「来訪者編Ⅶ」 (Raihou-sha-hen Ⅶ)
“Visitor Arc VII”
Thought we were done with the Miyuki-isms did ya? Ok, maybe somewhat if new up and coming Honoka stock is anything to go by (remember: buy now and sell fast before that bubble bursts!), but seriously, they aren’t going anywhere. And neither is Tatsuya, because if you haven’t learned by this point everything circles back to him—and with added emphasis at every opportunity.
While Mahouka wasn’t really hiding what Lina would be getting up to this week, the show still made a decent attempt at muddying the waters of harem building. Yes, Lina was always going to remain trapped in Tatsuya’s magical gravity well (movie canon doesn’t lie), but getting to that point with parasites on the loose? Hard seeing what ties that red string together, particularly after parasite goes bashful. Leave it to American intelligence to provide the out though, as by forcing Lina to do the impossible they pry open the door to critical thinking and let her dwell on just what she wants. I might roll my eyes at the usual magic shenanigans practiced by God’s one and only, but having Lina damn near one-shot him and go through some reasonable crises of confidence? Now that’s development I can get behind.
Otherwise where Mahouka goes from here, well, it’s up to your imagination. With Honoka having imprinted her deepest, darkest desires on one parasite enough so to let Tatsuya assume control, it’s a fairly even bet we’ll be seeing more extradimensional fun and games shortly considering the remaining ones out and about. As for Lina she’ll probably try again for Tatsuya (that realization on Tatsuya’s strength gives the game away), but honestly, I don’t expect this game of catch (and release) to last for much longer given how thoroughly her support was torn up both root and limb. Not to mention that aforementioned mental dissonance. With yet more players in the form of Section Three coming out the woodwork rest assured this arc’s climax is fast approaching, and with it some further opportunities for Tatsuya to reinforce what makes him the best.
Well, at least to Miyuki, because you know full well there’s no escaping the location where her mind is rapidly heading towards.