OP: 「1000%SPARKING!」 by Hazuki, 堀江由衣, 皆川純子 (Hazuki, Horie Yui, Minagawa Junko)
The OP changed with some new shots and a new set of quotations by Ku Fei, Makie, and class representative Ayaka.
Negi is worried about Evangeline, who didn’t come to class the day after the previous incident. He thinks that the power of the fairy must be connected with the robbery of the Star Crystal, and goes back to the room where everything occurred. Asuna meanwhile is excited about going to the Chupacabra research society, but Setsuna reminds Konoka that she has the fortune-telling research society today. When he gets to that room, Negi is surprised from behind by Nodoka, who wants to know what she can do to help now that she’s his partner. He brings out one of her cards, which Kamo identifies as the cosplay card. It grants her glasses and a book, and she quickly figures out that the book allows her to read people’s thoughts. She realizes that she can read Negi’s feelings too, but her powers wear off soon after, leaving her hungry.
Around this time, Hasegawa Chisame returns to her room and takes on her other persona: the popular net-idol Chiu. She loves the attention, but is shocked to learn that she’s dropped to second in the rankings. It turns out that number one is a page set up by someone to idolize Nodoka. Unaware of this, Nodoka is now eating melon bread because of the hunger that comes after invoking the contract. Negi suddenly senses something and runs off, so she follows him. They find that a rapidly growing tree has captured Konoka in the graveyard. Since Asuna is at the scene, Negi invokes her contract and brings out a card. Unfortunately, he draws the one botched card out of the three possible choices, meaning that Asuna can’t fight. What ultimately saves Konoka is the arrival of Setsuna, who quickly destroys the tree. But because the tree explodes, Konoka is dropped into free fall with Setsuna just out of reach. Negi manages to catch her on his flying staff, however now Konoka knows his magic secret. To make matters worse, Motsu and Shichimi show up and think that Negi’s been exposed.
In order to save Negi from being turned into an animal, Kamo once again uses the excuse that both Konoka and Setsuna are Negi’s partners. Shichimi asks to see the abilities of his partners, and surprisingly, Setsuna is able to display a flame from her finger. As Negi learns later, Setsuna used her own spiritual energy since her Shinmeiryuu style doesn’t have anything to do with magic. At the same time, Kamo fills Konoka in on the situation, making her want to be Negi’s partner too. Setsuna objects because it is the Sakurazaki mission to protect Konoka with her life, so there’s no need for Konoka to obtain power. Despite this, Konoka surprises everyone by kissing Negi, allowing Kamo to provisionally contract them. She doesn’t want Setsuna to face the dangerous things by herself, and so Konoka wanted power to protect her. The group is suddenly interrupted by an explosion of light that transforms their surroundings into a forest. Perched atop a large tree are Kaede, Chisame, and Yuuna, all dressed in similar outfits. After Yuuna fires a magic crossbow that Negi successfully defends against, Kamo recognizes that the three are being controlled by subordination magic.
This episode gets a little crazy at times with the pacing. That action sequence with Setsuna and Negi saving Konoka was over before I knew it. There were also some seemingly abrupt scene transitions, such as the one between Chisame and Nodoka eating melon bread. I attribute all of this mostly to me still getting used to the directing style.
I like this original story though. The Chisame parts were great, as were the SetsunaXKonoka parts. I found myself hoping that Konoka would kiss Setsuna too or something. And by having Kaede, Chisame, and Yuuna as opponents (for now), they’re allowing more of the cast to take larger roles early on. On that note, I’m still a bit apprehensive about Motsu and Shichimi’s roles in this series aside from confronting Negi every time his magic is supposedly exposed, but we’ll see what happens.