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Mahouka – Irregular at Magic High School episode 7 – He’s just too perfect for me

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 07 [480p].mkv_snapshot_17.43_[2014.05.18_11.57.12]

It does amuse me how much everyone is ready to start munching on Tatsuya’s cock. The entire speech from the lady was about how she couldn’t be with him because he was just too good. He’s so perfect and amazing and beyond our understanding. She can only settle for the guy who is not very good at all and fails at life. The only person good enough for Tatsuya is his own flesh and blood aka his sister. I swear this show goes so far with its fawning over Tatsuya that it comes across as self-parody.

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 07 [480p].mkv_snapshot_06.47_[2014.05.18_11.46.04]Last week I remarked that Tatsuya was becoming a supervillain with how evil he’s become. My point was that his actions seemed psychotic and evidently on the wrong side morally when he was fighting against equality. Yet the show definitely was presenting him as a hero. This wasn’t a balanced view. The terrorists were misguided idiots who had their worldview torn apart by a few words from Tatsuya. This episode however was the first time we got a sense that maybe Tatsuya and his cronies aren’t so good after all. The level of violence and how easily they crushed the resistance was frightening. It wasn’t even a fight. Tatsuya can see through walls, the mind control is rendered ineffective, and the guns all fall apart before he even walks into the room. Their secret weapon of cancelling magic had literally no effect. This wasn’t a fight. It was a massacre.

The scene at the end that fucking freaked me out though was when the medics carried out the frozen terrorist. The guy was on the edge of dying and Miyuki looks over with a slightly pained expression. Then she looks at Tatsuya and he gives her a knowing nod, as if to say it’s OK. He was a terrorist. We are allowed to because we are right. And then her face brightens up and they walk away hand in hand into the sunset saying we can return to our beautiful lives together. It’s like the ending for Psycho Pass [spoiler warning for Psycho Pass here] The system remains the same.  Nothing changes. What could have collapsed the system was just eliminated and we continue in our fucked up world, the upper class continuing feeling safe in their ivory towers. Except in Psycho Pass it’s presented as a negative with a faint glimmer of hope with Akane that maybe in this cycle something will change. We’ve planted the seeds of rebellion, even if they didn’t sprout this year. In Mahouka, the land has been salted and the last people trying to change the system have been subjugated or turned to their side.

Actually the Psycho Pass comparison works pretty well on other levels. In Psycho Pass the presence of the anomaly Makishima was a symbol of how broken the system was. In Mahouka the anomaly of Tatsuya doesn’t present a broken system. Instead it takes the view of Sibyl that the anomaly merely needs to be properly incorporated into their system rather than a sign that the system is fundamentally broken.

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 07 [480p].mkv_snapshot_23.30_[2014.05.18_12.01.51]You know, I was interested that Suzaku would be a natural enemy of Tatsuya fighting for the people. But instead he’s another magical psychotic lunatic within the elite. So much for that.

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  1. LostSeraph
    Posted May 18, 2014 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m not actually watching this show, but after seeing the second screencap the only thing I could think of was Enya talking to Dio in the latest Jojo’s episode.

  2. Lirael
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    You know, if the author stopped throwing incest and then saying its just a totally non romantic brotherly bond and actually went full incest…this would be so much mor einteresting. Maybe some actual conflict would arise at least, and its not like it would get much more creepy than it is already.

    Five bucks the Suzaku clone is built up episode after episode to be the big bad and gary Stu kicks his ass in five minutes. And by five minutes I mean: 2 seconds to beat him, 4min and 58sec to talk in a monotone

    Oh and I have never seen a less romantic relationship being presented as romantic: “this guys is just too good for me so I’l stick to this other guy because he isnt so good and that makes me feel godo about myself”

  3. Ken
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    Elitist Prick at Magic High School is reminding me of the series Slayers. Only in Slayers when the bad guys would brag about how bad ass they were and Lina Inverse kicked their ass in one second it was funny.

