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Mahouka – Irregular at Magic High School episode 8 – He can fly too

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..

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 08 [480p].mkv_snapshot_20.27_[2014.05.25_14.31.13]Welp, so much for that. Mahouka captured in a single screencap.

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.

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 08 [480p].mkv_snapshot_11.42_[2014.05.25_14.21.10]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.

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 08 [480p].mkv_snapshot_13.45_[2014.05.25_14.24.26]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.

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45 Comments

  1. NotGiovanni
    Posted May 25, 2014 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Oh yeah Scamp, you know it’s based on Hindu myhtology and he’s supposed to be evil and an anti-hero, he’s not glorified you dummy.

    In all due seriousness I am amazed you can handle the infodumps since I stopped watching the series in the first half of the first episode since it was just talking heads expositing. Someone I know watches this series devotedly and complained about Chaika’s first episode since according to him it was apparently bad they didn’t stop and exposit for 15 minutes. I guess that’s part of the audience, people who lvoe explanations.

    • Giovanni
      Posted May 26, 2014 at 6:03 am | Permalink

      Very funny. Anyway, I’ve already said what I wanted to say on that subject, and now that I’ve had time to think about it (and watched the 8th episode) that I’m beginning to see the problems.

      Most of the defenders of the series are LN readers who’ve already gone past 10 volumes or so. They’re armed with all the answers, they’ve already got all the justification and the explanations they need. They know why x is x, and why x is not y. And they can all write mini-essays explaining the logic behind that.

      That is bad.

      The anime should stand on its own. If a non-reader needs the help of an LN reader to make sense of the world, then the anime failed to adapt it properly, and was really nothing more than fanservice for the fans of the source material. Looking at the anime itself, I can’t say I blame people for looking at it negatively at times.

      1) The anime gives you little reason to care about the characters and few moments where they endear themselves to the viewer. An ln-reader will inevitably fill in all the missing characterization inside his head, and would be fine with what he sees on screen. Others however, are a more mixed bag and can come up with different interpretations for what they see on-screen. What I see from just looking at the anime and disregarding what I know? It’s incredibly dry and bland, and at times a chore to watch–especially when the technobabble starts. There are hardly any moments where the characters just act like people, which is important since we’re going to be following them in this story, and we don’t care about them, then I see no reason why we should care about their story. Especially with the two main leads–and ESPECIALLY with Miyuki–who, as of now, isn’t really given much other than “loves her brother to an absurd degree” which by itself is just creepy. Sure, we know there’s more to it, the anime hinted at that much at least, but it should have dropped a few hints between the introduction of that character trait and the inevitable explanation by giving Miyuki more depth by giving her moments away from her brother where she can just be her supposedly confident self, and hinting more on what made her fall in love with someone she wasn’t supposed to, and why she thinks so highly of him. Going back to the perspective of a reader…the anime bombed by cutting out the comedic scenes which actually showed something about who the people we’re centering the story on. It also makes the ride much more enjoyable and shows that the story can just goof around and have fun with itself. Instead, the anime not only took a more serious tone; so far, it dumped most of the comedy on Erika and Leo’s schtick. Which doesn’t really do anything.

      2) The anime adaptation sheds light on the flaws the original work had. Admittedly, there’s a lot more telling than showing in the source material. This doesn’t translate very well in a visual medium, and in general is considered bad writing. It’s ok to tell once in a while in a story, but the extent that Mahouka does it makes it feel more like the narrator is talking to the reader, rather than showing the story that’s actually happening before. The execution of its core ideas…now, I admit could have been done better.

      OK. I get it. The characters are based on a couple of Hindu gods and it serves as the outline for the majority of the story. They’re supposed to love each other completely. The guy is supposed to be the greatest being in the universe; and the girl is supposed to be the one who has absolute faith in him and loves him more than her own self.

      Did it really have to be portrayed the way it did?

      The story intended to portray Tatsuya as the greatest man who ever lived–fine. But it could’ve so by focusing more on his character rather than his abilities, and giving him more moments where people get to understand the kind of character he is–from the start. Part of the problem with Tatsuya is that since he’s the “passive unless proviked type” of MC, most of his depth comes from his internal narration and observations about the world around him–when they cut that out, all you get is the Tatsuya you see in the anime. Miyuki’s love for Tatsuya could still be as affectionate–but it could do with less Tatsuya praising, and more scenes of her and Tatsuya showing that they know each other so well, that they don’t even need to speak to understand each other. (In general, more showing less telling) Instead of acting like his jealous girlfriend at times, Miyuki could have been portrayed more as the wife character she was always meant to be by acting mature and secure whenever jokes about Tatsuya being with other girls come around–she knows him best after all. They could have also been more direct about her goals to get Tatsuya more involved with the world by plainly showing Miyuki telling her brother to participate because she thinks it’ll be good for everyone and because it will make her happy.

