Mahouka takes a turn for the intense this week with Miyuki’s Mirage Bat competition, the Nine Schools Competition sabotage attempts and the Shiba siblings love. This was probably one of the most exciting episodes thus far because there was absolutely no filler high school dialogue or scenes.
Rating: 4.25/5 curious clouds
The episode is entirely focused on the Mirage Bat events which puts us at the heart of the caracter developments for Miyuki and Tatsuya. Mirage Bat is not only one of the most action-charged ones but also the most aesthetically pleasing one since the players are supposed to resemble fairies in action. Because Miyuki’s match could potentially be tampered with, Tatsuya’s taken every measure to ensure his sister shines in the spotlight. It’s pretty swoon-worthy how much Tatsuya cares for and protects Miyuki. When Tatsuya gets Miyuki’s CAD scanned at the admin tents, he notices that the employee tries to inject some sort of virus into Miyuki’s CAD. Tatsuya actually goes on a bit of a RAMPAGE when he grabs the guy, threatens and interrogates him to figure out what he’s been doing to the players’ CADs. Luckily the Director comes to break things up and it seems like all attempts at foiling First High have been halted. The Director is sort of freaky cause he doesn’t exactly have eyes drawn into him but he’s pretty legit as a magician and points out the fact that the sequence injected into the CAD was originally from magicians near Guangdong (China). You don’t see Tatsuya take action usually or get angry much cause he’s sort of wired to care about Miyuki the most (details of which we’ll find out after).
THE INCEST HINTS INTENSIFY in this episode and Miyuki is totally okay with it. Even other characters have started noticing just how INTIMATE these siblings are *fans self* Tatsuya gives Miyuki the OK to use Silver’s amazing new flying magic and she soars above the rest to victory. She is really such a stunning character and looks beautiful at every angle and in everything she does. Even when the sequence is leaked out (excuse you magic technicians for spilling the beans), the other competitors are unable to physically keep up with the stress of flying magic. Miyuki’s much swifter in battle and almost ends up with a perfect score. Seriously how can you NOT GUESS that Tatsuya is actually Silver because he even remarks on the fact that there’s a safety mechanism to the sequence. I mean, HOW WOULD A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT KNOW THAT!!?! Get it together supporting characters. A-Chan needs to make that one big claim that she suspects Tatsuya is Taurus Silver, or at least, part of it.
The big crime bosses are NOT AMUSED and end up sending some superhuman guy (in an attempt) to mass murder a bunch of students in the audience just so the competitions can’t conclude as planned. Luckily this superhuman killer is stopped by another superhuman magician (whose name is not known).
Right now Mahouka has two key plot lines – one that takes place in the high school day-to-day setting and one that has to do with international government magicians setting. Tatsuya as the main character serves as a bridging point between these two distantly related worlds. He definitely has some intense political past to him (as does the Crimson Prince) but now Tatsuya is content with his average high school lifestyle with Miyuki and he’ll do anything to protect it and her. This mindset is emphasized in Tatsuya’s somber thoughts regarding the competition saboteurs and the potential danger Miyuki is in. Paranoid or protective? You guys make the call.
What are you pondering today?