After live-tweeting all three episodes of Irregular at Magic High School and having an amazing amount of fun with this poorly written pile, I ran a little informal poll to see if people were interested in hearing me blog this. The result for which was as inevitable as if the stupid kid stood at the front of the class and asked if everyone wanted to see him eat a spider. We all know it’s going to be terrible for him, but watching him bring pain upon himself is amusing.
Let us be under no illusions here. I would not be interested in Mahouka if it wasn’t as popular as it is. It would be another in the long string of crappy light novels about fighting magic high schools. But because it is popular, the parts where it differentiates itself from other anime within its genre stick out more and become fascinating. It’s like being an archaeologist and analysing what ancient civilisations perceived as beauty. Sure we may think that making your feet tiny or earlobes massive might be really dumb and strange, but to these people this was a highly desirable trait.
The most obvious way in which Mahouka stands out is its perfect main character. I laid out just how absolutely perfect in every way he is in the first episode, and indeed episodes two and three continue to emphasise pretty much everything I said there. He saves the girls from being attacked (sexually in the case of the rather randy girls volleyball team apparently) and is capable of defusing any situation with calm and poise, with the added bonus of being basically the most over-powered bastard in the world with an in-depth knowledge of all the rules.
What’s interesting though is he’s not as ass. You often hear anime fans complain about spineless wussy male leads who will let himself be blue-balled over and over again as a parade of beautiful women fawn over his cock but he never fucks them. But when shows try to counter that and represent those people, the characters turn into sexual predators who grasp the breasts of those in front of them. You get Highschool DxD or Daimalder or whatever that one from a few seasons back about the demon king coming back to his world and then randomly having to attend school with his pink haired assistant who pissed herself (or at least I believe that was the light novel title for it). They act like rapists because you can’t have a pure girl who wants the cock and is given the cock. It’s the purity complex. Girls who fawn over a beta male who never acts stay pure. Girls who unwillingly get groped are pure because they didn’t want to get groped.
Tatsuya is not that. Tatsuya is a gentlemen. He is confident and calm with women who always knows what to say. He doesn’t make advances but that’s not because he stutters. He’s just perfect at dealing with them. He can’t have sex with this one girl who gropes him because it’s his sister and he’s a man of dignity. This way carefully keeps the purity complex intact while not creating one of the previous two archetypes. It’s a clever workaround. You can’t have sex with God himself.
The bloom/weed thing is interesting in how it plays into the main character being perfect. It was supposed to be a labelling showing that the disadvantaged in society are systematically bullied. Social commentary and all that. It’s basically the main thing driving the plot at the moment. The thing is, our main character is presented as someone who will represent the Weeds. He won’t be held back by your labels man. But he’s not disadvantaged at all. In fact it’s revealed that he’s basically more powerful than everyone else combined.
It’s like a world where people with one arms are discriminated against but then Tatsuya comes out as a hero of the one-armed people, only for it to be revealed that he actually has eight arms. They’re not going to go back and stop discriminating against the one-armed people because of Tatsuya. It’s a way of playing the victim even though you are superior. It’s the white man fantasy if you will. Become the fighter against oppression without suffering any of the actual oppression. It’s why tumblr likes to invent -isms and why some men try to act like misandry exists.
Sorry, this post was a very serious breakdown of the bad points rather than pointing and laughing and making dumb jokes about incest. I promise there will be more incest jokes in the future.