「来訪者編Ⅹ」 (Raihou-sha-hen Ⅹ)
“Visitor Arc X”
I’ll be, I think I’m slightly impressed. No, not by Miyuki and the love of all things onii-sama (we all know where that little storyline is going), but everything else? Oh yeah, it’s a healthy slice of power fantasy pie. Everyone got a piece of the action this week, and you can bet the fun isn’t over yet.
After tearing a strip off of Mahouka for reinforcing secondary character failure with Tatsuya success, I have to give credit for the series actually letting that same cast have a chance to show what they’re made of. Make no mistake, Tatsuya still wound up carrying the day (albeit with Miyuki providing some tender sisterly assistance) and would’ve regardless of what the rest did, but we still got to enjoy the likes of Erika and Miikihiko actually holding their own without Tatsuya having to intervene on their behalf. This is the sort of thing I’d love Mahouka to show more of, because just as Maou Gakuin highlighted last season, you can have the Gary Stu do Gary Stu things while still giving his followers a chance to shine. Such writing helps build a socially equal yet noticeably distinct cast and provides a good wellspring for deriving ingenious means to limit the overbearing effects of your main man. You don’t always have to find a way to sideline the main man, but keeping the option open ensures the story takes longer to grow stale.
For the immediate future though, Mahouka is unlikely to lack for diversity thanks to American blondies with crises of confidence and parasites going military. Even without the movie spoiler of Lina entering the Tatsuya harem, this episode does a decent job of showing just what Lina will be doing in the near future thanks to Tatsuya picking at the scab. It’s unlikely to happen overnight (there’s one teeny little issue to handle first), but Tatsuya openly recognizing Lina’s disillusionment is enough to start her on the path of change. Likewise comes the parasites and just what the two recovered will wind up being used for. Given how Mahouka revealed the true enemy last week it’s not hard guessing we’ll see them factor into whatever strategy is made to keep magic socially friendly, but until then all bets are on. Will we see some further magic shenanigans this season? Best stay tuned to find out.
Well, right after we get to Miyuki further pushing the boundaries of just what it means to be a sister of course!