「九校戦編I」 (Kyuukou Sen Hen I )
“Nine Schools Competition Part I”
It’s time to set up for the second arc.
Ninja Police Sensei
Last arc left unanswered questions on how Ono-sensei knew the kinds of things she did, and this one answered it – she’s a Public Safety investigator for the police. As far as reveals go, this one did nothing for me. I liked how they smoothly slipped in that she’s a stealth mage (I think?), though I went back to being annoyed when they called her a BS Magician and then didn’t explain what the hell that is! (No, no, don’t tell me. If they’re not going to say, I don’t want to know.) This was just the first scene in an episode full of foreshadowing though.
A New Nakama
I’ve seen some of the promo material, so I knew we were still missing at least one main member of Tatsuya’s nakama, and now he’s here. Yoshida Mikihiko (Tamaru Atsushi) has arrived! I honestly liked him from the get-go, and not just because he and Tatsuya started throwing out shounen-ai, causing Leo to feel left out, and is the next season of Free! here already? No, the reason was…
Erika is Best Girl!
That’s right, Erika is still best girl! Finding out that she and Mikihiko are osananajimi was jealousy-inducing, but best of all was more of the fun Mahouka banter I enjoy so much. Erika went with bloomers!? ERIKA IS BEST GIRL!! Between Mikihiko blushing like an otome and Leo calmly appraising the situation followed by drawing ALL the best (wrong) conclusions – you’re thinking of pantsu, Leo! And yeah, maybe bloomers too – it was great! I feel like I’ll be saying this a lot, but I really wish they would slow down more and let us indulge in more of the Mahouka banter. It’s fun.
Technobabble & Foreshadowing
This episode was chock full of technobabble, some of which worked better than others. First was the flight magic, which I wasn’t impressed with. As soon as they started talking about it, I thought “So I guess flying will become important soon”, and I was right. The problem is that they didn’t foreshadow this enough. It’s better to show rather than tell, but if they had to talk about it, had they done it in volume one and then showed Tatsuya conquering the difficult problem in volume three, it would have been impressive. Then we would have had enough time to internalize how difficult the feat is, so when it’s accomplished, we can go “Damn, nice!” As is we never got the chance, and 15 minutes after they brought it up someone had solved the problem. Doesn’t seem so hard then, no matter what they say.
The better foreshadowing was with Taurus Silver, and I call it better foreshadowing because I’m still not entirely sure of the answer. All signs point to Tatsuya being Taurus Silver, from him having some of his weapons to being able to calibrate CADs manually to the Major calling him up and asking him to check over their new sniper rifle (oh, and Tatsuya saying he was going to FLT, Taurus Silver’s company, on his next day off), there are signs all over the place that Tatsuya is the legendary engineer. Not only did they show instead of tell and not confirm this until it’s necessary (I assume…I could totally be wrong, and that’s okay), they also foreshadowed it back in episode two, the very thing I just said they should have done with flying. That was well done, and it both justifies why Tatsuya has those guns and makes a lot of other things about him make sense. If I’m right that is. I could totally be wrong.
The rest of the episode was…well, it was just there. We’ve once again confirmed that Kirihara was introduced badly since he’s now clearly not a douchebag, while Hanzo was introduced and characterized better, since he’s staying pretty consistent (and still a bit of an ass, or at least a tsundere). Then Miyuki shows up in her Mirage Bat outfit, and that was okay I guess. Oh, and there are some international criminals or some shit, but unless all these ties together into a wider plot then I just can’t bring myself to give a shit. We’ll see, as the Nine Schools Competition arc continues next week. Until then!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Foreshadowing and technobabble abound as we set up for the new arc #mahouka 08
- “Um…in that case, wouldn’t Shiba-kun fit the bill?” Wait, what? I thought all the sempai girls were playing coy when they were talking about needing engineers, kind of teasing Tatsuya before they asked. They really didn’t think of him? How rude.
- They still have landlines in the magic-future? Now retro.