One of these days, Honoka will realize what she doesn’t want him to see
The full ED for Witch Craft Works is out now, so go pick it up for some bounciness. Also, the B-side is the song that the Ivory Quintet keep singing in their “Strategic Planning Sessions”
Holy Plot Moving!
Engaged to the Unidentified?
Yeah, this week seemed like it moved everything along pretty darn quickly. First we finally get the revelation about Honoka’s mother. She and Kazane were in love, but couldn’t get married. So when they each had children, they decided they should get married to each other. And it really seems like mom couldn’t be happier that Ayaka and Honoka are getting along, although it’s still unclear how much she knows about witchcraft (although she deals with an animate stuffed bear pretty easily). And thankfully she also takes the opportunity to knock Kasumi down a couple notches in her broconning, telling her to quit drooling after her brother, and showing us some of the more egregious transgressions she’s had.
Quite the change from one house to the other
So Mom is more than ready to help Ayaka take Honoka away to a life of married bliss (while holding Kasumi back), although that’s not exactly what they’re headed to. And for all her seeming obsequiousness, Mom deals with Kasumi and Honoka pretty strongly, even if she has a reputation as crying and being not very robust. And I wonder if the hearts she sees between Honoka and Ayaka are real or just “mom glasses”. It’s pretty obvious that Ayaka definitely has a thing for Honoka (including little Honoka dolls in the limo), but we still haven’t gotten to a point where Honoka can get over his either his self-deprecation (“There’s no way that someone as cool and awesome and pretty as Hime-sama would be interested in useless old me”) or his gallantry where he tries to ‘protect’ Ayaka, even though he is supremely unsuited to the task as yet.
O Ye of Little Faith
Medusa gets to be the badass this episode
And that gallantry actually gets them in trouble in the second half of this episode, much more than it usually does. I’ll say this: When it comes to moving the plot along, Witch Craft Works does NOT screw around or dilly-dally. Medusa escapes from Rotenburg last episode, this episode it’s battle time! Even in Kazane’s 41-story skyscraper house (did Honoka never notice this giant skyscraper on the hill in the town he lives? Or is this more witchcraft to hide Kazane’s house?). Once again, faced with a battle situation, Ayaka gives Honoka instructions, very clear instructions, and he screws them up. What part of “Go to the 12th floor” do you not understand? Honoka’s repeated second-guessing of Ayaka, which to this point has just made more work for her by prolonging battles, this time has more dire consequences. You have to think that Ayaka realizes how close she needs to be to Honoka to draw power from him, and she’d correctly tell him what to do. But instead, he dithers and ends up impeding Ayaka’s fight against Medusa.
Finally what the ‘white stuff’ is
But again, that high speed plot keeps us going. Instead of waiting the entire series to find out what Chronoire’s ‘medicine’ does, it’s time for Honoka to take it, summoning White Princess Evermillion who is apparently the ‘white stuff’ inside Honoka-kyun (and who ends up destroying Kazane’s house fighting Medusa). Mamiko Noto was just brilliant as Evermillion here, with a perfect playful lilt to her voice as she lightly trolls Honoka, asking for his eyes to save Ayaka, and telling him the truth when he readily agrees: It’s his fault Ayaka ended up petrified, because he stopped believing that she’d win and that damaged her will to fight. But with just a kiss, faith is restored, and soon Medusa is defeated.
First kiss, soon to be repaid
Aside from being a lot of fun, this series is really turning into a showcase for some great talent. So far we’ve had standout performances from Rie Kugimiya as Chronoire (episode 2), Ai Kayano as Kasumi (3), and now Mamiko Noto as Evermillion (4). I had heard that Miyuki Sawashiro was voicing Medusa, so I was expecting more from her this episode, but perhaps they’re saving that for later. And there’s also Aya Hirano coming up as a later character (shown facing off against Kazane in the OP). And we’ll likely get more from Sayaka Oohara as Kazane and Kana Asumi as Touko. They’ve been using the talent well so far, so I expect that to continue.
Maybe they can all be friends?
This show just doesn’t let up. Another really great episode, and a lot of story. Now we’re going to have Ayaka and Honoka living at home (keeping Kasumi in the picture for sure) and maybe we’ll get some more romantic development after kisses in both directions between those two. I really do hope that Honoka will get past his “Hime-sama” image of Ayaka soon, but that’s probably not too likely. He does need to get past his chauvinism tho, since he’s not an asset, he’s a liability in most fights. Maybe he’ll even start to do what Ayaka tells him to do sometime, too. That’d certainly be better than screwing things up.