「螺旋の迷宮にその箱はねむる」 (Rasen no Meikyū ni Sono Hako wa Nemuru)
“The Box Lies in the Spiral Labyrinth”
Well, what did I say? Irrelevant support character Simon Hunt stays irrelevant, and dies a befitting death. Then again, he leaves a question, what was he doing and why did he have machine oil on his fingers? Actually, the entire magic act and him prodding them were left without a second note, either to be resumed next episode, or simply never at all.
Roscoe’s agenda continues to switch itself, revealing that the reality was that he was always still part of the occult, and yet he implies to fight only for his own, of which I assume to be the Gray Wolves. That whole memento box mumbo jumbo is what apparently will let him “reduce” both the Academy and the Occult’s power. It’s unknown whether or not he wants to rise in power with the Gray Wolves, or just halt all evolution, sort of as a peace keeper.
The reasoning for our main duo’s relationship was always a bit weak, because the strongest argument Kujou’s got, or rather the only argument he’s got, is that they’re “friends.” So while this episode contained the most interaction with the larger antagonists, it’s development that we’ve hardly had problems guessing half a dozen episodes ago. Cordelia still loves her daughter, gave a ring that wasn’t explained, Albert de Blois is using his daughter, and again for a reason that isn’t explained. I mean how are you going to argue against Albert de Blois with parental responsibility? If Albert de Blois locks his daughters up in towers, do you really think he gives a shit about parental responsibility Kujou? The answer’s no by the way. Albert made some remark about Victorique almost being “complete” as if the emotions were some requirement to be gained. Best not to think too much about that for now.
Then Victorique’s like, “oh man, I don’t know why I was born, leave me here.” I’m pretty sure none of us know the reason we were born, which is why we live life attempting to find our purpose. It’s everybody’s problem! Let’s just say Victorique’s emotional reasoning is terrible because she’s new at this. And seriously, I thought they were going to kiss while running from the water, which would’ve been romantic as hell but they didn’t do it! After 17 episodes, Victorique finally admits Kujou’s changed her, and basically makes a marriage proposal of protection right then and there. I d’awwed. Great episode, if not for restating the obvious (to those that paid attention so far anyway).
The Marquis’ reveal was totally a wtf moment.