Anime Review Weekly: Mekakucity Actors 6, Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei 7

Mekakucity Actors Ayano
Mekakutilt Tilters.

WINCEST AND TILTING. Good stuff.
Mekakucity Actors Episode 6 Review
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Episode 7 Review

The WINCEST GARY STU MARY SUE GOODNESS continues with its hilarity, and the next episode will be the beginning of a new arc that is supposed to be far better than this first one. Meanwhile, Mekakucity Actors has for the first time actually entertained me for an entire episode. The introduction of various characters along with its roundabout method of storytelling really hurt my experience with the show. Finally, at least for an episode, it settled down.

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Mekakucity Actors Episode 6 Review

SHAFTCITYOHNO.

LiSA? Jebuz.

Uhhhhh…

Enomoto Takane badass

GGO SOON.

DEAD BULLET?
More like DEAD GAME.

For Ayano.

Mekakucity Actors kido tsubomi anime

O____O

Not noscope1080ing.
How did you even come in second?

Kido Tsubomi shy

KIDOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Oh dayum.

Kisaragi Shintaro cocky

ALPHA AS FUCK.

Well, that’s what she ended up doing.
She’s a girl of her word.

Mekakucity ene

Kisaragi Shintaro sniper

THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT.
NOSCOPE9103492408MIDAIR-
Wait, he’s scoping.

Noob.

DEEP.

Kisaragi Shintaro calm

Rektsohard he doesn’t even give a damn.

Tateyama Ayano apologizing

You will never have Ayano apologizing on your behalf.
So, how is your day today?

Enomoto Takane angry

Are you feeling angry like her?

What a transformation he’ll undergo-
Wait, he carries around guns, scissors, and a fucking katana?
That better be the case. That better not just be a selection screen.

YFW you’ll never get told by Ayano to fuck off.

Mekakucity anime enomoto takane

HOW LONG WILL THE SMILE LAST?

No, he hates you.
FuckingBaka.

Whoa, whoa.
Calm down there.
You didn’t even hold hands yet.
This is not the fourth stage.

Since my opinion with the previous episodes is fairly different from my opinion of this one, it’s only right that I explain why this is the case. If you look back to my previous review of the second episode of Mekakucity Actors, I said that one of the biggest problems that needs to be addressed is the pacing. The three episodes after that don’t address this issue particularly well, but there are noticeable improvements in the fifth episode as it became more focused on the group as a whole. Looking back at the lengthy dialogue sequence between the teacher and Momo, I find that it isn’t just the length that disturbs me; the chemistry between the two characters is simply quite stale. It feels like it tries too hard to be funny instead of letting the two naturally converse with their individual personalities. Thankfully, this time around, with Kano, Kido, Shintaro, and Ayano involved, the character interactions are a lot more engaging. Each of them have a distinct personality that meshes with Ene’s in different ways creating character development and some nice points of intrigue like how cocky Shintaro is in this episode even though he was shown to be very reserved.

By taking a look into the past like this, the show also contrasts what things were like and how things are now giving foreshadowing and hints about the chaotic order of events that actually interest me instead of just perplexing me. Now, some of you will probably say that this wouldn’t have been possible without the previous five episodes. After all, isn’t it because of those episodes that I became more acquainted with the characters shown here and thus found this episode more interesting? Yes, but it took far too long to get to this point. What this episode accomplished could have been done a lot sooner than the six-episode mark. If Mekakucity cut a lot of the pointless dialogue and other unnecessary moments, this episode could have been done two episodes ago, if not even earlier. All that was needed for this episode to work out was a few episodes of Mekakushi Dan together so we can at least understand who these people are to a lesser extent. It seems like Mekakucity Actors is supposed to be an interesting story about these individuals each with their own problems, their own past, their own motivations, and their own quirkiness. Their lives all intertwine and a strange story is born. That’s the vibe I got from this episode, and that’s what I think this anime is aiming for along with other bizarre factors like the time loop. Now that the chaotic introductions are probably mostly done, perhaps future events will actually let me be more invested in the characters instead of overwhelming me with lengthy dialogue between characters I’ve just met with no interesting events to drive such interactions. Is it getting better? Yes. Does it mean much? Not yet. The anime had nowhere to go but up. The question is, for how much longer can it keep going up?

