Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei | Episodes 6 to 9 Review

So I’m going to be doing something I do not normally do. However, I assume that the remaining few episodes will be in relation to the “Nine Schools Competition” Arc. I do not feel so bad about doing what I’m about to do. Today’s blog will be an overarching view of everything I’ve watched until the latest episode (episode nine).

Episode six was alright, especially since it had the same scene in the parent anime of Miyuki ‘punishing’ Tatsuya. Immediately as soon as I saw that scene, I was like, “okay, okay. Deja vu”. Much of the competition events in both episodes were similar in how they played out in the parent anime, so I cannot complain too much. Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei has done a good job at filling in gaps and providing better detail on the events surrounding the ladies. Which, again, is always welcomed.

However, the biggest fault of Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei was put on display over the past four episodes (six through nine), and that’s the anime’s inability to properly develop the characters. Something Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei had in abundance. Especially we added the female side of the Third High School. I would have preferred it if the introduced characters felt a little more refined and didn’t feel like it was something rushed. Without a doubt, if the characters were more fleshed out like in Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, where they (the studio) could focus on the finer details. Then Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei and its “Nine Schools Competition” Arc would have been equally as good as in the original series.

In addition to all of that, it feels as though we spent more time on the water board event and the ice-breaking event more than anything else. This wasn’t really my cup of tea because these two events were not my favourite ones, and I feel like we spent too much time on them. Furthermore, the characters involved in the events felt as though they were overlooked. It felt as though we focused on the reactions of the supporting characters at the events than on the person actually taking part in the event.

There were too many scenes where we see two or more characters reacting to what they just witnessed. All the time spent on scenes where we see the facial expressions of other characters reacting could have gone to something else. Like for example, more emphasis on the characters participating in the event. We have all these new characters, but we don’t know anything about them. It’s a shame, honestly. Furthermore, when we did focus on the character participating in the event, we spent more time listening to other people commenting. A prime example of this would be the ice-breaking event; Eimi was the one participating. Still, we spent more time watching other people, like Mayumi and Kichijouji, comment on the event. Luckily Eimi had that flashback to her grandmother, which spiced things up a bit.

Let’s also gloss over the fact that other prominent characters like Erika and Mizuki are not seen in this anime in general, even though they’re important characters in the original series. That’s what irks me the most at the moment. Despite all the flaws that Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei has, in which there are many. The one thing that bothers me most is that Erika and Mizuki are not in the anime, and I could argue that these are more important in the first season than Hanoka and Shizuku. But that’s just me.

While the “Nine Schools Competition” Arc is still far from done. I really do hope that the end to this spin-off ends on a high because I believe the anime needs it and because we need to end on something pretty epic.