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Mahouka – Irregular at Magic High School episode 4 – Imouto shrugged

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 04 [480p].mkv_snapshot_20.41_[2014.04.27_12.18.22]Thanks uncreativecat for post subtitle idea. I get all my best ideas from twitter.

Watching Mahouka I like to take screencaps of little snippets of dialogue so I can use them as a reference point when talking about something in relation to the series. Shots of incest, boring technobabble, main character being amazing. Then the final scene happened and I started screencapping every line of dialogue before eventually giving up and just staring in absolute amazement at the rich man’s problems manifesto that was unfolding on screen. It came out of fucking nowhere too. Had I not been paying proper attention to the show that it suddenly took this wild right wing turn?

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 04 [480p].mkv_snapshot_12.16_[2014.04.27_12.09.09]Talking about the rest of this episode seems like a waste now. Basically Tatsuya continued to make every girl drop their underwear within 30 seconds of meeting them (or alternatively being a dick disguised as gentlemenly by calling the nurse out for dressing provocatively, which is the first chink in the armour of how naive the author’s idea of this perfect gentlemen might be). There’s a load of technobabble which I actually understood this time. It’s the same as sound waves cancelling each other out except with magic. Except Tatsuya is apparently the only one intelligent enough on the planet to discover this but won’t reveal it to the world lest they all get jealous and destroy each other. A teenager is the walking nuclear bomb. Sure is getting chuuni in here.

But that final scene. To make this short and easy to understand, let’s replace every instance of the word ‘magic’ with ‘money’. This terrorist organisation want to get rid of social inequality caused by a lack of money. They believe that their effort isn’t reflected in the money they get and therefore means their social status is shit. However people born with loads of money (magicians) are valuable to society (because job creating I guess in this metaphor). People who don’t have money, according to Tatsuya and his imouto, don’t realise how hard the people with loads of money worked to get all that social standing. But the people with no money and therefore no social standing, according to Tatsuya, don’t want to admit that and instead bitch about inequality.

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 04 [480p].mkv_snapshot_21.00_[2014.04.27_12.18.44]You starting to see this now? How hard life is for the upper class with all their money? This coming from a guy drinking cups of tea in his giant living room with his adoring sister on a giant flat screen TV inside a massive exclusive school where people with loads of money, sorry I mean magic, attend so they can get even more money, sorry I mean magic. Goddamn those 1% of people without magic bitching about how life is tough for them down in the slums. Don’t they realise we do this for them, us with all the magic? If we gave them the powers the world would be thrown into chaos. That one kendo girl who wants her abilities in kendo recognised (let’s assume kendo is a job in retail or whatever) but all Tatsuya does is belittle her for being a pleb with ideas above her station.

Tatsuya isn’t Jesus. Jesus hung out with the lepers and crippled. He’s a wrongly classed noble who is just making sure his money is as recognised as everyone else’s money. Tatsuya isn’t a weed sticking up for the other weeds. He’s a bloom making sure he’s correctly categorised as a bloom.

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59 Comments

  1. Posted April 27, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Kinda surprised you’re surprised by this – Objectivism is basically the natural reflection of Mahouka’s naive and totally self-absorbed social philosophy. It’s the rallying call of self-persecuting teenagers!

    • Scamp
      Posted April 27, 2014 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

      On some level yes, you’re right. But I haven’t seen an anime do this before. Teenagers on the internet yes. But not anime.

      • Posted April 27, 2014 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

        Mahouka is taking all the small self-jokes other LNs make, all the hints they leave at their sub-text, and it just plays them all straight.

        It’s like the guy who joins a group, where they all make innuendos about “Johnson” and “Dick” and then starts shouting “Penis! Penis!”

        It doesn’t realize others are trying to maintain plausible deniability, and a modicum of self-deprecation, as often befits “minority groups.”

        It makes sense though. Read enough LNs, get told repeatedly how this sort of thing is normal, then write your LN, now that you believe this is the world, and this sort of behaviour is “normal”, and you have Mahouka.

      • Gan_HOPE326
        Posted April 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

        There was the infamous “insects” scolding from the Maid in Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. But hey, at least this doesn’t pretend to be a “hard work” triumphs story like Naruto does – where we end up finding out that the MC has a shitload of pedigree behind him with a couple prophecies stacked on top and therefore fuck hard work, it basically was fate all along that made him a super-uber-powerful ninja anyway.