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Episode 7 Review

THE STU SCANNER.
WHO IS STU AND WHO ISN’T STU?

Just shoot them in the ballsacks.
That’ll get them to listen.

Hajime Tsukasa evil eye

Are- Are you trying to be Lelouch?
Bitch, Please.

Okay guys, there’s your explanation.

Are you retarded?
He’s Tatsuya Stu, not Cast-jamming Stu, you bastard.

MADE IN CHINA.
It’s funny because that’s who they are actually working with. Well, at least the Asian alliance or whatever.

CONFIRMED PLEBS.

See ya.

MIYUKI SUE MAGIC.

“Onii-sama, I shall make you proud.”

Shiba Miyuki anime

“Onii-sama. I’ve done it… Can we just have hot sexy hand-holding time after this is all over?”

True cast-jamming?
Are you stupid?
He’s the True Stu. Just prostrate on the ground before the almighty Stu.

PFFFFT.

Kirihara Takeaki mad

O__O

WHOA.

Kirihara Takeaki cuts blanche leader arm

WHOA WHOA. BLOOD… YAY!
ON A SIDE NOTE, IT SURE REMINDS ME OF THAT GLORIOUS MOMENT IN GUILTY CROWN.
OH MY SHOE.

Questioning the Stu like this…
Miyuki, are you suffering from a huge brain freeze?

Mahouka Anime Miyuki cute

ONII-FUCKING-SAMA.

Yotsuba Maya

OMGSHE’SHEREREOIJFPDOIJAFPFOAJSDFAPOSDIFJAPOFJDSFOADJFPSOD.
SOON…
SOON… We all need more sexy milf goodness in our lives.

WELL BRO, THAT WAS YOUR ONE CHANCE TO BEAT HIM AT SOMETHING.

Mibu Sayaka blushing

Are you fucking serious?
He’s 2STU4U. Don’t even consider it.
Pleb.

“HOLD ME, KIRIHARA.”
Just like how Mibu cried on the Stu.

PFFFTTTT.

TRANSLATION: “TATSUYA STU IS 2STU4ME, SO I SETTLED FOR SOMEONE ON MY LEVEL. KIRIHARA ISN’T SO BAD, SO YEAH… BUT I TOTALLY WANT THE STU.”

FUCK BEING A MAN.
STU IS ABOVE MAN.
STU IS GARY. Waitwat.

Shiba Miyuki follow

“… ONII-SAMA.”

All for the WINCEST.

This fucking soundtrack.

Shiba Miyuki onii-sama

SASUGA MIYUKI SUE.

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Miyuki Tatsuya holding hands

WATDAFAK.
LEWD WINCEST?


Fuck yes, they’re going to get it on tonight.

Mahouka tatsuyaxmiyuki

“ORDINARY LIVES.”
YOU MEAN GARYSTUMARYSUELEWDHANDHOLDINGWINCEST LIVES.

Ichijou Masaki bloody

Fuck you, Suzaku.

PPPPPPPPPFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT.
ARE YOU FOR REAL.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA.
DON’T EVEN COMPLETE THE SENTENCE OH GODNOPLS DON’T EMBARRASS YOURSELF.

Ichijou Masaki shower pretentious

LOLOLOLOLOLOL.
Crimson Prince?
Yeah, there’ll be a huge puddle of your blood with your pretension all over it. You can be the prince of that all you want.

