After a sudden change in Kozue’s personality after her near-death experience, Maya and friends are hard pressed to find out why Kozue suddenly lacks interest or belief in the occult. After they fail at various attempts at faking occult experiences for Kozue, Maya finally realizes that Kozue left her heart behind when returning. Reluctantly Maya enlists the aid of Uchida, who volunteers to rescue Kozue from the other side. As Uchida enters, he sees his life flash before him, as does Maya and the others. We see the pain and suffering he had as a child and even the alien attack he is here to prevent. Maya suddenly realizes Uchida’s childhood was similar to hers and she comes to understand him better. Uchida is successful in retrieving Kozue, and Maya once again agrees to work with him as a team.
This was another excellent episode, and it delved deep within who Uchida is, and what his character has gone through in his past. We also are beginning to see more of the side characters getting involved more.
Elia and Sanya are the main focus in this episode, and we learn even more of how close their relationship is. We also meet a new Neuroi, which is 30,000 meters tall. Sanya and Miyafuji are enlisted to take on the task to defeat the Neuroi. Sanyas weapon, along with Miyafuji’s shield power is needed to accomplish the Neuroi’s defeat. This makes Elia extremely jealous and she tries to learn how to use her shields, but this yields no results. Finally when the plan is set in motion, they all work together in scaling the monstrous Neuroi. They have to use all the witches and the help of rocket boosters to reach the top. As they begin the final climb, Elia decides to continue on to help Sanya. Miyafuji allows her to take her place, and Elia unleashes her rarely used shield powers and helps Sanya successfully defeat the Neuroi.
This episode was excellent and not so good at times. Overall, it was a wonderful episode and really showcased the love between Sanya and Elia. The bad comes in the form of censorship and shoddy scenes of animation. The censorship was just ill placed, and during one scene just looked like white bars going across the scene. As for the shoddy animation, there were instances where the camera was further out and it looked like poorly done 3D when they were flying.
After last week’s episode featuring Mio and Ritsu being chosen to play Romeo and Juliet, we are finally treated to them making their dramatic on stage acting debut. But before we get to see them on stage, we are treated to many Azunyan scenes, where she is mostly pondering over whether or not they will be prepared for their Summer Festival performance. When we do get to see the play, Mio and Ritsu pull off the show almost perfectly. After the play is over, Azunyan is already practicing and relays her worries to the girls. They all assure her things will be fine, and the girls decide to pull an all-nighter at the school and practice. After they are done practicing, we see them eating Ui’s food, going around the empty festival booths at night, and finally falling asleep. Sawa shows up first thing in the morning and surprises them with their new outfits, which they absolutely love.
A very good episode that was filled with plenty of moe moments, along with getting the girls focus back on performing. I always feel the girls interact best when the main focus deals with music and this was perfect. I look forward to really seeing how the rest of the season will be playing out, especially finally seeing the upcoming performance.