We start episode 5 fresh off with Tatsuya and Mizuki partaking in a class activity. Details of what they’re doing is unexplained (refer to light novel here) but Tatsuya explains a bit of the magic sequence processes for us (albeit, vaguely). Mizuki seems newly inspired after her conversation with Tatsuya while Tatsuya remains pensive, wondering what the purpose of magic is; to him at least, it’s a curse. I really wish we got more of the Shiba siblings’ past with Tatsuya’s inner thoughts or at least some flashbacks. Since Tatsuya is such a stoic character, he never shares any part of himself with anyone but his sister and since his sister knows everything, the audience is continuously left in the dark. We don’t even see what excites or annoys Tatsuya, everything that he is and does subconsciously revolves around Miyuki.
We later pick up at Tatsuya and Mibu’s conversation in the cafeteria over the course 1 and 2 disparity. She seems like an idealist, and doesn’t really offer up any viable practical changes. Later a bunch of students have barricaded themselves inside the broadcasting room. The student council decides to negotiate with Mibu and the others. Tatsuya slyly agrees to Mibu’s freedom and negotiating with her and later Mibu fears she’s been double crossed but luckily President Saegusa steps in and agrees to negotiations concerning the students’ thoughts on a coalition. President Saegusa says negotiations will continue to an open student forum in the auditorium later on. Saegusa has unshaking confidence in her debate skills. In a logic argument, she’d never lose. Throughout the day, the members of the coalition movment continue to try and convince other course 2 students to join their side.
Tatsuya begins to get a bit suspicious of Kinoe Tsukasa, captain of the kendo club because of his background. Kinoe’s mother’s second husband’s child was the leader of Blanche’s Japan branch who runs constant illegal activities. Kinoe’s enrollment in the school must have something to do with Blanche… and the anti-magic organizations seem to be like a terrorist group bordering on cult.
Next day at the open forum things are heating up in the debate but ultimately President Saegusa’s charisma and leadership is the key to her victory. Both course 1 and course 2 students are seen applauding her words. She furthermore asserts that when she steps down from office, her last task will be to abolish the regulation that permits only course 1 students into student authority figure positions. Just then, explosions sound around the school. Luckily it’s magic against physical arms which makes it favourable for the students even though they’re up against actual terrorists. The Shiba siblings head out to investigation.
There will be twenty-six episodes in total for Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei which means there’s plenty of time to dole out the first little arcs of the story. We’ll get to see a lot of magic used in the wrap-up of the Enrollment arc. It should give us some insight as to Miyuki’s and more of Tatsuya’s differing fighting styles and shed some light on other supporting characters as well. Overall, episode 5 gave us a fairly smooth transition building action of the arc and the cliff-hangar leaves us eagerly awaiting next week’s action.
What are you pondering today?