Another thing I want to bring up is the movement of the plot. Many say the progression is slow compared to other rider series and I can agree with that. Now this doesn't mean I am having a sudden hatred for Wizard all of a sudden. I do think this has something to do why Gaim is coming in October, maybe issues with the scripts or making the outfits or props. I will probably get my thoughts on Gaim soon then, but I will say I am excited for the new series. So I do feel like Wizard had some episodes put in just to get a time slot and to help what was going wrong with Gaim, but this is just a guess. Maybe people just wanted more Wizard? So I can say there are some episodes that probably wouldn't have to be around, but at least most of the episodes are enjoyable, for me at least. The only arc which I was completely mad at was the arsonist arc because it had nothing and barely had enjoyable moments. Sorry if this paragraph was more of a rant, I'm trying to get my writing groove back and it has been a while since I did an episode review.
So back to the episode and I can say there is a subtle hint right now in the series. We notice the Koyomi has been using more magic recently and with that she is running out of it in a shorter amount of time. What was happening recently then? The White Wizard is taking a huge step forward with his plans and even forced Yuzuru to become a Mage. So I feel like that this arc could show the possible connection between Fukei and Koyomi, but again who knows? If there is a connection then it is heading in a right direction right now cause it's not obvious unlike the connection between the Gate and Koyomi.
With how things are right now there are some good character moments coming up in this episode. First is with Kousuke who is not backing down on his search of the White Mage. He is stubborn to find him and fight him to save Yuzuru because that boy didn't want to be a Mage, but Fukei doesn't give him that choice. Kousuke even tells Haruto that even though he may have saved other lives before like Haruto himself, he is still going to give the White Mage a pounding. With this it is acting out a new rivalry which is funny because Kousuke used to have a rivalry with Haruto, but I can tell he isn't focused on that as much anymore. So now he has a new rivalry with another Mage so that works out like a nice transition since it gets Beast into the ally rider feel now.
The last character who got a good devolved moment was Rinko as she got promoted to Section Zero. Now this is lesser to the other two I mentioned, but it does give Rinko a higher position now. Also this was all thanks to Kizaki who could be dead all we know. So this could have been his final act and he did help her get higher which will help out with the case. Rinko knows this and she does want to save Yuzuru and see what the White Mage is up to, but now she has Kizaki to thank and she will work hard for his sake. I am happy that Rinko also gets away from her really terrible chief now. The scene with her getting the promotion was a little funny, but a little sit-com like for a series like this. Really at the end of the scene I thought there was going to be a laugh track. I will say it's odd that Haruto didn't get much, but I know that will be for a later arc when he confronts the White Mage himself. Also Haruto was stuck with the Gate for this episode along with Shunpei.
Now for the Gate of this episode it's an old author who has been having best sellers for thirty years! The first scene with him was at a book signing as he only wanted a female crowd for some reason. At this point I was thinking he was looking for someone, maybe his daughter or grand daughter? Then we cut to Koyomi and I clearly knew who he was looking for. Now Saionji does act like some other Gates with how stubborn he was to get a certain item back, which is a ring to look like a flower. This was from ten years ago when the man met a little girl who talked about her hopes for the future. Before this the man was dealing with a case of writers block as it was tearing him apart. The man even considered taking his own life because of this. Thanks to the little girl though she helped him to go on with his life and his most recent book is for her. He wants to meet her again and the ring was hers. She dropped it back then and he wants to give it back. Now the ring is the thing holding his hope which does make me think of episode one with Rinko, but this time it had more substance to make it believable. It's been ten years since the man met that young child and in that amount of time she could have forgotten him which is funny because Koyomi has forgotten everything about her life. The ring could help the girl remember him though which he is hoping for and with that makes the item hold a lot more hope for him.
Next Time: Rematch!