Yokohama Disturbance Part III 「横浜騒乱編 III」
I absolutely love how Mahouka attributes an entire episode to supporting characters and still gets the plot moving while developing everyone’s characters :)
Well done Mahouka this week for devoting an entire episode to characters apart from Tatsuya and Miyuki without making it a pointless filler episode! It’s a good balance to revisit the supporting cast after having introduced all these new adult characters since the beginning of this arc. Turns out the mystery girl with a grudge against Tatsuya is Hirakawa Chiaki (Tanabe Rui), who blames Tatsuya for leaving her sister Koharu in the lurch during the CAD malfunctioning incident during the Mirage Bat finals. She’s not spying, she wants to upset the thesis presentation even for just a while because she wants to see that man (i.e. Tatsuya) panic for even just a split second. What happened to Koharu was not Tatsuya’s fault as Isori rightly pointed out but in spite of knowing how foolish her actions are, as Mibu tries to persuade her (such growth and maturity since the terrorism incident to confront her past mistakes squarely and use it to talk others out of following her foolish footsteps), Chiaki’s happy to be used and merrily discarded afterwards. I’m more concerned on whether Sekimoto senpai will hatch a plot to ensure the presentation fails out of jealousy that he was unceremoniously dropped from the thesis competition in favour of a weed – remember that just because everyone we see so far are discrimination free, the rest of the school and magic society ain’t. Is Sekimoto the person Miki bumped into at the very end there?
Erika & Leo
Finally! Well, almost. One can hope, as Tatsuya slyly suggests while Honoka and Shizuku speculate when both Erika and Leo take the day off, TOGETHER. “Are you free this afternoon? Care to accompany me for a bit?” Nope, not the date kind of accompany Leo. Tatsuya knows fully well that Erika’s shipped Leo off for some serious butt-kicking training, grounding the tough guy until he develops a killer move – literally. It’s easy to forget since this is anime, that we’re still watching high school students. How easily it is that they talk of killing. I mentioned this back in the first arc as well when Kirihara so easily took out the terrorist but in hindsight, considering what Ichihara and Tatsuya negatively put to us last week – these magician students are treated by the rest of the normal world as mere military weapons and “goods” for use in combat and war. So it’s actually quite understandable how easy it is for Erika to mention that Leo should have an ultimate killer move that’ll ensure the enemy is taken out once and for all. She’s imparting unto him a secret Chiba sword Usuba Kagerou. Since it’s a family secret, it must mean Erika’s got a lot of trust in her friendship with Leo or maybe, she’s got more than just friendly relations with the guy. We did after all get the anime trope of Leo unintentionally catching a glimpse of Erika in the changing room with just a towel on, only to end with one hell of a slap ^^ Erika does end by commenting how manly Leo is in figuring out this skill all by himself through continued practice – a man in traditional costume working up a sweat does have a certain charm – a servant in the Chiba household was eating the glorious sight of one such Leo.
Miki & Mizuki
I did think that Miki might end up with his childhood friend Erika especially after their little conversation on the rooftop back in the Nine School Competitions arc. But now that Erika’s more or less with Leo, it’s for Miki + Mizuki to fill the gap of shy, awkward high school puppy love. Oh these two, the way they blush SO MUCH at the thought of Erika with Leo and what they’re up to (tsk tsk for such unchaste thoughts you two) and then blush SOME MORE when they exchange quick sideward glances at each other at lunch with Tatsuya and co. AND at lunch with one another in the main hall. Just get together already! The rest of the guard corps represent the impatience of this viewer lol. Mizuki’s such a klutz but she’s the real fan service (although Erika did give viewers her shower scene) for giving a feast to the eyes of the boys when she fell – gochisousama-desu~ Miki of course falls for the anime trope of catching Mizuki by her boob – to be fair it’s huge… Miki’s come a long way from the days when he lacked self-confidence and blamed his fall from grace on a particular accident. He’s no longer whining and has picked himself up nicely. Watching Tatsuya lead the way for weeds is one thing, having taken part in the Nine School Competition must’ve boosted his confidence too. So much so that he’s volunteered as part of the Guard corps for the thesis competition and actively participate in mock battles with very intimidating Jumonji. Isn’t it great that Miki’s the only one after 7 others were defeated by Jumonji, to have gotten close enough to taking out the senior, enough for Jumonji to approve that Miki’s turning out to be quite the interesting attacker. Yay Miki, now just get Mizuki already! No time to be shy boy!
Last week we saw the Kanon and Isori couple and it’s nice to see them together again. Call me a sap but I liked how they looked to each other’s views when handling the issue with Chiaki in the nurse’s room. Also nice to see together again is Kirihara and Mibu Saya as they chased Chiaki. Last but not least, even with a minute’s worth of air time, Yusa Kouji astonishes with a very young sounding Mr. Zhou (early twenties, not bad for a 46 year old right?). I want more of Zhou Gongjun next week please! And it’s week 2 without Miyuki (she got ONE frame of looking disapprovingly at Kanon when she said something bad about Tatsuya) – something doesn’t feel right without Miyuki!