    The most interesting thing about Elitist Prick at Magic High School is that the writer seems to believe that Elitist Prick is the Messiah and is afraid to depict him as a real person for fear of evoking his wrath. It’s like he drank his own Kool Aid.

    • Giovanni
      Posted May 19, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

      Tatsuya’s not an elitist prick.

      He’s just a heartless dick. (And he’s interesting that way)

      • Ken
        Posted May 19, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

        Sense dick and prick are the same thing then I take it that you don’t think he’s an elitist. I do agree with you though that he’s totally heartless.

        I think so far his character is moderately interesting but what I find most interesting is the sloppy writing and the way viewers rant about it.

        I didn’t read the manga but from what I’ve seen so far this would be better if it was written as a comedy.

      • Giovanni
        Posted May 19, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

        Truth be told, I wasn’t that big of a fan when I first heard about it. I loved the manga but I kept myself from reading the novels because I didn’t really see any reason for me to check it out immediately and feared it would just waste my time because the infodumping kinda turned me off when I first checked it out.

        But then some guy pointed out a few things to me that quite frankly made me convulse with excitement. I went to check the novels out after that.

        I ended up reading through all the available volumes in a week. The infodumps could’ve been done a lot more gracefully, but apart from that I had no complaints. Neither with the ideas used or how it was presented. Once you get past the Enrollment arc a lot of things about this story start to make a great amount of sense. Mahouka is a story that only gets better with context. (Hence the reason why I think they released all the other arcs in manga form simultaneously–so more people will have context once the anime airs) And Enrollments true value is in how well it sets up the delicious conflict and almost Game of Thrones-style shit in the future.

        Oh yeah, just in case you’re interested in this stuff, a little bit of knowledge about Hindu mythology would probably improve one’s reading/viewing experience. ^_^ It’s what that other person pointed out to me that made me see the series in a different light.(I’m kind of a myth nerd)It also gives a reason why:

        1) Tatsuya and Miyuki were written the way they were. It explains their personalties, their powers, bits about their backstory, their effect on people, their effect on the world around them, their motives, their drives, and their relationship. The myths pretty much act like a key to understanding them, since they’re pretty much just expies of a couple of figures from the legends.
        2) It reinforces Tatsuya’s main goal, and general direction. Might also explain the title of the series.
        3) It explains the magic system (combined with a few terms from Plato)
        4) It made me stop trying to see Tatsuya as “human” and as more of a deconstructed or rationalized “something else”.

      • Posted May 19, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

        I’d heard of the mythological inspiration. Now I’m just waiting for it to become clear exactly why that’s important, or it it’s just there to be cool like in Evangelion.

        I will say that I had bigger problems with the student council president than Tatsuya, for making unfounded assumptions about the course 2 students, and how none of the course 2 students were portrayed as being smart enough to stand up to their mistreatment on their own.

        Of course, the biggest thing I take issue with is how mind-blowingly boring the presentation is. We don’t need an incomprehensible explanation of every single spell that gets cast. So far there’s been exactly one action scene that was at all interesting to watch. Would it have been impossible to show Tatsuya completely routing the enemy in a less yawn-inducing way?

  4. ANON
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    Naww maahn, you’re just all jelly because you won’t get to be as perfect as our lord and saviour Tatsuya.

    Typical imperfect creatures, trying to bring down our One True God and sully his name just to justify how weak and pathetic they are.

    I’m sure you’ll be won over by his perfectness and majesty before the end of this series.

    • Posted May 21, 2014 at 2:12 am | Permalink

      By ‘majesty’ what you mean is ‘dick’, right? That’s what you really mean, right?

  5. Aethelwulf
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    That post-attack scene with the nod was kind of sad. Before the nod, you can tell the little sister was forming an opinion of her own actions. After the nod, though, she’s clearly changed her outlook to match her brother’s. She might as well be a programmed robot, considering her sheer lack of independent thought and agency. Everything she does is entirely based on her brother’s actions, or based on another person’s actions towards him. She’s not a cardboard character–she’s just a mirror.

