「一生大事にします」 (Isshou Daijini Shimasu)
“I’ll Cherish This For The Rest of My Life”
You hear that? The thundering of the heart. The rushing of breath. The elation of surprise. Yes, it’s that time once again: onii-sama time. And what a time it’s going to be if Yuutousei’s first episode is any indication. Magic Jesus might be the true divider of opinions, but I dare say Miyuki (Hayami Saori) is going to give him a run for his magical money.
As highlighted back in the RC Preview – and assuming you’ve seen Rettousei, which is likely if you’re reading this – Yuutousei is effectively the Mahouka-verse’s Railgun, spinning off directly from Rettousei and now viewing its various events and arcs the through the Miyuki light. Need look no further than the OP to get a good idea: the Nine Schools Competition is shown as the dominating focus while plenty of the female secondary cast (and their introductions) are set to play important roles. If you’ve already seen Rettousei you know what’s coming – and know full well it’ll be Mahouka through and through.
While unlikely anyone here has not seen the main Mahouka series, for anyone coming in blind Yuutousei should be serviceable as an introduction to the franchise. This opener did well to relate the key players for example: Miyuki is pampered yet powerful sister who lies within a family keen to keep her abilities under wraps while Tatsuya (Nakamura Yuuichi) serves as her equally capable yet seemingly lower ranked brother responsible for more shady duties. Likewise we got the first mention of Blanche to help indicate the moment’s big bad. Typical light novel premise all things considered mind you, but one which makes sense for any newcomer. Naturally though franchise fans or viewers experienced with Rettousei will get the most out of this; Mahouka’s world building is dense, there’s a lot of unspoken details here easily lost in the void (e.g. Mahouka’s magic system), and until properly introduced a lot of the shown faces can easily bleed into one another. Things will certainly improve as we get deeper into the season, but given the material I fully expect this one not being able to match Railgun in franchise improvement.
And that leads into what will likely be Yuutousei’s main sticking point: Miyuki herself. Shouldn’t need to effuse on this point too much when the girl does it herself. Repeatedly. All the time. Incest? Jealousy? Overbearing love bordering on outright obsession? If you’re new just know this is the tip of iceberg, and if you’re not, well, you know what’s coming. I didn’t know how this aspect would be treated with Yuutousei (given its – spoiler alert – centrality to Mahouka’s plot), but having it played up so strongly this early has me somewhat concerned it’ll become Yuutousei’s defining feature. There’s more to Mahouka than Magic Jesus fawning after all, more to this story than watching Miyuki test how hot she can get before she melts in Tatsuya’s presence. Seeing the teenage crushing take a frontseat to these aspects would be disappointing (and arguably boring), but then again, it’s early days yet; there’s always the potential to pull a rabbit from the hat.
I have no idea whether Yuutousei will find that rabbit, but I’m certainly curious seeing what happens.
Full-length images: 10.
OP: 「101」 by Sangatsu no Phantasia