It’s a new arc. The boring last arc has ended. All the people have been promising us that this gets better. I’m sure it will start now. We’ll no longer get Tatsuya being absolutely perfect at everything. No more lengthy explanations for how magic is done that bore the living shit out of everyone. No more incest. No more..
What I find amazing is that, if anything, Mahouka is only getting worse. This episode had literally only one purpose: To make Tatsuya appear amazing. You could argue that’s the entire point of the show, and you would be nearly right, but this episode had nothing else. They had that big lengthy sequence where Tatsuya became the greatest engineer and people were all amazed by how he was doing all manually and those who didn’t accept the results did so because they were just stupid. That was a solid third of the episode. I thought there might be something more to the episode when they started talking about the whole flying magic thing…actually let me go on a separate little rant about that.
I can follow the magical explanations in Mahouka for the most part. From what I gather, each magical spell is broken down into individual parts. For flying, you need the spell to pick you off the ground, then the one to slow you down so you don’t continuously speed up and shoot into outer space (by this logic, space travel must be a doddle in Mahouka’s world). There’s a bit more to it than that, in particular the CAD’s which I’ll admit to being completely baffled by how they’re supposed to work, but I have a grasp on the basics. Flying isn’t possible with magic because each change in direction requires a separate spell, and magicians can only do up to 10.
Which is all well and good if you’re reading a school textbook, but as entertainment it’s the most tedious shit to sit through. There’s no worldbuilding going on here, since the structure of magic doesn’t have impact on the world. The rules aren’t simple enough that you can extrapolate yourself or take part in any problem solving. There’s no ‘lore’ since the part people like about lore is that there’s a big interesting story behind something. There’s no story behind how magic works. It’s like finding a story in electrical engineering. It purely seems to be there for its own sake. Because having a complex magic system is apparently supposed to be a draw that explaining every time it’s used is supposed to be appealing. And this is the cut-down anime version, god only knows how someone could sit through the extended versions that are probably present in the novels.
Back to what I was talking about earlier, it turned out that all this discussion about flying was purely to make Tatsuya appear amazing again. He solves the flight problem (my understanding is he developed a computer that predicts where you are aiming towards when flying then cancels the previous spells and casts a new one where he’s predicted to end up, or something along those lines) when even the greatest scientists in the world can’t solve it. Why? To what end? He’s just a genius and amazing and perfect and infallible and the only conflict in this world is whether people will notice how amazing Tatsuya is.