Well, Poyo and Mana conveniently disappeared down a hole in the floor, so Ala Alba can finally proceed.
– Group 1 will repair the two ships and secure an escape route: Cocone, Johnny, Haruna, Chachamaru, Mei, Misora, Takane, Collet
– Group 2 will rescue Anya: Kotarou, Natsumi, Sayo, Asakura, Beatrix, Yue
– Group 3 will make an attempt on the Code of the Lifemaker: Negi, Nodoka, Konoka, Setsuna, Kaede, Kuu, Chisame, Shiori (plus Ako, Yuuna, Makie and Akira inside Kaede’s Artifact)
For whatever reason, Akamatsu decided to do a little subtitle summation for everyone (like before a Touhou boss fight?) Most are fairly straightforward or even their Pactio titles – except Johnny’s is kinda left-field, and Beatrix’s puts her as a chamberlain of the Sevensheep family attached to Emily – but there are others:
Son of the Hero
3-A Homeroom Teacher, Ala Alba Advisor
(The second bit is a bit… superfluous after SON OF THE HERO)
Empire Immigration Program Test Subject No. 18
Cocone Fatima Rosa
(From Hellas to Mahora?)
The Lovestruck, Invincible Gun Platform
Ku-on Shadow Master
(I suddenly remembered that I have no idea what kuon is supposed to be or what it’s a reference to.)
(Nothing about the title, but that’s one wonky expression Chisame has there.)
EDIT: See Comments section for the rest of the names.
Groups 2 and 3 begin their attack and run into summoned demons almost immediately, armed with Master Keys. Negi turns his staff into a lightning halberd of deadly raping doom and proceeds to clear most of the hallway. “Human typhoon” indeed.
術式装填、魔杖雷鉾槍化 jutsushiki souten, majou ikadzuchi bousou-ka
Technique Charge, Magic Staff Lightning Halberd Form
(The wording fits with the Magia Erebea terms. Negi’s own creation again?)
Meanwhile, Anya and Asuna are watching all this live (with instant replay!) Anya gets flustered when she accidentally says out loud that Negi looks kinda cool – “I, I meant he’s trying to be cool!” – followed by lamenting:
“Maybe he’s already as strong as Nagi…
…You know too, right, Asuna?
He… he’s using that strength to rescue you.
He’s just saving the world while he’s at it. That, must have been what Nagi was like, too.”
Asuna flashes back with Nagi and Gateau:
“What’s is it, Princess?”
“Nagi… why do you fight?”
“‘Why’…? I’m doing to save you, Asuna.”
“Eh…? You already saved me…”
“Nah, I still have a lot to save in the world, too. That’s why… I’ll take him down, and break down this thing that’s been keeping you and that world tied up tight from a long time ago – this ‘secret of the world’.”
(I’m taking a liberty here with ‘him’ – ‘yatsu’ is gender-neutral.)
“But Nagi, what will you going to do if it didn’t end there?
Of course, when it comes to breaking things, you’re the best there is. But there are things in the world, that can’t be settled with destruction.”
“Maybe. Well, when it comes to that…
…someone’ll do something.”
The thoughts shift:
You were the one always chasing after that figure in the distance. You’re putting together all our hopes: Nagi’s, and mine from the now and the then.
Are you coming to rescue me… Negi?
You… you were just a little kid.
Well… that was all right. Surely… truly… that must have been what Nagi had wanted. But you… you set out for Nagi, and you worked hard… you were reckless… you made people worry… you were hurt… but still, you kept running…
Running further and further ahead, working harder.
And at last, you…
“…Just how much more harder will you work until you’re satisfied…? You’re just a kid… you idiot.”
This time, it’s Anya who notices…
“You like him, don’t you?”
“No I don’t!”
“You love him, don’t you?!”
“I said I don’t love him!”
(Don’t think I’ll be doing much of anything except these chapter posts for a while due to incoming work overload.)