「来訪者編Ⅷ」 (Raihou-sha-hen Ⅷ)
“Visitor Arc VIII”
Move over yuri, there’s a new forbidden love in town. Real forbidden love. The kind that makes even Alabama go “oh hell nawh!” And when that happens, darling you know you’ve got a problem. Or two. Don’t tell Miyuki that though, because if the latest shenanigans surrounding parasite love are anything to go by, the fire of heart won’t be lasting too long out in the cold.
As we’ve been gearing up to since the very start, Mahouka’s latest arc will come down to putting the parasites in their place, and first major gambit of that has now commenced—just a little differently than I expected. Having our extradimensional visitors pull some sort of Sense8 plotline complete with love-infused deviance and refusal to toe the party species line? Definitely going places, Chinese necromancy places. While a lot of this is pretty much just giving reason for Tatsuya to keep showing off all that wonderful and stupendous power driving girls mad (well, at least euphoric), I have to give Mahouka some credit for the sheer thought put into the mechanics behind it all. Source material chopping or not (and it’s clear quite a bit is missing), delving into what makes veritable aliens tick is worthy of a bit of praise when similar works often pass over such things as boring, icky detail. Call it the textbook treatment, and I do like me a good textbook at times.
Otherwise the interesting bit here will be what happens with Lina and the American angle, which so far at least looks to be taking the passive route. Well, on the administrative surface if truces and quid pro quo courtesy of Yotsuba involvement are anything to go by. While this seemingly precludes further tsundere Lina-isms (which one can never have enough of), frankly I expect the girl to pop back up before too long considering she’s unlikely to take her defeat lying down and how the parasites are intimately entwined with the American side of things. It’s unlikely Lina will just up and leave things alone simply because she’s been called off for example, especially given how emotions are starting to get the best of her. Probably won’t see the girl going full ambush predator on Magic Jesus and company, but an honest showdown or tactical alliance is in the realm of possibility, particularly given the growing number of interested parties.
Damn, now I think I’m a little eager to see what next week brings.