After having a dream of a memory she shared with Asuna, Ayaka wakes up in her Negi-themed room, still stuck inside the magic world with everyone else. Meanwhile, the exploration group has noticed that Asuna isn’t present for their meeting. In fact, a still sleepy and very hungry Asuna has gone to the kitchen to get something to eat. Satsuki gives her an omusubi, but this gets consumed by Motsu while Asuna is trying to sell Chupacabra t-shirts to the girls. Outside, the research group is looking through magic books when Negi comes to check up on them. Ayaka makes him sit down for some tea, and that’s how Asuna finds him a little later. She wants to take him to the exploration group, but Ayaka refuses to let Negi go. They end up getting into a fight, and in trying to diffuse the situation, Negi falls down and bumps his head on a book. Seeing him hurt, the girls bring him to the school infirmary where Ako gives him a large bandage. Kamo then suggests that Negi gets an injection to make him more energetic, and it so happens that Ako has a giant needle prepared. However, she loses her balance and accidentally sticks it into Kamo instead. The injection causes Kamo to gain superpowers and fly out of the window, disappearing into the distance.
Angry that Asuna was the one who supported Negi getting the injection, Ayaka proposes a challenge. Asuna accepts, and the first match tests the two girls’ abilities to hold their breath with their face in a bowl of water. Both of them come up for air at the same time, so this ends up a tie. Next is a competition that attaches a clothespin to the lips of each girl and has them try to pull off the opponent’s clothespin via a connecting string. Asuna and Ayaka struggle against each other so much that the pins pop off at the exact same time, resulting in another draw. For the third challenge, both girls stick their heads in a tank with a lizard, but both panic and pull their heads at the same time. Afterwards, Ayaka is ready for another round, but Nodoka notices that the lizard is now covered in darkness. Asuna decides to fight, so Negi pulls out and activates a cosplay card from her. Unfortunately, this is not enough to stop the darkness, and it captures Asuna, forcing her to drop her harisen. Seeing the weapon scatter dandelion filaments into the wind when it lands, Ayaka asks Negi to transform her. Since he manages to pull out her armor card, Ayaka gains a dress with a crown and a whip. She uses that whip to get through the darkness and free Asuna, allowing Negi to blast the darkness with his magic. As it turns out, the reason dandelions are so significant to Ayaka is because she has a memory of happily blowing them together with Asuna. Ayaka now blows another one into the wind, and she and Asuna watch the filaments fly off, standing together as friends.
Well, the plot still hasn’t advanced, but the Asuna and Ayaka story wasn’t that bad. I guess it could be described as another perspective into the friendship between the two girls that neither really wants to admit. Still, I think that if there’s one thing this show does impressively, its transformation sequences and action, and there was plenty of that at the end of the episode. Ayaka’s armor card costume wasn’t quite what I expected, but the card itself seems to convey her attitude perfectly. Other than that, the Kamo part was pretty funny, and this reminded me of Gokujou Seitokai.