    And on an unrelated note here’s to hoping that the Suzaku clone and Elitist Prick have a perfect-off competition to determine who can claim the crown of Ultimate Gary-Stu.

  6. 495162
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    I’m the only one thinking that the nod was for confirming that they still alive and she didn’t kill them?

    • Someone Else
      Posted May 19, 2014 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      Knowing the sister tend to overdo things that sounds more like it

    • Giovanni
      Posted May 19, 2014 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      Yup. Exactly that.

  7. Someone Else
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    I still don’t get why people treat him like a magical jesus. Judging from this episode the massacre was entirely the opposite. He’s more like a cold dictator with less room for self corrupt greed

    • Giovanni
      Posted May 19, 2014 at 9:55 am | Permalink

      He’s supposed to be. People should also stop comparing him to Jesus, because he’s actually closer to Satan than Jesus. And I think this is bloody awesome. There’s quite a few references in the story that show that Tatsuya was partially inspired by the figure of Satan. Including his damn name.

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted May 19, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

        What about his name?

      • Giovanni
        Posted May 19, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

        There’s a lot more of course–his relationship with Miyuki (who has quite a number of interesting character themes too) strengthens the Satan parallels, but the thing about his name is that it reinforces the heavy dragon symbolism Tatsuya has, and most everyone knows Satan was described as a dragon at times. The names used for a lot of the characters sometimes hint at something about their role in the story or their powers. For Tatsuya, his name is read as “accomplished” which makes sense since he has a lot of things under his belt. However; his name can also be read as “dragon” and there’s plenty of stuff in the story (like an explicit comparison for one thing) that point to this being the reading that describes the nature of his existence.

        One of Tatsuya’s roles in the story is that of the fantasy dragon. Everyone is afraid of him and part of the fun is seeing how people scramble and do their best to either take him down or control him. Politics and power games are big in this story, and it’s part of what makes everything so addictive. Plot vs plot; schemer vs schemer–the political battles level the field for everyone because when it comes to politics Tatsuya’s just as capable of error and misjudgement as everyone else of his opponents, and it’s the one area where right now he’s currently losing and why some people have all the cards they need to get a hand on him.

        Also, when something horrible happens to Tatsuya, there’s usually a very good reason behind it. I honestly can’t fault his antagonists for what they do, because they kinda had no choice with the circumstances they have. This story has no real villains, Blanche is just one faction amidst a sea of interests, and their fight for equality was just a fraud because its premises and its methods were wrong. Also, they’re here to trick people into thinking that it’s the mages who rule society…when the reality is a little more complicated.

        (Also, just saying, but some of other parallels Tatsuya have with various legendary figures don’t paint a very pretty picture for his future…hoping I’m wrong, but it feels like the story is setting him up for a fall at some point which would be interesting to see. )

  8. shytende
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    I was really cringing with those guys when they were frozen.
    That seems unbielivably painfull.

    ….But I guess Tatsuya would says empathy is for the weaks.

    • Giovanni
      Posted May 19, 2014 at 10:01 am | Permalink

      It WAS unbelievably painful. Those guys could’ve have died. And truth be told, if their deaths didn’t cause him any unwanted attention from the police, his family, and didn’t make his sister feel bad about what she did, he’d let them die.

      He’d let everyone die. Tatsuya would let the whole world burn and not lose sleep over it. He’s a monster. He was always meant to be a monster. But he currently fights for the side of good because of the one thing that brings him happiness in the world, and it brings out the best in his twisted character.

  9. Giovanni
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Just adding my thoughts here:

    1) No. The terrorist’s worldviews weren’t undone because they weren’t really fighting for “equality”. They were fighting for power. The whole “equal opportunity” bullshit everyone keeps trying to throw at this series doesn’t apply, because everyone is free to pursue whatever career they want, but if you choose to be a magician then of course you’re going to be judged based on your level of competence–if you don’t like it quit being a magician, and only the ones with extremely selects skills get paid an obscene amount of money(and they’re not all part of the big 10); average mages sometimes make less than civies. Magic isn’t money. Despite what you said in a previous article. It’s closer to something like artistic talent here. Being a powerful magicians gives you good amount of influence because magic is kinda important to the current world (like artistic talent was during the Renaissance) but in the end the ones who truly rule the world are still the people with money and political authority, the magicians still have to bow to these people, even the ones in the big 10 clans, because they owe their elevated status to their judgement and can have it stripped away from them just as easily.

