“A boy knitting?” Let’s not get too caught up in old-fashioned gender roles, Yokoi-chan. Especially when the boy is Seki-kun, for whom no art, craft or skill can be limited by something as confining as gender politics.
By Seki standards, knitting a cactus – even using the highly specialized double-ended Afghan hook (I’ll take her word for it) – is pretty low-key stuff. But this one hits a little too close to home, for when it comes to knitting Yokoi is Class 2 Certified (I have no idea if that’s a real thing), and considers this her turf.
The main take-away here is that we’re once again reminded that most of Yokoi’s angsting over Seki-kun is self-generated. Yeah, he does wild stuff but she’s plain obsessed – she’s a Seki junkie, and only the good stuff will do. Hard to blame Seki for misreading her signals at the end – though it’s a shame that such a beautifully rendered plushie had to pay the price.
Witch Craft Works – 09
Of all the plot-driven episodes of WCW, this one worked the best for me in that it’s the first time the show has actually managed to make me care about what was happening beyond the broad comedy. And I suppose that represents significant progress.
I have no idea where the adaptation is in terms of using up the source material, but the indications are that this show is going to do pretty well on Blu-ray so we might be seeing more of it down the line. For now, it seems that Mizushima-sensei intends to close out the season with a bang, taking the current plot arc to its logical conclusion. That means doing a whole lot of explaining to set up that conclusion, and the introduction of what seems to be a rather crucial new character – Weekend (Hirano Aya), the head of the Tower Witches.
As for explanations, they more or less fit what one might reasonably have conjectured. The Tower Witches have set up a bomb under the city, whose purpose is not to destroy it but the sap Kazane of all her magic. Apparently the reason normals can’t be injured by all these fancy crises is that the Workshop Witches have a barrier – powered by Kazane herself, who’s one badass magician – which automatically protects them if they’re affected by magic. A few random explosions are nothing to her, but if the entire city is affected at once, well… Since the goal of the Tower Witches is to capture Honoka, putting Kazane out of commission (for a week, apparently) is a must.
I suppose all this kind of confirms the Workshop as “good” and the Tower as “bad” after all – but everyone’s loyalties seem so tangled up that I’m not sure we can write it off that simply. With Kazane having been taken offline the other Workshop leaders decided to lock Honoka and Kagari in an underground cell for a week to keep him out of Weekend’s hands, but that’s a non-starter.
The other interesting development here is that Kagari apparently had a recurring dream where Honoka appeared to her and told her future, which is why she went looking for him. He obviously has no recollection of this, but it supports the notion that he’s something quite different from a normal human. As for comedy, it’s a bit light this week, but what there is mostly draws from Kagari’s attempts to teach Honka witchy activity, which are inconclusive at best. He does manage to call up a familiar, though – a gigantic Kagari in a short-skirt nurse outfit with glasses. Anything that gives a little spice to his character is welcome.