「知性と感性」 (Chisei to Kansei)
“Sense and Sensibility”
Diana did come off as sympathetic during the last episode when she had to choose between going to school and becoming her family’s leader, but it was very heart-warming to see her start to slowly accept her yay once more. She was absolutely cute this time around with Akko cheering her up, and helping her try to reach the shrine in time for the ritual. It was a relief to see such a different side to Diana where she is opening up to following her heart as Akko does rather than try to endure the heavy expectations given to her only for her hard work to be undone by Daryl selling off all their possessions. There was also a good in-between for the resolution with Diana able to return to the academy, and save the chase to head the household for a later time. That way, it gives Diana room to grow more accustomed to taking on a more passionate, less cynical outlook on building on her repertoire.
Another treat this time around was how Andrew and Akko are starting to understand each other. Andrew was supportive of Akko during her push to get to Diana and let her know about Diana’s past, but at the same time called her out on how Akko had been thinking more about her feelings than Diana’s when she repeats how she wants to take Diana back to the academy. Although Akko has Diana’s passion for leaving nothing unfinished in mind, the self-reflection that Andrew presents to Akko while they’re talking does give her a perspective on how Diana might be thinking of all of this. That way, when Akko heard from Diana about how important it was for her to preserve the Cavendish family’s lineage, she was more receptive to her feelings and encouraged Diana to chase after her goals even if it goes against Akko’s desire to have her back at the academy. It shows that despite still retaining their drive and mind-set, Diana, Akko, and Andrew are accepting of growth and maturity as they become fonder of each other.
I just wish they didn’t hastily introduce the fact that Diana temporarily lost her magical ability when she was a kid. This is important information, and it could’ve given Diana a chance to empathize a little bit with Akko’s magical deficiencies. We could’ve even been able to understand the internal dialogue Diana must have had where she would be going back and forth between being ashamed of seeing herself in Akko’s inadequacies, and envying the resolve that has made Akko coast through her obstacles at such a quick pace. Even though they don’t have to spell everything out, I think they payoff for seeing Diana praise Akko would’ve been sweeter if it let Diana open up about these feelings. I suppose there are enough episodes for this to come out at a later time, so I’m not too bothered by it. For now, I am content with seeing how much Diana and Akko bonded in this episode.