Yokohama Disturbance Part I 「横浜騒乱編 I」
The new (and most likely final) arc is by far the most promising yet! Viewers are really rewarded for having stuck by Mahouka with the Yokohama arc starting out with more characters, more complex magic, more action (yes the adults finally get involved) and Yusa Kouji back to his villainy best as the Great Asian Alliance’s sponsor Zhou Gong Jin.
New good guys, new bad guys and another school competition
The arc starts by introducing Chiba Toshikazu (Kiuchi Hidenobu), a badass police inspector who along with his partner, were chasing after what can be speculated to be the Great Asian Alliance gang. He’s a Chiba and he was using a wooden sword (bokken) so it’s anyone’s guess that he’s related to THAT Chiba family and Erika – yup, a quick check on Mahouka’s official website describes him as Erika’s older step-brother who is very laid back but is the current head of the Chiba family. In just the first 3 mins you can tell he’s awesome.
So who’s the final antagonist? Yusa Kouji’s deliciously yummy as young, charismatic long-haired Zhou who we see greeting the big bad boys from the Great Asia Alliance (GAA) as they set up base in Yokohama. It’s been a while since Yusa’s last outing as a villain so please don’t judge me from fangirling over him in this last arc. The GAA was last mentioned in the first arc when the Shiba siblings were looking through classified files in the comfort of their own home. The school terrorism attack was partially funded and fueled by the GAA. With a chinese sponsor Zhou looking out for the GAA, it’s safe to conclude that they were involved in the no-head dragon syndicate’s gambling scheme too. So it’s timely and fitting that Mahouka concludes with a final showdown against GAA, I just hope it shows us more high adrenaline action and badass characters be they the good guys or the bad guys.
Over in school, it’s after the summer school competition which means the 3rd years retire from their posts, bringing us a new student council comprising Silver Taurus’ number 1 fan Nakajou as the new president and Silver Taurus’ one and only precious sister Miyuki, as the new vice-president. Not letting up is the competition amongst the school. If the nine school summer games was for the muscles and brawn then the upcoming thesis competition is all about brain power and academic prowess. Tatsuya’s badass brawn + brain combination is again roped in, again at the last minute with 3 weeks to go until the presentation deadline. But Tatsuya’s truly relishing this challenge this time because it deals with one of his pet topics – one of the 3 great unsolved magic mysteries. You can just see the joy on his emotionless face!
Seriously Tatsuya, why do you put up with the Yotsubas?
We find out that Miyuki and Tatsuya’s father remarried just 6 months after their mother died. So it’s no wonder Miyuki doesn’t like their step-mother or, ‘that woman’ Shiba Sayuri (Toyoguchi Megumi). Plus, Sayuri’s quite the tsun character alright. She’s compulsive and impatient, quick to make promises despite knowing she most likely cannot keep them. The army has found an ancient relic that may contain the answer to an ultimate magic weapon – pre-programmed magic sequences stored in a device that is intelligent enough to know when to use what and where – at least that’s what I understood things to mean… the magic logic in this show is too difficult for my regular-anime-magic brain. Anyway, it’s really important that the FLT (Four-leaves technology i.e. Yotsuba tech) be the ones to discover and exploit this new technology and for that, Sayuri needs Tatsuya’s special abilities, one that only he possesses (loved that shaded eyes + smirk combination all-knowing Tatsuya had when Sayuri said so) which lets him see magic sequences. So the Yotsuba just uses and discards Tatsuya whenever they need him huh? Despicable family. Why does Tatsuya put up with them apart from being able to stay by Miyuki’s side?!?
The Yotsubas clearly want nothing to do with Tatsuya when they can. However, Tatsuya keeps himself involved and up-to-date on the going ons in FLT – it seems he runs the 3rd investigatory lab there. He even knows the financial health of the FLT and how even without the relic technology, the company’s doing well in sales of magical weaponry with just the flying sequence magic he contributed to most recently. But Sayuri won’t have it of course and in a fit of impish anger, rushes out of the home totally unguarded, plainly inviting the GAA to attack her and get their hands on the relic. Tatsuya knows this would happen and being Tatsuya (for the sake of the magic involved in the relic and not for his step-mother!) he goes to her rescue, getting himself shot from a long-range shooter. Anyone else would’ve died so phew, am I glad Tatsuya has that body-regeneration magic of his! This is one exciting arc and with this quick pacing, the next 6 episodes should be very promising!