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.
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.