We got a decent amount of action this episode with the counter attack to the terrorists. They didn’t really put up much of a fight but I guess that’s expected when they’re pitted against non fodder characters. From watching the skirmishes, the course 2 students don’t seem to be handicapped at all. Both Leo and Erika were able to handle their situations with ease despite not being in the gifted division of students.
As it seemed from the previous episode, Mibu and the other protesting students had been manipulated by another party. They clearly do not care about an “equal” society, rather they were aiming to steal valuable research. Tatsuya laid things down pretty bluntly to Mibu in regards to the world. The gist of his little speech was that life isn’t fair no matter how you look at it. It’s impossible to control everyone’s opinions and thoughts to stop them from being prejudice or discriminating against others. It just so happens, that in this world, many people look at magical capabilities as being of importance and as a criteria they’re judged on. However, that should not control how Mibu perceives herself. As long as there are still others who respect her based on her other qualities then it doesn’t matter if some people judge her on her magical abilities. It’s up to her to accept her weaknesses and not allow them to define who or what she is.
Tatsuya’s point is reinforced when Erika dukes it out with Mibu. Erika is classified as a bloom despite coming from a well respected family. Even though Mari is higher ranking within the school, she’s still inferior to Erika in her swordsmanship. Just because Mari is gifted in magic, it doesn’t mean that she’s superior to Erika in all aspects. It doesn’t seem to bother Erika (and many of the other weeds) that they’re labeled as being weaker. They have respect for themselves, know what they’re actually capable of, and have others who acknowledge them as well.
I found the next bit to be a little ridiculous. Mibu’s passion for hating on the “discrimination” was based on a complete misunderstanding. Mari complimented Mibu’s swordsmanship but took it the wrong way. Maybe it was because she was already insecure being labeled as a weed which caused her to interpret Mari’s words negatively. Regardless, I thought the resolution to that whole conflict was a bit silly but I think there’s still some merit to it. (I was a bit surprised that Miyuki didn’t get enraged at how close Mibu got to Tatsuya!) People blindly hate things all the time for the stupidest reasons and sometimes it’s best to step back and evaluate the rationale behind the hate.
Hopefully this arc doesn’t drag out too much longer now that we’ve got the introduction done and the resolved Mibu’s issue. (Enrollment Part VII already) Next episode will hopefully contain more action once they attack the terrorist base head on.
You can watch Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Episode 6 on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions, free users can view the episode one week after it airs.)