「来訪者編Ⅺ」 (Raihou-sha-hen Ⅺ)
“Visitor Arc XI”
As one door closes a neighbouring window opens—or in Miyuki’s case, just further widens an already impressive entryway. That’s right, the Visitor arc has now more or less concluded with a mentally refreshed Lina off back to ‘Murica, but there’s still a bit more on tap before we finally conclude this season. After all, if there’s one thing Mahouka loves, it’s further complicating things.
After building up the parasites as a major threat all season and largely dealing with them last week I cannot say I’m too surprised we got a rapid conclusion to the matter this episode, although I can admit a little disappointment. Lina is probably the main source; significant doubt about her actions, stark confusion and thought encouraged by Tatsuya, and the matter largely resolved during a quick shower? Yeah, colour me a sad panda, even if it’s decent pacing for a light novel adaptation. At least we got some more Lina-isms to round things out, however, and when combined with the likes of Erika and her sly teasing proving why I usually like the secondary cast more than the main duo, it’s hard finding too much fault with the conclusion. Mahouka is as Mahouka does, whether you like it or not.
The main source of confusion though is undeniably going to be with new girl Sakurai Minami. I expect some further info to be dropped on her next episode, but right now for the unfamiliar the only important thing to know is that’s she’s a bodyguard for the Yotsuba clan with some serious magic skills and the niece of Yotsuba Miya’s former guardian. And who is Miya? Why Tatsuya’s and Miyuki’s deceased mother of course. Yeah, don’t expect a lot of this to be delved too deeply into during this season’s remaining episodes, because light novel adaptation hatchet job. Pretty much this detour with Minami is a setup for later arcs as where Minami will end up because of it is a prime indication (or refresher) of just what the future has in store for both Tatsuya and Miyuki.
And if you don’t know what that is already, well, best tighten your hold on the reins, because the Mahouka rollercoaster hasn’t even hit the summit yet.