The first thing to mention is that Koyomi got a part of the focus for this arc as the last episode hinted at so many times. This is mostly with the connection of the novelist Saionji as he is hoping that Koyomi is the same girl he met ten years ago. Not only does this prove that she was around before the main events of the series, but that she was human and lived liked a normal girl. Koyomi does ponder about this though because no matter how many times she tries to remember Saionji she cannot even with the ring and going to lake doesn't help her as well. So with this Koyomi is still thinking that there is something wrong or is that was a different girl ten years ago. I do like how she thinks about this situation because there still isn;t any solid evidence for her yet. There are easily more girls named Koyomi in Japan and people can age very differently than some might expect. She does know one thing though is that she wants to help people, but as a human.
After a fight in the underworld, Haruto sees more of Saionji's past which was Koyomi's father. Haruto sees this and is astonished that it's Fukei the White Mage. As I said before there is a connection between the two since the White Mage gives Koyomi to Haruto for some reason. I wasn't expecting a father and daughter connection so good job with that series. Also I mentioned how Koyomi is losing magic at a faster rate and this is when we see the White Mage be more forceful in his plans. Also at the end of the episode Fukei is watching Koyomi from afar saying all he needs is one more as he carries his new ring. Again there are still many questions with this, but I am happy to have this development. We still don't know much on the man Fukei and what he is up to. There are possible connections for him, but he mostly seems like a man in the shadows. I bet Haruto is really going to ponder about this in the next episode.
For the action it was better than the last episode which still wasn't bad so it was really well done. The first fight was Beast's rematch with the White Mage. Again I just love how the White Mage fights, he actually took on Beast with his pure strength before taking on Hyper form. In the first part the White Mage blocks and dodges Beast's attacks and then he gets close for the strike. When he strikes he gets multiple hits as he grabs Kousuke to take him down to the ground and stomp him until he kicks him off the ledge. I also love how silent he is while in battle it just shows how he is used to this. Then when Beast goes into Hyper form he still uses the Dice Sabre and even does a Sabre Strike with Hyper. This summons all the creatures to do an attack and this does get the White Mage to jump back at least. Then the two clash with Explosion and Beast's Hyper Magnum Strike as the White Mage wins again. He was even thinking of killing Kousuke until Mayu jumped in the way. So as I said before the White Mage is a brutal fighter who has easy spells, but knows how to use them perfectly because the clash with Explosion and Magnum Strike was well done. The White Mage actually made the explosion happen during the clash to make the impact hit Beast.
Then the fight with Beast and Spinx was okay, nothing special as I said before. We did get a fight in the underworld though with a monster made up of two hands and a chain. It's simple, but I really liked that monster. When the chains are clumped up in the middle it's the eye of the creature while it can use the chains to form different structures. The fight also got some help from Haruto using Dragon as a summon, but the two had trouble with the monster it whacked around Dragon and Wizard like they were nothing. Then Haruto uses Flame Dragon to get it off guard with the fire breathe attack. To finish it off it's time for All Dragon form to get another fight as he uses it lift the chains of the monster to hold him in place and then using the kick finisher while having the monster's hands stuck in the magic circle as he circles around and kicks both hands straight through. With all of that the effects were nice, I loved seeing how much shine Dragon had when he was summoned and All Dragon was used correctly for the second time as I did love seeing the finisher.
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