Things appear to be progressing rather slowly. However, that’s to be expected since the series has only just started. We’re given more information regarding the politics of the school and how the hierarchy is established. The student council president holds the majority of the power within the school and appoints the rest of the student council members themselves. They also have control over all the individual committees within the school with the exception of the disciplinary committee. Miyuki must possess a lot of power or potential considering the president (and other class 1 students) wanted her to be a part of the council.
The Vice-President also brought up the whole issue of discrimination within their school once again. It was prevalent in the previous episode but didn’t seem to be an issue in this one as the student council had no objections to Tatsuya being a part of the disciplinary committee. Hattori, like many of the other class 1 students, still look down on the “weeds” and don’t believe they’re worthy of being considered equals. Weeds typically are weaker in terms of their magical capabilities but are still able to use magic. As seen with Tatsuya’s example, even if casting spells isn’t their strong point, weeds can make up for it in other areas which provide just as much (if not more) use in practical situations.
The higher-ups understand the current situation between the two classes and want to try to reduce the tension between them. The segregation between the two classes seems to have been implemented long ago and has been kept alive throughout the years. However, in this day and age, some of the students don’t really agree with it. It’s difficult to break the traditions and values that have been passed down to the students though and as a result, the student council wants to try to make small changes. None of the members (aside from Hattori) treat Tatsuya any differently from one of their own despite being in different classes.
Tatsuya seems pretty indifferent to everything at the moment. He’d rather not stand out from the rest of his peers and not be on the disciplinary committee. However, when it comes to his sister, he does everything possible to help her. When Hattori attempts to discredit Miyuki, Tatsuya decides to step in and challenge him to prove that his sister isn’t just bias towards her brother.
Overall, Mahouka hasn’t really blown me away within the first two episodes. Things are starting off a bit slow as they’re still introducing us to their world and the concepts of magic. Tatsuya and Miyuki’s relationship still feels too close to being lovers but at least Tatsuya is conscious of it and makes light of the situation. The entire set up at the moment though seems rather cliche and follows a lot of common tropes you’d find in your typical high school based anime. I’m still enjoying it regardless but it didn’t live up to some of my expectations so far (there’s still time for it to surprise me though!).
The aspect of the show that has impressed me the most though is how show the thought process of the characters. I found it interesting at how observant and analytical Tatsuya was despite his very reserved attitude. Hattori’s analysis and plan for their duel was also insightful. Rather than just getting completely wrecked by Tatsuya, we’re given a chance to see that he isn’t just cocky because he’s in class 1. Instead, he’s confident because he has a “clear” grasp on the situation and a solid strategy for their battle.
You can watch Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Episode 2 on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions, free users can view the episode one week after it airs.)