「畑講座と魔術講座」 (Hata Kouza to Majutsu Kouza)
“Lessons in Farming and Magic”
While it was a little light on content, this week’s episode did a decent job at keeping the story moving forward.
How Does a Witch Train?
Seeing how Makoto’s original reason for leaving Yokohama for the boonies was to train and learn the ways of being a proper witch, it makes sense that we’d eventually have to see her train, right? But who honestly thought it’d start off with something as simple as preparing a field to grow her own vegetables? Then again, I guess you could take one of two opinions on this one. Coming from the positive side, it makes sense that someone should be as self-sufficient as possible. Especially a witch who probably needs all kinds of fresh ingredients for whatever crazy spells or potions she’s trying to concoct. On the other hand, what good is having all these things in the modern age? With convenience stores and groceries aplenty, wouldn’t it make more sense to put all that energy into actually learning some proper witch things?
Then again, I guess it was pretty entertaining watching everyone chase a pheasant around for a while. Just, I don’t know if it was enough to make up for the first half of the episode.
How Does a Witch Train? Part Two
And as if the show understood what it did to us during the first half, we got a huge change during the second half with Akane (Makoto’s Older Sister suddenly showing up and busting out some real magic. And I’ll give it to you that the magic was pretty plain compared to some of the things I’m assuming witches can do (teleportation seems like a pretty big one that I wish they showed us!) – but at least we got something right!?
With three episodes behind us, I think it’s a pretty good time to give my general opinion about this one. Personally, I think this show is moving a tad slow but there are more than enough things to make up for it. If anything, I wish the show would stop waving the hopes of seeing some cool magic at us since it’s such a big let down when there isn’t any kind of payoff by the end.
In any case, I think the characters are where the true value of this show comes from and they haven’t disappointed yet. From the monotonous Kei to the adorable (and the real reason why we’re watching) Chinatsu, all the way to the rowdy Nao and the airheaded Makoto, there’s just something I love about all of them and their interactions with each other.
Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week. Ciao!