    2) Mages aren’t given preferential treatment. That’s actually a common misconception in the world of the story. The whole situation is in reverse…Mahouka isn’t about keeping the status quo. Tatsuya doesn’t care about that. He only cares about Miyuki. And for her sake, he’s willing to do anything. And based on what I’ve read, he’s going to destroy everything wrong with the current world and usher in a new era. (Which, like most everything about him, fits his mythological inspiration.)

    3) Tatsuya saying “it’s ok” to Miyuki has something to do with his ridiculous powers. He did something so Miyuki wouldn’t feel so bad about going overboard with her spell because they both know she could kill people with her level of power. So he did something for the terrorists to make sure they keep their lives at least.

    4) If people really think that the reason we like Tatsuya is because he’s so perfect…No. We like him because he’s a character who has utterly no business being a hero; a borderline villainous, or at least amoral character who nevertheless does the world good despite him not really intending to do it any good, and are merely serving his own interests. Tatsuya is Tywin Lannister crossed with Balerion the Black Dread. The story also basically gives him a big fuck you, by showing him that in the grand scheme of things, his powers are worth shit and he can’t fall back on them to solve all his problems, and with the right cards the weak, but clever man can have the strong man under his thumb. Scheming and political maneuvering is still the best way to get what one wants in this story.

  10. Mr. Anon
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Such moral dissonance for me when Kirihara just cuts the defeated terrorist leader’s arm off … and both Tatsuya and the big guy don’t even blink.

    Like what the fuck? I knew Tatsuya was an asshole but maiming a prisoner is beyond fucking terrible.

    I do love a show with an anti-villain protagonist though. It’s a nice change from the usual.

    • Banarok
      Posted May 19, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

      Isen’t he a Anit-hero?

      since a Anti-hero is someone who does good for selfish or evil reasons.

      Anti-villan is someone who does evil for the sake of good or selfless reasons.

      Blanche is a terrorist organisation, sure there are better ways to handle things but in general so far he cause more good then evil.

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted May 19, 2014 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

        Maybe I was using the wrong word. My main point was about the moral dissonance though.

    • Giovanni
      Posted May 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      They’re lucky they were just maimed…

      And yes, Tatsuya is an anti-hero. He does good for completely selfish and personal reasons. Good, evil, and justice are simply concepts that don’t interest him much, though he does have a rough grasp of them.

    • blackice85
      Posted May 19, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      I’m surprised Scamp didn’t mention the arm severing, that was at least as bad as what Miyuki did and caught me by surprise. Not surprised that it happened at all, but that no one seemed to care (except for the one guy stopping the bleeding).

      • shytende
        Posted May 19, 2014 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

        Well, the same episode has a girl freezing her opponents to death because they touched her onii-chan.

        …So, I guess it was forgotten.

        And, even if it is awfull, this is easier to understand. Kihara is pretty “hot-blooded” (more like genocidal maniac, but yoo see what I mean), and thinks they are responsible to everything that happens to Mibu, his girlfriend.

        That’s indeed awfull, but not as much as freezing everyone to death.

  11. Posted May 21, 2014 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    So does this mean you don’t still want Tatsuya’s dick???

  12. Giovanni
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I just discovered something new again…and I’ve got to get it out. I can’t help myself. Forgive me in advance, this may spoil some people, but knowing it will probably improve someone’s viewing experience.

    OK. I’m 100% sure now. Mahouka is really nothing more than a reimagining of the Shiva myth. EVERYTHING about Tatsuya can be traced back to Shiva. EVERYTHING. And that’s the whole point of the story–to reimagine the Mahadev in a magitek setting.

