Episode summary: Cecil and Natsuna finally arrive at their destination, where the latter learns more about Cecil’s childhood from Cecil’s dad. Meanwhile, Diana attacks the rest of Butterfly Law Firm for some reason or other. Then suddenly, Cecil and Natsuna are attacked by a giant, green golem. Eventually, our heroes prevail, but not before the villains are killed before they can reveal anything about the conspirators lurking in the shadows.
• The Shark Knight guy with the spiky, blond hair goes, “Perfect timing. We were on an overseas business trip for public relations.” I’ll say. Did every damn wizard barristers law firm decide to visit North America at the same time or what? And to run into Cecil at some indistinct Canadian diner somewhere between Boston and Lake Huron too! Wow, it’s almost as if they are stalking her!
• Look how giant the guys are compared to the girls, though:
I know Cecil is technically still a child, but what about the other two? The disparity is a tad unbelievable, if you ask me. Much like this fortuitous meeting we’re having right now.
• Are you serious? Cecil suddenly decides that she really, really needs to run to the store to buy some maple syrup. Why? Because “[i]t’d be a shame for [Natsuna] not to try some maple syrup, after coming all the way to Canada.” Yeah okay, if you wanted to leave Natsuna alone with Cecil’s dad so that the two can talk about our heroine, that’s fine, but don’t you guys think you could’ve come up with a better excuse than, “Girl, you totally gotta try real, authentic Canadian maple syrup! I’ll be back in a jiffy!”
• As expected, Cecil’s dad begins to talk about his daughter’s childhood without Natsuna even asking him to. Did you know our poor Mary Sue never had a friend when she was growing up? Naturally, when Natsuna does ask him a question about a topic that the audience would actually be interested in, namely what happened that day that caused Cecil’s mom to be put in jail, Cecil returns home from the store with that bona fide Canadian maple syrup. So y’know, we don’t get to learn anything about that incident.
• Oh well, enough boring character development! Even a show about lawyers needs a beach episode, so bam:
Lawyers, everybody. Lawyers from Japan.
• Koromo: “Man, the ocean’s cold, and no one’s here!” Really? But I have heard such great things about New England’s fabled beaches. As a former resident of Surf City, USA, I must say I’ve always been quite jealous of the northeastern seaboard and it’s temperate climate.
• Good lord, you could cut yourself on that thing:
But at least there’s fanservice for everybody, right? Well, not quite. Kamakiri-san stayed behind in Japan, after all. I guess Wizard Barristers has something against lovers of octogenarians. I call discrimination!
• Here’s what puzzles me… neither of Cecil’s parents are willing to tell their daughter what happened on that fateful day from six years ago. Neither of them. Both of them, however, fully realize that Cecil became a wizard barrister just so that she could one day free her mother from jail. Now think about it… how are you going to free your own mother from jail when you don’t even know what happened that day? Cecil can say to herself over and over that she’s going to study hard and do copious amounts of research, but none of it’s going to matter if she doesn’t have a single clue about the case to begin with. And her parents must know this. They must. They can’t be this oblivious, right? So then they must be saying, “Okay, girl, you just obsess over this case for the rest of your life even though there’s no chance in hell you’ll free your mother when you don’t even know what happened.”
• Cecil’s father looks dismayed to learn that his daughter keeps awakening to new powers. I really wish the anime would just stick to the story, because it has the potential to be so interesting. I mean, what’s so dismaying about gaining new powers? Shouldn’t that be awesome for our little Mary Sue? C’mon, don’t hold out on us, Wizard Barristers! But sadly, this is exactly what the anime does. The anime suddenly returns to America where the rest of Butterfly Law Firm are being led into a trap. Well, okay… that might not be so boring. At least I’ll get to see some magical action, right? Nope. Just as the action was about to start, the anime cuts away to Cecil and Natsuna in a row boat. Aaaaaaaaah.
• Even when you think the characters are going to be normal for just a second — just a teensy, tiny second — the show has to quickly remind us that we’re watching a generic anime full of “anime-isms.” Case in point, Natsuna offers to help Cecil with her mother’s case. Aw, that’s nice. I’m glad this trip has allowed these two to bond, but more importantly, Natsuna now respects her colleague. I’m not even being sarcastic. Natsuna becoming friends with Cecil is a whole lot better than a grown woman bitterly sniping at a 17-year-old girl every chance she gets. But just as soon as I’m about to commend the anime for actually developing its characters, Natsuna stutters, “I’m s-saying that I wouldn’t mind helping out a little! Only when I’m not busy, though! I’m just curious because I’m a wizard barrister, so don’t get any wrong ideas!” Christ, you can’t even have two girls become friends without one of them acting like a generic tsunderekko? Fuck you, anime. Fuck you.