      3) Looking at the LNs, there was also very little in the Enrollment Arc to make people believe it was going to be anything other than your typical highschool action stories with incest. Looking at the anime, same thing, but now you have even less reason to want to see more of the story. Both mediums has weak hooks, and lacks in setting up the “magic circle” of story telling where we just forget about the outside world and get engrossed in the world of fiction. I also don’t like that the story plays coy and takes FOREVER to explain things. It’s one of the reason I didn’t even bother looking up the LNs until someone pointed out the Shiva comparison to me. Because until that was pointed out, aside from the wincest, there was nothing else that could get me interested enough in the story to want to read the novels for myself. And the technobabble? In all honesty, I’m one of the readers who just speed-reads/skips those parts…and summarize them in my head as “I get it. It makes sense” and go on reading the parts that are actually interesting me. I do the same thing with the anime–I just summarize it as “I see. Moving on”.

      Do I still like the novels? Definitely. Do I like anime? Yup. Do I like the characters and think it has something to offer to the world? Yeah. And most everything does when you look at it. But all of this doesn’t mean I can’t be critical about it, and not understand where people are coming from. I just wanted people to be able to enjoy this more by sharing a few things about it that could make it a more meaningful experience. But even I can’t close my eyes to its flaws. And if what I saw in episode 8 is any indication…I’m not holding my breath for it changing any mind about the show anytime soon. It’s one of the better regarded arcs, and is filled with all sorts of plot content, but since they’ll probably end this around episode 14, with what I’ve seen them cut out of Enrollment arc already, 9 Schools might be even worse. And if 9 Schools fail to bring back the viewers, it’ll probably fail in Yokohama too. And this will bring in waves of disappointment from both the readers and the non-readers who looked forward to the show.

      • Posted May 26, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

        You, sir, are an example to us all.

        It’s so rare to see someone who can see and understand the flaws in something they like while also being totally honest in the fact that they still like it. So many people conflate criticism with ill-will, or think that their favourite stories are flawless simply by virtue of being their favourites.

        You have defied this, my expectations, and quite possibly entropy. You’ve done more good for my impression of Mahouka than the series or any of its commenters has managed this far.

        And for this I thank you.

      • Posted June 5, 2014 at 9:05 am | Permalink

        I’m not sure agree entirely. I haven’t been exposed to the LN’s and only have now seen the anime version but still enjoying exceptionally. Mind you, I also had an issue with the major big over-the-top explanations but just sitting back and going with the flow.

        Enjoyed the post and I am aware of the issues you brought up although somehow can forgo them since I am being entertained while I watch The Irregular at Magi High School. So what the heck. As long as the enjoyment is there.

    • Posted May 27, 2014 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

      Having read the first 12 LNs, I think a lot of what you say is true for the LNs as well. There’s no “magical depth” in the LNs that’s missing from the anime.

      The characters are never well-developed, though I agree that in the anime not only are they not well-developed, but they’re not even /badly/-developed, for the most part they’re not even /there/.

      The anime did do some things right, like cut out a lot of internal monologues. Yes, we understand Tatsuya slightly less, but things get to move, and those internal monologues are the purest form of “tell” rather than “show”.

  2. Marcomax
    Posted May 25, 2014 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    I’m out. I’m done. I’m not looking forward to watching this show jerk off Tatsuya anymore. So I’m gonna peace out. Call once the show gets political again.

  3. Ken
    Posted May 25, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    I see that this episodes purpose was to set up the next ark, introducing a nice guy volleyball/football player for us to sympathize with for when he no doubt gets his ass kicked in the upcoming school competitions. But seriously, there was more technobabble exposition here then episode one of Fate/Zero.

    On a positive note, there was allot of character development. We got to see how badly the little moe girl wanted to hold and stroke Tatsuya’s silver pistol. She did everything short of sticking it in her mouth.

    And it’s a pity that Tatsuya waisted his time by spending one evening solving the problem of human flight. I guess cancer and world hunger will have to wait for another day.

