With exams finally over and summer here, the group goes out to celebrate. On the topic of summer vacation, Junichi invites everyone, including Kotori, to a hot springs. Kotori is reluctant to go after hearing Nemu’s name, but ultimately agrees. Aisia, who has been practicing her magic (though not all that successfully), walks in on Junichi and Nemu about to kiss after discussing spending time together over the summer. They quickly separate and start talking about vacation again. Aisia overhears and invites herself into their conversation and their plans. The siblings try to convince her to go home instead, but Aisia tells them that she has no where to return home to. Nemu gets Junichi to talk to Aisia again the next day. Aisia tells him about how her only relative was her grandmother and how she used her magic to create happiness for the people around her. After her grandmother passed away, Aisia came to Hatsunejima looking for Junichi’s grandmother and thus became friends with Junichi and company. Realizing that Aisia really has no place to go back to and finally understanding why Aisia is all about the magic, Junichi goes as far as pledging to support her in her magic. The next morning, Aisia leaves early and sees Misaki sitting on the swings again. Aisia shares her worries about whether or not her grandmother herself was happy. Misaki tells her that if she believes in her dream, it’ll come true.
My initial reaction was something along the lines of “not another Aisia episode.” After watching it a second time, I feel a bit more positive about it. Aisia gets some actual development, more than just the normal magic -> happiness. A glimpse into her past and we realize why she’s always talking about magic this magic that. I’m just a bit curious how she got across the world after her grandmother died though…
I am continuing on with this series on the firm belief that all of this is setting up for some major angst and drama later. Kotori gets a few lines this episode, which is hopefully a sign that her involvement starts here. Of course, something’s still gotta happen for her to even stand a chance against Nemu. Dunno what that could be, but I hope it catches me completely off guard.
In the preview for next episode, Utamaru mentions swimsuits and summer, making it sound like a fanservicey beach/pool episode. However, the title 「心の扉」 suggests something more serious. *keeps fingers crossed*