Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei 26 (END)

Yokohama Disturbance Part VIII「横浜騒乱編 VIII」

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Season 2 maybe? Because there sure is way too much left to unravel…

Wait… what happened there? Don’t distract me with such good action fight scenes and effects in this final episode, tie up your loose ends damnit! As expected, not much is resolved in the end. Both sides went all out at each other, Ichijo and Jumonji led adults in charging at the enemy and the First High students kicked Lu Gonghu’s ass in minutes in a wonderful play of team effort. Why was Watanabe the only one with combat gear though? And how on earth did Leo and Erika stand up after getting knocked into cars like that? Part of the problem of an 8-episode arc for me is I don’t even remember why the Great Asian Alliance was there in the first place now. Still fighting over that ancient relic? Enough to mobilise national naval forces for? Hmm… what about Zhou Gongjin and his sinister smile at the end there? Obviously the guy’s got something going on, we’ll just never know unless there is a second season right? Right at the end we find out that this Scorched Halloween incident marked the beginning of wide military usage of magic weapons instead of mechanical ones, with magic being the key difference between failure and victory. How can a show end with so juicy a plot?! Sigh.

Shiba Tatsuya aka Special Officer Oguro aka Mahesvara the Okinawa Demon aka God.

Why is he called Oguro again? Anyway, I take back everything I said about the siscon/brocon Miyuki. She truly is the only person who knows everything about Tatsuya and boy he’s really been through a lot. Seriously, A LOT for anyone much less a 17 year old. It’s no wonder he just wants to try being as normal a high school student as he can be. What’s a better weapon of mass destruction than a nuclear bomb? A pin-point accurate one and this comes in the form of Shiba Tatsuya with his Regrowth magic + Third Eye weapon (we actually got a glimpse of this in the first OP). It’s no wonder he works for the JSDF – he does the job of thousands and he’s got such a rare form of magic it needs to be in the right hands. But is the army really the best hands? Surely Aunt Maya will want a say. We FINALLY get a quick explanation as to Tatsuya’s true magical abilities. He’s unbalanced because his Regrowth magic overpowers all others. It allows him to basically calibrate anything animate or inanimate, back to its former state within the last 24 hours, which is how he saved Isori and Kirihara. It comes with a huge price of course because he’s basically dabbling with death itself – in Isori’s case, the poor boy experiences up to 150x the pain Isori endured, within the 0.2 seconds it took to recalibrate him. That’s a short but damn painful experience to have and yet we see Tatsuya rescuing the fly combat team members without hesitation. Can anyone now blame him for being so emotionless in the face of all the pain he’s willingly endured? What about his side-job as the go-to weapon-of-mass-destruction guy? He’s just carrying out orders though he must become so numb to the destruction he alone causes so that he can do his job right? No wonder he’s so stoic and expressionless… But curiously though, why is someone so rare and so awesome outcast by the Yotsuba family? Maybe because they don’t know his true magic prowess? Is it being hidden so as to protect him from being exploited by Aunt Maya because surely she of all people will do so! 26 episodes later though, at least Tatsuya has his friends from school who now know the truth about him that he and Miyuki had so closely guarded the entire first 2 arcs.

Overall

Mahouka has left me disappointed. I had over-hyped myself, going as far as to even write a preview post. It had a list of who’s-who on the staff production side so I had expected a good Light Novel adaptation. People who’ve read the LN have voiced online that the adaptation has been terrible, not at all reflecting the tonality of the books. I do find Mahouka to have been too clinical and distant, sort of like Tatsuya himself. Don’t get me wrong though, Nakamura Yuuichi has always been great at stoic-ism and he’s done great here as Tatsuya. Same goes for Miyuki seiyuu Hayami Saori who’s had to make up for Tatsuya’s lack of emotions but yet not go OTT. I just wished Mahouka had more feels to make me invested in the show more and especially for the characters. It’s too intelligent an anime, leaving viewers to figure out the exposition behind each scene and script. Anime’s meant to be entertainment, not to be THAT thought-provoking. I’ve only come so far because I signed up to write reviews for this 2-cour anime. Otherwise, I’d probably have given up around the end of the first arc. That said, I won’t cover a second season if in the off chance there is one (I doubt DVD sales will do well for Mahouka unless the LN fans support them). I doubt I’d pick the LNs up too. What Mahouka done is shown how NOT to do exposition. The entire 26 episodes of it was one great exposition to which whether or not a season 2 will even manifest is unclear. So why keep building up the story and not flesh it out proper? Anyway, I do thank anyone who’s read my reviews for Mahouka and sincerely apologise for the procrastination – the show’s just not grabbing my attention enough; this last episode review’s a month late… It’s the first and probably the last time I’ll cover a 2-cour show in a while so thanks for following~

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