    • Kamui
      Posted May 26, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

      Ah yes, the long foretold ark containing only the righteous Tatsuya and his harem. And once the flood waters have drained the Earth of all the unworthy, they will leave the ark and repopulate the Earth. The End.
      …I’m sorry. I know it’s a typo. I just had to do it.

  4. Lazy
    Posted May 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to play the Devil’s advocate here, Mahouka is immediately more enjoyable once you stop being upset about Tatsuya being perfect.
    It’s like being upset about Akagi being god tier at Mahjong, it’s an integral part of the show and you can’t escape it.
    Instead you should enjoy the awkward struggle of Tatsuya trying to live his magic highschool life without showing off too much of his talent, but can’t because his lovestruck sister always tries to put him on a pedestal.
    Or how he can’t seem to make a step without encountering some kind of anti-magic terrorist plot like the stardust crusaders can’t reach a new touristic spot without meeting a flurry of stand users.

    I’m not saying Mahouka is the best thing ever, but it is ridiculously easy to enjoy with the right frame of mind.

    • Ken
      Posted May 25, 2014 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

      I pretty much agree with you. As badly written as this show is some times it’s still one of the shows I most look forward too every week. There are allot of school anime that have one character (usually the student body president) that have a gaggle of groupies thinking that he or she is absolutely perfect. In those stories we think the groupies are strange for doing that. However in elitist prick at Magic High School it’s the other way around. We all see that Tatsuya is perfect and that every one who doesn’t think so yet is unenlightened. The series Medaka Box did pretty much the same thing but as a comedy.

      What I also find interesting is how Tatsuya is portrayed as such a self-centered prick who never looses. It’s very hard to sympathize with a character like that and I honestly would feel gratified if he gets his ass kicked even a little before the end of the series.

    • Nadgers
      Posted May 25, 2014 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

      Well to be fair on Akagi, mahjong is an actual game with set on stone rules. Every amazing thing that Akagi does in a mahjong match is technically possible in real life, even the cheating.

      Not really trying to talk down on mahouka here, since I have not actually watched it.

    • NotGiovanni
      Posted May 26, 2014 at 12:11 am | Permalink

      I agree that sure Akagi is invincible and that’s part of the show. Still comparing those two animes shows the difference between good escapist and bad escapist stories. When Akagi does something clever or cool it just shows how cool he is, Tatsuya doing something cool feels like the universe is propping him up as the coolest person alive. This is mostly due to the writing, tone and how are things set up.

      Another aspect in getting a good escapist story is how much emphasis there is on the main character. Akagi rarely if ever takes center stage, the point of view tends to be that of the opponent, the cop guy or his co-worker (don’t remember exactly) talking about him, mostly scared and confused. The supporting cast also tended to have other motives and their lives didn’t revolve around Akagi mostly.

      Every post Scamp has posted has a: “Tatsuya why are you the best person in the universe?” type of dialogue. The other characters exist mostly to idolize Tatsuya.

      Akagi seems less interested than Mahouka in showing why the main character is the coolest and goes for more general entertainment value. Mahouka’s design seems to be more of a teenage fantasy with how male characters exist to be jealous of our protagonist and are dumb and lame compared to the protagonist and lots of girls fall in love with the protagonist.

    • blackice85
      Posted May 26, 2014 at 12:20 am | Permalink

      Agreed. I’m pretty tolerant of the Gary Stu stuff usually, though I have to admit they’re laying it on really thick with this show.

    • David
      Posted May 26, 2014 at 7:56 am | Permalink

      Akagi’s invincibility includes three additional factors:

      1) There’s nothing at the table that Akagi does that anyone else couldn’t have done as well. He isn’t ‘special’, he’s just that damn good.

      Tatsuya, on the other hand, is ‘special’. His magic just works differently than others, and in a way that it’s fundamentally ‘better’ in all ways except the artificial testing system of the school (simply for the sake of fake drama).

      2) Akagi takes big risks to win. Sure, he understands enough about what’s going on that he’s pretty certain he wouldn’t lose, but he’s still willing to wager a hand, or even his life, on his skills. And part of why he can win is because other people are -not- willing to risk such major things. It’s half-bluff, but he’s still dead serious about it, and would pay the cost if he lost.

      Tatsuya is never risking anything. He has two or three “I win” buttons (to the point where he fully expected to be able to solo an entire terrorist organization), and doesn’t have to bluff because he simply can’t lose.

