TODAY IS THE DAY. All the action stuff we’ve been waiting for – specifically all the action stuff involving Tatsuya and Masaki is set up in this week’s episode. Tatsuya, Leo and Mikihiko of First High are competing in the preliminary monolith code matches. Basically in monolith you’re trying to attack and destroyed the other team’s monolith while protecting your own.
Basically when we’ve gotten to this point in the series where it’s basically genius Tatsuya versus badass Masaki and super smart George, we get to see a lot more strategic magic action beyond the simply activation spells.
We’re introduced to Gram Demolition, the most powerful and highest level spell-dismantling spell sequence. It’s also the same spell Tatsuya used to slow down the burning truck that was hurling towards the bus (right at the beginning of the Nine Schools Competition). I’m surprised Saegusa picks it up so quickly. We tend to forget that Saegusa is one the most up and coming young magicians amongst the noble families.
I think Tatsuya, Mikihiko and Leo make a pretty good team in general and Tatsuya has a way of making the most of his allies’ skills to his perspective. The Crimson Prince and the Cardinal observed quite a bit of Tatsuya’s skills in the preliminary monolith matches.
Some random Erika and Chiba family siblings stuff is inserted into the middle of the episode – if anything, it serves as the set-up for the BEST GAG EVER. Miyuki calls out Erika for having a Brother Complex and it is SO FRIGGIN IRONIC I laughed for so long because as Erika says, Miyuki is the BROCON QUEEN LOL
It’s so much cooler seeing Masaki in battle than Tatsuya because we’re watching a superbly talented magician work both offense and defense magic without lifting a finger. His teammates just stand by and WATCH as he slowly crosses the battlefield to their opponents. Masaki’s packing a lot of fire person and he’s almost unbeatable in head-to-head battles. It’s a totally different fighting style than Tatsuya who uses subtle tactics and traps to corner his opponents. It’ll be interesting watch Masaki lure Tatsuya into open combat.
Just before the episode ends Tatsuya speaks with the “guidance councillor” (if she can even be called that because she totally meddles in everything else) and the issues of the saboteur and the Hong Kong crime syndicate stuff is sort of mentioned. It really doesn’t fit in much with how the episode was paced but we needed some sort of reminder there to hint that the last battle should definitely twist up somewhere in the competition. Of course I know what’s going to happen because I read the light novel but I am SO excited to see Tatsuya and Masaki actually compete in a battle of magics and smarts and have the entire match animated live.
What are you pondering today?