「来訪者編III」 (Raihou-sha-hen III)
“Visitor Arc III”
And now we return to the scheduled programing. What, really thought Tatsuya would play second fiddle for two weeks in a row? Your prediction skills need some work there young padawan. When it comes to Magic Jesus he’s going to find a way to dominate the headlines, and you can be damn sure you’re going to love every minute of it. After all, Miyuki certainly does.
After the setup for this arc in the preceding couple of episodes, the question was more or less how Tatsuya would find a way to solve all, and I dare say we found out. Crashing the party not once but twice? Now that’s proving your worth. Honestly it shouldn’t be any major surprise to Mahouka veterans that we had Tatsuya both upset the latest villain attempt at magical bloodsucking and reveal Lina’s true identity; given this series has consistently moved towards the guy being the end all be all of in-universe living weapons, it was just a matter of time before the inevitable happened. The real disappointment for me rather is that Tatsuya happened to upstage both Erika and Mikihiko who, with a little writing push, likely could’ve handled the situation themselves (or at least fought both Lina and vampire to a draw). Not everything in Mahouka needs to be about Tatsuya doing Tatsuya things, and this was a prime moment to try and realize that.
Going forward, however, the intrigue will be in how Lina and Tatsuya now deal with one another. Considering Tatsuya pretty much divined Lina’s identity earlier on thanks to momentary rush of tough girl gone fangirl, I doubt this week’s cliffhanger will lead to any major shock on his part—or result in any concerted fight between the two. Both kids are after the same enemy after all, and given said enemy is still running loose, a temporary truce between them is probably in the cards. And following that? Expect that Tatsuya charm to smoothen out any antagonistic wrinkles Lina might retain. At least until Miyuki senses competition mind you, because nothing says trouble like angry pouting sister trouble.
Yeah, Mahouka is now pretty much returning to time-honoured form, with the only question being how our sibling tag-team (and their blondie support) wind up solving this arc’s big mystery. Might be a couple more detours before reaching that point, but I don’t think we’ll have to wait long before everything is properly revealed.