Ayumi dreams of when she first saw Haruo in the mirror and how much she wanted to meet him. She wakes up and rushes out to save Haruo – as do the rest of the girls – but Rika stops her and tells her to wear her cat panties. After putting them on, Ayumi leads the girls to Michiru. During this time, Michiru has been having her fill sucking up Haruo’s power. She uses it against her father and then dreams of ruling the world. The girls finally arrive and interrupt Michiru’s fun, but she has no trouble freezing all of them in place with her ice magic. Even Ayumi’s attack, boosted by the cat panties, has no effect. Michiru freezes her sister with a kiss, but Ayumi’s single tear starts to stir Haruo. The mirror shatters, and the Demon King has awoken. Hongou-sensei shows up to transport all of the girls away from the growing dark sphere surrounding Haruo.
Ayumi wakes up on a rocky platform on the outskirts of the sphere. Hongou-sensei explains that this is the revival of the Demon King who will supposedly consume the entire world. Six sages had previously sealed away the Demon King’s power inside the mirror. But their work wasn’t perfect, and so the Demon King often revives. If the Demon King cannot be resealed, then their only option is to turn back time to before the seal was broken. The period of time regression is one year. In other words, the girls have been reliving the same one year over and over with no recollection of each time. When Fuyuno questions how Hongou-sensei is able to keep her memory, Rika responds that Hongou-sensei is actually an artificially created human. Hongou-sensei then enters Haruo’s sphere in an attempt to cast the time regression spell, but Haruo’s memories of Ayumi and the others reacts and shoots Hongou-sensei right out of the sphere.
In order to save Haruo, she asks for everyone’s help (including Michiru’s) in turning back time. While the rest of them form a barrier around it, Ayumi’s job is to go into the sphere itself. The Demon King sends rocks flying towards her, but it’s the panties’ magic that saves her. However, in order to stop a massive rock, the panties rip and get destroyed. Alone, Ayumi looks at the cat doll that Haruo gave her and realizes that she doesn’t care about anything but saving Haruo. The girls outside have failed to keep the barrier up, but they gain the same resolution that Ayumi has and try again. Ayumi even confesses that she loved Haruo when she first saw him. With their powers combined, they start the time regression spell. Right before it goes through, Ayumi reaches Haruo and gives him a kiss. The clock turns back the one year that’s passed and we return to the time when Haruo saw Ayumi while the sakura trees were blossoming.
Watch the entire series in reverse played over a minute and a half!
I’m not that fond of this “reset” because it leaves a lot of things unanswered, such as how they break the cycle (if they ever do). However, while rewatching the beginning of the first episode, it occurred to me that Haruo commented about how he felt like he’s already seen the scene before. In the final seconds of this episode, he doesn’t make that comment (the rest of his monologue is the same), but it’s interesting how everything comes together. They were probably planning on doing this from the start.
Kudos to them for bringing out the “baka neko” panties again. Ayumi putting them on was the funniest part of the episode. Aside from the first few minutes however, the episode had a rather serious tone; that’s probably why I didn’t like the final episode as much.
Final Thoughts: Well it’s been a pretty crazy ride, and crazy really is the word to describe this series. The surprisingly good mix of magical action and ecchi comedy is delivered very well, better than the manga. My personal favorite episode is probably still episode 10 (baka neko panties) for the sheer number of laughs. Overall, a pretty good series if you don’t take it too seriously (and I don’t see how you could).