Your weekly dosage of magical girls, despair, and bloodshed has arrived!
(Spoilers in this review)
The episode opens with a flashback to Sister Nana trying to tell Calamity Mary that committing crimes as a magical girl is unacceptable. As expected, Calamity Mary tries to shoot the two of them, who run off after Winterprison gives CM a bit of a beating.
After the OP plays, we’re back in the present time. Winterprison warns Sister Nana to stay on guard after that one time with CM. Swim Swim, who’s peeking out at the two, remains as obsessed as ever with surpassing Ruler.
The ambush occurs and now we’re down two magical girls. But at least WP saved Nana! Despite the mutual kill, I think the surprise attack was wonderfully executed. Swim Swim definitely has a knack for devising cafty plans. I do wanted to point out that Tama didn’t do anything while everyone was throwing down. I mean, she could have bailed out the girls when they got trapped behind WP’s walls, in my opinion. Maybe Tama didn’t want to get involved with murder?
So that takes up about 10 minutes. Then the eyecatches come up and they’re rather interesting.
We then get a sneak peek of the daily life of a housewife – who happens to be Tsubame aka Top Speed. In hindsight I feel like I should have known she was a housewife – she’s given homecooked food to other magical girls in previous episodes and she has implied she has a curfew. Plus there’s the whole “delinquent girl starts walking the normal way of life after falling in love” scenario.
Could it be the six months Top Speed keeps bringing up has to do with being pregnant? Or maybe it’s their anniversary? At least she didn’t menion it this episode but I’m still thinking about it nonetheless. Victory goes to Top Speed for making me unable to forget it.
And then we get a brief scene of Sister Nana wallowing in her grief.
Anyways, the contrast between her and CM is rather jarring. While Top Speed is a young housewife who’s happily married (to her childhood friend’s older brother, no less), CM is a middle-aged, alcoholic housewife who abused her own child and was abandoned by her family, as seen in a flashback.
After she was left all alone, Fav announced that Yamamoto Naoko was suitable to be a magical girl. Really, Fav? His loose lips do reveal that he intentionally chooses girls who don’t mesh well together in order to create tension, however.
Most of the older women he’s chosen are kind of outcasts in society, aren’t they? Nemurin was a NEET, Ruler was an arrogant office lady who only thought about herself, and here we have the mother of the year.
The last few minutes of the episode shows us what happens in CM’s “meeting” with Ripple. She’s acting as hitman for Fav now (and she really likes tormenting people), so it’s no surprise she’s trying to kill Ripple. Ripple and Top Speed do manage to get away, however.
CM’s track record for actually killing magical girls is pretty terrible, by the way. She walked away from Ripple and Top Speed. Ruler didn’t die (but was probably physically abused judging from what we’ve seen in this episode). Winterprison and Sister Nana escaped. Hardgore Alice survived.
However, CM resorts to shooting regular humans and blowing up cars… with her sniper rifle? I guess her magic allows her to make things explode with her boomstick. In any case, she’s gambling that creating chaos will lure the goody two-shoes pair back to where she is. It’ll probably work.
How this mess affects (most of) the remaining magical girls is also shown. Snow White and HG Alice are going to join the fray. Swim Swim plans to attack the others as they head to the scene. Mina, the only one left of the Peaky Angel Twins, is probably going to try to kill everyone out of despair. Tama is still disagreeing with her group’s direction but refuses to speak up.
Rumor has it Nana is still crying over Winterprison to this day. Cranberry is more interested in finding out who murdered Winterprison. Maybe Fav will tell her since he serves her, but maybe not. If she does find out, the
fab four three-girl-group will probably get targeted by the Musician of the Forest, too.
I think it’ll be good to list off all the magical girls in case viewers have forgotten who’s still in the running. Good thing I put that spoilers warning on the top of my post, right? But just in case:
BIG SPOILERS INCOMING
- Snow White – weirded out by HG Alice but alive
La Pucelle– wasn’t careful so he became car kill
- Ripple – angry at family but alive
- Top Speed – the best housewife and still living
- Sister Nana – in hysterics but alive
Winterprison– massive blood loss Nemruin– screwed over by real life Ruler– et tu Brutus?
- Swim Swim – clinging onto Ruler’s shadow but alive
Yuna– saved onee-chan!
- Mina – in despair but alive
- Tama – disheartened but alive
Magicaloid 44– stomach problems
- Calamity Mary – playing Call of Duty with hacks enabled
- Hardgore Alice – of course she’s alive
- Cranberry – seeking battle!
So we’re down to 10 magical girls. 2 more to go. But will the elimination rounds even stop once the number of mahou shoujo is down to 8? Will Fav step in and stop the massacre, or will he sit back and enjoy the show? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
Next episode is titled, “Notice of New Rules!” The game is being changed yet again, my friends. See you next week!