With his students unsure of what to make of this place, Negi explains that this is a fake world created by magic. He thinks that they’ve been brought here by an evil magic, but reassures everyone that they’ll definitely get out. Kamo then tells the three cheerleaders that they don’t have to worry about growing old here because this is a virtual space where time doesn’t progress. Since Eva feels that Nodoka’s powers won’t be able to help here, Asuna goes over and pinches her cheek for being so negative. While everyone tries to figure out what to do, Eva, Takamichi, and Chachamaru head for the tea ceremony room because Takamichi thinks it’s ok to leave it up to them. He feels as long as their opponent doesn’t make a move, they don’t have any to make themselves. Takamichi then remembers that Eva and Chachamaru didn’t contract with Negi, but Eva thinks it’s not necessary. Chachamaru reminds Takamichi that they’re a vampire and a robot, so they don’t count.
During this time, Negi’s class has split themselves into three groups: the exploration group led by Asuna, the research group led by Ayaka, and the living group (in charge of cooking) led by Satsuki. While they’re in their groups, Asuna notices that Negi has gone missing, so she goes to look for him. Negi has actually gone to the teacher’s room and is staring at the letter from Nekane again. He blames himself for everything until Asuna sneaks up to hug him from behind and tells him that if he wants to be depressed, he should do it after they get out of this world. She panics when Konoka and Setsuna appear and see her holding him, but they’re more concentrated on encouraging Negi. When they go and see the research group working hard, the three girls remind Negi that all of them are his partners. With all the girls doing their own group’s thing, Negi finds Takamichi and tells him that there’s magic he wants to learn.
Hakase and Chao of the research group meanwhile are examining the red shard that came from the fairy. Chao goes to pick it up, but it’s hot, so she lets go of it. The shard subsequently gets passed around the room like a hot potato until Ayaka finally hits it into a pillar like it was volleyball. Chao and Ku Fei want to destroy the pillar to get the shard again, but Negi arrives and suggests using magic instead. To choose which partner he’s going to use, Negi uses a spell that selects the right girl for him. This time, it stops on Sayo, so Negi enacts her contract. Sayo’s ability is to possess an object, so Negi directs her to possess the pillar. This allows him to put his hand into it and successfully retrieve the red shard. By the end of the day, the group is still stuck in this world, but they manage to enjoy a meal together.
I really don’t have much to say about this episode since it felt really wasted. Aside from consoling Negi a bit and explaining a few minor things, they didn’t really accomplish anything – again too much side stuff. Getting to see Sayo’s ability was interesting, but not enough to justify the entire episode. Hopefully next week’s episode will have as much action and plot advancement as last week’s did.
Oh yea, they returned to the first 1000%SPARKING! OP this time. Not sure why they keep changing it…