「少女探偵団、始動よ！」 (Shoujo Tantei-dan, Shidou yo!)
“The Girl’s Detective Club is here!”
Well, good to know Yuutousei is on the right track. Completely. What’s that, not liking the right track? Don’t worry, the onii-sama line hasn’t yet been forgotten (to my eternal chagrin), but for the moment it’s all about that sweet sweet side cast – and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
For all I’ve harped on it already, it bears repeating again: damn do I like the focus of this spinoff. Although the titular Miyuki is never far from the scene, Yuutousei has strongly reinforced how it intends on giving some of Mahouka’s lesser-known faces a good deal of this season’s spotlight. Case in point being the continued doting on Suzuka. Cutesy admiration of Miyuki and burgeoning Magic Jesus crush? Butt end of all Shizuku deadpan humour? Displaying that steadfast loyalty to doing what’s right – and letting herself get talked out of it? All on proud display. I also have to give credit for the time Mayumi and Eimi are getting to show off their, erm, unique and totally not exaggerated characteristics, but at least for me for the moment it’s all about the little duo who could.
Speaking of focus, the real fun is going to be seeing how it translates into this season’s later events. Given how Rettousei’s main developments are being treated here – i.e. as second-hand background scenery – it’s not an unreasonable expectation to see some better fleshing out of the parts which Rettousei’s first season rapidly swept through. We can probably expect the quintessential tournament shenanigans to receive more attention during the Nine Schools arc for example (by emphasizing the actual competition over the stuff Tatsuya got up to) and even the likes of the current Blanche material to be less about super-secret anti-magic machinations and more about its effects on the average school denizen. Make no mistake, getting any sort of story perfection here is highly unlikely and I’m fully convinced now the most value will only be found by those already Mahouka fans, but if Yuutousei keeps this approach up it certainly will be a decent bit of in-universe fun.
All we have left to find out is which other secondary cast members are primed to get the Suzuka treatment.