I would’ve put this in the Rundown this week but it wasn’t that unremarkable to be there.
The first cour was so much fun that it’s only natural that we continue following Kaito and his conquests. A new chapter begins and the story goes on.
In this episode, we encounter a Kaito Kuroba taking a break from being Kaitou Kid… Or do we? Despite the cold setting, there is a heartwarming story too good to be missed.
The class goes on a skiing trip. Kaito and Akako flaunt their skills while Aoko just sucks.
Their teacher launches a masquerade skiing tournament and the students have to compete in pairs. Akako intimidates Aoko by saying that the latter is not a good match for Kaito. She even threatens her but Aoko laughs it off, concluding that Akako too has a crush on Kaito.
Discouraged by Akako, Aoko decides not to ask Kaito to be her pair and instead asks an also discouraged Fujie who has a big crush on Akako. Upon knowing, Kaito gets annoyed and agrees to be partner up with Akako, which leads her to think the charm she used on him worked.
Later at the “co-ed” hot springs, Kaito overhears Aoko and her friends conversing about why she didn’t ask Kaito to be her partner. She admits that she’s an awful skier and that she wants to help Kaito with his cool guy image so she was fine with it being this way. Her friends disagree.
At the tournament, the students pair up and come in their most creative costumes. Kaito discovers that Fujie and Aoko are dressed up as Kaitou Kid and Inspector Nakamori respectively. Keiko points out the sticker stuck on his back. Blaming Akako, he gives it to Fujie.
The tournament begins and to Konno-sensei’s delight, everyone comes in their most creative and inventive costumes.
Aoko wishes good luck to the yeti accompanying Akako dressed as the ice queen. She watches them ski down with disappointment and jealousy and shouts in frustration.
Dressed as Kaitou Kid (though it shouldn’t really be considered as a costume since he is the real Kaitou Kid… oh the irony), Kaito surprises Aoko, clarifying that the one who just skied down with Akako was Fujie. With a little sleight of hand, he changes her costume from her father’s brown two-piece suit to a white gown.
Aoko stresses again how she cannot ski well so he lifts her from her feet and skis down the slope bridal style. With a couple of light tricks, some fireworks, and some gravity-defying skiing, they win first place.
Magic Kaito 1412 is slowly proving itself a formidable series. Based on the new OP, chances are the story is taking a serious turn. We’re looking to see if Aoko, Akako, and Saguru have a much deeper role than what the first cour has shown us. I don’t want them to be cast aside.
I might be wrong but that scene where Kaito and Aoko won showed a bit of foreshadowing. I was also a bit disappointed that he didn’t dress her up as the Phantom Lady but what he did was still sweet. If that wasn’t a confession of love, then I don’t know what is.
Casting aside the fact that this is obviously a filler episode, Kaito is in no way closer to finding out what happened to his dad. Yes, the first cour was enjoyable but it hasn’t lived up to the series’ synopsis.
We know that the dad’s still alive, as the OP suggests, and everyone (Aoko, Akako, Saguru, Kaito’s mom, Conan, maybe even the Inspector) will hopefully be playing a much bigger role. We’ve been clowning around for far too long. There are eleven episodes left and it’s time to get serious.
Ah yes. The themes are new. The new Ai no Scenario doesn’t leave much of an impression on me as Kimi no Matsu Sekai did but it suggested a lot more and we hope the rest of the series doesn’t betray that. The new ED… well, I always have a bias for Galileo Galilei so I find no fault in it.
What do you think of Kaito’s surprise?
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