The mystery deepens, more new characters, intrigue abounds, Tatsuya is a badass, Miyuki is so beautiful.
We’ve got a good ep this week, let’s take a look at how it went.
Here’s my review!
So we don’t get to see anymore of that beat down Tatsuya was giving to those guys, but this was a jam-packed ep with lots happening, plus they dropped the OP/ED so you know something’s gonna happen.
We start off with Tatsuya in a boardroom talking with the lovely Mayumi Saegusa, Mari Watanabe and a new tank like guy Katsuto Juumonji. Tatsuya explains his actions to the group and gives an overview of what happened in the gym that afternoon. Interesting point as Tatsuya doesn’t mention that other guys on the Kenjutsu team also tried to power up some magic before he shut them down, he only says Takeaki Kirihara used magic. Hmm, interesting.
From there we have a lengthy scene where Tatsuya, Miyuki, Erika, Leo and Mizuki are at a cafe talking over the events. Tatsuya tells them about a super ultra pro technique that he used to disarm the rampaging Kenjutsu team members, something so pro that it totally takes Erika, Leo and Mizuki by surprise. Seems that every ep give you a little bit more info about Tatsuya and what his power levels are truly at, but at this point I’m ball parking them way over 9000. Also more Tatsuya x Miyuki moments in this ep, the first happening during this cafe scene. Haha, I love the really embarrassed look Mizuki had as she watched the two love birds enjoying a personal moment. Yeah I know it’s not gonna happen, but still, seeing them like that…
Next day we’ve got an interesting thing that happens while Tatsuya is out on patrol. Called into yet another fight at the gym, he’s ambushed en-route by a hoodie wearing guy. Obviously being the pro that he is, Tatsuya fights off the attacker, but he escapes before Tatsuya can find out who he is. Thankfully Tatsuya has some sharp eyesight and noticed a wrist band on the right wrist of his attacker, red, white and blue (yeah, America’s the bad guy once again). I was kinda hoping to see the brawl that was happening in the gym, but it’s not shown.
Following that we officially meet Sayaka Mibu from the kendo team. We all remember her from last ep as she was involved in the fight too. Tatsuya and Miyuki are walking down the hall when they’re approached by Mibu as she asks to speak to Tatsuya. Ooh you know what’s coming here! Miyuki later states her opinion that she feels uneasy about him going to meet Mibu, which we later find out was a correct uneasy feeling. After walking Miyuki to the Student Council Office, Tatsuya heads off to meet Mibu to see what she wants. As expected she wants him to join the kendo team but her reason is quite different than what I was expecting.
As we already know, the Course 2 students are looked down on by the Course 1 students, this is something that truly bothers Mibu as she hates the thought that your grades are based mostly on your magic skill and not much else. The kendo team wants to unite with other non-magic clubs and present that matter that grades should be more about things other than magic. I can see her reasoning here and almost buy it, but the deal doesn’t seem fully right. I had a feeling there would be something off about it all and as we later find out, that feeling is very much true. Tatsuya’s reply to Mibu includes some flattery that really takes her by surprise and leaves her scrambling for words. I love how he kept such a straight face while all this is happening and continues on with business as usual, asking Mibu what she plans on doing after she presents her message to the Student Council.
Big gallery here, 20+ pics I think.
Another lengthy dialog scene happens the next day during lunch in the Student Council office. Tatsuya, Miyuki, Mari, A-chan and Mayumi are all present and eating lunch as Mari opens up the conversation by asking if Tatsuya was verbally abusing Mibu yesterday. Oh boy, Miyuki starts going off here, questioning her brother when Mari mentions that Mibu was seen blushing and looking visibly embarrassed. Miyuki isn’t being so subtle this time as she as she sends the table into the next ice age, freezing everyone’s lunch too. As the scene continues we get into some interesting stuff about an anti-magic organization called Blanche (sounds French actually) and that really gets a reaction from Mari and Mayumi as they both are wondering how (and why) Tatsuya knows that name. Tatsuya goes on to say that being a magic high school, this group (also referred to as a terrorist group) might have some involvement in the school. I also really love that part when he gets Mayumi flustered too, prompting another chilling reaction from his cute little sister Miyuki.
(A big gallery here, 15 pics)
Another 15+ pics here
The ep ends with three more key scenes, first up taking place in the Counselors Office where we meet the only slightly seductive Haruka Ono. Honestly, what was she thinking when she got dressed that morning, showing off her rack like that. Props to Tatsuya for keeping it cool and not showing any outward emotion to said boobs being practically shoved in his face. Yeah had Miyuki been there, Ono-sensei might not still be with us anymore. Following that scene we get a scene with Mibu and the kendo team captain, a certain Kinoe Tsukasa, who makes a point of telling Mibu that she must get Tatsuya on the kendo team at all costs. Hmm, I think I know who he’s working for. After that we get another alone time scene with Tatsuya and Miyuki at home on the sofa. Yeah not that type of alone time, but a chance for Tatsuya to explain to his sister (and us viewers) more about who and what exactly this Blanche organization is and what they’re trying to do in the world. Besides showcasing Miyuki looking absolutely beautiful as always, the purpose of this scene is to provide us with info that will be relevant in the coming eps; they also drop some names like “Ten Masters Clans” and the “Yotsuba family”, the latter getting a reaction out of Miyuki.
All in all this was a very dialog heavy ep with not any action really happening. I liked it though as it’s good to have an ep that explains things to you, rather than having no explanation at all or just random events start happening and you’re expected to know what’s happening. I’m getting very interested to see what’s going to happen next week and maybe we’ll see another step in the wincest of Tatsuya and Miyuki. Haha, I’m not going to let that go easily.
Let’s take a look at some screen shots from the ep now!
So there you have it, Mahouka ep 4 review! I liked this ep a lot and I’m really looking forward to unraveling the mysteries in the coming eps. Up next I’ll have my weekly rant about the latest ep of Date A Live II, this being ep 3. Look forward to that and of course the ep 4 review for Love Live on Monday. That’s it for me now, I’ll cya soon!
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