Aisia doesn’t sleep all night and thinks instead about what Sakura told her. The next morning, with that on her mind, she asks Junichi what happened two years ago. Junichi doesn’t really answer, instead saying that it was a serious thing. Sakura arrives at the door dressed in a yukata to ask Junichi out to play. Junichi goes out with her, leaving Aisia at home. While the two are drinking lamune, Junichi learns of a London school of magic. His grandmother and Aisia’s grandmother knew each other and got along very well. Junichi tells Sakura that Aisia works so hard so that she can be able to grant people happiness like her grandmother did.
Meanwhile, Aisia remembers everything people have said two her concerning two years ago, including how the sakura trees used to be in bloom all the time. She walks around town looking for all of her friends in order to ask them what happened back then, but all of them are out of town or really busy. Aisia finally runs into Kotori, and asks her about two years ago. However, Kotori doesn’t feel that she can really explain either. Aisia feels that she doesn’t understand anyone else’s feelings and wishes she could read people’s minds. This strikes a cord with Kotori, who used to have that exact power. Kotori recounts her own experiences, including how honest Junichi was with her. Kotori continues on by saying how much Nemu and Junichi like each other and that Nemu is happy now. But Aisia doesn’t like the fact that Nemu’s feelings coming true means that Kotori’s won’t. Aisia decides that she wants to return things to the way they were two years ago, which involves reviving the old sakura tree and fixing it (Aisia views the old tree as imperfect).
The animation and music (especially the BGM in the final scene) for this series has been getting progressively better in the past few episodes. In terms of the plot, not a whole lot happened this episode, but Kotori and Aisia did get plenty of screen time (Rasmiel noted that the director has said that story is supposed to be about them) and a lot was said. Kotori’s views really haven’t changed much, and Aisia is still bent on making everyone happy. I’m getting to the point where I feel like Aisia’s ends-justify-the-means kind of mentality is very misplaced. It’s becoming more and more apparent that if Aisia tries to uses magic and revives the tree, it’ll just make things worse, be it in the act itself or in the aftermath.
But based on some of the titles that we have coming up in the next few weeks, I’m inclined to think that Aisia will succeed (in some way), and that this is where the plot is taking us. That being said, I’m not entirely sure how this spoiler fits into things, if Aisia does indeed revive the old sakura tree. Maybe it’ll start changing how the girls feel about Junichi (i.e. make them start fighting over him)? That seems a bit unlikely…
And of course, there’s still the Sakura factor. As it stands, she probably won’t be too happy with Aisia after she warned Aisia that magic is dangerous. Next week’s episode’s focus should definitely be on those two, especially considering the title. All I can say for certain is that I really want to see how this story ends, though not necessarily everything in between.
Closing Thought: This series must be subliminally reminding us that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire comes out next week by talking about the London school of magic. 😉