Now that Mangetsu defeated Nene, the focus is now on Anna as she seeks the Fugo crystal.
From last time, Mangetsu defeated Nene. Obviously, Mangetsu seems worried that after defeating Nene, she died. Thankfully, Nene is very much alive as she appears in front of Mangetsu and Fukami on the playground. It’s a good thing that Nene took that the defeat well and willing to help them. Also, Nene’s younger sisters, which look a lot older than Nene who came to talk to Mangetsu after Nene asked about Mangetsu’s ancestors. Yes, it remains a mystery, but it’s something that will eventually get uncovered.
The main focus of this episode is of course on Anna. I have to admit that Anna is getting a bit annoying because of her intense hatred towards Fukami. However, she is not always like this. In a flashback when she tried to use magic in front of Fukami and Clare, she wanted to show a special technique to show that she is qualified to be a witch. After she perform the technique successfully, Fukami seems happy for her. I wonder why Anna took a turn for the worse to become an irredeemable character.
From the looks of it, it’s mostly because of jealousy. Anna’s mother doesn’t think that Anna has what it takes to become a witch. Instead, she places her faith on Fukami instead. Anna is jealous that Fukami has all the talent yet she struggles with her mage abilities. After all, Fukami can do a lot with a small fragment of a gem yet Anna can’t do the same with a small gem.Anna thinks that by taking the Fugo gem can make her stronger.
As you would expect, Anna’s mother doesn’t think this is a good idea. It’s for a good reason. There is the saying that “with great power comes great responsibility.” In short, Anna doesn’t have enough skill to properly control the powers of the bigger crystal. She risks losing complete control of herself if she uses it. This is the reason her mother opposes it.
On the other hand, we do learn something about Mangetsu’s intentions of participating in the Granbelm. It’s because of the dream of being pure white with the feeling of nothingness that makes her feel anxious and scared. Regardless, Fukami still thinks that Mangetsu has a pure heart since she cares about other. After all, she thinks that there is an ideal version of one self within their heart, which their real selves can’t catch up. Fukami also shares the times where Anna cooked for her when she had a cold. This makes me wonder what went wrong with Anna to cause her to hate Fukami? It’s quite obvious.
Of course, Suishou finally literally backstabs Anna by telling her that she won’t be her disciple anymore. Apparently, she knows that Anna is unskilled at using her mage power and her strength is just a façade. This is probably why Anna locked herself in the basement trying to become stronger, but can’t. Clare, Anna’s little sister begs Fukami to talk to Anna.
Fukami eventually tells the truth to Anna as she visits her mansion. She talks to her mother when Anna with an axe tries to kill Fukami. Thankfully, nobody got hurt. Anna eventually tries to prove herself by doing that technique. However, Fukami finally admits that she is the one that done the technique to make it like she can do it to make her happy. As expected, Anna becomes distraught as she falls to her knees in disbelief.
It becomes obvious that no matter how hard Anna tried, she can’t never be as talented as Fukami. After all, Fukami is naturally gifted as a mage and it’s hard to catch up to her, except for probably Mangetsu. From the looks of it, it seems as if Anna accepted fate and wishes her well on achieving her goal. As expected, this the first time we see Anna finally smile after being in rage for most of the show.
Despite accepting fate, Anna still won’t give up as she seizes the crystal that her mother told her not to after murdering her. Yes, this doesn’t make sense since she accepted reality. It’s obvious that Anna wants to lose any redeeming quality that she has left. In other words, this won’t end well for Anna. Meanwhile, Suishou is probably enjoying the train wreck that Anna is getting herself into. ¶