Somehow I feel like Mahouka tends to drag on their episodes for a REALLY long time. Episode 14 is another one of those episodes with little action and slow dialogue. To be honest a lot of these Mahouka episodes don’t have a really clear up and down flow of events. It’s more like things just HAPPEN – events one after the other in no particular significant order. The Shiba siblings officially meet Cardinal George and the Crimson Prince. Tatsuya is as wary of the two as they are of him. George is apparently not just an awkwardly looking supporting character but a research prodigal genius who unlocked one of the fabled thirteen cardinal codes.
NEW OPENING AND NEW ENDING SONG!!! YAYYYYYY Although I enjoyed “Rising Hope” a lot in the first half, I like the graphics of the second opening a lot better. Transitions are smoother and scenes are a lot more dynamic. Honoka wins the rookies battle board and since all the first year ice pillars tiers have been won by First High, the students have an option of withdrawing or actually battling. Shizuku decides she wants to take on Miyuki in a battle. Although Shizuku makes a good hustle (since operating two CADs isn’t easy), Miyuki ultimately wins due to her innate magical abilities and choice of advanced spell types. Both girls are technically backed by Tatsuya. Shizuku is pretty bitter about the loss but there was really no competition; she was pretty out of her league.
We see Tatsuya’s interest somewhat sparked when he internally monologues about the Crimson Prince and Cardinal George. Their back stories truly give weight to their titles – not just empty names.
The First High boys in the monolith code match ends up being injured due to an accident in-battle caused by an A-Rank indoors battering ram spell. Issues of sabotage arise again.
The student council decides to swap Tatsuya into the monolith code match. Although Tatsuya refuses at first, he ends up almost “commanded” into battle and I guess this sways him (due to part of his back story). Tatsuya is allowed to choose two other members for his team and he chooses Mikihiko (a sensory type) and Leo (a tank-combat type). Aside from their somewhat special styles of magic, Tatsuya’s chosen them for the sake of familiarity and teamwork. They’ll be going up against Masaki and George which are pretty formidable opponents.
As much as I enjoyed the magic battles, this arc REALLY needs to end soon because it’s lagging quite a bit. They really should have placed more emphasis on the length and intensity of the matches rather than showing us a glimpse and either shortening the screen time for actual magic or skipping the match entirely for behind the tournament scenes with the supporting characters. Tatsuya does mention that it might be a crime syndicate potentially dealing hands behind the matches and he’s probably right because he’s Tatsuya and he doesn’t get much wrong. Like ever.
I want to see A-chan confront Tatsuya about being Silver. I want to see Tatsuya and Masaki FACE OFF. I kind of need less supporting character filler and more main character screen time. Mahouka really needs to pick up the pace. The only reason this episode gets a 0.5 higher than the average score is because of how much I enjoyed the (short) but memorable ice pillars match between Shizuku and Miyuki.
What are you pondering today?