    • K Robert M
      Posted April 29, 2014 at 2:51 am | Permalink

      Objectivism is harmful because it’s about self interest and ignores the give-and-take necessary to keep society functioning well. What part of Tatsuya’s worldview emphasizes self interest over the good of others? I just don’t see it.

  2. Mentar
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    I was expecting this issue to blow up skyhigh in the blogosphere, and there it is. And discussing this wonderful popular “Atlas Shrugged” tag (which in my opinion isn’t warranted at all) would most likely lead to perfect flamewars.

    Preconceptions and projections are such wonderful things. I was hoping that the episode cut would be elsewhere, so that the followup would be shown. What Egalite wants, and how much about it is true. Nevermind Blanche, who are bona fide terrorists (which probably in itself is an insult to some, too).

    In a nutshell: Tatsuya is no AR objectivist. In fact, his societal contributions are exactly the _opposite_ of AR’s mantra to only strive for your own goal (though listing them would contain spoiling). For now I’ll only point to Miyuki being the focal point of his life, not himself.

    I also want to point out that he also didn’t belittle or refuse Sayaka, contrary to what you wrote. He said that he wanted to know first what exactly she wanted to do about it – and decide afterwards.

    One of the reasons why I’m responding here is that in many aspects, Tatsuya is mirroring several of my own convictions. In Germany, I am a moderate conservative with many liberal biases. In other words, that would put me to the extreme left in the US, which has no equivalent. What Tatsuya is criticizing are people who take inequality and other flaws of “the system” as excuses for their own failure in life. Those who say “it’s the system’s fault that I can’t realize my desires” and use this as an excuse to stop trying. Mix this scorn with receiving welfare from “the system” while spitting in its face at the same time, and start to agitate against those better off, and you have a mix that I find exceptionally unpalatable. I’ll still give half of my paycheck as taxes to give them food and housing, but don’t expect me to respect them. So, in this aspect, I fully agree with him.

    At the same time, I do recognize that inequality exists and that efforts need to be taken to lessen the gap. This is where I find Ayn Rand completely insufferable, by the way. I also think that those more affluent and privileged need to take effort to let society as a whole participate from your own successes. And guess what, we’ll find out in around episode 10 that Tatsuya does just that.

    Finally, just before you misproject the story: Tatsuya is _against_ the discrimination and will support those trying to lessen it. The issue on hand is what measures should or shouldn’t be taken.

    So, my humble suggestion would be to wait one more episode before you incinerate the effigy. Tatsuya may turn out to be quite a bit different than what you deduced here.

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted April 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

      ” What Tatsuya is criticizing are people who take inequality and other flaws of “the system” as excuses for their own failure in life. Those who say “it’s the system’s fault that I can’t realize my desires” and use this as an excuse to stop trying. Mix this scorn with receiving welfare from “the system” while spitting in its face at the same time, and start to agitate against those better off, and you have a mix that I find exceptionally unpalatable. I’ll still give half of my paycheck as taxes to give them food and housing, but don’t expect me to respect them.”

      The objectivist viewpoint is in unilaterally deciding who these supposed persons who “gave up” are. Also, what exactly is “giving up”? Not founding your own company? Taking a (socially necessary but despised) job at McDonald’s to guarantee only your bare sustenance? Deciding you’ve had enough of working three times as much as a huge CEO to earn much less and saying fuck all and staying unemployed living with whatever you can scrub from social benefits? Wouldn’t giving people more chances, or at least not blaming them for their position but instead value every contribution to society for what it is, actually make them LESS likely to “give up”?

      • Mentar
        Posted April 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

        Well, in this case, we should expect Tatsuya to defend the current discriminatory system which favors the privileged and skilled, right?

        (Obviously any reader with a bit of a brain should begin to feel doubts now, since Miyuki is 100% opposed to it)

        Let’s see how things develop from here :)

        *shaking my head in amazement*

        And to answer your question: There is nothing wrong with trying to lessen inequality – it’s a good goal. Tatsuya didn’t argue against that at all. The question is how to approach it. That’s exactly the question he posed to Sayaka, by the way, and awaiting an answer for.