In this episode, the foolish characters facing Tatsuya Stu realize their incompetence in the world of TatsuyaStuMiyukiSue goodness. At first, you may laugh at them, and truth be told, I couldn’t help but do so as well. At the same time, however, I do feel pity towards these insignificant weeds who can only rely on shoddy tricks instead of their own Stuness. If anything, the major theme of this episode is the powerlessness of these pitiful creatures in the presence of the blinding greatness that are Tatsuya Stu and Miyuki Sue. Alas, they are not blessed with Miyuki’s words of “Onii-sama” that allowed Tatsuya Stu to reach into his Gary heart and find his Stu that made him who he is today. Alas, they do not possess the luck of the WINCEST that pushes Tatsuya Stu beyond barriers of mortality. Indeed, just as Tatsuya Stu says himself, he is no man; he is far more than that. But did he choose to be such a monstrous WINCEST machine? No, he became the Stu because he is the Stu. That’s life. It’s a hopelessness that the side characters cannot overcome. Look at Mibu. She reveres the Stu. She loves the Stu, but she soon relinquishes her preposterous ambition to seize that ideal because it is just that, an ideal. She herself is not the paragon of virtue nor is she at the acme of existence. It’s only natural that the Stu is too blinding for her to even exalt. She settles for someone more suitable, and while a tinge of sadness shall forever remain because the Stu is forever out of reach, there is also a feeling of acceptance towards her state of being as she is where she belongs. At the end of it all, she revered the Stu, she loved the Stu, but she will never be the Sue.

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Wallpaper Miyuki Mekakucity Actors Wallpaper End Card Mahouka Anime Shiba Tatsuya

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  • afutureillusion

    My god. This anime made me realise how much I love Madhouse’s animations. Also the soundtrack is amazing. Next week the “Nine Schools Competition” Arc begins. So much magic and OP-ness shall be had. It’s simple. Just think of all the amazing action sequences we have had so far and times it by Stu. That’s how much we’re getting in the coming weeks.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      The Stu shall prevail.

      • George Ivascu

        what ya think of seikoku no dragonar? I find it very enjoyable – its like zero no tsukaima and dragon crysis mixed together.

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          I didn’t watch it at all. Maybe I’ll check it out if the reviews turn out to be positive.

          • George Ivascu

            well–its the only one this season that shows tits~

  • sunrray

    Mca was great this week though there were some pacing issues all people complained about were trivial comedy moments that weren’t adapted from the manga. This episode of mca and Heat Haze Days set up the scene for each scenario without resolving anything or tying it to the rest of the plot properly so… crap next week is seriously gonna make or break mca. I really hope shaft does a good job next week since it’s the episode where shit gets hella real.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Looking forward to it.

  • Soni

    I wonder of the fuck could the Stu fires a magic shot while being under tons of cast jamming ? Hmm

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      BECAUSE HE’S THE STU.

      In all seriousness, it’ll be explained later.

  • zztop

    Mahouka’s character designs are being handled by the illustrator of the source novels, Ishida Kana. Some people say this is why the designs are so consistent.

    Also Mekaku’s endcards are all winning entries from a Niconico contest. Have you tried joining yet?

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      If they’ll accept stick figures then sure, I’ll join.

  • MgMaster

    So like,I could either say that your review made the episode much more entertaining than it actually was or that your review alone was more entertaining than the episode itself. So in other words,it’s great fun if I can make light of it and not take it too seriously or see some1 else do it who’s entertaining by nature and has a innate talent for that – namely you. I’m average at best when it comes to doing that myself,especially if the show takes itself seriously,so the 2nd option work’s better for me.hence why I was like “meh” after watching the episode yet find it better after reading your review. But that credit goes to you,not Mahouka.

    Now judged on it’s own:

    To put it bluntly,for an action episode,I found it incredibly boring and that’s the downside with OP characters and scrubs as opponents. Yea,I’m sure that’ll change with Suzaku’s appearance & what not so I’ll keep trying to patient. It’s doable but once again,doesn’t speak much in the show’s favor since we’re already at episode 7 and:

    – I hardly care about any of the characters if I’m to take them seriously like the show apparently intends us to(if I try to take Miyuki seriously at all,I’ll find her quite annoying);
    – The action scenes are dull since there’s steamroll after steamroll and even the side characters do it(Erica vs Mibu last week was a prime example of that). There’s absolutely no sense of danger to them,especially when compared to say,Hitsugi No Chaika‘s which have been great since episode 1.

