I was a bit hopeful that we’d see some action this episode, but I guess we still aren’t getting any conflicts. I think my biggest issue with the series at the moment, is the fact that it feels like it’s been all talking for the past 11 episodes. All fights/conflicts seem to be resolved near instantaneously by Mr. Tatsuya himself. I’d say that a lot of the fights also end anticlimactically (the kendo fight earlier on in the season, Hanzo and Tatsuya’s duel). They have an interesting world/setup but I’m confused as to where they’re going with everything at this point. There’s been a ton of technical babble and it’s hard to remember or keep track of everything. Regardless, I still tune in every week to see if there’s anything that Tatsuya can’t do!
The Nine Schools Competition gets underway after Tatsuya and Mikihiko clean up the attackers from the night before. I actually enjoyed this part of the episode. They had a great soundtrack playing during the events and the competition scenes were well animated. My interpretation from these events is that their students completely outclass the other students. It would have been nice if the events had some more screen time rather than taking up so much time with their technical explanations.
While there was no conflict this episode, a lot of secondary characters did get some screen time. For the most part, we’ve been following Tatsuya and the student council members. Erika, the other class 2 students, and Miyuki’s classmates got some more exposure in this episode. While it wasn’t much, I can at least remember these characters a bit better now that I know a bit more about them.
Saegusa also gets quite a bit of time since we watch two of her events. Being from one of the most influential families, she’s probably used to others giving her special treatment and respect. It must be refreshing for her to interact with Tatsuya. He cares little about other people’s affairs and treats everyone in an objective manner. Even though she’s from a noble family, Saegusa is able to open up a bit more while around Tatsuya.
At the end of the episode, we find out that the school has actually not been performing up to par. While we didn’t get to actually witness any of the defeats, they’re in a position where they have to win the majority of the remaining events. I’m hoping this serves as a setup for them to throw Tatsuya into the competition. With only six events remaining, we still haven’t seen Ichijo compete yet so there’s still hope he’ll be pitted against Tatsuya.
You can watch Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Episode 11 on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions, free users can view the episode one week after it airs.)