Episode 06 – “Takamiya-kun and the Trial of Love”
I read a comment that said this show has a “just go with it” attitude, and at the risk of ripping off someone else’s opinion I think I would have to agree entirely. I’ve been having a bit of troubling putting into words what makes this series so magical for me (besides the witches, of course), but I feel like “just go with it” aptly describes the show. There’s little explanation for any of the actions or characters in the series, and we’re left to run along with the pace of the series. When explanations do happen, as with Honoka’s mother explaining why she’s okay with him and Ayaka moving in together, they’re often so ridiculous that perhaps we were better off not knowing the first place.
And yet, it’s this combination of ludicrousness and reckless abandon that makes the show work. The story is rather cliche and the main characters are archetypes we’re quite familiar with, but the presentation of these elements and the “just go with it” attitude puts the series on a whole ‘nother level. There are a lot of examples of this in this particular episode, including Ayaka being assaulted by a flying car and then proceeding to devastate the city while riding a massive dragon. Of course, this is all thanks to Honoka’s brocon of a sister and not even any major antagonist.
Another example would be the part where Ayaka insists on wanting to become Honoka’s sister because she thinks it’ll bring them closer together. This is completely out of character, but because of her emotionless personality, I think the scene works perfectly to make something really, really funny. Also, the fact that she just suddenly falls asleep after trying hard to convince Honoka to call her “onee-san” is something you just wouldn’t expect her to do. It contrasts the first time Honoka flies with her and falls asleep on her shoulder.
It terms of actual plot, Ayaka uses her Princess power to execute a proverbial coup d’etat, placing Honoka as the student council president and her, the vice student council president. This is to ensure that no one in the student body can complain about Honoka and her being close together. We also learn from the chemistry teacher that the candy from Chronoire unlocked one of five seals within him, which unleased Evermillion. Although Kazane is observing Honoka, I assume that big trouble will happen if all five seals are broken. This is all unbeknownst to Ayaka as well.
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” ~ Kyouichirou Mikage