Elias and Chise join the meeting of the witches, only to find out Mariel wanted their help for her own purposes and the witches can’t think of a cure either. Or so it seems, as Mariel does whisper a way to Elias, and not a good one. Considering this shows track record, we we’ll probably get back to what the witch originally wanted from Chise at a later date(or a later season since it’s almost the end).
Since we begin with Elias’ monologue, there is an emphasis on how much Chise means to him, enough for him to throw away everything he has learned over time and resort to his true self. Ruth agreeing to Elias’ plan was a surprise, but we’re assuming the thought of losing Chise has made him selfish. Considering he lived in pain for a long time after losing his sister, having another one taken away from him would by no means feel nice. It goes without saying Elias went too far this time, by excluding Chise from his plans and choosing the one person he was jealous of, a child no less, to trade Chise’s life with. The blow it dealt to the relationship is far too sever for it to be solved by a mere conversation.
Some part of me was definitely was prepared for Stella to turn out to be who she did(to be possessed by Cartaphilius), and it’s because the show added elements here and there that hinted towards it. What I do wonder is why Elias didn’t catch on.
What Cartaphilius proposed sounds too good to be true. The trade is fair enough and he has his own brand of pain, but it’s hard to trust him. He has ages of corruption accumulating inside him and can’t even remember his true self. It’s probably what makes him hate Chise. Someone fundamentally the very opposite of his being to their core.
Chise’s past with her mother had been put to the side for a while, and of course, it comes out in the best way it can, a dream-nightmarish walk through the past. All of us had already put together exactly what happened from conversations before, but watching it play out was heartbreaking no less. I liked that Chise didn’t just forgive her mom. While her mother’s actions are understandable, it doesn’t erase the fact that she did something heinous to her own child. Years of trauma aren’t going to disappear in a single day. What Chise did is acknowledge what happened and gave herself the right to move on.
Eyeball scene wasn’t shown explicitly, something I’m grateful for. Though, question remains what kind of magical power does one need to trade eyeballs like that with another person. It has happened a few times, but it’s always nice to see Chise finding her resolve and fighting back.
I’m glad they’re proceeding with a single storyline and that it turned out to be a well thought out one. That’s the best way they could have ended this show. It also makes me a little sad to know this is going to end soon.