In the middle of the night, Asuna and Konoka find someone unexpected in the bath: Nekane Springfield. Negi wakes up the next morning after a dream about Nekane to find her watching over him. But this Nekane seems to be real and so he introduces her as his sister to all the girls. When Negi tells Nekane about the Black Rose Baron, she informs him that it’s the Thousand Master, but he realizes that she’s actually joking. He then rests his head in her lap and doesn’t notice when she uses her magic to destroy a patch of emerging darkness. Only Zazie sees this, and she reports it to the other girls in the exploration group afterwards. Konoka and Setsuna decide to follow Nekane, and although the things she does appear at first to be suspicious, nothing actually turns up strange. Even when Nekane seems to sneak up on Satsuki with a sword, she’s actually just after some of the oden being cooked.
When Kaede, Ku Fei, Fuuka, and Fumika tell Negi about how Nekane is strange and what she did earlier, Negi feels that she just didn’t want to worry him. Later, Ako opens a window and finds a blob of darkness outside. The girls call Negi and tell him about it, but by the time he arrives, Ako is about to get sucked into the darkness. Negi decides to activate Ku Fei’s contract, but she kicks his hand during the process and Negi ends up pulling out the bad card. All seems lost until the Black Rose Baron appears and powers up a wind that pulls Ako back in. Negi finishes the job by destroying the darkness, but the Baron is gone by the time he finishes. After the battle, Konoka tells Negi that the Black Rose Baron is really Nekane because she recognized the Baron’s sword and the oden ingredients that were on it. Negi can hardly believe it, but in fact, at that very moment, Nekane is taking off the disguise in the restroom.
They changed the OP sequence a tiny bit this week by adding some color and a few frames. I think I prefer the darker, less colored version though because it looked a lot cleaner and more stylish.
Anyway, this episode actually surprised me with how funny and unexpected it was. I never would have thought Nekane would have appeared for real, nor did I suspect that she was the Black Rose Baron. I’m still suspicious of this new development and am expecting them to pull something else, though I’m not sure what. As for the funny, Motsu was the main source of laughter with how he was the Black Rose Baron and how he cried in Eva’s tea.