After killing off thirteen girls in the past episodes, Mahoiku’s eleventh entry sets things up for a thrilling finale which will further increase the death toll.
The episode starts with showing us more of that one scene from the first episode; it was the previous mahou shoujo selection exam where Fav had messed with things a bit. The girls were to defeat some demons to determine their strength and Fav let a demon out of control. This otherworldly monster gone berserk ended up killing all the girls except Cranberry, who was the one to take it down; Cranberry was chosen by Fav to be his master, being the last one standing.
This is a bad habit of Mahoiku: showing a past scene of a girl before killing her. This flashback raises Cranberry’s death flag as she passes away in this episode. Though how she dies comes off as a bit unexpected.
Cranberry was being chased by Swim Swim and Tama last week. Swim confronts Cranberry but gets thrown away by a big blast of sound. While Cranberry is standing, distracted by Swim’s age, Tama-chan pops out of nowhere to make a hole in her and disintegrate her upper body. She goes to the knocked down Swimmer and is also surprised to see that a grade school kid is actually the cold-hearted murderer known as Swim Swim. And to everyone’s surprise, Swim slices off Tama’s head.
Tama helped out Swim and stuck with this group of bad girls because she considered them to be her friends, including Ruler which is shown by her reaction to the haughty princess’s death. But Swim Swim only considers her to be just another subordinate. She has her mind set on following in the footsteps of the very princess she backstabbed. She will do whatever she feels Ruler would have done in her place. However, given the little pre-death flashback Tama got, Ruler was a nice person underneath despite wanting to stand on top of everyone. She probably wouldn’t have killed Tama if she were in a similar situation, especially considering the amazing feat Tama just accomplished.
There were some expectations for Tama considering her little internal conflict in episode 9; there were some hopes that she might try to stop Swim Swim from this madness or have the good in her take over as she hesitates a bit, but she died before she could do anything. Tama wanted to be useful given her background of failure upon failure, but she landed with the wrong people and ended up being one of the bad girls. She was used by first Ruler, and then Swim Swim. She couldn’t become an ideal magical girl in the end since her owners were far from that.
There are now three girls remaining, which is less than the required four. The death match has ended, the girls don’t have to kill anymore, they can focus on being good magical girls now. This episode is supposed to be the emotionally charged outing of Mahoiku; Snow White is remembering La Pucelle and Ripple is reminiscing on the time she spent with Top Speed. Fav has chosen Swim Swim to be his new master, but the loli seems uninterested in being the most important magical girl. Everything is going back to normal… or is it?
Ripple meets Koyuki to get some information on Swim Swim. Why? For revenge of course. Despite the game being over with no reason to kill anymore, Ripple still wants to avenge Top Speed’s death—a side-effect of this game. And Fav helps her out a bit; he lets the game continue till two girls remain while also leaking out Swim’s weakness to sound and light. Fav has been the one pulling the strings here and he wants this madness to continue until there’s only one girl left standing. He’ll probably want to have Ripple fight Snow White too after this. Snow White doesn’t want it to go on anymore, so will she butt in to stop the two fighting girls? It is a possibility but an unlikely one given she can’t fight.
With the madness being forced to continue by Fav, Mahoiku approaches its final episode. The outcome of this fight might be pretty obvious, but one girl dying may not satisfy Fav. It’s the grand finale to this battle royale coming up next week and it’ll be one thriller of an episode to look forward to.
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