Watching over a sleeping Konoka, Setsuna explains that she has sealed memories – happy ones from her childhood. She remembers how Konoka immediately named her “Secchan” when they first met and she had called Konoka “Konochan.” Setsuna had gone off to train and returned in front of Konoka at their junior high school entrance ceremony. Her family’s mission was to protect the Konoe family, and for that, Setsuna sealed off her past, including those happy times. When Konoka wakes up, she slips and falls, causing Setsuna to catch her and accidentally call her “Konochan” in the process. Setsuna apologizes for saying that instead of the normal “ojousama,” but Konoka is happy to be called that. Konoka even mentions a kiss and then laughs when Setsuna panics at the suggestion.
Meanwhile, Yue is confronted with a kiss proposal from the Black Rose Baron, but it turns out that he was kidding and just wanted to deepen the mystery around himself. After the Black Rose Baron makes his exit, Motsu appears and inquires about Yue witnessing Negi’s secret. Fortunately, Haruka, Negi, and Nodoka catch up with her – stepping on Motsu in the process – but then Yue runs away again. Negi meets up with the rest of his group, and they all fan out to look for Yue. Their search takes them all over the school, including the pool area, until Kaede finally catches sight of Yue in a hallway. Yue can’t go through with the kiss with Negi so easily and manages to trip Kaede so that she can make her escape. She ends up hiding in the bathroom and gets embarrassed when she finds a manga depicting a couple kissing.
Asuna’s search for Yue takes her to Chisame’s room, who happens to be working on her net idol site. Although Asuna doesn’t find out anything because Nodoka draws her off, Chisame’s secret is discovered instead by Ku Fei and Makie. At that time, Yue is consulting Chizuru about the kiss, and Chizuru feels that it is an issue of whether you like the person or not. Yue doesn’t have much time to take this in because she hears Haruna and Negi’s voices approaching, and she only manages to get away thanks to a back door provided by Chizuru. On Kamo’s suggestion, Negi and Haruna decide to bring out Haruna’s power because it could prove to be useful. He succeeds in pulling out a good card, and they find out that Haruna’s artifact is a sketchbook that makes anything drawn in it come to life. Unfortunately, this doesn’t really help them find Yue.
Somewhere outside, Yue is lying on the ground thinking about what Chizuru said. She knows that she doesn’t hate Negi and is also mindful of the fact that Nodoka has feelings for him. By chance, Motsu and Shichimi hear her mention magic and the kiss out loud, but she gets away from them by pretending to spot Sammo Hung. As Yue makes her way to Negi after finally having decided, Takamichi meanwhile has started fighting the dark blobs. However, the Black Rose Baron appears and tells Takamichi that he’s one step too slow right as a dark hand and a bright light cover him. Yue eventually manages to find Negi and immediately kisses him to form the provisional contract. At first, everyone is happy since Negi’s secret was protected, but Kamo suddenly realizes that almost all the other girls of the class are here. They had all been worried about why Negi’s group was searching for Yue and had witnessed everything that just happened.
To make things worse, Motsu and Shichimi appear in front of Negi and deliver the consequences of being exposed: they take away his magic capabilities and turn him into a small animal that Konoka thinks is a Chupacabra. In addition, they move the entire class to a castle location, leaving Negi at a loss for what to do.
Well that was an interesting twist. I didn’t think that Negi would ever be actually turned into an animal, never mind a Chupacabra. I want to see how he gets out of this one, and how many episodes he’ll remain like this. Taking a close look at that final scene, the only girls who appear to not have come are Evangeline, Chachamaru, Sayo, and Kazumi. Maybe some combination of those girls – Evangeline in particular – might come to Negi’s aid. If and when he gets his powers back, I also wonder if he’s still going to contract with all the other girls in the class or not. The official site shows many of the cards for those girls, so it’s seems likely that it’ll happen in some shape or form.
Still, the highlight of the episode was the SetsunaXKonoka part at the beginning. It doesn’t add to the overall plot any, but I always like seeing those two together.
Negima!? is one of the few series not taking a week or two off in the coming weeks, but that does not mean there aren’t any changes to the schedule. Episode 14 of Negima!? will be airing on Thursday, January 4th instead of the 3rd. This is not a permanent move, and so Negima!? will return to Wednesdays the week after that.