      • Gan_HOPE326
        Posted April 27, 2014 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

        I wasn’t criticizing Tatsuya really (as I didn’t see the episode) but your own reasoning, actually. It’s quite unrelated from Mahouka, I’m just saying that I can’t accept your judgement on what constitutes or not Objectivism as, well, those words show that you only make subtle differences and don’t grasp the fundamental problem that people has with it. Also, I think you probably can also feel free to spoil here if it helps you make your point, I don’t think many will care anyway.

      • Mentar
        Posted April 27, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

        The Objectivist viewpoint doesn’t really CARE about others, it is fully concentrated on the individual. Whether or not someone else fails or thinks that he fails does not concern me – THAT is what the Objectivist thinks.

        But you are missing the point completely: I said this is what both Tatsuya and I think. But neither him nor me ARE Objectivists, just the opposite in my case. It is only further evidence that Tatsuya is NOT a simple Objectivist.

      • Egoism
        Posted April 27, 2014 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

        You’re mischaracterizing Objectivism. It never argued that moral behaviour only arises from individuals single mindedly only fulfilling their own needs. Objectivism is about “self-interest”, where if your interest is giving to charity or promoting certain causes, you are certainly still an Objectivist if that’s what you CHOOSE to do.

      • Mentar
        Posted April 27, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

        Sure, it doesn’t explicitly FORBID charity of selflessness, but Objectivists generally scorn doing so unless it’s got an ultimately self-serving motive like raising your reputation.

        It’s like reading gay porn as a catholic. You can do so and still be a catholic, but it’s generally frowned upon. Read some Ayn Rand on charity and welfare to get the drift.

      • Egoism
        Posted April 28, 2014 at 7:24 am | Permalink

        http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/charity.html

        “There is nothing wrong in helping other people, if and when they are worthy of the help and you can afford to help them.”

        “It is morally proper to accept help, when it is offered, not as a moral duty, but as an act of good will and generosity, when the giver can afford it (i.e., when it does not involve self-sacrifice on his part), and when it is offered in response to the receiver’s virtues, not in response to his flaws, weaknesses or moral failures, and not on the ground of his need as such.”

        “The small minority of adults who are unable rather than unwilling to work, have to rely on voluntary charity; misfortune is not a claim to slave labor; there is no such thing as the right to consume, control, and destroy those without whom one would be unable to survive.”

        Sounds like Rand isn’t at all opposed to charity. Welfare is a funded by government taxation, so she would certainly be opposed to it on principle.

      • Hanasra
        Posted May 4, 2014 at 7:54 am | Permalink

        In last episode post you criticize scamp’s post being ridiculed by negative impression from discussion in the internet. Now you said how wrong Scamp’s post will be because the next episode will prove otherwise. Repeating the same argument how Scamp is wrong because he doesn’t read the LN.

        This form of defense is something that you would like to see from someone who defend overbloated (crap) fiction.

    • Lirael
      Posted April 27, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      “though listing them would contain spoiling”

      “So, my humble suggestion would be to wait one more episode before you incinerate the effigy. Tatsuya may turn out to be quite a bit different than what you deduced here”

      You said similar things that basically boggle down to “wait and see!” last episode too.

      Scamp is doing a review on what was shown /this/ episode. So far, tatsuya is a rich guy saying anyone complaining about difference is just people that dont want to admit they didnt work hard enough. It doesnt matter right now if /next/ episode he’ll renounce all his riches and fight to end all magic: right now he’s not acting like that guy.

      “Things will get explained later” “it gets better later” “you are wrong because of reasons that are currently spoilers” are not justifications for how the character is being shown /now/. When Scamp gets to the episodes that ‘prove’ Tatsuya is the guy you say he is, then you can defend tatsuya based on the information given.

      • Posted April 27, 2014 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

        And even then, note how it’s phrased, it’ll be an excuse. Yes, an in-world explanation is given, but on the author and audience level? It’s an excuse to have him be all-powerful while paying minimal lip-service to weaknesses that never bear any true effect.

        I’ve read up to book 12. Explanations come aplenty. It doesn’t make it any better.

