How do you fix a city on fire?
What can a witch do without magic, you ask?
The Roller Coaster Continues
Death By Cute
This show never spends much time setting things up. Instead it just sets them up as it moves to them. We’ve got Honoka and Ayaka escaping from their holding room, and at the same time we have the rest of the Workshop Witches scrambling to deal with the aftermath of Weekend’s giant bomb. And the big lesson this week is that old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance. And it doesn’t hurt that Weekend pretty much has no conscience. At least Chronoire didn’t seem to be big on hostages and blowing defenseless people up, but Weekend has no problem strapping a bunch of bombs onto a workshop witch as a ransom demand to get Honoka. And to use her 7 comrades who were out trying to help people who were caught in the giant bomb attack as backup hostages. And if that doesn’t work, she’s got another backup plan that involves blowing herself up. The “youth and exuberance” part represents Rinon and Natsume, who give it a good try, but don’t anticipate that Weekend would go so far as to use normal bombs.
Why have one hostage when you can have 8?
Meanwhile in the other part of the story, we find out about the rest of the contract between the Workshop and the Town. Because of the contract of protection, the witches of the workshop are allowed to use magic. But when that contract is not in force, like now with Kazane’s magic drained, the workshop witches are kind of up a creek, not allowed to use magic at all. So it’s a good thing that BADASSES don’t need to use magic to beat the crap out of Tower witches. All that training that Kazane made Ayaka go through pays off as she smashes Gibralter with a regular old Flying Knee. And once again, Honoka is completely ineffective at fighting. Really, how’d he get stuck in a hole? Tch.
Badass Move of the Week
The New Head of the Workshop
Ayaka knows that the Workshop is pretty hosed without magic anyway, so her goal is to get Honoka (with the great magic reservoir of Evermillion) to make a temporary contract with the town. And it’s possible that Honoka is more powerful than Kazane, since he’s able to exert magic to not only protect the normal folks, but also help revive the injured Workshop Witches, who aren’t supposed to be protected by the barrier. That is, until Ayaka decides he’s overexerting himself and knocks him out. I’m expecting some more badassery next week, since Ayaka’s now said that the rest is her job.
Weekend takes a quick rest before blowing up Natsume and Rinon
Two more episodes to go, and I’ll bet that we’ve got at least an episode and a half to wrap up the storyline. We also need to see what Chronoire is going to do, because apparently she wants to get a piece of Weekend. It would be interesting to see those two go at it, since both are seasoned veterans and ruthless Tower witches. And it was nice to see Tanpopo actually be useful this week, even if (she said) she was only doing it because of rent repayment. I do wonder if she thinks that killing the other witches is a bit beyond the pale.