How do you rate Episode 11 From
wizard girl? Community score: 4.2
With the new goal of becoming Class C Healers ahead of them, it’s time to swim or swim for three of our heroines – literally. Well, figuratively speaking. Somewhat. I do not know. The point is, when they evoke their healing images, our girls suddenly find themselves interrupted by mysterious beasts that devour them as soon as they begin. Being a hallucinatory visual metaphor, it is vague and vague enough that none of the apprentices can figure out the root cause, and because they have a mysterious witch as a teacher, they can’t get a straight answer either way. Instead, Kana, Reimi, and Hibiki go on a good training trail in the mountains, where they are basically left to their own devices with minimal guidance.
What follows begins as a field trip that usually lacks style, but slowly grows into a more contemplative and confrontational episode of wizard girl since when. I was initially thinking along the lines of Kana, expecting this secretly cold, unusual bootcamp to be a way to get girls out of their comfort zone and bring new experiences into their image. And it’s partly about that, but as things start to turn, it turns out that this isn’t Mr. Miyagi-iske’s secret training system that will teach the girls a secret lesson. Instead, it’s much simpler – by isolating them from the constant safety net to guide, Rhea leaves these girls to fix this problem themselves.
At first, it might seem like she’s setting up her little ones for failure – after all, guiding them through all of this is kind of her job, isn’t it? But the show makes a good argument as to why this is such a necessary part of the girls’ growth process. In the end, they will work as medical professionals, taking into their own hands the health and lives of others. They should be able to solve problems without a helpful adult hovering over them to direct their gaze, and it is better to let them struggle and potentially fail now than to keep on training wheels until they have a license to practice. Sonia makes a particularly poignant point: Failure here may be constricting, but in the end it will only mean that Kana and the others have more work to do before trying again. This is a remarkably healthy way to deal with this type of anxiety, and along with Aoi’s message about the value of fear, there is a lot of powerful advice here.
It all culminates in perhaps the thinnest angry argument ever. It’s a strange but wonderful scene as each of the three girls tries to prove they’re the weak link and the other two are better off without her – a rival trio pity party that only feeds the others. As silly as it is, I love that it allows them all to reveal their own fears, and highlights how easy it is to focus on your failures. Kana has obvious talent, but she’s not confident about being so far apart from her fellow students. Hibiki has a supportive family behind her all her life of inspiration from growing up with Ria, but she takes the former for everyone and the latter as proof that she will never be as good as her cousin. Remy has a very privileged upbringing that has allowed her to hone her musical talent, but she worries about how narrow that has left her horizons. It’s kind of a tunnel vision that the threat of failure, and especially the threat of other people’s failure, can solidify your mind, and the way it manifests in your jealousy toward each other adds a lot of texture to a threesome relationship. It’s fine to support each other, but having a deeper understanding of each other’s ugly sides can be just as important in building a friendship.
I also love that this catharsis session is what finally allows them to get over their inner doubt. Anxiety and fear have a way of making you feel isolated, and they can convince you that you are the only person who has doubts or things you don’t like about yourself. So, by embracing and expressing these feelings, our girls not only break from feeling energized, but find the newly formed camaraderie in how each sees each other’s best parts. Perhaps the visual metaphor of piranhas devouring girls that turn into flowers/cocoons to allow them to grow, is the crowded metaphor, but it’s the kind of liquid image that Healing Images built primarily for, and I really hope our remaining episodes allow for more flourishes like that .
Despite this topic, I definitely raised an eyebrow in the preview for the next episode. The idea of our apprentice therapists not only leaving Raya’s nest but appearing to take residences abroad is absolutely stunning with only a few episodes left, not to mention Remy’s haircut raising questions about a possible time skip. The show has been hinting for a while that something is up with Rhea, so I imagine this would take into account her decision to “expel” her students, and seeing the trio working on their own might be a great way to end the series. On the other hand, it’s also a pretty big change in what is supposed to be the end of this show. For now, I’m just thankful that we’ve got the advances we’ve made here, and I must hope so wizard girl He knows what to do.
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