    • Posted May 22, 2014 at 1:34 am | Permalink

      This feels so dishonest dude, since you’ve been saying so in various places for weeks. “I’ve just discovered something new”? Why present it that way?

      Also, as said above, and as I’ve said to you before, “Ok, and?” – if that’s all it is, then it’s cute, a gimmick, and nothing more. It should do more, or it’s meaningless.

      • Giovanni
        Posted May 22, 2014 at 3:04 am | Permalink

        Wait bro, just hear me out:

        Yes, while the whole Shiva/Tatsuya is quite an old idea that I’ve been yamming about for weeks (to be the point that I’m quite sure that I’ve annoyed someone at some point), the reason I said “something new again” is because while I was talking to something in the forums, someone suddenly dropped a piece of information that I didn’t know (or at least didn’t notice) before. Remember Tatsuya’s “Ooguro Ryuuya” alias? I thought it was just to reinforce his heavy dragon symbolism and maybe shine upon the fact that Shiva was sometimes referred to as a dark god. Turns it was actually a reflection of Daikokuten, Shiva’s Japanese variation, and the god of darkness. I also learned that even “Mahakala” has been incorporated in his character. This is exciting, and my excitement, of course, compels me to want to talk about it with someone. I mean come on, how much more obvious are the comparisons going to get? Every volume we keep finding more stuff to reinforce the connection. Mahadev, Nataraj, Mahesvara, Daikokuten, and Mahakala–all of them have been incorporated into Tatsuya’s character in some way. (And don’t even get me started on Miyuki/Parvati.)

        This is important, and the reason I keep going to various sites to do point it out, is because I believe it puts everything in the proper perspective. It’s not a gimmick. It’s the whole point. Heck, I’d even go so far as to say it’s the whole bloody point of the entire series. And that the myths serve as a key to understanding the characters. Mahouka is just the Shiva myths reimagined in a magitek setting. Tatsuya is Shiva, and his role in the story is to destroy everything that was wrong with the old world and usher in a new era. His antagonists (like the terrorists and the invaders) are the stand-ins for the various demons who constantly attack the gods and dare disturb Shiva and his peace (with his wife), causing him to rouse from his general indifference and destroy them.

        Let’s take Enrollment Arc for example. Like Tatsuya, Shiva was looked down upon and laughed at despite his great powers; this, of course, gave his wife (who Miyuki was based on) much frustration since she regards her husband as the greatest being in the universe and wants to see him get the respect she believes he deserves. Why do you think the discrimination issue was hardly discussed in the future arcs and was turned on its head? It’s because the discrimination issue wasn’t really as important as the story showing how self-possessed Tatsuya was and how unaffected he is by people’s insults and slurs–like Shiva. The whole issue was brought up as a kind of reimagining of this part of the Shiva myth and to show that like Shiva, Tatsuya is one heck of a powerful being despite being judged otherwise, and that their female counterparts were right to place so much faith in them. The reason Tatsuya seems to not really care about the issue is because not only is he aware of the true state of things, he personally doesn’t discriminate between upper or lower classes and thinks everyone has something to offer to the world, and that we shouldn’t let people’s judgment of us determine our own self-worth. Shiva is also the strangest god in the Hindu pantheon. The god who doesn’t really fit in the established system, and actually represents everything outside of it. Shiva is the “Irregular God”. And Tatsuya is the “Irregular at Magic Highschool”.

      • great so what
        Posted May 22, 2014 at 10:53 am | Permalink

        Err that’s good to know. Except it caused neither a ripple of excitement nor renewed interest in any way, at least for me. It is not as if how people interpret this show changed fundamentally with this piece of connection. In fact the problem has always been the portrayal itself – the fact that the story bears resemblance to another bad story does nothing to redeem it, unless you are already a fan of the said story/similar story. You see, it’s all right if the premise of a story is just a power fantasy, a super cool dude with special magik/psyche – but how that premise is TOLD, is the key, not the premise itself.

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