Where the heck did this outfit come from?
Well, the Olympics are almost over, so maybe I’ll have time to catch up on my anime watching and posting! Has anyone else been watching the games? And what’s your favorite sport? I didn’t see any Witches there, tho.
Plans Within Plans
They never had a chance
Could Team Rocket be more feckless? I doubt it. Living in Ayaka’s room, while Medusa is cooperating with Ayaka, they decide they’re going to go ahead and grab Honoka, but they never even try it. They just watch Ayaka taking care of Honoka and dillydally. They only time they even make a move on Honoka is when he surprises Mei and Kotetsu in the bath (nice figleafing by the way), and then they just get themselves in trouble by being outed to Kazane.
This is what happens when you peek at a witch
But that was just one part of the episode this time. If this one felt like it was a little slower, maybe it was because it spent plenty of time going back and showing the same time period from another perspective. Like Honoka’s dream while he was asleep, followed by what Ayaka was doing while he was asleep. I thought it was an interesting way of storytelling, and gave quite a few perspectives. It also made it clear that Tanpopo should NEVER MAKE PLANS. Seriously, I have no idea why Kanna is still going along with Tanpopo’s plans. Even Rin’s plan worked (slightly) better than Tanpopo’s.
Kazane just employs the Fist of Justice
But the ones with the big plan are Ayaka and Medusa, who team up to try to put the hurt on Kazane. Yes, that’s right, Ayaka teams up with Medusa against her mother. And let’s just say that Kazane might be really strong, but she’s not the sharpest tool in the shed, coming up with a really wrong reason for Ayaka and Medusa to team up (although the rest of Team Rocket swallows Kazane’s idea hook, line, and sinker). So so far we have the smart crew: Medusa, Ayaka, and Chronoire. And then we have everyone else. I’m still not sure where Komachi (Honoka’s mother) fits in, but Kasumi is definitely in the ‘everyone else’ category. I think Komachi’s got her own agenda, actually, which consists entirely of ‘make time with Kazane’.
How Long Can This Go On?
All sorts of costume changes this time. Fishnets and a tight miniskirt?
The reason that Ayaka and Medusa team up is because Ayaka is trying to hide the fact that Honoka’s first seal is gone. And every witch besides Kazane is now on the path of keeping Honoka free until all the seals are broken, but we don’t really have an explanation of why. I think the only person whose motivation I understand right now is Ayaka, who really really loves Honoka and just doesn’t want to be separated from him. But as for the Tower witches, or even Mikage, I have no idea what their reasoning is.
A little too close there, Ayaka
Luckily the one person that they all don’t want to find out about the seal, Kazane, is about as sharp as a ball bearing. So without anyone telling her directly, she’s not going to find out. She does know the secret to Ayaka’s power, tho, and I thought it interesting that Ayaka’s teaming up with Medusa ‘tainted’ her enough to lose Evermillion’s support. I wonder if Honoka’s switching places to take Kazane’s punch was Evermillion’s idea, or if it was just what happened because of Honoka’s nature. But Ayaka is back to herself, although in the “punishment room” (where judging by the graffiti, she’s spent a bunch of time: “baka mama”) with Honoka. Not to worry, they just need to power up to get out of there, like they did when Honoka kissed her as she was petrified. Pretty funny that the ‘more power’ they needed wasn’t from a peck on the cheek, but a lap pillow and ear cleaning. Hoo boy, it’s getting hot in here!
So the secret is still safe, because Kazane couldn’t interrogate Medusa, and she let the Ivory Quintet go. I wonder if Chronoire knows that the first seal has been broken yet, but she’s not going to tell Kazane unless it would help her. I still just love the speed of the show, and the nearly ludicrous situations that it gets into and out of. And now Tanpopo and friends are openly living with Honoka and Ayaka. They’re adding people to the household faster than Nyarlko-san ever did!