Author’s Note: Some Photos are courtesy of Efnuu via Twitter. Thank you so much for letting me use your screencaps! Also, please forgive my ghetto ones, this is new to me after all.
SPOILER WARNING: I do not hold back when discussing this episode. If you don’t want to be spoiled, LEAVE NOW.
Welcome to the Magical Girl Raising Project, where everything’s gone to hell and the candies don’t matter.
Our dear Snow White, while pretty much traumatized, is still alive from her encounter with Hardgore Alice (Magicaloid 44, on the other hand, ain’t so lucky). She awakens with a lovely rabbits foot in her hand, which, according to her, was given to her by Hardgore Alice.
Yep…that Hardgore Alice.
Snow White is horrified. La Purcelle is really dead, Magicaloid 44 was killed right in front of her, and the Gothic Lolita version of Alice in Wonderland gave her a rabbit’s foot for her trouble. Fav, ever the dutiful companion of the magical girls, tries its best to comfort the innocent magical girl.
Excuse me while I throw a chair at my computer screen.
As Fav promises to contact Alice about the rabbit’s foot, our favourite couple mourns the loss of La Purcelle. As Nana cries over her former student, Weiss wonders if her death was game related. Finally – someone is cluing in! Now, more than ever, Nana wants to talk to the other magical girls in an effort to change the dynamics of already dangerous game. She has sent a message to Snow White in an effort to do just that.
Meanwhile, our favourite crazy Magical Girl, Calamity Mary, after asking directly, has just been informed by Fav that her ally, Magicaloid 44, has been offed.
Mary insists that Fav tell her who the culprit is so she can get revenge, but Fav keeps mum, so as not to give her an unfair advantage. So Mary makes the two-faced creature a deal – she’ll help out Fav by doing it a favour in exchange for the info. Because, you know, Calamity Mary does whatever Calamity Mary wants, so deal with it.
Hardgore Alice is minding her own business, looking creepy as all get out on a rooftop when Mary comes in guns ablazing. And just when she thinks she’s avenged Magicaloid 44, Hardgore Alice grabs her by the foot, ready to give as good as she gets.
The fight between Mary and Alice is a sight to behold and is easily the highlight of the episode. Mary, visibly shaken by the tenacity of her foe, unloads what looks like her entire arsenal on Alice in an effort to keep her down. She even goes as far as to use acid and fire to keep Alice from regenerating. It’s quite amusing to see just how animated Mary’s expressions become…
But one full barrel and a kick into the ocean later, we know that her efforts, like the points in Whose Line is it Anyway?, don’t matter.
Fav confirms this when he announces the “good news”. Because of Magicaloid 44 “death” at the hands of a “slasher”, there is no elimination for the week. And Calamity Mary, being the crazy cowgirl that she is, can’t help but laugh at it all.
Sister Nana and Snow White meet, mourning La Purcelle’s passing. Snow White, still haunted by the loss of her friend and mentor, finds it difficult to find her footing again. However, Sister Nana assures her that they will get through this as long as they stick together. Snow White is thankful for the encouragement and expresses her gratitude Sister Nana…just as she turns to greet the newest ally of their cause – Hardgore Alice.
Nana is surprised to discover that Alice and Snow White know each other. She is equally clueless to the attempts by Snow White to get the hell out of dodge because, you know, she watched as Magicaloid 44 cut off her head, only to get impaled by Alice’s headless corpses a moment later. So Snow White says her goodbyes and flees the scene – but Alice isn’t having it. Defeated, Snow White asks about the rabbit’s foot. Alice responds that she gave it to her just because it was something she wanted to do. Awkward.
In the meantime, we learn more about everyone’s favourite Tsundere Ninja Magical Girl, Ripple, particularly why she can’t stand her mother. Mom liked to get around, apparently, and her classmates, being the cruel little twits they are, tried to bully her about it. Unfortunately for them, Ripple will not stand for the BS, and rather than give you a visible expression of misery and shame, she’ll give you these hands instead.
Ripple’s boiling point comes in the form of her mother’s new husband, who is a certifiable creeper. In addition to trying to get her to call him “Papa” (red flag), he creeps on her when she’s undressed, even going as far as to grope her. I am not ashamed to admit that I cheered when she roundhouse kicked him in the face.
At her wits’ end, Ripple decides to live on her own, and has done so since then. She tells these things (though not in detail – Friends and Family are inai) to her partner Top Speed, who has called her out for a meal. Top Speed is shocked to discover that Ripple is actually younger than she is, but says she understands the kind of life Ripple lives now. Their bonding session is interrupted by Fav, who has a message from Calamity Mary. She must see them immediately and it’s important. Ripple isn’t interested – especially since Mary tried to mess with them earlier in the series. But Top Speed doesn’t share her suspicions and insists that they go, along with Fav. Yeah, that’s a good idea.
Meanwhile, Sister Nana and Weiss prepare to visit Swim-Swim and her subjects, who do not have unity on their minds. But because Weiss is a pretty fierce magical girl, they may need to use other means to deal with them – after all, Swim-Swim points out, that’s what Ruler used to say (and look where that got her). As Nana and Weiss approach, Swim-Swim hides in doorway looking at them ominously as the credits roll.
I don’t have a lot to say about this episode, other than I appreciate the breather after last week’s roller coaster ride. Still, stuff happened and it was fun to watch. The fight between Alice and Mary was amazing – while Mary may be insane, Alice cannot be stopped. Her powers of regeneration makes her difficult to kill. However, she seems to be attached to Snow White – but why? Why does she want to be around her? Hopefully we’ll find out in the next episode.
While Swim-Swim and her retinue annoy me (especially the damn twins), she’s definitely one to watch. If she could betray Ruler so ruthlessly, then she’s capable of anything. Don’t forget, she willingly exchanged twenty-five years of her lifespan for the invisibility cloak. She wields that sword quite naturally. I thought that she’d be different from Ruler, and I’m right. Swim-Swim is much more calmer and calculating and which makes her an even bigger threat, especially since no one will see her coming.
Um, where the hell is Cranberry? And what’s happening to Top Speed in six months?
I do have an issue, though. While Snow White is portrayed as the main character, we know more about Ripple’s past than Snow White. We know that Snow White loves magical girls, but did something happen in her life that made her want to really become one? Or is she just the stock good girl who is brought to the brink of insanity?
I get that this series is an ensemble piece, but I feel like if you’re going to put one character in the center, then there should be a conscious effort to tell her story. I know more about Ripple, Weiss, Nana, and even Top Speed more than I know about Snow White. Don’t get me wrong, I’m rooting for Snow, I just want to know a little more about who I am rooting for.
Either way, today’s episode was great and I look forward to the craziness that is episode eight!