      3) Akagi’s explanations for how he wins require an absolute level of empathy with his opponents. He has to know what they’re feeling, what they feel is important, what they’re willing to risk, and how far they’re willing to go to win. He can beat them because he understands them on a fundamental level.

      Tatsuya’s wonderfully condescending monologues about why everyone else is stupid reek of arrogant sophistry (and anyone who’s taken even a second year philosophy course could probably tear them apart). He has absolutely zero empathy for the other characters, and appears to not care for them, or care to understand them, in the slightest, other than what’s superficially necessary for social politeness. His personal worldview is the only one that matters.

      So yeah, there’s only the most transparently superficial similarity between Tatsuya and Akagi. Tatsuya is not “the same type of character” in a different story, and there’s no reason to expect any sort of correlation between those who like one story vs the other.

      I’m currently only watching it because it’s part of anime night with friends, and a couple people of our group really like it. However every minute of the show so far absolutely grates on my nerves. The incest bits are actually one of the -least- objectionable aspects of the show.

    • shytende
      Posted May 28, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

      Well…
      Even Valvrave is enjoyable with the right state of mind (It’s actually more enjoyable, because at least the MC dad was a pervert mad cientist).
      That stilldoesn’t makes it good.

  5. Lirael
    Posted May 25, 2014 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    The only magic based part of the episode not spent showing off tatsuya’s superiority was the time the loli was gushing over the guy that makes those superior CADs.

    It will be the biggest plot twist this show has done so far if said guy does NOT turn out to be Tatsuya all along

    • blackice85
      Posted May 26, 2014 at 12:27 am | Permalink

      I’m pretty sure he is, given how he and his sister were reacting while she was gushing about the designer. Would be quite unexpected though if he wasn’t.

  6. Blarg
    Posted May 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    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.

    So he invented PID controllers? Those things have been around for a long fucking time. They have computers in this world right? They’re a basic part of control systems theory. Seriously, at least have him solve a problem that seems more impossible.

    • blackice85
      Posted May 26, 2014 at 12:28 am | Permalink

      Yeah if the logic behind it is as Scamp explained, that’s not terribly complicated.

    • Tobikage
      Posted May 26, 2014 at 2:58 am | Permalink

      In Tatsuya’s own words, “Humans were not meant to handle such complex calculations, so I let a computer take care of it”.

      Duh. If he’s the first guy to think of that, then the scientists in that world must be apes.

      • Someone Else
        Posted May 28, 2014 at 9:23 am | Permalink

        My guess is that they are getting to reliant on magic and uses technology as an amplifier rather than a stepping stone in improving magic theories. Otherwise the scientists are indeed apes

  7. Vince
    Posted May 25, 2014 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    That’s what the fans said about Sword Art Online too. Once it gets to second arc, it will get better. And it got worse than it was supposed to be. The same thing probably applies to Mahouka, too.

  8. Kenjeran
    Posted May 26, 2014 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    I don’t know which is worse, Captain Earth’s terminology mumbo jumbo or Mahouka’s technobabble.

    • Tobikage
      Posted May 26, 2014 at 2:52 am | Permalink

      I would have to say Captain Earth is worse. Not only do I take issue with kids that age piloting mecha (and having the fate of the world on their shoulders), but the mecha is ugly and takes too long to launch. The terminology mumbo jumbo just adds to the overall feeling of it being sub par.

    • Mormegil
      Posted May 26, 2014 at 4:30 am | Permalink

      Mahouka’s technobabble, easily.

    • shytende
      Posted May 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      Captain Earth’s technobabble is just an overused joke that lasted far too long.

      The problem with Mahouka is that you’re supposed to find that interresting.

  9. Tobikage
    Posted May 26, 2014 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    Every once in a while, you get shows like this where the MC can do no wrong. I definitely prefer these to shows where the MC is a total wimp (like the MC’s from To Love-ru and Infinite Stratos).

    That said, having a super-strong MC is a recurring theme in many anime of this genre. It’s just that Mahouka has skipped the character development part and Tatsuya is on god-tier to begin with. Think of it like Naruto being able to use sage mode or Ichigo having a bankai right from the start.

    While character development is important, I like watching shows like this once in a while. I like protagonists who are like Vash the stampede + Albert Einstein.

    The point I’m trying to make is, don’t think too hard about it, just sit back and enjoy the awesome.

