No point hiding it any longer. The show was like “Yeah we’re done sugarcoating. This is a Moepocalypse show”.
The episode began with the shocking post-ED Mangetsu scene from last time.
Suishou took great delight dropping the tragic truth bomb about Mangetsu being a doll created by The Magiaconatus for Ernesta. More on that later.
Let’s wrap up Kuon vs Suishou first. It looked like Kuon figured out a strategy to take Suishou down and she gave it everything she had but alas the seductive witch had yet another trick up her sleeve and our determined avenger was robbed of her wish of avenging her beloved onee-chan, suffering the same fate as Anna.
Back to Mangetsu. After Night 5 ended things went from bad to worse for the poor dear. Not only was she becoming what she feared most, a background character, but everyone other than the final two mages and Nene-Nee’s family could remember her. This was because all Mangetsu’s memories were false. Kibou never had a big sister for example.
Mangetsu, feeling lost and broken sought Nene-Nee for guidance. First up the reason she could compete in GRANBELM was because the Magiaconatus willed it. Second it was sadly confirmed that most of the past GRANBELM mages were erased, specifically ones who died in battle. The big mystery was what was the real point of GRANBELM? We would get that answer shortly.
We cut back to Ernesta wrapped in guilt over Mangetsu’s suffering. Suishou took this opportunity to play some nasty mind games with her.
Suishou spilled the beans to Ernesta. She was like “Wanna know why you don’t have parents? Why Anna was corrupted by roid rage towards you? Why your one true love turned out to be a “magic robot”? It was all part of a test by the Magiaconatus because it chose you to become the Uber Mage. Me? I’m here to show it’s full of cat dung by winning the whole thing”. She was going all this while cracking Ernesta’s little “foreshadowing symbolism” doll we repeatedly saw throughout the show.
Back to Mangetsu. The sisters recommended she talk things through with Ernesta before deciding what’s next. She wondered whether it would be best for her to be erased along with all other magic so Ernesta’s wish could come true. However, as we’ve repeatedly seen Mangetsu had the “Hollow Soul/Pinocchio” character arc in which a inorganic being wanted to be human. Mangetsu wanted to continue living like a human despite being a magic robot. Will she be “Tidus’d” or is there hope? We’ll find out in the coming two episodes.
Next time we’ll hear what Shisui has to say about her beloved erased imouto, what advice she has for Mangetsu and how our heroines will prepare for the (most likely) Final Night.
Good stuff once again. I am getting Final Fantasy X vibes from this story all of a sudden.