      • Mentar
        Posted April 27, 2014 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

        No, the way I see it, Scamp is projecting a message that he thinks Tatsuya to believe (an objectivist “screw the poor/non-mages, they’re just envious losers”) which is going to be shown as wrong next episode. Even if we do buy the completely simplistic analogy “magic/money”, which I consider doubtful in itself.

      • gw_kimmy
        Posted April 27, 2014 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

        i dont think scamp is saying whatshisface is an objectivist. just that he’s typical rich guy scum who thinks I GOT HERE BY WORKING HARD AND BOOTSTRAPS AND BY GOLLY GEE when in reality he was born into privilege. and the other people “would just get here if they worked hard enough!!! sighhh!!!!” lol rich people. would be nice if my parents had money and i could afford to go to your prissy private schools and not my dilapidated public school which your parents openly show scorn for and complain paying taxes to maintain “my kids dont even go theree!!!!”

      • Posted April 29, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

        An observation: if Mahouka really wanted us to believe what Tatsuya is saying about the lower classes who merely blame magic-based discrimination for their failures and are completely misguided… it could stand to show us some of these same people. Even if they were the purest of one-dimensional straw men, it would make Tatsuya’s speech so much less grating and heavy-handed.

        All of the Weeds we’ve seen are smart, talented people who are apparently discriminated against based on some arcane method of testing which clearly isn’t doing its job. All but a tiny handful of the Blooms we’ve seen are arrogant, cruel, judgemental bigots from influential families (clearly this entry placement test includes “are your parents loaded or politically powerful?” as a question).

        Then Tatsuya stands up to decry the evils of the lower class as they pine for equality they don’t deserve, not understanding how very hard it is to learn literal magic and later roll about in piles of money. As if his school isn’t a sterling example of how sociopolitical standing and actual worth can often be violently at oods.

        I’m sorry… What?

    • Wait for it...
      Posted April 27, 2014 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

      *fart*

    • Wodes
      Posted April 29, 2014 at 3:47 am | Permalink

      “One of the reasons why I’m responding here is that in many aspects, Tatsuya is mirroring several of my own convictions.”
      And now we see the real reason why you’re fighting tooth and nail against the deluge of hate to defend this show.
      #SelfInsertionFTW #CantHandleTheTruth

      Also it’s not even a stretch to say magic = money. He literally says “magic users have higher median income, that’s what they’re bitching about”

      • joesixpack
        Posted July 20, 2014 at 5:05 am | Permalink

        read the light novels in the 2nd one he states that the median income is so high because there are some great jobs that require magic that do amazing things for society as a whole and hence get paid literal shit-tons but there are far more jobs requiring magic that get paid less than office workers (kinda like saying they get paid around minimum wage is how I took it)

  3. Posted April 27, 2014 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    It’s one thing to say “The educational system is flawed because it doesn’t properly gauge your ability”, but this… lol. I came into this show vaguely expecting racist propaganda and dodgy politics but not to this degree. Can’t imagine how anyone could take the ideas in this show seriously, but apparently they do.

    Now I’m slightly butthurt that Tatsuya turned out to be an asshat with terrible political opinions, though. But doesn’t that make him more attractive in a sense…?!?!

    • Posted April 27, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

      “His flaws, don’t they make him even sexier?”

      Froggy-kun, are you a yandere? :D

  4. Posted April 27, 2014 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    My favorite part upon skimming the episode was that map at the end that showed China all highlighted in red whilst everything else is blue or green. Yeah, real subtle there.

    • Anonymous
      Posted April 27, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      Korea is too. Does that mean Best Korea won the war? _O-

  5. Guratan
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t watched this but your wonderful choices of scenes with specific subtitles crack me up for some reason. Such overload of cliche.

  6. Popka
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    What’s weird to me is that it seems like Tatsuya is using a different definition of equality at the end of the episode than everyone else. Everyone else seems to mean it as “equal respect toward everyone” while Tatsuya seems to be using it in a way that would mean “all people are equally skilled/powerful” since at the end of the episode he says that equality can’t exist since he has talents no one can emulate. I don’t see why he can’t get behind the first definition. It’s not like the Weeds are a bunch of lazy jerks who don’t deserve respect.

  7. Nadgers
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    I had no idea what this series was and I never plan on watching it, but these articles are hilarious. Good lord.

