In order to clear up what’s going on, Lina asks Amelia about Weiser, so Amelia explains that Luvinagard made an official request to Seyruun about Lina’s whereabouts. Neither she nor Zelgadis was told the reason why, but they didn’t question it after the Seyruun parliament decided that Lina was capable of causing an incident on a national scale. Hearing this pisses Lina off and, much to Amelia’s dismay, makes her to want to destroy both Seyruun and Luvinagard. Weiser happens to overhear this last part, and though he treats it as Lina’s intent to overthrow the government and wants to arrest her, Lina convinces him to first explain the charges against her. Weiser thus brings the group to the wreckage of the turtle-shaped tank and reveals that Luvinagard-developed tanks like this have been destroyed in one incident after another. These tanks are resistant to normal magic spells, but someone like a Dragon Slave spell could destroy it. Combined with the brutality of willingly using such a dangerous spell, the lack of consideration for the surroundings, and the irrationality of trying to finish things off with a smile, Weiser had concluded that all the evidence pointed to Lina. In her own defense, Lina points to how she wasn’t the one who destroyed the turtle-shaped tank, but Weiser hadn’t been conscious when that happened.
The group then follows Weiser to a heavily armed fortress where there is another tank because Lina plans to prove her innocence by catching the actual perpetrator in the act. Unfortunately, shortly after they arrive, the tank gets blown up by a magic spell from the same creature from before. Having seen the true culprit, Lina tasks Zelgadis and Amelia with helping the wounded while she and Gourry give chase. When she catches up, she and the creature fire spells at each other, and Lina is still very pissed off that she’s been wrongly accused thanks to him. The two are evenly matched in their spell selection until Lina gains the upper hand by summoning a flock of birds to peck at the creature. Fed up by how Lina has been referring to him as a tiny creature, the creature insults her back and gets her really angry by noting her flat chest. This prompts Lina to go all out, and she decides to amplify the power of a Dragon Slave spell before firing it at her opponent. The ensuing explosion creates another huge crater, but the creature survives. Lina and Gourry are surprised to see that the creature had pulled out a Sword of Light to protect himself, but that sword dies out shortly after he emerges from the explosion, and the creature calls it a replica he had created along with the tanks. Dumbfounded, Lina questions who the creature is and finally learns that his name is Pokota. Pokota’s goal is to stop the person who stole his tanks, but he doesn’t get to explain any further because Weiser suddenly appears and tries to arrest Lina again.
Well, the humor’s still a bit of a miss for me, but the show on a whole has been growing on me now that I’ve gotten used to the characters. Weiser’s going to be that hapless inspector character who never succeeds in catching his target, Lina will be Lina, and Pokota sounds like he could be someone powerful stuck in a tiny body. The fact that Pokota developed the tanks seems a bit odd because, although Weiser’s side wants the tanks to help in what appears to be an upcoming conflict with a neighboring country (at least that’s what Lina suspects), I can’t see someone as powerful as Pokota needing them, so I assume there’s something else afoot. It’s hard to say where the immediate story is going though since it looks like next week Lina’s going to get in further trouble for some kidnapping.