Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Episode 1 [First Impression]


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  1. omoikane says:

    The Mahouka episode certainly fared better than I expected(or perhaps this is coming from someone who hasn’t seen a thrilling action packed light novel adaptation in a long while). And from what I have seen in this pilot episode, the sparring done by Tatsuya was rather impressive in fluidity and choreography. Perhaps it might be somewhat of an exaggeration, but from I have seen, I will eagerly anticipate the future fight scenes and Madhouse seems to be off to a good start with that. I must admit the imouto having a brocon as part of the standard LN character trope being a bit bothersome like you mentioned but it’s reassuring for an anime only watcher like me that you mentioned it never pervades persistently throughout the story. There is one thing that I quite worry about and it is as cool as it is to see Tatsuya being a badass, it’s certainly better that he doesn’t become “too” badass. The main protagonist devolving into a “Gary Stu” is a very realistic possibility for these types of storyand at this point in the story, Tatsuya does come off as a near omnipotent character(especially with his expert level “martial arts” skill and magic perceptiveness).

    • Vantage says:

      I’m glad Mahouka rose above your expectations. At the very least, I hope it’ll be much better than what Madhouse did with Mahou Sensou, which admittedly left me with some worries as to how seriously they’d take this adaptation. For the most part, those worries seem to be unfounded.

      Unfortunately, you’ve made a really astute observation – I’d be lying if I claimed that Tatsuya wouldn’t show any Gary Stu characteristics in the future. It’s one of the reasons why this show will draw parallels with SAO, though I hope he won’t irk people as much as I know Kirito does. With Tatsuya, it’s somewhat more justified and less flaunted, and he tries his best to keep under wraps the fact that he can make nuclear explosions like the one he did in the first scene.

  2. Pablo says:

    Thx for reviewing this series!

  3. Eva says:

    Man I am absolutely loving what we got so far. I think my favorite aspect is that Tatsuya and Miyuki actually have a good relationship as oppose to Miyuki being that overused stereotype of the tsundere bratty sister. And strangely enough I actually like her little crush on her brother because it’s cute to watch, especially when we know that her brother knows she is jumping to weird conclusions ahahaha. On top of that Tatsuya is a wickedly cool character. So mellow on the surface and calculative underneath. MADHOUSE did a fabulous job with the animation this episode, I am really excited for the bigger fights in the future! This is probably going to be my favourite show of the season.

    • Vantage says:

      Miyuki holds a positive sort of affection towards Tatsuya, who decides to play along most of the time – their relationship is more endearing than creepy, which helps to offset many of the negative connotations (perceived) incest usually has. And above all, there’s actually a reason for Miyuki’s brocon tendencies, which will be explored in a bit more depth in the future – they didn’t just decide to stick it in because why not.

      And thank god for Madhouse! If the OP sequence says anything about how they’re going to animate fights in the future, you’d better look forward to it!