Oh so her first name is Sasha. It’s easier to remember and type than Ivanovna though if the latter were her first name it’d still be cool.
We learn Nipa and Sasha’s Witch abilities. Nipa can heal herself even after taking a severe beating though her weakness is she’s a klutz. Sasha’s ability is being able to remember everything though like any human being there’s a catch which we will get to when discussing her flashbacks.
This time the Neuroi’s plan was to use a stealth agent that could now cross lakes thanks to the previous episode’s Neuroi freezing them. The stealth agent would transform itself into objects and then signal another Neuroi to attack the Witch’s base, hitting the important areas one by one.
Hikari was paired up with Sasha and Nipa because the latter two were a bit familiar with the town their base is stationed at. Nipa had only visited the town once and Sasha supposedly had never been there though chasing a the stealth agent proved otherwise as she began remembering things about the town.
The frustration of not being able to take down the stealth agent along with some friction between Nipa and Sasha due to the former’s clumsiness caused the latter to lash out at Nipa because she thought Nipa was spiting her for being too rough when that clearly wasn’t the case.
We then got a flashback from Sasha where she realized why she initially couldn’t remember the town. It was because in the past she used her powers to stop a car crash but back then witches weren’t as loved as they are presently and the town being really superstitious Sasha feared that she would be treated like a monster or outcast because of her powers, thus she instinctively stored away those painful memories deep in the back of her mind. Ironically those exact memories were what helped Sasha and friends defeat the stealth agent in the end.
Before being destroyed though the Neuroi got one last missile to launch. Sasha painfully chose to abandon the city (though it was empty so no there would be no civilian casualties). Nipa however, saw how much the city meant to her and used her power to absorb the missile impact.
Nipa told Sasha, after using her self-healing power of course, that she’d gladly use her power to protect everything and everyone she cared for. Sasha then remembered her mother and grandmother saying the exact same thing in the past. She then squeezed Nipa hard to show her relief and thanks.
Still too early to ship these two together but they’d make a cute couple. We’ll see how it goes.