  8. il-Palazzo
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Just want to say that Tatsuya isn’t supposed to be a “perfect gentleman”. In the LN a character (I think Mari but not so sure) called him out that despite the polite language he can be very offensive.

    The nurse is depicted here very differently than I thought. In the LN she sounds very intentionally sexy, and Tetsuya seems like he’s warning her not to try to seduce him for whatever purpose she’s doing. In the anime her chubby look and childish voice seems like she’s just accidentally let out more cleavage than she thought and Tatsuya is just being a dick.

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted April 27, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      > Sexy school nurse tries to seduce young male teen.
      > Young male teen warns her to keep her feminine wiles for herself.

      Seems legit.

    • Posted April 27, 2014 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

      She’s the counselor, actually. She was supposed to be introduced in the first episode.

      She’s not the nurse, that’s another character that gets a few seconds of screentime in book 6(?).

      • il-Palazzo
        Posted April 28, 2014 at 5:11 am | Permalink

        Counselor it is, then. That’s the character I’m talking about. I only called her nurse because that’s what Scamp called her in the review.

        I’ve only read the LN to book 3 so I don’t know any nurse.

  9. Nagisa33
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    These Mahouka posts and their comments are entertaining. I’m iffy about watching the show though.

  10. Mormegil
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Even the nurse wants him. Good lord every girl wants this guy. This is starting to get ridiculous now…

    • Mentar
      Posted April 27, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

      The nurse doesn’t want him in the least. She was trying to see if he was susceptible to advances. He wasn’t.

      • Zirthiel
        Posted April 27, 2014 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

        You are a living spoiler. Staph! =p

      • Mormegil
        Posted April 28, 2014 at 3:51 am | Permalink

        Whatever that means.

        …do I even want to know?

  11. Aethelwulf
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    There is a huge problem with this show, and it has nothing to do with the politics.

    Bluntly put, this episode squandered its medium. With the exception of that one thirty-second fight scene, it could have been a radio program. Everyone just sat around and stared at each other and talked in mostly calm, measured voices. The lengthy exposition had next to no imagery illustrating the concepts it was portraying (for example, when Tatsuya called up the info for the terrorist organization, it was just maps and vague squiggly graphs and logos).

    There wasn’t any grand spectacle. There wasn’t any visual flair. It doesn’t matter that the light novels supposedly “get better.” Judged on it’s own merits, this episode – and the whole anime so far – are just hella boring.

    • Zirthiel
      Posted April 27, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

      Actually I find it very interesting because there are a lot of subtle details in the scenes that I like to seek the meaning of them.

      If the discourse in the anime is boring for you maybe it’s simply not an anime for you.

  12. gedata
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    wow this episode was almost entirely discuss this issue with that girl while simultaneously leaving her pantsu a dripping mess, rinse repeat.

    At least I’ve got an idea as to why Tatsuya hasn’t settled on any chick
    http://i.imgur.com/tRbqUmC.png
    http://i.imgur.com/CGA4wv0.png
    http://i.imgur.com/4TqX7Bq.png

    • Zirthiel
      Posted April 27, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      Your post is highly amusing and I would give you a thumbs up but alas I can’t do it at this site so I’ll express my approval in a verbal manner.

      Lolololololololololol xD

    • DAI_OXI
      Posted April 27, 2014 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

      Yeah lol I was thinking the same thing, that was the most homoerotic physical description ever.

      • Posted April 29, 2014 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

        It was also the most homoerotic visual description.

        Just… let’s both slowly float towards one another, utterly naked, jaws keenly set in anticipation, ‘neath the cloak of total darkness!

  13. Cirith
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Well a higher IQ also has a correlation do higher wages and is a closer equivalent to having magic (though being smart and having fucking magic are on different levels in how much advantage it gives you.) While his one-sided speech probably was written coming from the mindset you describe just replacing magic with money is a bit lazy as argumentation since it is more comparable with inborn talents than something easily transferable like money.
    On the other hand you are blogging about it not having an argument with the author so I guess writing up a detailed refutal would be a bit pointless.^^

  14. Nagisa33
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    I went from from reading this to reading essays and criticisms on objectivist philosophy to reading an interview on the use of irony in modern society to watching “This is Water”. Man, what a day.

