Maybe if they attack Ayaka from all sides?
Ahh, the start of the week. It sucks because it’s back to work, but it’s great because Witch Craft Works! So how was Takamiya-kun and his ijiwaruna imouto?
Kasumi trolls Honoka so hard…
We learned two major things about Kasumi-chan, Honoka’s little sister. The first is that she’s a giant troll. She knows everything that’s going on, but still hangs Honoka up and lets him twist in the wind with leading questions and statements to keep him going, trying to dig himself out of the bigger and bigger hole he’s digging. And even after she busts him on being involved with Ayaka, she keeps stringing him along, even guilt tripping him about being harassed by “Hime-sama’s” fans because her brother is involved with her.
Of course a bear beats a bunny
The second thing that we learn about her is that she’s a Workshop witch. Her witch abilities center on animating stuffed animals, mainly the teddy bear that is frequently with her. And she can definitely hold her own when it comes to witch battles. Instead of seeing Ayaka fight this week, we get a daikaiju battle between Kasumi’s teddy bear and Tanpopo’s teddy bunny. And while it’s fairly even for a while, the addition of Rin’s dinosaur makes Kasumi decide to end it by making her bear about 2000 feet tall and just squashing them.
Of course Ayaka has to butt in
It’s kind of hard to tell how much of a brocon Kasumi is for Honoka. She’s definitely kind of one, but she doesn’t really seem to be the fawning kind that gets on my nerves. And she has been assigned to be his protector at home and on weekends (in case you were wondering why the Tower witches didn’t just attack him at home), so mixed in with the brother complex is a bit of personal pride, in that she doesn’t want people stepping on her turf, even if it is Ayaka. Plus, she’s pretty annoyed that Honoka’s reaction to her being a witch is “Oh yeah, I’m surprised” but his reaction to Ayaka being attacked is tears and being really worried.
It really is a giant teddy bear…
The Plot Thickens
They do better playing with dolls
Of course, this episode’s attack was encouraged by Chronoire, who tells Team Ro, er, the Ivory Quintet what she thinks is the key to beating Ayaka (it’s not). We don’t really see any of Ayaka’s fight against Mei, Kotetsu, and Kanna, but the impression that it gives is that there wasn’t much of a fight, even without Honoka there to power up Ayaka. And of course, Tanpopo and Rin never really had a chance against Kasumi either. So it’s pretty clear that the Workshop witches are just much stronger than at least those Tower witches.
That outfit is appropriately scary
And that’s kind of surprising, given what else we learn about the Ivory Quintet. Their master is Medusa, a Tower witch who seems to be so feared that she’s locked up in a giant cube, and rumored to be able to destroy the world if she gets loose. And there’s apparently enough competition between Tower Witch Masters that Chronoire is hesitant to be openly helping them, even if Team Rocket doesn’t really see it as a big deal. But the big news at the end of the episode is that Medusa has escaped, presumably to head to where everyone else: trying to get Honoka. And Chronoire’s rounded up all the other tower witches
Bonus Hint Time
Really another great episode. Having a daikaiju fight in town was great, especially with Kazane’s reaction when she turned on the TV, trying to enjoy the horoscopes with her snack (maybe she’ll have a little tea with those sugar cubes?) and sees the town all destroyed… again. I also like how they played Kasumi as her own character. She’s not completely beholden to Honoka, but there’s definitely a connection there. And again we see more of a deep relationship between Ayaka and Honoka, even if they spend very little time together. I do wonder how Ayaka’s suggestion of moving in together will go over, whether that was serious or would get approved by Kazane. I also hope that Honoka’s reaction to seeing Ayaka is indication of how much he cares for her personally, but there’s still a little doubt in my head what his true feelings are for her. He’s too stuck on the tropey “I’m not good enough for hime-sama,” and when Ayaka says he missed her he doesn’t really agree, more that he was just worried about her. Hopefully he gets over himself and falls in love with her.