Junichi wakes up to find Sakura in bed with him, but when Nemu sees them, she’s surprisingly not angry. That day, Sakura gets a welcome back party where everyone attends. Aisia watches Sakura’s every move and writes it down, trying to glean something from it all. Aisia loses sight of Sakura at one point, and learns from Nemu after the party that she went back to her house with Junichi. Aisia takes the opportunity to gather all of her stuff, ball it up, and bring it next door with the intent of moving in. However, when she steps into the house, her leg falls through the floor and then the ceiling cracks under pressure. Seeing that the house is falling apart, Sakura and Junichi gather the entire group to repair it. Sakura and Aisia team up to repair the roof, though Sakura spends some time admiring the view first. They accidentally drop the hammer off the roof, so Aisia tries to repeatedly conjure up a replacement but fails each time. Sakura tells her to stop, and says that she won’t teach Aisia magic.
That evening, after everything has been fixed and straightened up, Aisia tries to talk to Sakura again, but gets a door closed in her face. Seeing Aisia depressed, Junichi goes over and explains to Sakura Aisia’s reasoning and motivations. But Sakura already understands and reminds Junichi of what happened two years ago. The next day, Aisia goes over again to Sakura’s house to try again. Sakura decides to show Aisia something, and the two travel to the old sakura tree. Sakura tells Aisia about how the tree was supposed to bring everyone happiness and grant people’s wishes, which Aisia thinks is wonderful, but Sakura also says that that’s why she killed it. And when Aisia can’t seem to understand that, Sakura tells her that magic is dangerous. Aisia still refuses to believe it – she clings onto the fact that her grandmother used her magic to bring people happiness. Sakura just walks away, saying that she’ll never teach Aisia.
The episode has its ups and downs, but felt to me like it moved rather slowly. I laughed at the comedy moments, but didn’t really enjoy the episode until Sakura and Aisia got on the roof. It also feels remarkably predictable. After what happened two years ago, Sakura certainly isn’t going to lead Aisia down that road again. But Aisia is quite set in her beliefs, and we’re in for a bit of a showdown of ideals. So my favorite scene is definitely the final one – it makes me wonder what the ultimate message that we’re gonna get is (past Nemu always wins). Last season they showed that magic was dangerous like Sakura says. Maybe this season they’ll show it saving someone’s life/granting a wish? But I can’t see a wish being granted without some sort of negative effect.
My hope is that it’ll all somehow work back to Kotori and her feelings for Junichi, but that seems like a long shot. Seems more likely that it’ll be about Nemu and Aisia. The preview does have Aisia asking Kotori what happened two years ago, but who knows if that means anything. We’re getting closer and closer to the final stretch, and I have my fingers crossed for a good ending (good plot-wise, not necessarily happy ending).