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The Honor at Magic High School Episode 6 Review – Best In Show

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The Honor at Magic High School Episode 6 Review – Quick Summary

In The Honor at Magic High School Episode 6, “The Nine Schools Competition begins,” First High School students like Miyuki Shiba, Honoka Mitsui, Shizuku Kitayama, and Eimi Akechi prepared for the Nine Schools Competition. They got unexpectedly good news: the men’s team rejected Tatsuya Shiba as their CAD support technician, so he worked with the women’s team instead. The bad news was that Third High School was serious about winning this year, and one of their first year students, Airi Isshiki, had already dismissed Miyuki as a non-entity because her name wasn’t among the Ten Master Clans. How did Miyuki react to the insult? How did Honoka react on Miyuki’s behalf? And what kind of accident put Mari Watanabe out of action?

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

Favorite Quote from The Honor at Magic High School Episode 6

The Honor at Magic High School Episode 6: Airi might be arrogant, but she has a sense of fair play

Airi might be arrogant, but I like her sense of sportsmanship. Capture from the Funimation stream.

I think this series did something smart when it introduced Airi. We later learn through her interactions with Miyuki that she places a high value on family name, which marked her as a bit more arrogant than the average magic user. That’s a little disappointing, but not surprising, especially since she’s likely to be the antagonist of this arc.

But instead of making her someone easy to hate like the one-dimensional leader of Blanche, they’ve given the character have some good traits, too. For example, Airi and her friends had heard about the accident First High School got into on the way to the competition. The original series, The Irregular at Magic High, dramatized that incident at the end of episode 9 and into episode 10.

One of Airi’s entourage commented that it appeared First High School had emerged unscathed from the incident.

“I’m glad that they did,” Airi said (07:13). “There’s no better way to prove our abilities than by defeating our opponents in top condition.”

What a refreshing attitude to have!

Best in Show Moment for The Honor at Magic High School Episode 6

The Honor at Magic High School Episode 6: Honoka is heart-breakingly naivé

I doubt Tatsuya had any idea of the impact his closeness had on Honoka. She’s such a sweet young lady that I can’t help but root for her! Capture from the Funimation stream.

Setup: Tatsuya Has it Rough

Last week, one of my headings asked, “How Much Does Absolute Power Corrupt?” Now, I’m not saying that Miyuki has absolute power. Even Tatsuya doesn’t have that! But Miyuki has a considerable ability, and she showed it in this episode. I’m cheating a little and talking about it in this Setup section, but I didn’t want to let it go without comment.Do you remember after the scene where Tatsuya introduced himself to the women’s team? When he said he was going to be their supporter and adjust their CADs? Well, that evening, as Tatsuya scanned a scantily-clad Miyuki on the table (talk about an odd sibling tradition!), she listened with increasing alarm as he described the encounter in a positive way. Since he didn’t dismiss the encounter entirely, her BroCon Mode activated (it deserves capitalization). Rising from the table, she approached him and accused him of having lecherous thoughts about her “lovely classmates” (05:16). Then she blasted him point blank with her CAD.

The Honor at Magic High School Episode 6: Tatsuya has his hands full with Miyuki!

Tatsuya has his hand full with Miyuki…  Capture from the Funimation stream.

She blasted him hard enough to force him to use his Eidos ability.

She justified it to herself as just two siblings roughhousing. Well, coming from a family of five kids, I can tell you this: We never killed each other for fun. Though if we could have brought ourselves back to life, I’m not sure how that would have changed the equation. And that’s the point! Miyuki and Tatsuya aren’t like us, and this series seems to drive that point home better than the previous. Though that Miyuki is one scary Imōto

Delivery: Honoka, the Diligent Competitor

Instead of a “back away slowly” moment like I just described, my favorite moment is much more simple. It’s also so sweet it bordered in wholesome. And it involved Tatsuya!

Honoka realized that she faced terrifying competition in the Nine Schools Competition, so she went out jogging early to get as much exercise in as she could. Tatsuya, who we already know rises early to exercise, saw her and commended her dedication.

Honoka may seem a little absent minded, but she knew an opportunity when she saw it, so she asked if Tatsuya would help her train. As he held her legs for her to do sit ups, he again praised her dedication. 

You could see the praise both embarrassed and elated her as she lay on her back. Beginning another sit up, she stopped abruptly, her cheeks reddening. Tatsuya had leaned forward to tell her something in earnest.

The Honor at Magic High School Episode 6: Honoka is now very motivated to do her best!

Honoka didn’t know quite how to react to Tatsuya’s earnestness. Capture from the Funimation stream.

“Give it all you’ve got, Honoka,” he said (15:29). 

Later, in the Visitor Arc, we see clearly how much she loves Tatsuya. I wonder if this was the point where it changed from a casual “wow senpai is hot!” to “wow senpai is really hot!” Even if it’s not, I like seeing Honoka as a counterweight to the almost unbelievable power that Miyuki has — and the influence that power has on her.

What did you think of the slightly perspective on the competition so far? What were your favorite parts of the episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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