I really love how this episode opened up with a show of Tatsuya and the other elite fighters and capped up the prologue with a reveal of yet another of Tatsuya’s nicknames – Mahesvara.
Things then take an intense turn for a ton of military magic combat this week and I ended up having a lot of fun watching this episode because there was a lot of fast-paced action. It’s a shame that Mahouka is ending this week because the series felt really at home when the story delved deeply into the political conflict of things rather than in the mock high school setting.
Masaki confronts Zhou Gong Jin while the other students are puzzling over the fact that Tatsuya used Regrowth. I’m impressed the animators of the adaptation devoted such a huge conversation to explaining the concept behind Tatsuya’s ability to rewrite a person (or thing)’s Eidos in order to replicate and in a sense, install, a former version of that person. Miyuki explains QUITE A BIT here and I have to say I’m really not used to being given so much explanation. I am pleased however that the one time they chose to give an information dump, it was for something as HUGE as Rerowth because anime-only viewers are basically given the general run-down of Tatsuya’s skills (well, one god-like skill). It’s a bit scary to see Tatsuya go into cold-hearted military machine mode.
Other than the cool Tatsuya reveal, we also get to see all the supporting characters in battle! YAY!! I mean, I love seeing Tatsuya utterly annihilate his enemies but once in a while I like the back and forth struggle of a fight as well because DAYUM Saegusa can REALLY BRING IT when she needs to bring it. She’s the one who knocks out Lu Gong Hu.
Miyuki confronts the Ghost Walker. I love how she almost emanates her brother’s calmness in battle and just proceeds to freeze her enemy. She’s the most OP imouto ever LOL but my favourite part of the episode is probably seeing Tatsuya fire Material Burst at an enemy ship ship because I believe it’s the exact same blast we see during the prologue of the series where Miyuki is watching her brother in combat from some military facility.
While Tatsuya is fighting on the frontlines, Miyuki is dealing with the Yotsuba family back home on a phone call with her Aunt Maya. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a character as polite as Miyuki in dialogue.
All the warfare happening almost seems surreal to the high school days we had a few episodes ago and rightly so because this entire ordeal, thus named Scorched Halloween becomes a big turning point for the Mahouka world where magic is thus recognized to be an overwhelming advantage over conventional or nuclear arms.
“Bared before all was the truth that magic alone determined the outcome of victory or defeat. This was the true dawn of history for the race known as Magicians, in all its highest glory and darkest suffering…”
I felt that weeks up till now I didn’t full grasp the intention of the Mahouka story until Miyuki’s last narrative dialogue here because when you think back to the beginning of the story, the author was almost trying to write a new history in this world where the development of modern warfare on an international political landscape was utterly transformed due to the systemization of magic through modern means. Tatsuya becomes a key figure in this currently precarious world because on one hand he wants to spend regular high school days with his beloved little sister, but on the other hand, he was basically experimented on in order to be the ultimate weapon of destruction. Through the lens of such a unique character we are given a dual perspective of the Mahouka world – one confined through the high school setting with fledgling magicians and another on a military restricted level of magic. Huge events are happening in the magic world as the students (and supporting characters) and their peers are teetering into the brink of adulthood and thus become key players in this unpredictable world. The result of Tsutomu Satou’s clever story planning and world building is a unique and intriguing new kind of history woven into an intricate system of logically explained meticulous magic.
It’s a shame that the light novel hasn’t translated that well into the anime. I think the best way to approach the series is to watch the anime, read the light novel and watch the anime again. The light novels are really heavy on explanations which is good for the confused reader, but also very tedious to absorb. The anime however moves at a more relaxed pace and the visualization of the magic will really contribute to the viewer or light novel reader’s Mahouka learning curve, if you will. Mahouka definitely has one of the most interesting world dynamics I’ve ever seen in an anime series, or any sort of Fantasy book or television series in general. I can definitely see why so many fans are addicted to this series. With the completiong of the Yokohama Disturbance Arc, this season of Mahouka has covered the first seven volumes of the series \^_^/
There is definitely enough material for a season two so I’m hope we will get more of the anime because it leaves on a tiny bit of a teaser with Maya Yotsuba extending an invitation to Miyuki and Tatsuya to visit her. I’d be interested in really seeing more of the world and the characters.
Aren’t these two just the cutest? (*＾ワ＾*)
Don’t think about the incest, just let them have their happy ending (๑>◡<๑)
What are you pondering today?