This week’s episode of Mahouka throws us into the action between the students and Blanche. We get more of Tatsuya’s amazingly unique fighting style as well as Miyuki’s overprotective instincts for her brother. Pity the poor fool that means Tatsuya harm. Miyuki demonstrates a spell called Niflheim and we’re given the chance to see other Course 1 students in action.
Seriously, why need weapons when you have magic?
However I am very impressed with Tatsuya’ combat prowess despite his lack of magical combat training. Kirihara is not as lenient as Tatsuya though and actually chops off one of the Blanche leader’s arms. Although it turned out to be a pretty violent scene, there wasn’t as much as gore as you would expect even though the students were taking on quite an intense opponent.
The aftereffects of Miyukii’s magic leaves the opponants pretty incapacitated. Although she seems a bit remorseful or uneasy about using Niflheim, Tatsuya assures her that it’s alright. This little extra scene hints a bit at just how powerful and expansive Miyuki’s magic power could be.
We get a glimpse of the Yotsuba house… Tatsuya is actually Miyuki’s guardian. This quick snippet scene is the first hint at the Shiba siblings’ back story, especially with the Yotsuba (number 4) house plate shown abruptly for a few seconds.
So far, everything in this episode has followed the original story closely and I’m excited to see how the anime writers have inserted Tatsuya and Miyuki’s family background into the subplot of the overall story.
I love the moment when Mibu and Kirihara’s new relationship emerges. Although Mibu admits that she’s always admired Tatsuya, her heart is with Kirihara and that’s pretty cute. Erika is really cute with her teasing here and even Tatsuya joins in a bit 😉 Tatsuya you ADORABLE BOY. He mentions this so bluntly that it’s just hilarious to see.
Miyuki and Tatsuya’s sibling dialogue ending was a really wonderful end to the Enrollment arc and everything I expected. Considering that there are twenty-four episodes in total I think the first arc was paced pretty well. They’re still stingy about explanations but I guess as a viewer you more or less catch on to how the magic works through the combat choreography animation. It’s hard to piece together character internal monologue from the light novel with the animation visuals because you’re mostly seeing, not reading. It’s a bit awkward when the writers sequence random Miyuki X Tatsuya moments but they’re spaced pretty far apart so the odd scene seems like a breather from all the action and regular school rhythm.
In the preview, we see a glimpse of a Masaki (or George, as he prefers it), the one who’s facing off with Tatsuya in the opening sequence. He’s surrounded by blood in a training room… the Crimson Prince, as he’s called, gets word of the terrorist attack at another school. The next arc is entitled the Nine Schools Competition.
Looking forward to more Mahouka!
What are you pondering today?