    Other than the fact that I make it obligatory to watch the hyped up show(s) of the season even if it’s just to see what the hype is all about,I do find myself interested in Mahouka’s world with it’s laws & politics and it doesn’t look like it’ll disappoint on that front,I hope…

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Haha, thanks!

      Mahouka is more of a show that tries to take itself seriously, but that’s exactly what makes it… entertaining for me. The very fact that it tries hard to be serious along with the absurdities it offers can be quite entertaining for some. From a critical standpoint, I definitely agree with your points. Then again, perhaps it’s better to view this as an absurd comedy than anything else. I can totally understand if some people just can’t or don’t want to do that though.

      • GoldenOx

        The thing is the anime feels even more serious than the LN because they cut almost all of the jokes/funny moments, like erika saying her dreams is crushed because the attack isn’t some kind of a youth revolution and instead something as boring as stealing research data or tatsuya saying whoever saw how the blanche leader act would be embarrased in his stead

        • potato

          oh god agreed!definitely.
          people saying the anime is worst because they simply didn’t know what is in the Light Novel. If only they know the details of the events it was super awesome and hilarious :/

  • MgMaster

    So lemme talk a bit about what I find interesting in Mahouka that I mentioned in my earlier post,namely the laws & politics of it’s world:

    One of the discussions on RC that I found interesting was about the fact that the students could be pretty damn dangerous if they snapped or decided to rebel for some reason and that it’s be good to have a special anti-mage organization to deal with such threats,just in case. Something like Index‘s Neccesarius or Judgement organizations if people here know/remember them or the Chantry’s Templars from the Dragon Age games should things get too extreme. The later doesn’t seem to be the case here since the schools themselves already might be some form of military institutions in disguise but I’d definitely agree on the former. The most powerful of these kids are capable of mass destruction and they’re apparently allowed to go & wipe out a whole bunch of terrorists at their discretion. Sure,it’s fine with people like Tatsuya & crew but what of others? A single mage similar or even lesser to Tatsuya or Miyuki’s caliber that’d go berserk or rebel for whatever reasons would be VERY dangerous and I really think there should be some safety measures.

    Since mages are obviously so powerful in Mahouka,an organization that respond’s to such possible threats would most likely need to have powerful mages as it’s agents. Special trained soldiers,war-veterans and such would probably be the best choices.

    One thing I’m not sure is whether such an organization would be better off remaining secret or not(assuming it could):

    – On one hand,keeping it hidden wouldn’t alarm the public which is definitely a good thing;
    – On the other hand,making it known might be able to prevent possible disasters from happening in the 1st place;

    The 2nd option obviously leans in the nazi/control with fear/distrust in the people direction but it wouldn’t be as bad. It’d rather compare it to the F.B.I.,C.I.A. or heck,just the Police viewed by a simple man who’s thinking of harming innocents. The 1st option might work better if things are already under control and pretty peaceful – no need to alarm people for no reason right?

    Now,I’ll need to see a lot more of Mahouka’s world before stating what I’d agree with myself and I’d rather have no major spoilers from LN readers pls. I’m generally a firm supporter of freedom and hate things like racism & such with a passion but one has to see things differently when mages are in the picture. Normal humans can be killed by normal weapons – it’s possible for a civilian to kill a terrorist with a kitchen knife – but mages of Tatsuya,Miyuki or even lesser ones such as Jumonji that can make several conventional MILITARY weapons such as all those rifles useless are a completely different story.

    If possible,I’d like to hear people’s thoughts on this.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Interesting points. I’ll try to address the general idea of this topic.

      Firstly, let’s just say that Tatsuya and his nuclear bomb ability is not indicative of the ability of magicians in general. I don’t think it’s even close from the bits and pieces of spoilers I’ve read. Mages are powerful, but there are also not that many mages who are nearly as powerful as Tatsuya Stu. I don’t know how widespread the use of widescale magic is for higher level magicians, but even the ability that Miyuki uses here, which doesn’t affect that many people, is high level magic. Causing massive amounts of havoc is difficult even for trained magicians.

