Magical Warfare: Episode 10 – “Vanishing Boundaries”

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.

The beginning of the episode sees Mui finding Violet by a collapsed Takeshi. Violet attacks Mui and tries to take Takeshi, but they are saved by a group of three girls. We learn they are fourth year students at Subaru Magic Academy and witches of Camelot. It turns out Kisaki Ena, one of the three girls, is Tsuganashi’s ex-girlfriend. Kisaki offers to take Takeshi to Camelot’s medical facility so he can receive some curative magic. As they’re leaving, Mui sees something on the ground and picks it up.

After Takeshi regains consciousness in Camelot’s medical facility, Ida comes rushing into his room and is extremely upset because his sister Futaba has been taken by Wizard Brace’s Inspection Bureau. This scene would have had more impact if Futaba had been developed a bit more as a character before this scene. At this point, we saw her briefly in a flashback of Ida’s, and then she made a major appearance a couple of episodes back when she arrived on the first day of school.

In the middle of the night, Takeshi gets up and wanders around. He overhears Kisaki and Tsuganashi talking, and Kisaki says that Camelot wants Takeshi gone as soon as possible. Tsuganashi argues with her that it wouldn’t be a good idea for Takeshi to return to Wizard Brace due to his condition and the chaos going on in Wizard Brace due to Director Shijou being missing. Kisaki relents and says she’ll try to persuade her supporters to allow Takeshi to stay a little longer.

Meanwhile, Washizu kills the Wiseman who granted The Gift that kept wizard battles out of the Living World. With the Wiseman dead, wizard battles are taking place in both the Ruined World and the Living World. When Takeshi gets word, he wants to go to his home to check on his mother in response to a vision he had of her in the previous episode.

When Kisaki and Tsuganashi accompany Takeshi home, they find his mother is alive and well. However, Kisaki has brought a message for Takeshi’s mother from Bishop; it’s a formal request for his mother to continue Takehsi’s magic training. His mother argues at first, saying that she’s no longer a magician. After Takeshi says he wants to train and become stronger, she looks at the message from Bishop and discovers a ring inside. The ring allows Takeshi’s mother to use magic again, and she begins training Takeshi.

And as should be expected, a magic item to help someone use magic has consequences. Unfortunately, I think that by returning home and having his mother training him by using the ring will be what allows Gekkou to do what Takeshi saw in his vision.

Introducing Kisaki as an ex-girlfriend of Tsuganashi’s was a neat idea, but I kind of wish she had somehow been introduced just a slight bit earlier, perhaps shortly after Tsuganashi returned to Wizard Brace. Kisaki could’ve had more potential as a character, but at this point, she’s only going to appear in at most three episodes. So much potential for this character is wasted due to the late introduction.

It was nice not to have any real timeskip between episodes this time. I think at this point, there won’t be any more. Pacing has definitely been an issue for this series, and I’m wondering if maybe this could have been alleviated if there had been more episodes produced from the get-go, because this could have potentially allowed for more time to develop both the protagonists and antagonists, as well as made it so there would have been less of a need to have so many timeskips that the series ended up having in order to get to the climax of the series within 12 episodes.

At this point, I’m looking forward to seeing Magical Warfare conclude over the next two episodes. At this point, it’s not a bad show, but it’s not exactly terribly good, either.

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