So the opening of this episode was super tense for about a minute and then they pulled a stupid gag and the whole thing just kind of fell flat. Which might indicate this was a bad episode, and yet, oddly enough, they managed to pull something pretty decent from the wreckage of that first abrupt tone shift.
As an episode it works well. It answers our questions from last episode about the odd pair following Glenn around and why Celica isn’t doing anything about the situation. The class get to finish the magical tournament and we get to see this expression on the smug face of the instructor from class 1:
Don’t mistake that for me actually wanting Glenn to win. His students won; on their own merit. Really glad karma kicked Glenn at the end of the episode to be perfectly honest.
Still, what this episode excelled at was brining back details from not just the previous episode, but all the episodes. We get more of the flash back from when Rumia was kidnapped, Glenn reuses the spell he showed last episode, they also bring back his unique spell although I have to point out that surely it would have neutralised the barrier as well given how close he was standing to Rumia at the end… Anyway.
So this was pretty good fun.
Akashic Records of a Bastard Magical Instructor is available on Crunchyroll.
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