Negi is discussing the mysterious red object with Takamichi, Eva, and the school headmaster. They talk of it as something crystallized by the Soulshriek, which puts people under the control of someone other than themselves. Eva compares it to being possessed by evil spirits, and Negi is once again reminded of the Black Rose Baron and his own father. His partners are meanwhile discussing how Negi is proceeding with his investigation into the darkness on his own and how they want to help. Their jogging is interrupted when Ayaka runs up to them and asks about the training camp they went to with Negi the other day. Konoka admits that they did, but claims that it was a Chupacabra Research Society camp. When Ayaka presses them further for answers, the group ends up running away.
Elsewhere, Negi is looking around when a black rose suddenly flies in and pins Kamo to the ground by the tail. The Black Rose Baron appears again and this time Negi is ready with questions to ask. He wants to know who the Black Rose Baron is and about his wrist chain, but the Black Rose Baron refuses to answer his questions and then turns to leave. Negi squeezes in one last question about the Black Rose Baron being the Thousand Master Nagi Springfield, but his opponent simply disappears. As Negi despairs about the possibility of his father being possessed and not having his memories, Asuna, Konoka, and the rest of his partners who witnessed the entire scene come to support him.
The group sets off to investigate the darkness together, and Asuna fills Negi in on what Ayaka asked about earlier. Ku Fei suddenly jumps down in front of them and asks what they’re doing. She’s been sent by Ayaka to ask about the training camp, but Ku Fei says a bit too much, so Ayaka herself takes over. Negi apologizes to Ayaka for not inviting her to the camp, promising to invite her next time. Faced with Negi’s cuteness, Ayaka gives up and retreats, but Negi personally feels guilty about lying to her. But before he can dwell on this too long, his staff activates and Negi sees a dark blob swallow up Ayaka. Across school, Mana, Makie, and Natsumi also get taken.
Negi and all of his partners then get transported to a snowy Wales forest where they then find themselves facing a blue fairy and their four classmates. Negi attempt to activate all his partners’ cards at once, but the only ones that get good transformations are Kaede and the Narutaki twins with their cosplay cards. Unfortunately, Fuuka and Fumika get captured, so Kaede has to change into a giant frog to save them. When their classmates start attacking Negi, he is able to defend himself and quickly strikes at the fairy. Defeating the fairy produces a blue object and returns them to their original world, with Ayaka, Mana, Makie, and Natsumi having no memories of what happened. Afterwards, Negi goes off alone and listens to a video message from Nekane as he thinks about himself being the target of his enemies.
I get the feeling that perhaps each of Negi’s students who’s not on his team already is going to come under enemy control before this is all over. I don’t think they’re going to get around to having Negi gain the entire class as his partners, so I suspect this way allows them to feature everyone at least once. They didn’t stretch the second fairy story this time, which is good because it doesn’t seem to accomplish much other than allowing Negi to show off his new partners (Kaede and the twins in this episode). Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing since watching Kaede fight can be pretty entertaining. I originally wished that the plot would develop a little faster, but as I think about it, that’s mainly because the Black Rose Baron’s appearance this episode seemed to serve no purpose other than Negi getting to ask some questions that went unanswered. I’m also still not really buying into the fact that the Black Rose Baron may be Negi Springfield.
Oh yea, Shichimi’s “Ippen shinde miru” before the OP was hilarious…