I don’t do this often, but I need to vent some frustrations immediately. It’s only three episodes into The irregular at magic high school (Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei) and I’ve already gave up on it and find it one of the worst to come out of this year.
Like I mentioned before, Mahouka looks like yet another overhyped piece of crap. And quite honestly, I don’t understand its popularity. It’s no different from Sword Art Online: A bland high school teen drama power fantasy. What do people see in these shows? And why do people love these kinds of shows?
The characters are just terrible. Tatsuya is supposed to be this awesome “Oh, he so cool” character and yet he does absolutely nothing. He’s more or less a blank slate; a character with no personality that you have to fill in the blanks yourself and I’ll get into what else is wrong momentarily. And Miyuki I’m going to sum up her entire character in one word: “Onii-sama”. That’s it. She’s supposedly one of the top students, but she wants to bone her brother. At the moment, the only character I like for the most part is Erika, which can only mean that she’ll eventually become like Klein from SAO, a character loved by most, but overshadowed by blander characters.
For a show that’s about magic and technology, it’s not really explain how it works. How does this magic work? What’s a CAD? What’s that thing do? Things happen just because. For example, Miyuki is indicted into the student council. She agrees to join as long as Tatsuya joins as well, which is against the rules to have a Course 2 on the council. Why does Miyuki want Tatsuya on the council? Maybe because she can be closer to bone him, I guess. Another example, at the end of the second episode, Tatsuya goes up against a member of the disciplinary committee named Hattori Hanzo who is opposed to the idea of letting a “Weed” on the council. And so I’m thinking “Okay, the battle’s gonna start this episode and then pick up on the next episode, right?”
Nope. The fight is over before it even begins at the end of the episode. Tatsuya OHKO’s Hanzo. Ummm, what. Are we supposed to actually believe that a new student is effortlessly able to beat a person who’s been going to this school for a number of years? Nope. Nuh-uh. I’m usually able to let the suspension of disbelief get away with some things, but this is just ridiculous. My Gary Stu sense is tingling, everyone.
And then in the recent episode, Tatsuya sends Miyuki through physical examinations which require her to strip down to her undies (The fact that she and Tatsuya stare at each other for a good minute before said exams make me think this was only for the sake of fanservice, although). Afterwards, said scene goes in a very unnecessary direction. Let me show you.
Why was that needed? Did the scene really need to remind us Miyuki’s unnatural obsession with her big brother? Because we weren’t already aware of it already.
There’s no way this show is getting any better. It seems the only direction this can go is down. I am going to continue watching, mainly because I got nothing better to do, but as far as this show is concerned, my expectations is at absolute zero. I really do feel sorry for anyone who walked into this show expecting something and got nothing.