Wizard Barristers: Episode 4 – “Personality Crisis”

Wizard Barristers is set in 2018, where humans and wizards live together in Tokyo. While the police continue to protect the peace, wizards are tried according to magical law through Magic Prohibition Law. Wizards are taken to special courts, where they are defended by wizard barristers via the Court of Magic.

17-year-old Canadian-Japanese girl Cecil Sudo has become the youngest wizard barrister after passing the bar exam at 15. At the beginning of the series, she begins working for the Butterfly Law Offices.

At the beginning of the episode, Inspector Quinn and her partner arrest Tsukuji Shimizu for violating the magic-prohibition law’s article 1 for the serial killings of 15 wizards. His twin brother, Rei, comes to the Butterfly Law Offices to try to get them to defend Tsukuji. Ageha decides to take on the case when Rei explains that Tsukuji has dissociative identity disorder.

When Ageha, Cecil, and Sasori talk with Tsukuji at the jail, he is definitely mentally unstable. At one point, he notices Cecil’s hair accessories and starts asking about them. When he asks to see them closer, Ageha gives a nod of approval. When Cecil leans in closer to the glass, Tsukuji suddenly licks it and laughs maniacally; this really startles Cecil.

As this scene ended, I found myself wondering how Cecil would deal with representing this client. My question was quickly answered in the next scene; in fact, Cecil spends a bit of the episode wrestling with whether or not she should represent Tsukuji. At first, she outright refuses, but Ageha tells her that their job means dealing with things like this, without averting their eyes. If she can’t come to terms with it, she needs to turn in her wizard barrister’s badge and quit. Cecil needs to be a wizard barrister in order to try to save her mother from execution, so she reluctantly represents Tsukuji.

Ageha is able to petition the court to give Tsukuji a psychiatric evaluation, which is granted. With this evidence, it is decided that Tsukuji will be sentenced to life in prison, and that he will be allowed to stay in an appropriate facility for the treatment of his dissociative identity disorder. Outside of the courtroom after the verdict, something happens that raises Cecil’s suspicions, and she looks into it. Her investigation leads to the climax of the episode.

At the end of the episode three, it was hinted that in addition to Cecil trying to find a way to save her mother from execution, there’s another overarching story focusing of Cecil that she is unaware of at this point. At the beginning of the episode, Kamakiri, an older man in the law office, makes reference to a wizard’s book called Grimoire 365, which was referenced at the end of the episode three. Also, it turns out the case of Tsukuju Shimizu is also tied in with this overarching storyline.

I really felt for Cecil and her concerns about Tsukuji, but I could also see where Ageha was coming from. Of course, Hotaru had to chime in with her thoughts during the episode; as expected, she was basically condescending to Cecil.

I was actually see the animal sidekicks have a smaller role in this episode. While we saw Cecil’s frog, he only made her dinner and dispensed some advice; he never once did anything pervy. Thank goodness!

Wizard Barristers continues to be an interesting series, and at this point, I’d have to say it’s my second favorite new show that I started watching at the beginning of the Winter 2014 season; the only new show to rank above it is Hamatora. If the animal sidekicks weren’t there, this probably would have tied with Hamatora as my favorite new show of the season. I’m looking forward to seeing Wizard Barristers next week in order to see what case the Butterfly Law Offices will tackle next, and whether or not the overarching storylines will continue to progress.

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