I can die happy now.
I’m in an exceedingly good mood right now, as you might expect. I actually had the biggest smile plastered across my face from the moment Eila and Sanya showed up all the way to the group shot marking the end of the episode. Eilanya in my Brave Witches. I still can’t believe it. I thought Nipa was saved by Erica at first for some reason, and then I almost didn’t recognise Eila after not having seen her for so long – and then I saw best girl Sanya and it finally sank in. And they were in Santa outfits, too! My Orussian waifu can’t be this cute! I think Christmas just came early this year.
And you know what? This episode didn’t even need the 501st to make it great. I was sold from the moment Nipa, Kanno and Hikari watched the beautiful Orussian sunrise as they were sledding across the frozen river together whilst complaining about the cold weather (despite wearing hardly anything below the waist but panties). It’s been getting a lot colder where I live too, so it was a comfy seasonal touch. I also particularly loved how it was essentially another Nipa episode, except this time she was even more soft and sweet in getting the rest of the 502nd to celebrate the Saturnus Festival (i.e. Christmas) so that Hikari could enjoy herself. Seriously though. Nipa, Sanya and Eila in a single episode. Remember what I said literally just last week about those three being so best? Is this what happiness feels like?
Two small observations. First, Hikari has just about finished with her unintentional grand scheme of befriending her way around the 502nd. I think it’s safe to say that they’ve all grown to care for her quite a lot now – the point being that if she’d come down with a fever at the start of the series, that would have just been yet another reason to send her back to Fusou. Now, they’re all just feeling apologetic about having exhausted her and trying to help her get better soon. Once Rall heard that Nipa wanted to celebrate for Hikari’s sake, she started pointedly pretending she couldn’t see the other Witches preparing in ‘secret’. Even Kanno had that adorable moment where she gently (at least by Kanno standards) told Hikari to stay in bed. She’s done it! They all love her! And so do we! Krupinski should be all that’s left in terms of both Hikari and us as viewers getting to properly know her, but she was never opposed towards Hikari to begin with. Come to think of it, Rall needs an episode too. I hope she gets one. Anyway, the second point I wanted to mention was about their gradually dwindling food supply. I don’t think it’s a particular strategy or anything (it’d be terrifying it was) but it almost feels like the Neuroi were trying to starve them out. Even when a mid-sized one attacked this episode, it managed to get as far as their front doorstep with its camouflaging before Nipa went out to intercept it. It’s really concerning.
I don’t think I have much else to say. I’m just so happy I got to see Sanya again. Is it too much to hope that they’ll stick around, given that for now the 501st should still be disbanded after the nest in Gallia was destroyed?