IF YOU THOUGHT TATSUYA WAS INTENSE EARLIER. HE JUST GOT LIKE A HUNDRED TIMES MORE BADASS.
Rating: 4.2/5 curiously excited clouds
This episode starts off in the heart of the action. I really needed a moment to gather my bearings and rememberbunch of bullets with his hand and killed a bunch of guys… Cardinal George ends up misunderstanding Tatsuya’s attack for a really high class technique called Molecular Divider. Honestly at this point I’m not asking that many questions regarding the magic, I’m just interested in the action BUT this is the first time we’ve seen Tatsuya answer someone so abruptly. Tatsuya in military mode is pretty hardcore and Cardinal George seems taken aback.
In the Yokohama centre, Saegusa asks A-chan to calm the crowd with her magic. I still think Saegusa is the perfect student body president despite how far we get in the light novel. I loved seeing A-Chan’s Azusayumi in animation but bless Saegusa’s information dump speech. The city is under a terrorist attach and venue where the thesis competition is taking place seems to be target. If anything, the magic students are very organized in their evacuations.
All I care about at this point in the series is the Tatsuya and Miyuki magic scenes because Tatsuya gives Miyuki permission to use Niflheim to freeze everyone’s ammo which gives Tatsuya and the others an opportunity to strike back. Yes. Tatsuya IS merciless when it comes to these situations. His attacks are much more bloodier and it seems to leave Mizuki and Honoka seem slightly…concerned. Shizuku’s connections later come in handy for the group when they need to regroup. They end up meeting up with Saegusa, Juumonji and other members of the First High Thesis team who are deleting the data on their project so it doesn’t fall into enemy hands.
Somehow I feel like Mahouka has thrown us way too abruptly into the action. I’m not complaining about it because when Mahouka gets fast paced, things get pretty badass. The students are figuring out how to escape now and in these situations Tatsuya is almost scarily calm. I have no doubt that when it comes down to it, his first priority is definitely Miyuki and he won’t hesitate to kill anyone in his way. He’s also really okay with using any special techniques possible to assure Miyuki’s safety even though it may mean revealing his identity to the other students.
I really wish Mahouka showcased more from the Ten Master Clans even though the main story doesn’t exactly follow them because when Juumonji fights, he is REALLY STRONG. We didn’t even get to see Saegusa unleash her clans’ magic power – we only really see her wield political power and influence LOL
I wonder if these military drills are regular for the students. All our main characters don’t really seem that fazed by the situation… well, until they are mobilized. Then it’s almost impossible to hide Tatsuya’s identity as a special officer. Miyuki and her Onii-sama share a very intimate scene. Tatsuya bows down before her, much like a white knight, and Miyuki kisses him on the forehead which releases Tatsuya from whatever was limiting his powers. Next episode we can REALLY see Tatsuya unleash the full force of his magic. Some light novel readers have argued that the line isn’t “You have free rein” but “May you conquer all” and well, we get a similar point across. We can also look forward to some of Masaki’s magic and combat styles in the next episode (hopefully). I’m not usually a big fan of super OP-god-mode characters BUT Tatsuya might just be an exception because the anime has been really subtle with putting hints and showing him off. Tatsuya isn’t really like you’re regular hero, he does most things out of courtesy and significant things for his own desires to protect Miyuki. He thinks, but he barely feels and it’s almost impossible to empathize with what he’s feeling because of how the magic system has changed the way people in the Mahouka world respond to certain events.
With all the magic and political conflict, I feel like a war is lingering and will break out soon. When you think about all the hints in the anime this these last two seasons or if you’ve read the light novel, I think we’re getting there. The light novels still provide a lot more explanations and Mahouka is a story that ended up not translating well into anime just because of all the tedious concepts you need to memorize behind the magic system. It does however bother me a bit that the Chinese have been made to be this villain in the Mahouka world, and not a very good villain at that.
And okay, as much as fans ship Tatsuya and Saegusa or Tatsuya and Honoka or whoever else, Miyuki is really the only one that can understand Tatsuya to the fullest and Tatsuya can literally only care about Miyuki so yeah, under these circumstances, I think they’re the OTP despite the incest.
TWO MORE EPISODE LEFT ERMAHGOSH!!!!!!
What are you pondering today?