The moment of a fateful meeting
I hope you’re hanging on tight, because this ride’s not slowing down.
This church has an explosive congregation
We’ve reached the penultimate episode, and the way this show’s going, that means that we’re setting up for the big finish. But we’re not there yet, because first we have to deal with some fallout from Honoka making his contract with the city, and then overexerting himself saving all the workshop witches. And that means it’s back to the psychedelic world of Mikage-sensei.
What’cha doing with that leek?
The concepts of Reminiscence Hall and the World of Coincidences are pretty neat, and nicely convenient for the story. Honoka visits a few times in the past, learning about when his mother met Kazane, when he himself first met Kazane, and then the continuing story after Ayaka found Honoka. I don’t know if Kazane has any special feelings for Komachi at the beginning, but after saving her, Komachi definitely is infatuated with Kazane. Interestingly, the memories that Honoka saw were Kazane’s, since she’s the one who also had a contract with the city. So it’s fairly obvious that Kazane knew how Komachi felt about her (with all those hearts), which answers one of the questions I had about the two of them: “Does Kazane feel anything the same for Komachi?” I’d have to say the answer is yes, otherwise she wouldn’t really put up with her.
The Penultimate Battle
Preparing the night before
I just like using that word. But if this is the second-last episode, then it’s the second-last battle, deshou? And I like that this battle between Weekend and Ayaka wasn’t only an improvised fight. Both sides made preparations, although the scope of the preparations was quite different. Ayaka shows a lot of intelligence in her preparation, borrowing Atori’s sword in order to keep from having to use magic for offense. She also prepares something special to keep her heart in the fight, swapping shirts with Honoka for the fight in order to keep a bit of him near her. Plus, that sets up a terrific misdirection as they reach what seems to be a climax of the fight, where Atori is shocked at something she sees on Honoka’s chest, and I was sure that there would be some sort of magical connection between them, like a portal or something. But no, Atori’s just impressed with Honoka’s buff chest.
Another badass Ayaka stance
But as she’s been throughout this whole series, Weekend is the queen of planning ahead. The bombs that are planted all through the church that they’re fighting in? Set up over the last 6 months. The giant bomb that destroyed the city? Put in place a year ago. And why? To save her mana for this fight, and she still hadn’t used it until Ayaka put a licking to her, using it to regenerate. That’s playing a long game. Not to mention that she and her forces have also planted bombs in the alternate dimension safe haven that all of the city’s citizens have been moved to for temporary storage. That’s pretty dirty pool, but I don’t really get what the point is when, at the end, Weekend activates the switch that presumably detonates them. If the point was to get her hands on Honoka, why push the switch after he showed up and helped Ayaka beat her? I guess we’ll get to that next week in the finale.
Even in this episode that felt like it was mostly about the fight between Weekend and Ayaka, there was a lot going on with all the characters, including introducing Atori’s foible of talking with (?), through (?), or maybe alongside her hand puppet. She certainly wasn’t the best at taking care of Honoka, tho. A stack of fish and handkerchiefs? And I didn’t mention Kasumi’s battle against the doppelganger as Team Rocket looked on, but Medusa (in human form with short skirt and long stockings) did help with that, and reamed out those guys for not helping. You really get the feeling that Team Rocket is not just junior witches, they’re actually pretty much the lowest rung of the witch ladder. One more episode to go in this wild ride!