The Irregular at Magic High School: Episode 05–07 Review
Streaming Allegiance: Crunchyroll
Reconnaissance Report by: Rizwan Merchant
Progress: Episode 07
Ladies and Gentlemen, the unthinkable has occurred! Things are actually happening in The Irregular at Magic High School, and I actually was genuinely interested in what was going on. I expected this to happen eventually, but I was not prepared for it to kick off in episode 5.
So, without further ado, let us jump on in with this update! Episode 5 opens with Sayaka Mibu from the previous episode staging a lock-in in the school’s broadcast room to demand equality between Weeds and Blossoms. The lock-in is broken up Tatsuya, who offers Sayaka a chance to have an open forum to discuss the equality issues. However, before any resolution, the school is attacked by terrorists from the mysterious Anti-Magic organization hinted at in the previous episode. Tatsuya and the other disciplinary council members rush to their fellow classmates’ aid and fight and defeat the terrorists. In the aftermath of the terrorist attack Tatsuya and company learn Sayaka was brainwashed into cooperating with the terrorists to create an opportunity for the attack. Unable to allow this to remain unchallenged, Tatsuya and Miyuki, along with other members of the student council, stage an attack against the terrorist organization for revenge. Long story short, the students storm the Blanche (terrorist group)’s hideout. Through magical force they frighten the leader of this division of Blanche into revealing his involvement with Sayaka, thus clearing her name, and turning custody of the terrorists over to the police. Following the arrests, things slowly start to return to normal for the students and Sayaka is discharged from the hospital, having been healed of her injuries from the terrorist attack on the school.
Phew! That was quite a bit of events for three episodes, and that was with me glossing over some of the event details a bit, too. Honestly, I was quite impressed with the ground covered in such a short period of time. However, I am also disappointed that they didn’t space these events better over the span of the first seven episodes instead of cramming the first four with incestuous jokes, and literally no progression of much anything. There is no point in harping on old news, though; I am hoping things can continue to move at this pace, or at least continue to deliver good plot progression.
While there was some definite improvement, there is one major complaint I hold with this anime that I have not really talked about in previous reviews, and that is the Casting Assistance Devices and how magic works in this world. I feel as though the magic and system it resides in is quite confusing. I fear I am in a minority over this, as this is probably better explained in the light novel series that this show is based on. However, I simply don’t understand how some of it works, and I hope future episodes expand and explain this better to prevent me from needing to find copies of the light novels to read.
In any case, here is looking forward to the rest of the series building on this momentum! As always, if you have any feedback, criticisms, or insight you feel I should be aware of on this series, please do leave a comment below. I am interested to hear back from all of you! Until next time, Drake out!