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.
The episode opens with Cecil being chewed out for all the fines she’s racked up for unauthorized magic use, under magic-prohibition, article 10. In addition to this, Ageha points out the fines the office has received because Cecil hadn’t registered the new magical powers that had awakened to her recently. When I saw this scene, I could cut her some slack for the offenses under article 10, since Cecil needed to defend herself while on cases. However, not registering her newly awakened powers isn’t nearly as excusable. Cecil understands the law, she knows what she needed to do, she just chose not to do it for whatever reason. Hopefully she has learned her lesson about that, at least.
After work, Cecil’s co-worker Tsunomi comes over and says that while Cecil may have been yelled at, she shouldn’t worry. Tsunomi then coyly invites Cecil to spend time with her the next day. Before Cecil can give an answer, Tsunomi thrusts a bag into Cecil’s hands and leaves.
The next day, when Cecil is heading to the place Tsunomi told her to go to, she ends up in the middle of a group of wizard terrorists called Gumegoma, and she is taken hostage along with a group of kids and their teacher at the cram school the group’s metamoloid crashed into. While in captivity, Cecil learns the group’s goal is world domination.
Tsunomi is at a cosplay event, dressed as Bambi Red from Maiden Force Agurangers, and she’s upset that Cecil is late. While at the event, she overhears information concerning the hostage situation. Still dressed in her costume, Tsunomi rushes to the building to help.
Meanwhile, when Cecil tells the kids there’s snacks in her bag and to help themselves, one of them finds a costume for Bambi Pink in her bag; this is what Tsunomi had handed to Cecil the previous day, but Cecil had no idea what it was because she hasn’t watched television in years. After the terrorists make Cecil put on the costume, Tsunomi crashes in and is ultimately captured as well.
During the climax of the episode, something very interesting and unexpected happens that helps to save Cecil’s life when it looks like she could die. There’s also a very interesting revelation made in regards to Quinn’s partner, which is something I hadn’t guessed before the revelation was made in this episode.
I have to admit that when I saw the preview of this episode, I was afraid it was simply going to be a goofy episode and potentially be “filler”; however, it turns out this episode provides some important information, so it’s actually a relevant episode for the series.
By the end of this episode, it was made clear that there’s at least two different groups trying to unlock Cecil’s magic. While I had been aware there had been one group trying to do this, it hadn’t really been made terribly clear before episode six that there was more than one group with the same objective. In that regard, the plot point about awakening Cecil’s powers had been a bit muddled and hard to follow. This episode starts to make this a little clearer, but I’m hoping this element will become easier to understand over the next few episodes.
This episode also introduced an animal familiar for Tsunomi, and her familiar is a bird of some kind. So here we are, halfway through the series, and I’m still not really seeing a purpose for these animal familiars to be around. They still haven’t truly added anything relevant to the series, so I’m really hoping the second half of the series will show the audience why these animal familiars have a purpose in Wizard Barristers.
Fortunately, we didn’t have to see Hotaru very much in this episode. Her main appearance was in the opening scene, when Cecil is being chewed out over all the fines she’s racked up. Again, Hotaru did have some valid points to make, but she’s saying it more in a tone to try to tear Cecil down instead of helping her understand what she did wrong. Sorry, Hotaru, but your haughty tone and obvious jealousy of Cecil make it hard to take you very seriously.
I also wanted to add that when I saw Tsunomi and Cecil in the superhero costumes, I couldn’t help but think about the costumes in Samurai Flamenco, especially the outfits worn by the Flamenco Girls.
With certain things shown on screen and revelations that were made in this episode, I’m looking forward to seeing episode seven in order to find out how the story of Wizard Barristers will continue to evolve.
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