Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei – 09
「九校戦編II」 (Kyuukou Sen Hen II)
“Nine Schools Competition Part II”
More setup as the kids of First High leave for the Nine Schools Competition this time.
Proper Testing Procedures
Yup, I called it, Tatsuya is Taurus Silver–or at least the Mr. Silver part. The Taurus comes from his partner at FLT, Chief Ushiyama. I had to laugh during this scene (not in a bad way) when they took proper precautionary measures before trying out Tatsuya’s flight device, even though Tatsuya and Miyuki were flying around like it was no big deal the episode before. C’mon Tatsuya, be safe! Though maybe he did that beforehand.
I did appreciate how the device wasn’t perfect yet. Tatsuya made the break through, and that’s impressive, but it still sapped people’s mana (or whatever it’s called) away too quickly, so there’s still work to be done. It’s good to see at least a little lip service to how innovations actually happen, which is in fits and starts.
Stupid Old Families
So let me get this straight…they want Miyuki to become the next head of the family, and they’re going to do that by insulting her beloved onii-sama? Fuckin’ idiots. Stuck up aristocratic families are among my favorite things to see defied and/or destroyed, so I hope Tatsuya and Miyuki keep giving the Yotsuba’s the middle finger. I did appreciate delving further into their back story and confirming some of the things I already suspected, but I would have liked to hear less from the asshole butler and more from Miyuki & Tatsuya’s father. I feel like he was the more interesting character, and all we got was the old man shooting off at the mouth.
The whole bit with Mizuki and her Crystal Eyes lacked urgency or danger to me. When she first saw something my interest was piqued, but after that it devolved into the semi-out-of-nowhere exposition that this anime is doing so badly. But the biggest problem came when Tatsuya saved Misuki from Mikihiko’s accidental attack. I didn’t even realize she was in trouble there! Not after she weathered something similar a minute earlier. Hard Magic works when the reader understands the story’s magic system well enough to react from a position of knowledge. It’s like when a gun is pointed at a character – it works because we all know guns are dangerous, but what about someone who has never seen a gun before? If they don’t know guns can kill, they might be curious or confused. They won’t react “correctly”, and the scene will fail. Since I didn’t even realize Mikihiko’s magic was dangerous, the scene fell flat.
Not all was bad though. The scene did give us a fun Mizuki x Mikihiko moment, along with Tatsuya saying that if it was consensual he was out, but if not they had a problem. Hah! That’s style, Tatsuya. Well played. Respect and style.
I keep hearing that Mayumi is more than a dependable sempai from LN readers, and here it seems like they’re finally trying to show us that. From her flirting and pouting to her sparkly gaze, Mayumi’s scenes were fun to see. I still feel like I’m only seeing a shallow representation of her character, though. I can feel the depth there, but it’s not coming through in the anime. I want to like her, I really do, and I don’t hate her or anything, but nothing is making me love her character yet. She really needs more attention. No, I don’t mean a blanket, Hanzo-kun. Though she may be a little cold, ufufu~
Looking Ahead – I Don’t Think Cars Wreck Like That
What is this I don’t even. The flying, flaming car is pretty clearly the result of foul play, but the way it hurled through the air and then scraped along the ground on fire was just silly. Maybe there’s some magic spell involved that made all that happen, but since they haven’t spent the time to explain the magic system to anime-only viewers, I have no idea. I really hope this arc picks up when the competition actually starts, because as is I’m not exactly on the edge of my seat waiting for next week.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – More setup & exposition. No scenes really stood out to be honest, except Mayumi in a sundress #mahouka 09
- “They’re his friends.” HAH! Loved how Miyuki kept insisting that Honoka and Shizuki were just Tatsuya’s friends. Full brocon mode engage!
- I don’t think Tatsuya having to wait outside for a little while is such a horrible fate, Miyuki. Try living where I live. You’d melt.
- Honoka and Shizuku, using the onii-sama card to cheer Miyuki up. What great friends.
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