Yue notices something going on with Nodoka, Negi, and the others, but when she arrives on the scene, they seem to have all disappeared. Haruna attributes it to the Chupacabra and drags Yue off, but in actuality Negi and the others are now facing off against Kaede, Yuuna, and Chisame, who are all under the control of the fairy. Asuna suggests that Negi transform them, so he draws out cards for her, Konoka, and Nodoka. Unfortunately, he screws up on all three, so he has no choice but to transport them away when their opponents attack. Having returned to normal, the girls are starved, so Negi and Setsuna prepare some food. While eating, Konoka gets an idea: Setsuna should form a provisional contract with Negi. In fact, Konoka even says that doing so would be like an indirect kiss between them. But despite Kamo’s assertion that she’d become more powerful, Setsuna feels that she already has enough power to protect Konoka, so she won’t form the contract.
As for where they are now, it is a place that resembles the Wales where Negi grew up. There is even the carving of his, Nekane, and Anya’s faces present on one of the trees. But Negi knows that this isn’t Wales, even though he’s not sure exactly why. He thinks that this place is created from his memories, which means that it had to have been done by someone who knows him well. While touching the tree, Negi’s bracelet starts glowing and he becomes reminded of his father. The group then makes their way to an old castle where Negi used to play hide-and-seek. However, the fairy and her three girls are there waiting for them. Negi attempts to invoke the three contracts again, and this time he succeeds in bringing out the right cards. Nodoka’s power allows her to predict their enemy’s movements, so she’s able to help the others dodge attacks and respond accordingly. After Asuna swats away Kaede and Chisame, she grabs Negi and enters the castle with the others.
Having barricaded themselves inside, Nodoka searches her book for a way for them to escape this world, and she finds out that by sealing off the fairy, they can return to their original world. It’s at this point that the fairy and the three girls force their way through the front door. Asuna, Konoka, and Nodoka take on the girls while Negi goes after the fairy, but things don’t quite go according to plan. Although Setsuna and Negi are able to corner the fairy, it unleashes a giant tree that traps the two in its branches. Setsuna’s sword is unable to cut through the wood that can also reflect Negi’s magic back at him. Konoka tries to help them, but she gets knocked away by Chisame and loses her powers. Asuna and Nodoka also lose their powers because their time is up, leaving them all at the mercy of the fairy and the tree. With the situation growing dire and with Konoka in danger, Setsuna finally decides to enter into a provisional contract with Negi so that she can become more powerful.
Setsuna kisses Negi, giving her the three contract cards, and Negi immediately pulls out one that grants her wings and a sword. Setsuna starts by using her Hyakkaryouran (Hundred Flower Profusion) attack to break free of the tree, and then she responds to Kaede, Yuuna, and Chisame firing on her by using her Shinmeiryuu Secret Technique: Hyakuretsuoukazan (Raging Hundred Cherry Blossom Slash). As the petals free Nodoka and Asuna, and revert back the other girls, Negi uses the chance to seal off the fairy. With the battle over, Konoka sees Setsuna’s wings and comments on how they make her look like an angel. And since the fairy has been sealed off, everyone is returned to their original world. However, the problem is that Kaede, Chisame, and Yuuna appear to know about magic now. Motsu and Shichimi appear on Negi’s head thinking that he’s been exposed, but fortunately those girls actually don’t remember anything.
Well I loved this episode, which was funny and action-packed. Surprisingly enough, they pushed ahead with Setsuna’s provisional contract (complete with an indirect kiss comment by Konoka), and her transformation gives her wings! Seeing Setsuna kick so much ass made this episode well worth watching, especially since she seemed weak last week. Actually, with this pose and the way she was moving around, she almost seemed like Freedom Gundam or something. And I think this would make an awesome wallpaper, though it probably looks better on the BS-Japan widescreen format.
As for where the story is going, the immediate crisis with the fairy looks over, but there would appear to be bigger forces at play. They seem to be hinting that the Thousand Master Nagi is involved, but that could just be a red herring. If Nagi does appear, I’d love to see how they handle his reunion with Eva, if that should happen. Anyway, next week’s episode looks to be about Sayo, the ghost girl.
On a related note, if you’re curious about what the other Neo-Pactio Cards (yes that’s what it’s called) look like, the official site has some samples.