This is the best episode of the show. There is actual character development, there is an actual fight, there is cool music, excellent shit happens. I do not need to qualify, quantify or give any opinions on what occurs beyond the fact that it owns, because the fact it owns is self-explanatory. I also don’t have to worry about that “best episode!” thing becoming hyperbole or whatever, because while 33/35 are very close comparisons, they don’t quite match up, and while there are still many eps after this, the ending stretch is shaping up to be absolutely fucking awful. I was meant to be touched by 45, instead I just spent the entire episode laughing at it.
So enjoy the shit out of this, which if you have any sense you probably already did watching the Doremi sub, because jesus christ why would you delay watching this ep by 3 weeks what the fuck is wrong with you
As an aside, I did a full translation of Anata no Kagami, the song featured in this episode. It’s on the character song album thingy for Smile if you’re interested in checking it out.