis for this episode would have to be quite brief. There’s really not a lot going on, and that’s more to its benefit. I think of episodes of MAGI, that tried to go for this sort of emotional wallop, but were bogged in so much confusing exposition about magoi or whatever. This show focused on the relationship between Alka and her friend. The specifics are almost beside the point.
Lastly, I like how the show’s almost deconstructing the Amnesiac Child Assassin, now, with the assorted grasshopper flashbacks about how a warrior without emotions isn't actually a better one. When you see Alka cradle him at the end, it’s like she’s finally figured out the riddle of the sphinx, far too late, and is now grappling with emotions she doesn’t fully understand yet.
Watch “Sky” and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.