「来訪者編IV」 (Raihou-sha-hen IV)
“Visitor Arc IV”
Yes, that’s right, schedules don’t lie—Mahouka is indeed up for coverage. Not that it was a particularly hard decision mind you given how good I think this series is for comparison with other power trip and wish fulfillment stories, but considering it’s all Tatsuya all the time, hard denying the mind hates the heart right now. Masochism truly is a hard path to walk.
As expected last week there wasn’t much in the way of duel of the fates between Lina and Tatsuya, except not in the way I imagined. Magic Jesus taking a step back to let sisterly love prove its worth? Now that’s a new way to spice things up. And hey, we even got a technical tie out of that battle too! Mostly. For all the resigned chuckling to seeing Tatsuya just effortlessly steamroll everything in the name of story progression, I have to at least hand it to Mahouka for staying on point in terms of visuals and keeping its fights relatively unique. Also in not dumping yet more excessive magic technobabble on us while the theatrics were occurring, cannot forget that important bit too.
Otherwise outside of paint by numbers showdowns, Mahouka pretty much reverted back to familiar territory. Anyone suffering withdrawals from a lack of onii-sama probably got that small issue fixed with an abundance of Miyuki-isms guaranteed to keep the fantasies rolling, while Lina naturally started on the path to accepting Magic Jesus in her life. Even if that first step is more denial than acceptance and wholly forgets the problem of one angry sister. Given the parasite problem now turns to flushing out American military deserters you can be damn sure Lina will be having more to do with Tatsuya in the near future (just in case anyone thought she would be sidelined now), although as usual the how and when are left to mull over until next week. Will there be a second round of blondie beatdown? Will a temporary alliance be the name of the game? What happens when Tatsuya’s supercharging powers get accidentally activated six inches lower?
Best stay tuned for next episode to find out more.