I think at this point, I’m enjoying the witty comments people make about the show rather than the series itself. Things just seem to be progressing very slowly considering how long the first arc was. The second arc seems to be on pace to be just as long. There’s a lot of unneeded fluff throughout the episodes which makes everything drag on. I don’t mind the comedic moments so much. However, I find the long scientific explanation of magic concepts/spells to be over the top.
Tatsuya continues to be Tatsuya by “revealing” that he is also the great Taurus Silver that was praised in the previous episode. They’ve introduced a lot of Tatsuya’s “other” acquaintances at this point (his teacher, engineering partner, and secret operations) but have yet to tie everything together. I’m finding it difficult to get mentally involved in this series due to how many characters they’ve introduced at this point. It also doesn’t help that Tatsuya is a rather one dimensional character as well.
It seems that Tatsuya isn’t looked too highly upon within the Yotsuba family. The whole encounter with the butler seemed to be a bit awkward. The main purpose of the conversation was to tell the viewer more information regarding their family. The entire dialogue just felt unnatural given that the butler was likely aware of the situation (considering how closely he works for the family). The one thing that did pique my interest in the encounter was their father. He didn’t have any words to say to his children until their mother was brought up. From his manner of speaking, he seems rather plain and void of emotions, similar to Tatsuya.
Aside from that, there wasn’t much else to the episode. The ending did show how smooth Tatsuya is with the ladies though. Playing off Saegusa’s advances and getting out of that as quick as possible. Miyuki is also just a tad bitter about Tatsuya’s treatment. Apparently standing outside is considered harsh treatment in her eyes. However, the other girls seem to think Tatsuya is amazing for being able to complete his duty from start to finish. Thankfully, their bus gets attacked which means we’ll likely be getting into some action in the next episode. Hopefully I’ll have more of an opinion on the future episodes but as it currently stands, there isn’t much to discuss about this series in my opinion.
You can watch Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Episode 9 on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions, free users can view the episode one week after it airs.)