It’s all fun and games until someone loses a head.
Team Kota continues toward its objective of rescuing Anya and Asuna. All seems quiet – until they run into Fate, of all people. Fortunately, due to Natsumi’s Artifact, he doesn’t seem to notice them.
“Make sure you don’t let go. If you do, it’s the end of the line for us! Even I can’t protect everyone here!”
Fate passes by… and Kotarou suddenly raises his hand for an attack, and is stopped just in time by Sayo.
“I’ll kill him! Now’s the time!
Negi’s field trip… the battle with Hermann… you were always behind it all. If I can take you down…
This is the opportunity of a lifetime!
“W-wha, what’re you doing, Kota-kun?!”
“This is my chance! He might notice the instant I make contact or when I attack, but at this distance, I can definitely take him down!”
Natsumi and Chamo try to talk him out of it, to no avail.
Sorry, Negi, but…
…his head is mine.
But in the end, he can’t imagine any result coming from attacking Fate other than instant death, and stops. Fate doesn’t break a stride…
“A-are you all right, Kota-kun?”
“Yeah, my bad. That was reckless.”
“Did you attack? No, could you attack?”
“Did he notice you, Kotarou?”
“No, that can’t be it. If he noticed, all of us would’ve become pretty statues or be heading to Kosmo Entelekheia by now.”
I couldn’t move a finger even with an ambush completely in my favour…!
I don’t like it, but right now, I’m no match for him.
Negi… can you seriously win against this guy…?!
On the other side, Setsuna is knocking Tsukuyomi around and manages to actually hit her with an Ougi. But of course, she’s not out yet.
“Splendid… that was splendid, Senpai. Did something happen?”
“It’s none of your concern.”
“That’s it. If you’re not like that, you’re not even worth cutting up.”
Tsukuyomi brandishes a familiar sword (cue flashback)…
“This is the magic sword passed down in the East.
Today, this was lent to us by the East as a lesson.
‘He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.’
After all… in the past, it was just one opponent wielding this demonic blade that drove the swords of Shinmeiryuu to the edge of annihilation.
However, that was also the perfected form of one who sought power. You can throw these lessons to the dogs… the sword of one who pursue only power and seeks to protect none is certainly strong.
You, Setsuna, must consider this especially.
Fighting in order to protect, will be far more trying than fighting for only yourself.
By the way, novices may become possessed if they try to draw it, so take care…
“Lecturer! You’re being possessed! Possessed!!”
Back to the story…
“Tsukuyomi… why do you have that sword?”
Some familiar… black swirly-things appear around Tsukuyomi (much like Negi’s possession) and Setsuna feels her own qi being drawn away and absorbed.
“So for the sake of power… you would give up your own self to the demons, Tsukuyomi…!”
“‘Power’? Eheh… that’s not it. This is so I can taste Senpai to my heart’s content. Now please, let me taste it, Senpai – your everything.”
Ha ha, okay, Tsukuyomi is really freaking me out now.
And I was right about not wanting to mess up the spoilers, because what I thought was Akamatsu subtly referring to Nietzsche was, in fact, an outright quote of Nietzsche.
Anyway, given that Tsukuyomi is being willingly possessed by a demon, I can definitely see Takemikazuchi coming into play sometime soon – it’s named after the God of Swords and Lightning for a reason, right?