  10. Posted May 26, 2014 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    I dropped this show at episode 1.
    They went through the trouble to explain how to fly using magic?
    Imagine Dragon Ball and those mahou shoujo anime going through the procedure.
    LOL

    • Traintop
      Posted May 26, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

      Well, techically Dragon Ball *did* explain how people flew (e.g. through Videl’s flying lessons) – Toriyama was just smart enough to keep it simple and go, “Dude, just push yourself up with your ki. You know, that magical life energy we all have.”

    • Zirthiel
      Posted May 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      Well you just compared an apple to a napkin and a calculator. Good job comparing shows that haven’t got anything to do with each other. -.-

  11. Posted May 26, 2014 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    The reason I have trouble seeing him as an antihero is because he’s constantly being validated by his groupies. None of the people he commits violence against are portrayed as not being deserving of it, and his friends are all completely OK with everything he does. With Lelouch or Light you at least got the sense that what they were doing wasn’t necessarily something we were supposed to sympathize with because their friends would have stopped being their friends if they knew what they were up to behind the scenes.

    Even if I could get past Tatsuya’s constant glorification, I still don’t think the show would be entertaining. The dialogue just feels really unnatural to me between people constantly saying “Wow, Tatsuya, you’re amazing” and people saying “the psions need to be filtered through the CAD and the Heisenberg Compensator to activate the Flux Capacitor.”

  12. Mormegil
    Posted May 26, 2014 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    “I understand the parts about actualizing a Gravity Control Type Thermonuclear Fusion Reactor, and actualizing a Quasi-perpetual Motion Machine based on Infinite Inertial Expansion, but I can’t figure out how to explain why General-purpose Flying Spells can’t be actualized…”

    Who in their right mind would write dialogue like this?

    Also, I couldn’t stop laughing at the sister’s comment about her brother making the impossible possible! MR. PERFECT!

    • Xyopq
      Posted May 26, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      The first is magic-powered unlimited energy, the second is magic-warp drive.

  13. Aethelwulf
    Posted May 26, 2014 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    I think this would be a good opportunity to cite Sanderson’s First and Second Laws of [well-written] Magic:

    1st Law: An author’s ability to solve conflict with magic is directly proportional to how well the reader understands said magic.
    http://brandonsanderson.com/sandersons-first-law/

    2nd Law:
    Limitations > Powers
    http://brandonsanderson.com/sandersons-second-law/

    The magic in Mahouka fails the tests (at least in how the explanations are presented in the anime version) because we have no idea how the fudge it actually works in a detailed sense. Tatsuya and the other characters spout out paragraphs of technobabble and execute flashy, supposedly-complex spells, but we viewers can’t find it impressive since we have no idea what impressive actually entails in this universe.

    Limitations are a problem, too. Unless the characters specifically state what can and cannot be done (like flying), we can neither anticipate how an issue can be resolved with magic nor be excited when it eventually is resolved. Such stated limitations feel like arbitrary barriers, and overcoming those limitations feels equally artificial and worth little of the viewers’ respect or enthusiasm.

    TL;DR: Mahouka’s magic is incomprehensible, arbitrary, and boring.

  14. Shikamaru
    Posted May 26, 2014 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Why is this so popular??? I dropped this anime after second episode.

    • Shikamaru
      Posted May 26, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

      And really what is up with the incest? Is it supposed to be charming that sister can love her brother that much? There is also Akari in Hitsugi no Chaika. And there it’s supposed to be funny. It’s not charming, it’s not funny. It’s REALLY creepy.

      Now I liked Oreimo and Kirino but that doesn’t mean that I liked the incest in that series. Kirino was really refreshing HUGE bitch character. More main characters need to act like bitches. I’m also a huge sucker for romcom anime and Oreimo had surprisingly good comedy and romance. The incest was really creepy in that series, but guess what? That was the fucking point!

      In Oreimo the incest was supposed to be creepy. In Mahouka it’s supposed to be charming. And in Chaika it’s supposed to be funny. BIG FUCKING DIFFERENCE.

      • shytende
        Posted May 28, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

        Actually it isn’t supposed to be creepy in OreImo.
        However it is supposed to be that way in Selector Infected WIXOSS (one of the most realistic description of how a guy would feels in this situation, actually).

    • Posted June 5, 2014 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      So basically you hate mentions of incest in anyway.
      It doesn’t help the case here. The Irregular at Magi High School like I think you mentioned is supposed to be charming. Think it works. The thing is for a viewer who just disapproves or finds the incest connections in anime just weird/creepy it will only ever be that for he or she.

