Little Witch Academia Episode 21: Don't go to the light!

This week's episode still felt pretty scripted, but it at least made Croix look a bit better. She could still be a pretty simple villain, but the episode seemed to suggest that she might have some interesting motivations. I almost wonder if Croix lost her magic because of the Wagandea pollen and uses her magic technology to mask that fact. And based on what we've seen so far, it looks like her plan is to use energy from non-magic people harnessed from her sketchy app to power her fake Shiny Rod. Seems simple enough.

It's gotten to the point where even Andrew realizes how much Akko pulls him into the story.

Aww man...I was going to guess that Croix was behind Emotion Refresh, but that gets immediately revealed. Also, given the current political climate, it's a bit comical to see protests breaking out because of the result of a soccer game.

That's a bit harsh, isn't it? There's nothing wrong with telling Akko the meaning of the Word to put her on the right track. This feels like one of those few times when I'm actually on Akko's side. Plus, the very next scene shows Akko researching the meaning of the Word.

Yeah, that lesson of "patience" is turning out to be really effective here. I get the sense that the series is trying to explain away Ursula's reluctance to tell Akko about the meaning of the next Word, but I don't see how Akko could have come to the conclusion that she needed to go to Wagandea just from knowing that alone. Also, why would you give Akko such a vague date range unless you wanted her to go to Wagandea against your orders?

Akko's reasoning is that she's unlucky enough to guarantee the worst outcome when it comes to how long the pollen will linger. However, based on that logic, the pollen should be guaranteed to release before she can find the Word. I don't think this is helping her case.

I'll be very surprised if this episode doesn't end with Ursula losing her magic to save Akko.

This seems a bit too easy.

I'm not sure what to make of this flashback. It's not hard to guess that Croix would be jealous that Chariot was chosen by the Shiny Rod, but it doesn't feel like enough of a motivation for her character. Plus, I feel like it's been suggested that she helped Chariot along the way. Please tell me there's more to her character than this.

This seems like a problem that's very easily solved by showing Akko who you are, Ursula. I would say that she has some other reason for hiding her identity from Akko, but I'm pretty sure there was a recent episode that showed her preparing to tell Akko.

This looks promising. It seems like Croix wasn't broken by seeing the Shiny Rod choose Chariot, so there has to be more to this story. Maybe she's upset that Chariot failed to awaken all of the Words or something.

These things look a lot like healing lights, so I'm gonna say that that Ursula had her magic taken by the pollen, but it was restored by the magic of lov- err...I mean, the power of the Lyonne spell. I'm going to take that as a victory.

That can't be good.

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