Yokohama Disturbance Part V「横浜騒乱編 V」
Nothing much happened until the last 2 seconds. Damn you for the cliffhanger Mahouka!
So the Thesis competition has started with First High’s presentation. If you’ve ever been bored out of your wits in class because your teacher went on and on about a topic you had no interest in, lost interest in or could not become interested in for whatever reason, that’s what Ichihara’s presentation felt like. I was so tempted to just switch off even knowing full well that this being Mahouka anime, the presentation’s most likely setting up exposition for what’s to come magic-wise in the next few of episodes. But it was just way too dry… details in text format i.e. the Light novels, is ok. In anime, it needs to be compensated with more than just Ichihara’s flat monotonous voice and chic high-spec looking machinery. Oh well, 3 episodes to go and hopefully plenty of action to come from not just the military but the intelligence unit and police force too.
Ichihara’s not all that bad though, granted she’s so far come across as cold and aloof. Call it a senpai specialising in engineering, looking out for a kouhai who ought to specialise in engineering – in the last 3 weeks, Ichihara probably realised just how out of her league Tatsuya is. There’s no way the guy’s not adept at hardware. No one who scores full marks at the entrance exam can be weak at hardware. Which leads me to think it’s Ichihara’s way of telling no.2 scoring 92% Chiaki that she has the potential so she should work to maximising it rather than bear a grudge against the no.1 guy. That’s the only reason I can imagine Ichihara going as far as to call herself a con artist and for Hattori to wonder out loud if she’s not feeling well lol.What was that hospital visit for though? A bit of characterisation for Ichihara? Isn’t that a bit late at this juncture and with a bigger plot looming, shouldn’t this be placed low on the priority list? Or would we see Chiaki join in on the action afterwards precisely because she was encouraged here?
Other more important little things that happened – Zhou’s now owed a favour for rescuing Lu Gonghu out, Fujibayashi’s a scheming 2nd lieutenant and Miyuki has such natural charm it’s no wonder Tatsuya needs to be her bodyguard. I guess the thesis competition is central to the Yokohama arc since it’s revolving around the high school students and there’s so much focus on its security. What I don’t get is why there’s so much scrutiny? Why is the Great Asian Alliance (GAA) so keen on getting new soon-to-be released information so much so a nation’s warship’s been deployed? The number of foreigners have increased and Yokohama city is shrouded in a cloud of menace (I really wonder how Kirihara deduced that…). Zhou’s got his own interests in Chinatown so why’s he helping the GAA? Fujibayashi’s working behind the scenes with Tatsuya to keep him informed of the military’s involvement in Lu and the GAA. She’s also charming police inspector Chiba by flirting with red wine and a low-cut dress to ask for their involvement at the competition. Then she goes on an indirect offense over coffee, telling Ono-sensei to back off and keep to each others’ territories. But her EQ social skills are no match for young Miyuki!
It’s great to see Ichijou and Cardinal George back as Third high takes part in the competition. Ichijou’s here as part of the joint security detail where while patrolling with First high’s Tomitsuka, they meet the Shiba siblings. After exchanging a couple of pleasantries (shy on Ichijou’s part aww…) Miyuki says, ‘knowing you’re out there keeping watch truly puts my mind at ease’. If that won’t make Ichijou’s day I don’t know what will! And the new student council VP knows Tomitsuka’s name, who’s visibly shocked at this revelation that the school’s princess knows him! Aww… makes wearing those bulletproof vests worth it right guys? I choose to believe Miyuki’s not manipulating guys because she can but rather because she’s naturally pure!
Hopefully trouble does come so we viewers get more Tatsuya badass awesomeness and plenty of action. I’d love to see Ichijou and Tatsuya work together. Major Kazama and Fujibayashi mentioned some new robot mechanic suits are to be delivered that very evening so maybe we’ll see those deployed? Leo should at least get to use his special training with Erika right? Especially since they’ve let the cat out of the bag and are doing the whole ‘we’re not together’ routine.