An episode where Chise took most of the decisions and even saved Elias, instead of the other way around, what’s not to like about it? Chise helps a girl named Stella whose brother has gone missing and isn’t remembered by anyone other than her for reasons disclosed later. What follows is an encounter with Ashen Eye, who is a nosy person to say the least and some pondering of the word family.
Since Chise can’t use magic explicitly throughout the whole episode, it gave her a chance to demonstrate her wit and work around the restrictions. She gained a new friend in the process too. On a side note, the relationship between Stella and her brother turned out to be cute and her brother’s as likable as her. We also got to see Elias don a new look and deal with kids.
I don’t have much to say except I enjoyed it a lot and the progression of things were good. Only, it would be nice if Ruth got to do more than follow Chise around all the time. He’s great as a mental support but he doesn’t get to demonstrate his power much.
Stella will become a part of the steady cast it seems. She’s easy to like and apparently way more mature than her age, which turned out to be ten. I would have thought she was at least twelve. It just makes me happy to see Chise making friends more and more, both in the magical world and outside.
We actually explored the risk of being around someone like Elias, whose understanding of emotions is basic and of course, his reaction to negative ones aren’t exactly likable. Elias experiences something he has never before-jealousy- and throws a tantrum reminiscent of – again, a child- but unlike a five year old, Elias’ actions can have serious consequences. If I wasn’t certain that nothing bad would actually happen, I would have been scared for Chise’s life. It’s only Chise’s wit and maturity that saved her. Chise’s amazing in that she calmed him down, got angry at him and had a talk with him after he almost suffocated her.
The second half involves Chise seeking help from Angelica after accidentally lulling Elias to sleep and we get to meet Angelica’s husband, who is as sweet, if not sweeter than Angelica. I liked their conversation a lot, since it helped clear some confusion I had over the age of the mages and magic and overall, he offers great advice.
After sort of not being that pleased with the second cour of the show, these two episodes helped me get my love for it back.