“Enrolment Part V”「入学編V」
Things are slowly but surely getting better and better in Mahouka as we get plentiful action other than from Tatsuya this time and the discrimination plot literally blows out of proportion.
I’d like to think that Mahouka is a show that takes itself seriously, much like main character Tatsuya does with the way he carries himself. But that means that in all seriousness, some fun gets lost and the escapism aspect anime provides becomes less obvious, albeit Mahouka being about magic and set in the future. What I mean is that the magic details of things can get a tad too tedious, putting off viewers who are used to spells and chants (om-bishi-bishi courtesy of Tokyo Ravens). The science/details behind magic is usually briefly touched upon as was in Magi and Harry Potter (who cares how the marauder’s map was drawn), because viewers usually want magic IN action and not the action OF magic. We want the Alohomora and the consequences of getting it wrong, not details on how Alohomora itself is coined or works. The light novels provide the right medium for explaining such details seeing as how there’s much more room for imagination but in animation? I’m not so sure. The opening scene with Tatsuya and Mizuki with the egg example made me whinge a little inside thinking, ‘not again, more technical stuff? Just fight already’ especially given where things ended off last week. But patience does pay off and hopefully after 5 episodes, things heat up and we’d get less technical expositions and onto the real big issues because although we have 26 episodes, the story needs to be paced evenly to keep viewers drawn in or risk losing them like in Samurai Flamenco which only got exciting from episode 7 onwards.
We’re inclined to think Tatsuya’s badass but in truth, he really is bad at magic. So I really liked how this episode juxtaposed this truth against Hattori (strongest in school until Tatsuya came along, ) and Mari senpai by watching them in action protecting students against the terrorists who attacked the school. Through his conversation with Mizuki, it seems Tatsuya never wanted to be a magician in the first place, hinting that its his aunt who wants him to live up to the Yotsuba family name which is in his own words, a curse. He’s so pragmatic about his situation that even though there is an obvious discrimination between the course 1 and 2 students (honestly, just get rid of the uniforms), he doesn’t let it get to him because his goal is to use magic to develop energy, not for combat. With this in mind, everything else such as the discrimination and slander don’t matter. It’s a matter of priorities. Tatsuya just wants access to documents he otherwise wouldn’t get to unless he is a certified magician so his short term goal is just to get his school diploma. That’s it.
That’s the problem with the course 2 students. Like Saegusa said, they lack the awareness that by allowing the title of being a ‘weed’ get to them, they’re indirectly propagating the discrimination. They are disgruntled and want equal treatment, calling for change but offering no solution or suggestion. They want the student council made up on course 1 students to come up with concrete plans. Isn’t that asking for a lot? Reflects our society too right? I really hate it when people complain all the time but have no solutions of their own to offer. If you’re unhappy about something, do something about it (no, terrorism does not count) rather than just talk.
I’m really liking President Saegusa. It’s true, you can’t lose in a debate on logic especially when up against course 2 students who are spurred emotionally. That sort of cool composure is admirable and shows us why she’s president and probably the heir to the Saegusa clan. Tatsuya’s also a cool cucumber showing how shrewd he is as a negotiator. Would not want to be on the other side of either of these two numbered clan descendants. On to more action in the next episode!