The episode title, as usual, does a decent job summarizing what happens.
(Spoilers in this review)
The first half of the episode has Chiya, Kon, Koume, and Nono trying to memorize 100 invocations for a test. All rank 10 Urara must pass this exam so there’s no way around it. The girls try to dimiss invocations as being meaningless words, but Nina-sensei refutes their claims by saying that invocations are basically the way Uraras asking if they can borrow power from gods.
Nono really struggles with the conception of reciting the invocations (her shyness with strangers extend to the gods, apparently), but Kon is quick to insist that they’re all rivals and they need to look after themselves. I guess she’s right, considering how they had only a day to memorize 100 different invocations, but it came across as being rather harsh.
In the end, Nono, who starts singing invocations to help her memorize and recite the words, and Kon manage to pass the exam (Koume and Chiya failed, as expected). Nono tells Nina-sensei that she intends to become a full-fledged Urara and thanks Nina-sensei for singing to her as a kid. Seeing her kid sister grow up so fast causes Nina-sensei to have conflicted feelings and she comes crying to Saku, her
soulmate friend who happened to drop by.
The second half of the episode features Koume’s backstory. When Koume was young, a transfer student, a witch from France called Marie Quispilquette, stayed over at her house. Long story short, Koume really looked up to Marie and wanted to be with her at all times. Unfortunately, Marie was unfairly blamed for a local disease that was ravaging the town at the time and was forced to leave. Koume still wanted to be her apprentice, so Marie said that she’ll only accepted Koume as her apprentice if she becomes the strongest witch in the country. And then she left.
Koume then reveals that she believes that Marie was actually trying to discourage her from becoming a witch by setting such a tough task. But she’ll try her best nonetheless (and so another girl has set her sights on becoming a rank 1 Urara).
The episode ends with them trying to fly on Koume’s broom (which is actually Marie’s; the witch left Koume her broom and witch hat as momentos) and utterly failing.
Thoughts on this episode:
- I’m glad this episode wasn’t just another episode hyping up Chiya as a Urara with great potential. She might have an unique mindset when it comes to practical applications, but she’s a terrible student.
- Since Nina-sensei likes suffering, would that make the ship Saku x Nina?
- This episode served as a nice callback to Koume’s characteristics. Remember back in episode one when Koume first met Chiya and Kon? She introduced herself saying, “Enchanté, ojou-san.” It turns out that Marie introduced herself to Koume with the same exact words. And remember when Koume was upset that Chiya’s hair got tangled up with a button on Koume’s blouse? She didn’t want to ruin the blouse because it was from France, which is Marie’s homeland.
- As such, I basically ship Koume with Marie even though there’s like a 13 year difference between the two. It’ll be fine once Koume hits 20, right?
- The episode continues with its usual format but manages to shed some insight on two characters instead of just one. We got an entire segment in regards to a test that the girls have to pass, but we’re not sure how close they are to becoming (rank 10) Urara.
- In other words, the show seems content with the episodic format. There is no overarching arc and I’m starting to believe that the show will end with the girls taking their first step towards becoming Uraras by becoming rank 10.