They’ve brought the father, Masahiro, back to the shop. He goes to call his wife to make sure she’s safe as Haruto sullenly walks in.
Wajima asks where Koyomi is and he tells them about the White Wizard taking her.
Kosuke is angry, but Haruto says Koyomi should be safe in the care of… her father.
So are we just supposed to leave her? Kosuke is enraged. Haruto tries to calm him down, there’s nothing they can do. Wajima says it might be for the best. She’s probably safer with her father.
For now, let’s protect the Gate, Haruto says.
Meanwhile, White Wizard has taken Koyomi to a special dimension made of magic that should keep her safe. He tells her she should be safe here and that she is his final hope. He leaves to take care of something.
Sora, in pain, struggles along a corridor upset the White Wizard had blocked his big move.
Masahiro can’t get his wife, Aya, on the phone, so Haruto and Mayu go to their home. But she’s not there either, though there doesn’t seem to be any sign of a struggle.
Masahiro says there’s a store nearby that Aya goes to and he insists on going with Kosuke, Rinko and Shunpei. I am going to be a father, he says, “I need to protect my wife and daughter. I don’t care what happens to me.”
Haruto tells Mayu they should go, but she stops him. She asks if he’s worried about Koyomi even if he’s strong. He admits that yes he is, but he has to stay strong and continue fighting otherwise it would just make Koyomi suffer again.
“I will continue being the mage that protects everyone’s hopes.”
Mayu cries. She apologizes and admits that she has been selfish. She actually came to steal his Infinity Ring upon orders of White Wizard who would exchange it for the Ring she could use to destroy Medusa.
Haruto understands. He hands her the Infinity Ring. You became a mage to defeat Medusa, it’s only natural you see it through, he says.
To himself, he reiterates that he believes in Fueki.
Down at Wiseman’s cave, Medusa is kneeling before him with the latest updates on the Gate. She asks him if even after the Sabbath and new Phantoms are born, will she still be by his side. Of course, Wiseman says,
“There is no other Phantom like you.”
Medusa is happy to hear that.
Aya is sitting on a bench outside the supermarket and looks at her phone to find all the missed calls from Masahiro. Just then, Arachne arrives to attack her, but so do Kosuke, Rinko, Shunpei and Masahiro.
Kosuke quickly henshins and attacks Arachne, but Ghouls pop up to stop the others from helping. With Kosuke preoccupied, Aya is a sitting duck when Medusa arrives.
She gathers up a huge ball of energy and sends three fireballs at Aya’s direction, blowing up the Ghouls as well as the bench and shelter Aya was sitting at.
Rinko, Shunpei, Kosuke and Masahiro watch in horror as the bench and shelter burn to the ground.
Masahiro collapses to the ground and the purple cracks begin to appear all over his body. Medusa smiles until she looks over and sees Haruto, henshined, breaking through a Land Mode rock barrier while carrying Aya, safe and sound.
Rinko and Shunpei try to knock Masahiro out of his Underworld-induced stupor. He fights through the cracks and resolves to protect his family. He’s overcome his inner Phantom as the cracks disappear.
Haruto brings Aya over to him as she regains consciousness.
Meanwhile, Mayu has brought the Infinity Ring to White Wizard who hands her the special Ring he promised.
Medusa henshins into her Phantom form and charges. Haruto takes her on while Kosuke continues fighting with Arachne.
Mayu arrives just in time and henshins. Kosuke and Haruto turn their attention to Arachne while Mayu takes on Medusa.
Medusa decides to take them all underground.
The fighting continues.
Haruto and Kosuke finish off Arachne while Mayu goes all out against Medusa.
“As you wish, the end has come,” Medusa says.
But Mayu replies “How this ends isn’t your decision. It’s mine!”
She puts on the Ring White Wizard gave her and scans it. A Holy Ring.
She gathers up a ball of energy and hurls it at Medusa who counters with her own burst of energy. Mayu uses the memories of her parents and sister to give it all she’s got and the energy finally breaks through and explodes on Medusa.
But Medusa is still alive while it is Mayu who dehenshins.
I can’t die here, Medusa says since it’s only her and Wiseman.
Suddenly, a golden staff pierces her body. It’s Wiseman. He has stabbed her, in the back. Literally.
I need that mage, he says as Medusa turns to look at Mayu, confused. She stumbles, unsure of what is happening.
Wiseman dehenshins to reveal… Fueki.
Now that the fourth mage has been born, You are no longer needed, he tells Medusa.
He henshins into White Wizard as everyone looks on in shock, most of al Medusa.
She begins turning into stone as she struggles toward Whtie Wizard. He thanks her for her help as she disintegrates into the air.
I think many fans saw that coming. Wiseman = White Wizard. Even before the obvious clues started showing up, it was an idea that already made sense a long time ago. Should be interesting to see how they explain how it all came to be.
But fully expecting the revelation to come sooner or later didn’t make the actual revelation any less effective. It was awesome. Dramatic, shocking and well done.
Just like I didn’t expect Phoenix to get killed off so early, I didn’t expect Medusa to get offed this soon either. But the writing was definitely on the wall as soon as we saw Medusa ask for affirmation that she is Wiseman’s one and only as well as Mayu handing over the Infinity Ring to White Wizard.
It definitely played out very well.
Much kudos to Erina Nakayama who has rocked both Medusa and Mayu. Especially in these episodes where we see both characters, Erina Nakayama manages to make both of them distinct and different from each other. That final scene of Medusa’s and contrasting both Medusa and Mayu’s reactions was an excellent showcase of Erina Nakayama’s talent.
Last week I hoped the Gate of the Week plot would mean something more than just a regular ol’ Gate of the Week. And I can see now it is an ever so subtle juxtaposition of a father wanting to do anything for his wife and daughter over Fueki’s own struggle to protect Koyomi.
Oh, and also the prospect of another mage of course.
Also, yay at the new location! Or at least, new to me. Very interesting and colorful supermarkets in Japan.
Overall, definitely a much better episode than last week. Very enjoyable and the kind of episode we should be getting weeks away from the finale.