Well, this episode was by far the most gory yet. The deathmatch between magical girls that was initially promised in the premesis has finally started in earnest about halfway into the series.
(Spoilers in this review)
Even though the previous episode ended with La Pucelle and Cranberry preparing to fight each other, this episode opens with Makoto, aka Magicaloid 44, giving a homeless man a bento lunch since they’re roommates living inside cardboard boxes under a bridge.
Seems like she occasionally goes home to her parents and ocassionally goes to school, but she chooses to live this way because she enjoys talking to the bum. I’m pretty sure she could afford living in an apartment between her job at a convenience store and the money she extorts from Sister Nana.
It turns out this is a bit of a flashback since we also get to see her become Magicaloid 44, so I guess she doesn’t live this way anymore. It’s strange that she was the one who became a magical girl when she was playing for another woman (A relative? Maybe her mother?) who was too lazy to grind levels on the mobile game. That’s elaborated on later in this episode, however.
After the OP plays, we’re back to the showdown between La Pucelle and Cranberry. Cranberry’s ability has to be auditory illusions from what we see in episode 5’s fight and in this fight. This battle ends in tragedy.
Fav proceeds to do the weekly announcements. There’s now going to be a limited supply of super-rare items that are first come, first serve. Each girl can only buy one. Also, since La Pucelle died, no one has to drop out this week.
Then the eyecatches play. I never realized each one has different backgrounds. Makoto’s, as expected, is all about that money.
We also get some more reveals about Cranberry’s relationship with Fav. Apparently there’s an objective Fav is aiming for with this game and he (I guess Fav is a male) purposefully chose younger girls since they’re easy to rile up. That explains why Swim Swim is so young, as with Magicaloid 44, Snow White, etc.
Fav also drops his high-pitched voice and his verbal tic as he claims that the super-rare items won’t change anything and that Cranberry hates selection tests where the strong can’t win, pon. His voice sounds both deep and scary, wow. And then he calls Cranberry his master and mentions a contract. Very interesting.
Snow White is now by herself and freaking out. Fav encourages her to buy one of the super-rare items. The only catch is that each item are bought with lifespan. So buying the invisibility cloak means the buyer forfeits 25 years of her life. Power at a price!
While she’s devastated over how she is still defenseless, Hardgore Alice finally manages to find her.
Meanwhile, we see that Swim Swim bought the invisiblity cloak without batting an eyelid, that Tama bought one of the magical weapons, and that one of the Peaky Angels bought the magical medicine. I bet those pills have drawbacks.
We also get to see that Calamity Mary bought the magic bag that can hold anything. Of course a materialistic woman like her would snatch that up. She also tells Magicaloid 44 to kill someone in order to gain her trust.
Turns out Top Speed and Ripple couldn’t secure any magical items, either. Top Speed once again stresses that she doesn’t want to die within these six months. There’s obviously a meaning behind those cryptic words, but we’re still in the dark.
Sadly, she’s too idealistic and doesn’t seem to fully believe that the other magical girls are killing each other. However, at least she acknowledges this could happen and is proud of her flying speed being the best. That means she can run away!
The episode ends with Magicaloid 44 slicing Hardgore Alice’s head off with sharp wires. However, Hardgore Alice’s ability kicks in and she retaliates.
Mami fans might be angry? Anyways, since Magicaloid 44 decided that killing other magical girls wasn’t a big deal and was about to kill Snow White, I guess Hardgore Alice is on her side since she killed Magicaloid 44? Or maybe it was just payback? We still don’t know her intentions!
My predictions? Ripple gets killed off. Maybe not next week, but soon. She’s too naive and trusting. Plus her bringing up that she has to survive for six months is like a death flag. That means Ripple and Snow White pair up just as it’s implied in the OP. It’s just a wild shot in the dark, however.
Next week’s episode is titled, “Up Your Friendship!” I think the episode points to a Top Speed and Ripple episode, even though you’d be pressed to call them friends. But I think Ripple does consider her a friend since she was worried that Top Speed’s broom wouldn’t be able to handle two passengers and a box of heavy scrap metal. Another episode focusing on the four-girl band or another one featuring Sister Nana and Winterprison seems rather unlikely, to be honest.
See you next week!