I must say, for someone who has no emotions, Tatsuya has quite the sense of humor. He loves to stir up a bit of harmless drama within his group of friends. Despite Tatsuya being such a funny guy though, he wasn’t the main focus of this episode. Instead, we got to see more of the side characters and how their relationships are currently developing.
But before we get to the good part of the show, let’s talk about the two shady characters Chiaki and Sekimoto. Chiaki has a burning hate for Tatsuya. Her sister was the engineer from the previous arc, who had one of her competitors get seriously injured. Chiaki, being a firm believer of the almighty Tatsuya, blames Tatsuya for her sister’s mental anguish. Since Tatsuya is the one true god, he should have prevented the injury, which he didn’t. She knows that there is no way to one-up Tatsuya, but that doesn’t stop her from trying. At least she understands Tatsuya’s greatness and admits her efforts would have been futile.
The other guy, Sekimoto, looks like a shady character based on his character design alone! He also caused a scene with Erika when she wasn’t up to any funny business. It seems like he was just coming up with an excuse to clear people out of the area. Tatsuya’s also taken notice of Sekimoto’s unusual behavior. Despite wanting nothing to do with the thesis, he still hangs around the area, trying to enforce rules that no other people are concerned with.
Moving on to the more important part of the show, Erika and Leo have been acting all buddy-buddy lately. They make for a good pair in combat, with Erika playing an offensive role and Leo being more defensive. Maybe Tatsuya will give another one of his friends his blessing and release them from his harem?
Mikihiko and Shibata have also been getting really close lately. They haven’t really shown much onscreen development, but it’s heavily implied there’s something between the two. I must say, I was quite amused at how hard Mahouka is forcing some of these cliches to happen. I would have loved to see more silly antics earlier on in the season, but with only 5 more episodes, I’m hoping to see some action!
You can watch Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Episode 21 on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions, free users can view the episode one week after it airs.)