      You suggest that an organization should be created to take care of magicians who go out of control. Though, look at what happened to the Blanche. The students are more than capable enough to take care of the problem, especially Mayumi or Juumonji. Should someone go out of control, there will probably be casualties, but at the very least it can be stopped. In actuality, if we’re talking about the schools themselves, there may be very little casualties in the event of this kind of incident. Why? Because everyone can protect themselves to some extent as shown in the earlier episodes when there was a scuffle between weeds and blooms. Should someone go out of control, well, most people should be able to defend themselves at least, and most likely that person would be suppressed easily.

      If you are talking about the society as a whole, I have no idea how this is addressed. However, it’s only logical to assume that the police in this world can use magic to detain criminal magicians which is more than enough. It kind of seems like you are assuming a scenario where a mage goes out of control and just causes massive amounts of havoc. But the likelihood of this happening is first of all very little as there are not that many magicians of such caliber to begin with. Most magicians are not so powerful that they can singlehandedly destroy an entire city or something like that. Tatsuya Stu is a really, really, really rare breed. Massive amounts of destruction is simply something most magicians cannot do.

      Yes, civilians can kill terrorists, but let’s be honest, how often does that happen? In the event of a plane hijack or a robbery, civilians are pretty useless almost all the time. It is always up to the police or something like that at such an event, and in place of them in this world will simply be magicians. There’s no need for an anti-mage organization. Mages can take care of mages. Just make sure there are police officers capable of using magic to detain criminals who use magic, and do the same for other defense force teams. There’s no need to dramatically change anything in this society compared to ours.

      • MgMaster

        Society as a whole :) That’s why I can’t get really get a clear picture yet with just 7 episodes so I kind of speculated a bit.

        Just make sure there are police officers capable of using magic to detain criminals who use magic

        That’s what I believe to be the best solution as well with what’s I’ve seen so far. If the police can’t use magic to deal with criminal magicians,then either look to recruit skilled magicians as police officers or create a special organization who’s task is to deal only with magicians. The special organization option is for extreme situations of course and it’s where my speculation that in a future where mages would become more & more numerous,it would be needed(remember what happened in Shin Sekai Yori‘s society,presented in those history lessons in the earlier episodes).But for now,I also agree that it doesn’t seem to be needed since the Disciplinary Committee seems to fulfill that role pretty well.

  • Ian Anthony

    Do you know why Suzaku was called the Crimson Prince?

    Because he’ll soon be drowning in his own crimson blood. lol.

    Welp. I gotta say Mekaku was good this week, (partly all credit goes to Ayano). But yeah, Konoha’s State of World should be interesting enough.

  • Ian Porterfield

    I’ve recently heard that Mahouka’s been universally shat upon as the worst anime of 2014.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      And those people need to take it less seriously and enjoy the absurdities. Even from a more critical standpoint, it’s definitely not the worst anime of 2014. *COUGH*MAHOUSENSOU*COUGH. It’s pretty clear that if you take Mahouka at face value the writing is pretty laughably bad at best.

    • http://thehugeanifan.wordpress.com/ Cassandra @The Huge Anime Fan

      Then those people would be lying. A series that you either like it or not but its not the worst or else not a lot of people would be continuing to watch it or talk about it.
      On Crunchyroll tons of people are just hailing it right and left but then you have the haters.
      But you know what you’ll always have the haters which are best ignored.

  • http://thehugeanifan.wordpress.com/ Cassandra @The Huge Anime Fan

    For The Irregular at Magic High School have to say yeah. The bloody arm sure reminded one of Guilty Crown when you point it out.

  • Abdul Khader

    HAHAAHAHHAHHAH DUDE HOW DO YOU THINK THIS SHIT OUT SERIOUSLY I CANT STOP FUCKING LAUGHING