「来訪者編V」 (Raihou-sha-hen V)
“Visitor Arc V”
Now that’s the Mahouka I remember. Magic; science; magical science; Magic Jesus doing magical science—it was all present in its animated glory, and the best part is the fun is just getting started. I may be predisposed to dumping on this series at any given opportunity, but that doesn’t mean I cannot love how ridiculous things here can get.
It should really say something that only after a third of the season is over that we finally get one of Mahouka’s (in)famous infodumps. The relatively subdued nature of this season in this aspect is arguably to the show’s credit, as rather than spend inordinate amounts of time in describing the mechanics of actions (and boring the hell out of the audience), the time is now spent on watching said actions occur. Most people after all don’t really care how Mizuki’s magic eyes work, Mikihiko’s spirit magic functions, or how Tatsuya does the latest display of demigod prowess—all that matters is that the basics are present and looks cool as it transpires. Mahouka as a series may be all about attention to detail, but learning when to sideline such detail can quickly help improve the overall production.
Of course, this episode’s infodump was still hefty, although it did give the basis for the parasite enemy of the moment. Ignoring all the fun of getting into the weeds of higher dimensional space and gravity as linkage between dimensions (actual proposals or parts of current theory I should add), it’s a relatively straightforward answer for a concept Mahouka could’ve seriously gone crazy on. Extradimensional beings possessing puny third dimensional human beings? I can get behind that, particularly the basic explanation for how magic works as a concept in this universe to begin with. And if it comes with the added effect of seeing Lina duke it out alongside Tatsuya and go full tsundere, well, I ain’t going to complain. At all. Still slightly annoying how the restriction preventing Tatsuya from immediately winning is him simply not using one ability (is it really that hard to have Tatsuya struggle and be forced to improvise for once?), but hey, I’ll take what we’re getting right now. Especially if the parasite winds up possessing a classmate.
Mahouka’s latest enemy may be out in the open now, but the fight is only just getting started.
While Mahouka’s latest technobabble is grounded in real science, the talk on energy conservation is only half-right. Open systems, contrary to Tatsuya’s musing, do actually conserve energy; what separates them from closed systems is that the energy entering must be balanced by energy leaving, whether as work, heat, or something else. Specific energy types may increase or decrease, but the total system energy remains constant. In short, just consider Mahouka’s magic as the usual aether-esque substance.