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The Honor at Magic High School Episode 12 Review – Best In Show

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In The Honor at Magic High School Episode 12, “I will fly!“, the First High students prepare for the Mirage Bat qualifiers. The first contestant falls in the middle of the match, which means she had to forfeit. Tatsuya Shiba discovered an official had tampered with her CAD. Even worse, that official had tampered with Miyuki Shiba’s CAD, too! What will Tatsuya do to the man? Will they ever find the body? Or even pieces of it? Later, Miyuki competed in her own qualifying round, after the issue of the CADs had been resolved. What technique did Tatsuya prepare for her — and how much will she impress everyone in the audience when she uses it?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from The Honor at Magic High School Episode 12

The Honor at Magic High School Episode 12: Mayumi continues her streak as the world's most glamorous troll

There was no way Mayumi would let that public display of affection pass without comment! Capture from the Funimation stream.

I’m really going to miss how much Mayumi Saegusa and Mari Watanabe mercilessly teased Miyuki’s ridiculous levels of affection she feels for her brother. To be honest, I’m generally not a fan of teasing, but Mayumi is so good at it, and Miyuki is certainly none the worse for Mayumi’s efforts, that I’m not only giving it a pass. I’m actually enjoying it.

Tatsuya had just captured the official who had tampered with the First High CADs. I remember the scene from the original series. Tatsuya said he had intended to simply interrogate the man. By “interrogate,” though, Tatsuya meant to disassemble him to a cellular level. That was as angry as I’d ever seen Tatsuya. I really think he would have disintegrated the man for threatening Miyuki.

The other officials stepped in, so it didn’t come to murder. However, the other students all talked about the First High engineer who’d lost his temper because someone had threatened his sister. They all called him a siscon behind his back.

He’s Tatsuya. He didn’t care. Miyuki, though, was another story. Stung by guilt that he’d reacted that way on her behalf, she had thrown herself into her arms and gushed her appreciation. But Miyuki made a mistake. She did that in front of Mayumi and Mari.

“Doing such a thing on my account,” Mayumi said, reenacting the scene with Mari playing the role of Tatsuya. The two proceeded to over-act the entire scene.

At least Miyuki had the good taste to appear scandalized.

Best in Show Moment for The Honor at Magic High School Episode 12

The Honor at Magic High School Episode 12: Tatsuya is serious about protecting his sister.

I did not doubt what he said. Not for a second. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Setup: Mixed Messaging in the Material

I enjoyed The Irregular at Magic High. Shows about overpowered protagonists trying come to grips with their powers have always captured my imagination. That’s why Chrome Shelled Regios is in the Caw of Fame. Layfon Wolfstein Alseif’s struggle to figure out who he was, once he could no longer claim to be a Heavens Blade, fascinated me. Tatsuya’s story in the original series struck me the same way.

The original series belonged to him. Miyuki stood by his side, just as she does here, but the focus was on him. So when I saw the announcement for The Honor at Magic High and saw that it would focus on Miyuki and her friends, I looked forward to it. I thought seeing the same events more from the perspective of Miyuki, Honoka Mitsui, and Shizuku Kitayama would show more not only about those interesting characters, but about that world as well.

The Honor at Magic High School Episode 12: Airi turned out to be an interesting character

I would have liked to have seen more scenes with Airi and her friends. This season did a good job of establishing them as sympathetic characters. Capture from the Funimation stream.

And for a while, that’s what we got. The episode The Girls’ Detective Club Is Here! served as the perfect example. Eimi Akechi shone in that episode, and I didn’t remember much at all about her from the first series at all!

In this episode, though, even though we got to see interesting scenes with Airi Isshiki and her friends, as well as Miyuki competing, my favorite scene focused on Tatsuya. On one hand, I liked the scene. On the other hand, I wish I could have gotten a scene with Airi, or Honoka, or Miyuki instead. Tatsuya had his time in the spotlight. It’s time to let the women shine a bit.

Delivery: But I Gotta Be Honest

But I gotta be honest about what scene I liked the best. You’d see right through me if I tried to lie about it. I suck at lying. My wife tells me that’s not a bad thing, so I’ll go along with her interpretation. But there are times it would make things easier!

Anyway. This scene took place after my favorite quote from Mayumi. Tatsuya and Miyuki were in Miyuki’s room, and it was bedtime. Wanting to show his support, he said she could ask anything of him. She fidgeted, and it’s probably best I not try to imagine what she wanted to ask him. 

Like I didn’t just do that…

She settled on asking him to stay by her side until she fell asleep. So he did. After she fell asleep, he looked at her, a slight smile briefly appearing. Certain she was now asleep, he leaned back and reflected on the day’s events, and the effect those events might have had on Miyuki had things gone differently.

The Honor at Magic High School Episode 12: Tatsuya loves his sister

Tatsuya is devoted to his sister. He’s determined to keep her safe. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Becoming very, very serious, he thought (17:55), “Whoever they may be, I’ll exterminate anyone who may harm you. I’ll never waver in that. It’s my highest priority.”

Not eliminate them. Not kill them. No, he said he’ll exterminate them. I know what he’s capable of. I know that Miyuki is the only person for whom he’ll show emotion. In that moment, I believed what he said, and I believed it absolutely. That played right into my tendency to watch how overpowered characters deal with their elevated responsibilities. 

When it comes to overpowered, Tatsuya defines the trope.

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