      I can understand that. The fandom is diverse on this so while some can take it in and not balk others aren’t going to react well to it.

  15. Xyopq
    Posted May 26, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    I’ve not read the novels, but I am up to date on the manga (which doesn’t go much further than we are in the anime atm) and hopefully, over the next couple of episodes it should explain quite a bit which will make certain story holes make sense. They seem to have skipped over a few of them, whether that’s just to make some sort of plot-twist later on I’m not sure.

  16. Zirthiel
    Posted May 26, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    As a person who read the novels quite recently indeed I can say with certainty that Tatsuya will never stop being awesome (aka what you call perfect, although I really don’t understand your definition of perfection)

    The show will probably be divided into 7 ep. Enrollment, 7 ep. Nine School Competition, 2 ep. Summer vacation, 7 ep. Yokohama Incident and 3 ep. Reminiscence.

    Only in the final arc do you get a peek into their past and how they ended up the way they are now. You won’t last that long so I recommend to you to drop the show now and not during the start of the next season. You are just torturing yourself needlessly. =p

    Magic is explained in great detail in the LN and that didn’t carry over into the anime because they decided to stuff 8 LN into 26 episodes.

    They decided to cut out all the internal thoughts of characters which is a idiotic decision. I find Tatsuya’s inner thought incredibly entertaining. He can be so awkward that it is genuinely entertaining to see him suffer. x)

    Like in the section in which he ended up the candidate for the engineering team he actually tried very hard to avoid the nomination. He knew he could do the job and when they were talking about how they were lacking engineering staff he was deliberately quiet and tried to retreat without noticing attention.

    And even after Azusa called him out he decided that he wouldn’t take up a role without putting up a fight. He pulled and exhibited the reasons why choosing him to be a part of the team would be a bad decision. As you can see in anime he would actually get away with that if his sister didn’t intervene and say that she would be at ease if he would be the one doing the calibration.

    In the LN is stated that he was shocked by Miyuki’s “betrayal”. I couldn’t help to imagine Tatsuya being Ceasar and saying “Et tu Miyuki”. Needless to say I was very entertained.

    There is a lot more technobable and inner dialogue in the LN. Everything magic is a lot more better explained and inner dialogue humanizes (and for me makes me laugh at) Tatsuya.

    The magic also complies to the Laws of Magic in the LN but it is painfully obvious that a lot of it is severely lacking.

    I’m not saying that LN is perfect. The technobable can be pretty overwhelming and is a big part of the novel, but for the people that enjoy that kind of a thing it’s definitely a treat. The novels at times feel a bit too convenient and fairy tale like in that I personally aren’t really concerned for the well being of characters because the author doesn’t seem to have the guts to axe his characters like the likes of G.R.R. Martin.

    There is a 1 upside to the anime though. You don’t get to see the author bawling on and on how Miyuki is the most beautiful woman to ever walk on the face of the Earth, how she catches the eyes of not just males but females also, how she can’t walk down the street without her brother because she would be swarmed by males hitting on her. God f******* damn that is annoying as fuuuuuuuuu**!

    Also for you nonbelievers that don’t think he is an anti-hero type of a character should just watch until the end of this arc. After finishing with 9 School Competition novels I was of thought: “If I would see Tatsuya walking down the street I would turn around in the opposite direction flail my arms and scream on top of my lungs while running”. Truly worthy of the tag “Tatsuya the greatest supervillan”. But then again my reactions are usually overblown in comparison to the average Joe. I don’t really want to overhype it because people might get let down. =p

    • Zirthiel
      Posted May 26, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

      I really should check my spelling, semantic and syntax before I post my comments. xD

  17. Ken
    Posted May 26, 2014 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Wow. So many comments get posted about this show. And so far not a one is from Scamp. I’m curious what show garnered the most comments in the past and how many this show needs to surpass it.

    • Zirthiel
      Posted May 27, 2014 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

      If you take a look of the comment count of other shows on this blog Mahouka doesn’t really stand out. Maybe in comment length but definitely not post count. Although you can see Scamp putting apparently far more effort in those posts perhaps because he was writing something he actually didn’t dislike. xD

  18. Kevin
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    I’m a simple person who just wants to figure out the name of the song that was playing when Tatsuya asks Miyuki to try the flying mechanism. If anyone knows, or finds out please let me know!!!

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