It’s taken a while but things are starting to progress in terms of story. From the conversations in this episode, it seems that the school itself doesn’t necessarily discriminate between the two classes. Instead, the discrimination seems to stem from the student body itself. The school split their students up into two groups. The ones who excelled at magic were given priority and had more teaching resources available to them. I guess the philosophy behind this move was to improve those who were already strong and they would be more valuable in the future. However, the weeds aren’t incapable of magic themselves. With the proper resources and guidance, they could catch up to the blooms but they’re put at an even greater disadvantage by not being prioritized.
Mibu and other weeds had started a movement to bring change to the school. They want to eliminate the discrimination between the two classes of students. However, as mentioned earlier, the school isn’t necessarily discriminating, it’s primarily individual students discriminating. When asked what they would change/demand, no one really seemed to have an answer. The public forum/debate made it even more clear that this “discrimination” wasn’t really a problem within the school administration as well. Perhaps, more people had these incorrect perceptions of the state of the school which caused this tension. During the debate, they mentioned magic related clubs receiving more budget but Saegusa quickly proved that they were misinformed. However, due to situations like these, where the students are misinformed, are factors that lead towards the negative attitudes between the two student groups.
At the end, we finally start to get into some action with the terrorist group making their move. It became kind of evident that the students themselves had been coaxed into participating in the attack. Many of them were just misinformed and went along with the flow where people leading the rally fed them information to support their cause. It seems that this was all just a front though for the terrorist organization as a sort of distraction (perhaps?) so that they could execute their real plan. We also got to see some magic usage from Mari and Hanzou who are considered to be pretty high up in the rankings (respected within the school).
While I found a lot of the technical conversations in the past episodes to be difficult to follow and understand, the pace seems to be picking up. Miyuki still hasn’t really added much to the show aside from following her brother around everywhere. Hopefully next episode we get to see what she and Tatsuya are actually capable of. Since the student council personally recruited her, she must be up there in magical capabilities.
You can watch Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Episode 5 on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions, free users can view the episode one week after it airs.)