Kosuke blocks what would’ve been Bahamut’s final blow to Haruto. Sensing they’re not in a very good spot, Haruto distracts Bahamut by binding him and copying himself to put up fire barriers giving them enough time to disappear.
Meanwhile back at the shop, the well dressed man asks Wajima to make a ring out his glowing purple stone. But Wajima says no. He made rings for him before without even asking his name, but he didn’t know doing so would get Haruto and Koyomi wrapped up in the battle with Phantoms. So unless the ring helps Haruto in the fight, he won’t make it.
The well dressed man says many lives depend on his decision and maybe this ring will end up helping Haruto anyway. He sets the stone on the counter and goes to leave. But Wajima asks his name and the man says to call him Fueki. Later, he keeps the stone a secret from Koyomi.
Everyone’s at the hospital outside Kazuya’s room. An angry Naomi blames Haruto for this since Kazuya got hurt trying to protect him. She tells him to get lost, but Haruto says like Kazuya wanted to show him how he is now, so does he to him. He’ll do everything he can to protect Kazuya.
Medusa is walking with Bahamut and asks why he’s dilly-dallying with the Gate. Despite being Wiseman’s will, he’s not really in a hurry to help create more Phantoms. Medusa remembers Sora also commenting on the need or importance of creating Phantoms and starts to think.
Rinko and Shunpei talk to Naomi and try to get her to see where Haruto is coming from. They say Haruto knows he can’t change the past, so he’s doing what he can now in the present. Kazuya has let his feelings known to Haruto, so let Haruto do the same to Kazuya.
Later that night, Wajima’s at the shop, wondering about the stone. At the hospital, Bahamut goes to attack Kazuya in his room, but it turns out it’s Haruto that’s in the bed. Kosuke, in Kazuya’s real hospital room, sees the Phantom has arrived, but as he runs out, sees a picture in Kazuya’s bag.
Haruto henshins and takes Bahamut outside. Kosuke joins the fight, but Bahamut leaves after having enough fun for now.
Next morning, Golem grabs the newly completed ring from the chest while Wajima is sleeping.
At the hospital, Kosuke tells Kazuya about Haruto protecting him and how that’s all he can do now as a mage. Showing off for each other, eternal rivals, all that good stuff. Kazuya asks where Haruto is now.
Listening out the door, Naomi walks in as Kosuke leaves, but not before thanking her for letting Haruto in on their switcheroo plan. Kazuya is surprised, but Naomi tries to play it off, saying she let Haruto help if it meant Kazuya is afe. Kazuya laughs, as does Naomi.
Wajima wakes up and tires to look for the ring, but waiting in the shop is Fueki. He asks Wajima if the ring is ready, but he sees an unfamiliar Familiar hop past. Fueki leaves.
Kazuya is outside, happily watching some young patients playing soccer. The kids remind him of Haruto and he hurriedly leaves to look for him.
Kosuke finds Haruto alone on the roof. He coolly hands something to Haruto and asks if he could return it to Kazuya for him. It’s a picture of Kazuya and Haruto in their soccer uniforms and on the pitch.
Suddenly Naomi runs out and says Kazuya is gone.
But Haruto knows exactly where to find him. Kazuya’s in uniform in their home stadium. Haruto hands Kazuya the photo.
“So you still carry with you our dream?”
Haruto thought he ran away and gave up his soccer dream because he couldn’t face him. But since becoming a mage, he has a new dream of granting hope to others. And while different from their dream together, he gets the same feeling.
So you don’t plan on ever returning? Kazuya asks. I’ve accepted what I am now and only move forward, Haruto replies.
Kazuya asks then, can he make one of his hopes come true?
Haruto suits up and they play soccer together.
Kazuya says now he can move forward, he’ll try for the pros again. While it’s a pity they won’t be able to play together and their dreams are now different, they’re still chasing the same thing. They wish each other luck.
Bahamut interrupts their moment and Haruto henshins. He promises to protect Kazuya’s dream and takes Bahamut off their soccer pitch.
Kazuya smiles as he watches Haruto work. Haruto goes Infinity to finish the Phantom off.
Haruto de-henshins as Golem comes running toward him with the new ring. Haruto teases Golem, but congratulates him on getting out of the house and thanks him for the delivery. He scans the new ring, but the Driver only gives back an error. Suddenly, the unfamiliar Familiar comes and grabs the ring from Haruto.
It’s the well-dressed man. Haruto demands to know who he is. And the man lets him know very clearly.
He opens his coat to reveal his own Wizardriver. He henshins and becomes… the White Wizard. He tells Haruto not to let Wajima know he’s received the ring and says to take care of himself for “when the time comes.”
“You are also my final hope.”
Well! That was a busy episode.
We get a sweet little wrap-up of Haruto and Kazuya’s bromance. But their nice little moment gets completely stolen by White Wizard.
As soon as the old man appeared in the last episode, I immediately thought it’d either be Wiseman or the White Wizard. Definitely an interesting new development and a reminder that yup, we’re in the home stretch of Wizard.
I also like the seeds of doubt and possible rebellion getting planted with Sora and Medusa. And depending on who exactly Wiseman really is, I could see some big fireworks between just them, let alone Wizard and Beast.
Still, I kinda wish there was a more traditional scene of closure between Haruto and Kazuya, kind of like Kosuke and Tsuchiya’s. But overall, the combination of their story and the new development propelling the story forward was very enjoyable.