Magical Warfare: Episode 8 – “Wizard Brace’s Darkness”

Magical Warfare focuses on Takeshi Nanase, and what happens after a chance meeting with Mui Aiba and gains the ability to do magic. Takeshi’s friends, Isoshima and Ida, get caught up in what’s taking place and also acquire magical abilities. Mui takes them to the world where magicians live; it’s a place where time has been distorted and it’s known as the Ruined World. During episode two, Takeshi, Isoshima, and Ida transferred into the Subaru Magic Academy to study magic.

Episode eight begins at the start of a new school year at Subaru Academy. We learn that Ida’s little sister, Futaba, is entering the academy’s elementary school. Over the break, Ida had gotten into an argument with her and he flared up and accidentally used his magic and singed her hair, so she became a magician. Gekkou also arrives, and both Takeshi and Isoshima are shocked. Isoshima shouldn’t have been, since Gekkou had told her over Winter Break that he’d be coming. Either she forgot, or she was acting in order to hide the fact that she already knew about it from Takeshi.

One day while Takeshi is in the bath, he runs into Gekkou. The two of them talk, and Gekkou claims that he wants to apologize and asks for Takeshi’s forgiveness. Takeshi gives him the forgiveness, but his Strike Vision shows him something about Gekkou that he tries to ignore.

That night, Takeshi has a nightmare of Gekkou attacking him and telling him to stop stealing his things: Isoshima and Twilight. When Takeshi suddenly wakes up from the dream, he sees Washizu from the Ghost Trailers sitting on his window sill. This is followed by a lengthy “info dumping” scene that reveals information about Kazuma, the leader of the Ghost Trailers, as well as information on Wizard Brace and a revelation about Takeshi’s mother that even Takeshi was unaware of.

Later, when Takeshi talks to Director Shinjou and receives confirmation about what he learned about his mother, his Strike Vision reveals something about Director Shinjou. Takeshi quickly excuses himself. After he leaves, the Director thinks to herself that Takeshi must decide things for himself and that he will be put to the test to find out how much he can endure.

I have to say that by far, episode eight has been the best episode of Magical Warfare that I’ve seen. The only black mark I can give it is the info dumping that took place after Takeshi’s nightmare. All of this information was important, but I wish there had been a way to somehow spread some of this out earlier in the series. Honestly, if I had known some of this information earlier, I probably would have been more interested in this series a few weeks back. It was during this episode that we finally got the development for the antagonists that I had wished we’d seen earlier in the series.

Magical Warfare definitely suffered from some pacing issues early on, and ultimately took too long to get to this point. I have to be brutally honest and say that if I wasn’t watching this series in order to do these write-ups every week, I probably would have dropped the show about two or three weeks ago and would have missed out on these revelations.

Now I’m curious to see whether or not the remaining episodes of Magical Warfare will continue to be as interesting as episode eight was.

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