• So I guess the show’s had its fill of character development for now as a giant, green golem suddenly emerges from the lake to attack our heroine. Oh Canada, you card!
• Meanwhile, back in America, Cecil’s fellow Wuds are still battling with the American Wud. Somehow, everyone’s stuck in an unbelievably deep well:
Obviously, the wizard barristers are not stuck in a well, but it’s not like the animation is doing the action any favors. I mean, just look at it:
Some quality faces on those girls.
• Remember how in a previous episode, Cecil’s senior colleagues kept telling her that she had to stop relying on her magic all the time? But in the end, the anime concocted a situation in which Cecil had to use her magic in order to save the day? Well, in this week’s episode, Cecil’s dad suddenly orders her to stop using her magic out of nowhere. It doesn’t even make sense for him to do so. Gee, Dad, I’m sort of fighting a giant, green golem here? It kinda wants to kill me? Could you give me a break, you think? In any case, Cecil hesitates at the sound of her father’s voice, so the golem gets an attack off. It’s an attack that ends up destroying Cecil’s childhood home. I get it. Cecil’s magical powers are magical. She should just use them as much as necessary, and the people around her need to stop holding her back.
• Apparently, destroying a girl’s precious memories will make her go SSJ as we see Cecil draw metal from nearby cities. Oh yeah, she just happens to be nowhere near a city. You know what that means! Cecil’s getting even stronger!
• When Cecil manages to defeat the green golem, out pops Kaede! P-p-plot twist! Nah, not really. This was foreshadowed pretty damn hard in last week’s episode, so yeah… You didn’t actually think Chekhov’s hitchhiker would just disappear completely from the story, did you?
• This is where Scooby Doo and the rest of the gang asks the evil villain why she did what she did, and Kaede explains, “I’m sure you’ve already forgotten… But the suspects you recently caught from the robbery gang, No Face… One of them is my father.” So what you’re trying to tell me is that this girl from Japan decided to follow Cecil all the way to America, then knew ahead of time that Cecil would be visiting her father, so as a result, she then placed herself somewhere between Boston and Lake Huron — ’cause y’know, there’s literally only one path between those two locations — in the hopes that Natsuna and Cecil would not only run into her, but would also have it in their hearts to give her a ride. When you put it that way, it sounds pretty plausible to me!
Naturally, someone else is behind Kaede’s actions. Most likely Shizumu, but even so, it doesn’t render any of this any more believable. Yes, I’m sure the mastermind could’ve bought Kaede a ticket to America. Then he or she could’ve predicted that the girl would take the opportunity to visit her father, but there’s still that tiny, little issue of Kaede running into Cecil and Natsuna in the middle of nowhere as the two of them embark on a road trip to Canada. Actually, disregard everything I just said. Obviously, the answer is magic. It’s magic, folks. Let’s just wrap it up and go home.
• Who sent you? Tell us, girl! Who sent you!
Aw man… lame. Every time someone’s about to say something important, they die! I may as well watch a slice-of-life about a tea club because at least nobody will ever die. But anyway, it turns out that Moyo’s involved somehow. Even though she stayed back in Japan. Does she have the power to zip across the entire planet in an instant to murder both Kaede and Diana? Jesus Christ, what is going on with this story anymore?
• Natsuna: “…’there’s no doubt that it has something to do with you, Cecil…” No shit, Sherlock. Of course it has something to do with Cecil. That’s what the now-dead girl just fucking said a minute ago: “He said Cecil is a terrible wizard barrister. I was told if I could draw your dormant magic out, my father’s sentence would be reduced. I don’t know the details… But apparently, it has to do with the incident six years ago.” You can’t spell it out any clearer than that.
• Shizumu: “Shall we kill Cecil? Again?” This story, man… this story. When I want it to progress, it refuses to. When it does, it throws the whackiest thing it can think of at the audience, e.g. Cecil’s been killed before.