Unbeknownst to Yuuji and friends, Sydonay attacks an Outlaw base one night and wipes everyone out. Ogata meanwhile has noticed that everyone is acting strange, and though Ike agrees with her, he points out that things should at least be going well with Eita. Her uncertain response leads Ike to suggest that she invite Eita to her upcoming volleyball game. During this extended period, Eita and Keisaku have grown distant due to how Eita is avoiding Margery, and so Keisaku is going home alone all the time. On this day, he overhears Margery and Wilhelmina talking about how there’s been no new information about the Silver. However, the odd thing is that Outlaw is only sending documents that have nothing to do with what Wilhelmina requests, causing her to suspect that there’s some internal chaos there. When Margery then calls Keisaku out because she had known that he was listening in, he begins to ask her something about Outlaw, but he changes his mind and keeps it to himself for now.
At their usual training spot, Alastor announces that they’re progressing Yuuji’s training, but Yuuji actually wants them to push him even harder. He knows that he can’t run or hide anymore due to the seal placed on him, and so he feels that he has to do what he can. The following day, Keisaku calls Shana out to the school rooftop to ask her about Outlaw. While he’s talking with her, Eita is meanwhile downstairs having lunch with Ogata in the cafeteria after both forgot to bring lunch from home. Ogata has noticed that Eita seems to be thinking about something even when he’s with her, and when she brings it up, he recalls the sight of her body after Margery blew her up during the previous battle. Realizing that he’s not really paying attention to her here either, Ogata tells him that he’s not being like his usual self and excuses herself. That afternoon, Eita runs into Keisaku outside school, and Keisaku proposes the idea of supporting Margery and the others by joining Outlaw. Eita is glad that Keisaku found his path, but he personally doesn’t want to do it, and this leads to Keisaku questioning how long Eita is going to be a coward. Not answering, Eita walks away in silence.
At Wilhelmina’s apartment, while helping sort through the documents from Outlaw, Shana asks about the jizaishiki placed on the Reiji Maigo. Wilhelmina thinks that they should be more worried about Sabrac because the probability that he comes to Misaki City is high. She reveals that he’s a Tomogara who doesn’t belong to any group but rather hunts targets on request, and he almost killed her once. It was Pheles and Johan who had saved her back then, and the three had stayed together until Sabrac took out Johan. Back at the Satou house, Keisaku finally asks Margery to let him work at Outlaw, but she reveals that she just found out from Wilhelmina that Tomogara attacked one of the Outlaw bases, and everyone was killed. Other Outlaw spots have also come under assault, and Marchosias wonders if Keisaku still wants to do it. At school the next day, Ike urges Eita to go see Ogata’s volleyball game. After seeing her give her all, Eita makes up his mind and calls Keisaku. Since it’s cold outside when they meet, Keisaku invites Eita to go talk at home, but Eita refuses to do so because he doesn’t want to see Margery anymore. Watching the volleyball game made him realize that he wanted to see Ogata living, and he can no longer follow Margery together with Keisaku.
To Eita’s surprise, Keisaku thinks that this is fine and is glad that Eita found his own path. As Eita hands back the spell charm that Margery originally gave him, he says that he wants Keisaku to tell Margery that he’s a cowardly fool. Keisaku, however, feels that Eita has graduated from that, and the two then go their separate ways.
I touched on this last week, but I think it bears repeating how much better the story has been a lot better since the Pheles arc. Even with very little action and with the focus on two of the supporting characters, this was clearly building up parts of the main story, and that’s a lot more than I can say for some of the Konoe Fumina episodes. For one, all of the Outlaw stuff feels like it’s expanding the scale of the show if for no other reason than the fact that Sydonay has to fight people other than Shana and company. It’s also interesting to see the contrast between Eita and Keisaku, now and then, since I’m not used to seeing them apart like this. I wonder if Eita’s role from now on will be marginalized while Keisaku’s is expanded a bit to compensate, but I guess there’s always the chance that Eita will get involved again somehow. The preview meanwhile has me excited because the guys from the OP are appearing next week, and if that OP is any indicator, then that means that Yuuji wielding the Blutsauger into battle against them can’t be too far off.