Well, the time has come, to say goodbye to our beloved Tatsuya. Like my Tokyo Ghoul write-up, I’ll first go over my thoughts on the finale and then briefly touch on my thoughts on the series as a whole.
Mahouka Episode 26
It’s evident that the magicians have the upper hand in the battle. They’ve managed to take out the enemy, regroup, and evacuate all of the civilians at this point. Zhou appears once again, but this time, he’s helping the magicians and taking out the Asian Alliance forces. Clearly, he’s the one behind everything, but he’s able to manipulate those around him. He’s incredibly charismatic, which allows him to go undetected as a threat.
We get an explanation for what Tatsuya did last episode. He can basically save anyone, but in exchange for subjecting himself through the pain they suffered and more. To be honest, it doesn’t look like Tatsuya suffered all that much, but I guess he’s used to it at this point. Miyuki is uneasy about him using this spell though. It’s been known throughout the series, that Tatsuya has to bear the pain and burden of others, and he just accepts it all. She feels that it’s unfair to him, but he has no choice.
The way Tatsuya’s brain is wired basically makes him a full on weapon. He doesn’t have the basic spells within his repertoire because they programmed these dangerous ones into him. He’s basically reduced to a tool. He takes commands blindly from the military, never really giving any input. I have to say, this arc ended anticlimactic for me, with Tatsuya just nuking the enemy, ending the battle with a single blow. Lu Gong Hu and the other prominent figures were also dealt with swiftly by the rest of the students.
The main thing that came out of the war, was the acknowledgement on the strength of magic. If I remember correctly, magic was technically a type of science in Mahouka. While everyone can use weapons crafted, not everyone was able to reproduce magic sequences. Either way, this whole season, we’ve seen Tatsuya, and the students, completely dominate every other non-magic opposition. The world now acknowledges that these magicians are superior and need to be used for military strength.
You can watch Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Episode 26 on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions, free users can view the episode one week after it airs.)
Mahouka Series Review
Well, Mahouka certainly played out different from what I had in mind. They were extremely detailed in explaining the logic behind magic which some might enjoy. Personally, I found it too technical at times, and ended up being bored by it. Arcs were quite long, which made me feel that they dragged things out. It was also difficult to feel any emotional connection to the series, since Tatsuya and the other students don’t seem to be moved by the threats coming their way.
At first, I found Tatsuya to be a one dimensional lead. The kid was so overpowered that nothing even phased him. He started to grow on me as the series progressed though. I stopped taking it as seriously, and actually found myself anticipating how Tatsuya would one-up himself next! I still think that Tatsuya’s character can be a bit deeper than your average Gary Stu, but it wasn’t the main focus of this season. Tatsuya was clearly overqualified to be attending high school, which explains how he’s able to make ease of every situation. But, Maya’s relation to Miyuki and Tatsuya makes room for more character depth, since we haven’t explored their history in detail yet.
This entire season of Mahouka definitely felt a lot slower than I had in mind. Seeing how it concluded, it leads me to believe that this served more of a prologue to the series. They aren’t in the “real” world yet, but once they approach graduation, they won’t be able to live such peaceful lives.
Overall, I’d say the hype surrounding Mahouka definitely did influence my viewing experience. I was let down by the high expectations for the series, to the point where I didn’t want to watch it anymore. But, after deciding to sit back, and enjoy the ride, I was actually pretty entertained. As lame as it sounds, Mahouka was a decent anime for me. The soundtrack, animation, and the silly Tatsuya antics were what kept me interested in the show. I wouldn’t mind seeing another season of Mahouka, assuming that the later material tends to the bigger picture, and not just their school lives.