How do you guys usually spend Christmas? Chise finally has a family to spend hers with, but unfortunately, she somehow ends up caught in a messy incident that she has nothing to do with! The Ancient Magus’ Bride really knows how to shove our protagonist into unexpected situations, but ones where she ends up learning a lot, though.
Ashen Eye is back with his mischiefs again, but this time, he’s got a very important lesson to teach! The kids who bumped into Chise back at the train station have gotten themselves in a bind with him. Fortunately for the older sister, she managed to see Chise again and enlist her help to get her brother back, who was spirited away by the old creature!
Christmas morning: Wow, the teddy bear that Elias gave Chise isn’t only cute, but useful too! Not only does it help her manage her magic output, but even puts the excess to good use! Magical flowers would sell like hotcakes, don’t you think? Actually, it’s amazing if you realize how much thought Elias put into his gift for her. Chise’s other friends gave her things that would help her as well, especially Angelica! As someone who experienced so much hardship a few months ago, no wonder Chise’s so happy! I find it ironic that people closer to faeries than humans (except for Simon, I guess) are the ones who appreciate her better. Then again, she’s also closer to weird things going on. Like a human child suddenly being erased from existence. Not exactly a normal Christmas morning, huh?
Searching for brother: Good thing for Stella that Chise decided to go out to thank Simon when she did! It’s also fortunate for her that Chise recognized her from the train station, even if it was only for a glimpse! Somehow, watching a normal person like her meeting a mysterious girl, a bone-headed mage, and a talking dog made me realize that Chise really is part of the magical world now. Stella was seeing (or not seeing) and experiencing things our protagonist now normally encounters. I was so proud when Chise knew exactly how to play her cards; even when she was all out of flowers, being able to offer up a specific amount of her blood as trade, she’s really learned a lot! More than that though, I was surprised at the reason why she was helping a girl she just bumped into. We have seen it with other strangers before, ones who eventually became her friends. But to think this time that her motivation was more personal: her own little brother whom she couldn’t see anymore! She didn’t want Stella to experience it as well. Ahh, Chise you beautiful girl, I’m loving you more and more!
A game: Oh man! Alarm bells sounded in my head when Ashen Eye dragged Elias into the game by force, leaving Chise to her own devices! I was so worried about what she’ll be able to do without him, as he’s always been the one guiding her this whole time! She looked like she realized it as well, but it’s a good thing Ruth was there to comfort her! I so, so loved what he said! Being from two different sides of the world didn’t stop Elias and Chise from meeting each other, and Stella and Ethan’s bond as siblings can’t be easily broken, so they all can surely find each other again! It allowed Chise to think much clearer, making her realize the hint Ashen Eye gave her! Who would’ve thought that the old fart’s gift, which almost separated her from Elias forever, would bring her back to him? What an amazing turn of events! Though, maybe he’s been planning that all along…Well, while I’m still pissed at him for pulling another terrible prank on everyone, he did teach Stella and Ethan a very good lesson. Pretty sure they’ll remember what their words can do from now on, and even appreciate each other more.