This week had the highest death count thus far! Will your favorite magical girl die or live by the end of this episode?
(Spoilers in this review)
(It’s also stupidly long)
The episode opens by showing us the chaotic scene resulting from Calamity’s Mary’s…tantrum, basically. She’s angry that Ripple wasn’t afraid of her when they first met so she’s hated Ripple’s guts ever since.
We also get to see how Sister Nana is coping. Lots of substance abuse, from the looks of it. Pills and booze shouldn’t be mixed!
Then the scene jumps back to the chaos after the OP. Ripple can’t idly stand by and watch CM kill innocents and ruin the pavement, so she drops down high from the sky to give CM the showdown she asked for.
The fight between CM and Ripple was something else. I thought it would be some boring “she throws shurikens and she shoots gun” nonsense, but the show didn’t disappoint. The two really went at it at close-quarters. CM knew how to grapple! And Ripple basically throws CM with her thighs. Hell if I know what that move is called. Unfortunately, Ripple accidentally steps on a land mine and is basically becomes a sitting duck against CM. If she lifts her leg, then boom.
And you know what? I finally realized why CM bought that magical bag that can hold an infinite amount of stuff. That’s where she’s storing all her guns and grenades. While Ripple pulls out a decent amount of kunais and shurikens, it’s all small stuff that she probably has on her person.
CM, on the other hand, is pulling out sniper rifles and bayonets out of seemingly nowhere thanks to her magical bag. It’s pretty late for me to notice this, but I just wanted to get it out, haha.
Thankfully Top Speed bails her out of the resulting explosions! Yet even after she calls Ripple out for acting recklessly, Ripple is determined to return since CM is willing to continue rampaging until she kills Ripple. Then Ripple gives a touching speech about how even she may not act like the ideal magical girl, she’s still a magical girl who won’t turn away people in need. That wins Top Speed over, who turns the broom around.
And then the eyecatches swoop in. I’ve been wondering what they would show now that every magical girl has been featured, but they’ve opted for quotes said by the characters in the previous episode as well as in this episode. I’m not against it.
The two managed to stop CM’s deadly bullets by showering a huge amount of broken glass from high up in the sky. I had to rewatch that scene to realize the shards functioned as little shields for Ripple and TS. And then Ripple ended the fight with her perfect accuracy.
Ripple and TS then celebrate over defeating the menace. Team “Good Girls Who Are Rough Around the Edges” wins! If I were to quantify the difference between them and Team B&W (that would be Snow White and Hardgore Alice), it would be that both Top Speed and Ripple are willing to get their hands dirty if need be. Snow White might be the ideal magical girl, but it kind of holds her back. More on that later.
Alas, the victory is short-lived. The girl involved with most of the deaths in this series broke my heart. I guess the other two were too distracted to notice her.
So we finally get to see Swim Swim fight one-on-one and boy, is her ability strong. While Ripple demonstrates superior agility, Ripple can just phase through attacks. It’s like she just turns herself into water. This was very unexpected (for me, at least).
Swim Swim scampers off shortly, leaving Ripple to check up on Top Speed. It seems like our suspicions were correct!
This is around when I paused the episode and backtracked back to episode 8. Sure enough, the camera was clever enough to never give us a body shot of Tsubame from the front.
Meanwhile, Team B&W runs into Minael (and Tama). Incoming rant about SW in the captions.
Well, I guess I’m just not a big fan of Snow White. She’s a good girl, but she’s too naive. I want to like her, though, as with Tama. Oh, well. Anyways, I was a bit dumbfounded at how SW let her guard down around one of the Peaky Angel twins. Especially when she had a run-in earlier with them. I myself was caught off guard by how Minael can throw herself as a weapon, though.
What I haven’t touched upon is Snow White’s ability. I’m pretty sure the previous episodes had her sitting in place in order to use her ability, but now she’s running around and doing things while it’s active. Maybe it’s a passive ability that requires for her to concentrate? Wait, doesn’t that go against the very definition of a passive ability? Never mind.
At any rate, her telepathic ability catches Tama trying to sneak up on her with the invisibility cloak. Silly Tama! Minael berates her and takes the cloak from her, claiming she’ll put it to better use than Tama. She then proceeds to fall to the floor and turns invisible. Big plays!
I can hear the readers now: “That’s only two deaths! I thought you said this episode had the highest death count so far!” Well, Alane the prophet nailed this one, folks.
And then Fav makes his announcements in the chatroom as usual. Winterprison, Yunael, Calamity Mary, Top Speed are out. With that, the remaining magical girls are down to seven. Snow White, Hardgore Alice, Ripple, Cranberry, Minael, Tama, and Swim Swim are the ones that are left. Yay! The elimination rounds are over now, right?
I doubt that’s the real reason. At any rate, Ripple doesn’t take the new announcement well and throws the device across the room. I wonder if she bothered to take CM’s magical bag.
The last scene shows Swim Swim and Tama discussing battle strats. They have to eliminate three more magical girls, after all! Swim Swim reasons that SW would be hard to sneak up on due to her ability (I don’t think the other girls know about the exact details about SW’s ability, however). The fact that Hardgore Alice is always with her makes it even harder, she reasons. And while Swim Swim was untouched during her scuffle with Ripple, she believes that Swim Swim’s agility could prove problematic.
Swim Swim’s reasoning about choosing Cranberry makes sense to a degree – she thinks that Cranberry must be weak since she rarely shows herself. However, we know that’s totally false. Cranberry is probably happy to obliege since I’m sure she’s still angry at the three girls for kill-stealing Winterprison. They also plan using the magical pills before fighting Cranberry. If it works out, then they’ll do the same thing before fighting Ripple. Maybe we’ll finally see what those pills do!
The episode ends with Minael bursting into the hideout (which still looks like a mess after their fight with Winterprison, I must add) and claiming she found an easy target for them to murder. My guess? She’s going to tell them to aim for Snow White. If she did turn herself into a rabbit plushie, then she might have saw where SW lives if Hardgore Alice saw SW to her house. As such, she might think targetting SW while she’s asleep will work out.
But if that’s what happened, then how did she escape from HG Alice? She hangs onto the plushie at all times. Hmmm. Well, it’s just a shot in the dark. I’ve been making too many safe guesses in my blog posts for Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku. Let’s cut loose a little, yeah?!
While we’re at it, I bet Snow White, Hardgore Alice, and Ripple are among the last remaining magical girls. SW and Ripple are basically shoe-ins, in my opinion, since they’ve been prominent in the show (and in the opening) throughout most of the series. Hardgore Alice seems impossible to kill, so there’s that.
As much as I want to like Tama, she’s done basically nothing this entire series. Maybe she’ll backstab Swim Swim when she realizes that Swim Swim never thinks of helping others besides their group. Wouldn’t it be ironic if not only one, but two of the surviving girls are weak non-combatants? I say ironic since Cranberry and Fav had a brief discussion about this in episode 6.
Now that I think about it, this doesn’t sound good for the magical girls. Fav has already shown that he can and will move goal posts without batting an eyelash (does he even have those). Yay, we’re down to eight magical girls! But now you have to bring the total number down to four! Good job on reaching four! Now the magic number is 2. And now it’s one.
ANYWAYS, that’s too much digging from me. I ain’t Tama, after all.
Next week’s episode is titled, “Sudden Battle Chances Up!” I guess none of the girls are lying low after this crazy week, huh? See you next week!