  15. Posted April 27, 2014 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Fun Fact: Pointing out all the flaws in Mahouka’s politics in each episode is worth college credit.

  16. Jaysus
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    Yeah… I’m not touching this with a 10 foot pole.

  17. fluffymoochicken
    Posted April 28, 2014 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    “or alternatively being a dick disguised as gentlemenly by calling the nurse out for dressing provocatively”

    That sounds like something that a fedora neckbeard “gentleman” would say on a dating website. xD

  18. ANON
    Posted April 28, 2014 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    I’m pissed at this show for a different reason (aside from that guy and his clingy imouto).

    I used this as an ace and it cost me 3000 points in FAL. GDI.

  19. Ken
    Posted April 28, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    I wasn’t going to watch this show, but then I saw all this discussion about it and it made me change my mind.

    I’m not loving this show but I do enjoy it on a certain level. The lead character reminds me of Sherlock. He seems to have his own unique and clever way of functioning that gives himself an advantage over others. He may not be correct in his thinking or likable, but so far he is interesting to watch. I don’t know if the writers are intending to make him a flawed protagonist, but so far that’s how I see him.

  20. shytende
    Posted April 28, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    The most baffling thing is how they don’t even realize their own contradiction.
    You mean to say the Kendo Master girl, who put probably tons of works to be at this level, is less worthwhile that the guy who is just born with natural talent, magic or otherwise (The MC) ?
    I’m sorry, I don’t get it. No matter how many cheap trick you use to makes them seems to be the bad guys, I don’t think I’ll ever get i.

    • William Clark
      Posted April 29, 2014 at 6:43 am | Permalink

      Edit: Holy shit, wall of text warning. Sorry.

      Yes, pity the elite magician at the elite magic school who’s not quite good enough to be taught by (so far unseen) elite magic teachers. You can bet that anyone who graduates will be making money hand-over-fist.

      So no, she is not less worthwhile; they’re teenagers. They don’t need a reason to be cruel to each other, and the author has contrived a situation where that cruelty runs free, with teenagers policing other teenagers, with no adult supervision.

      As for Blanche… Seriously? Magicians are rare, and their services are in demand, so they can ask for steep compensation. Money leads to social status. But Blanche’s solution to this inequality: Get rid of magic. It’s no wonder MC thinks it’s just a plot to weaken national defense, it’s asinine. Just demand for an increase in taxes on upper income brackets to fund social programs. It’s not as if magicians are the only people born with natural talent (or inherited wealth) that gives them an advantage in making money/climbing the social ladder.

      (Though, since magicians seem to be nothing more glass cannon soldiers, a la alchemists from Fullmetal Alchemist, maybe eliminating magic from their world ain’t such a bad idea)

      TL;DR no one at that school has a right to complain about anything but teenagers being jerks, much less potentially being involved with an organization that wants to eliminate their probably lucrative job prospects because of the most asinine reasoning possible.

      Seriously… Eliminate magic and differences in magical potential between people go away. No shit, Sherlock. What next, lobotomies?

      • joesixpack
        Posted July 20, 2014 at 5:17 am | Permalink

        their teenagers they don’t need a good reason they just know (or think) their being looked down on and so they react in the most severe way they can because of hormones and fucked up teenage logic

  21. EmblemR
    Posted April 29, 2014 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Think you’re blowing all that out of proportion a fair bit, Scamp. These magician kids are getting conscripted into their military, ain’t they, because this magic is supposed to be a rare and desperately-desired commodity? They’re important folk, right? Unless Tatsuya were to pull a Lelouch and reform the world (instead of just being a siscon), what else were you expecting out of this? Ain’t no War and Peace, sure, but magician vs. non-magician didn’t seem like a huge plot twist to me. Pretty standard fare.

    With the nurse, ain’t it that in this future, exposing skin is hella flagrant? Tatsuya was just pointing that out, I thought. I dunno.

  22. R1CK_D0M
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    Lol this was exactly what I was trying to say in my comment on the previous episode. Also holy shit I didn’t expect them to just come right out and say it like that hahahaha

  23. Hanasra
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Damn Scamp, I never expected to see Ayn Rand popped up here in this blog. The horror! What have you done D:

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