[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 02 [1080p].mkv_snapshot_12.36_[2014.04.13_21.44.18]

Mahouka is back for it’s second ep!

Here’s my review!

Make sure you read to the end, I’ve got some cool Mahouka artwork too!

In this week’s ep of Mahouka, we pick up where the pilot ep left us off, that school yard showdown between Tatsuya and the haughty Course 1 guys and girls known as Blooms. As luck would have it, the council president herself, Mayumi, stepped in and broke up the fight, saying that their apology was good enough and to not try that again because there would be punishment for said actions. From there we meet a few more students in the school: Morisaki Shun (the dude who pretty much started the showdown) and Honoka Mitsui, who is proof that all Bloom students aren’t like Shun and don’t have some deep hatred towards the Weeds. I found it kinda funny how fast she’s already falling for Tatsuya by asking if she could walk to the station with him. Haha, I bet Miyuki was inwardly loosing it, seeing that another girl was showing interest in her onii-sama. Can’t have that now can we?

The next day we have some excitement as the Student Council has asked Miyuki if she’d like to join them. Her response is that her onii-sama should be the one they choose as he’s actually a lot better than the scores make him out to be. This got a reaction from the normally calm and composed Tatsuya; makes me wonder just how strong this guy is as he’s clearing hiding his power level which very well could be over 9000. While Tatsuya can’t join because of how the regulations are worked out, he is offered a spot on the Disciplinary Committee by the head of that division Mari Watanabe. Tatsuya is saved by the bell there but Mari says their conversation will continue after school. Before continuing here, that moment during lunch, where Tatsuya and Miyuki are likened to a couple in love more than siblings, haha that got my attention for sure. Sadly Tatsuya pulled a clever ruse, probably getting Miyuki’s heart racing there for a moment. Ah man, good stuff.

The conversation resumes after classes and this time vice president Hanzou Hattori is present in the room where he openly voices his opinion about why he thinks Tatsuya shouldn’t be allowed on the Disciplinary Committee. Once again Miyuki jumps to his defense stating that her onii-sama is quite powerful and in a real fight wouldn’t lose to anyone. Hmm? Once again I’m interested to see just how powerful his guy really is. Being his calm and composed self, Tatsuya challenges Hanzou to a simulated battle, in order to prove that his sister’s judgment isn’t clouded. Duel time! I expected Tatsuya to win, but I honestly wasn’t expecting the battle to be over that quickly, and I’m pretty sure everyone except Miyuki wasn’t ready for that either. Literally in the blink of an eye, Tatsuya darts around Hanzou and takes him down. Just like that. Boom. Wow, it kinda makes me think what he would’ve done to that group of Blooms in the school yard. Hell they’d have probably been dragging their sorry asses down to the infirmary after that fight, considering they were able to stand, but I’m sure we’ll see more of that later on in the coming eps.

So on a whole I enjoyed this ep, it built on the mystery of Tatsuya some more, introduced us to the Student Council and we also met some students as well. On the wincest front we had that moment there during lunch, but other then that, not much to get excited about. They’re probably not going to end up together in the end, as I’m sure there is some variable that we haven’t been told about; one of them is adopted or something, an alien, or whatever, but there will be some catch to their relationship, we just have to wait and see.

Let’s take a look at some screen caps from this ep.


 

 

Going home... together... ahh~
Going home… together… ahh~
Another Honoka, she's not as good as the Love Live Honoka though. That Honoka is the best! Well after Maki that is
Another Honoka, she’s not as good as the Love Live Honoka though. That Honoka is the best! Well after Maki that is
Damn his face is just so... nothing.
Damn his face is just so… nothing. Also Miyuki’s eyebrows, yeah she’s not impressed that another girl called him “onii-san”
Join the group!
Join the group!
She's running towards you waving, yeah that's a good way to start the day.
She’s running towards you waving, yeah that’s a good way to start the day.
Hello!
Hello!
C'mon, admit it, she's beautiful.
C’mon, admit it, she’s beautiful.

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 02 [1080p].mkv_snapshot_06.42_[2014.04.13_21.36.43] [HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 02 [1080p].mkv_snapshot_06.51_[2014.04.13_21.36.56] [HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 02 [1080p].mkv_snapshot_06.54_[2014.04.13_21.37.02]

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 02 [1080p].mkv_snapshot_08.57_[2014.04.13_21.40.04]

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 02 [1080p].mkv_snapshot_11.00_[2014.04.13_21.42.28]

She's so cute! Look at that smile!
She’s so cute! Look at that smile!

So after two I’m still enjoying this anime a lot, it’s still in the introductory stage though so I expect some character/plot building for the next few eps before diving into the story. It’s got 26 whole eps to work with so I don’t mind a slow start with setting up the story then getting into the good stuff. Of course I’ll show you that battle Tatsuya and Hanzou had at the end. But before we get to that, I’d like to quickly mention the music in this ep; first up although we saw it last week, the OP by LiSA “Rising Hope” is a very awesome OP and I’m excited to get my hands on the full version. We’re also treated to hearing the ED as well this ep, that being sung by ELISA the song titled “Millenario”; I’ve gotta say that hearing the ED was very nice and it’s definitely got to be among my favorite so far. One final thing, the full ED will be out April 30th while the OP drops May 7th, so mark your calendars and prepare yourself for that. Okay now on with the pics!


 

 

So there you have it, ep 2 in a nutshell. This is still among my top favorite’s of the season (aside from Love Live, obviously) and I’m looking forward to next week’s ep!

Cya next week!
Cya next week!

 

Up next I’ll have a review of the second ep of Love Live! School Idol Project; look forward to it!

 

Some bonus artwork courtesy of Pixiv.

Very lovely pic here; be sure to click for the full size so you can add it to your collection
Very lovely pic here; be sure to click for the full size so you can add it to your collection

Pixiv link (you’ll need to have an account to view this)

 

A beautiful Miyuki pic here. She's so amazing! Click for the full size!
A beautiful Miyuki pic here. She’s so amazing! Click for the full size!

Pixiv link (you’ll need to have an account to view this)

 

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