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The Honor at Magic High School Episode 8 Review – Best In Show

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The Honor at Magic High School Episode 8 Review – Quick Summary

In The Honor at Magic High School Episode 8, “Hell of Ice and Flames,” the rookie rounds continued. Satomi Subaru faced off against Airi Isshiki from Third High. Did Airi’s performance match her limitless confidence? Elsewhere, we learned that one of Eimi Akechi’s skills is moving buildings around. How much did that skill help her in her ice pillar competition? With Tatsuya Shiba’s adjustments to her CAD, quite a lot! Finally, Miyuki Shiba made her competitive debut. Did her opponent even have a chance? Hint: Even Miyuki’s outfit was a weapon.

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

Favorite Quote from The Honor at Magic High School Episode 8

The Honor at Magic High School Episode 8: Eimi's roommates could not keep up with her

Eimi’s roommates didn’t fully appreciate her high energy level. Especially at 3:00AM! Capture from the Funimation stream.

The thing I’ve enjoyed most about this re-telling of the first season of The Irregular at Magic High is how much we’ve gotten to know some of the side characters. I’m always up for more Honoka Mitsui or Shizuku Kitayama. I didn’t expect to like Eimi so much, and this week, she provided my favorite quote.

I got the impression that she could be high energy. What I didn’t know was how high energy. Apparently, she’s always wound up. For example, in the hotel, she and her two roommates were playing cards. Eimi, obviously enjoying herself, didn’t want the game to end. Even though they all had competitions in just a few hours! She’d kept them playing until the early morning hours.

Her two roommates, nearly collapsed from exhaustion, did not react well when Eimi said she wanted another round.

“For the love of all that’s holy, let us sleep now,” one of them gasped (13:31).

I think Eimi’s someone I could get along with.

Best in Show Moment for The Honor at Magic High School Episode 8

The Honor at Magic High School Episode 8: Airi realized she'd made a mistake

Airi realized that the young woman she’d dismissed as a non-name wannabe might actually have some skills. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Setup: Sometimes, I Just Want to See A Beat Down

Did you watch any of A Certain Scientific Accelerator? The show’s an acquired taste. First, the protagonist is Accelerator, who played the villain in A Certain Scientific Railgun S. He’s crass, he’s impatient, but he’s conflicted. His journey is part of what makes A Certain Scientific Accelerator so interesting.

Another thing that makes the show interesting is how strong he is. He’s one of the most powerful Level 5 ESPers in that world, with 5 being the maximum. Accelerator has been through years of combat training, so he knows how to make the best use of his powers. 

What made the show stand out for me were the scenes where he just unloaded on hapless villains. It’s not that they didn’t put up a fight. It’s that their abilities, their strengths, and their hopes and dreams meant nothing in the face of Accelerator’s raw power. They began to offer resistance, and he stomped them.

The Honor at Magic High School Episode 8: <a href="https://anilist.co/character/143970/Rita-Iizumi">Rita Iizumi</a> learned a valuable lesson

This is what a villain looks like when they realize they’re trying to fight Accelerator, the number 1 ranked ESPer in that world. Almost made me feel sorry for her. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

There are times when that’s exactly what I want to see. Yes, I love complex plots and characters. But every once in a while, I just want to see the protagonist put an antagonist unambiguously in their place.

Delivery: Miyuki’s Public Debut

I got a scene like that in this episode. We all know about Miyuki’s power. Most people rank her second after her brother Tatsuya. I’m not completely sure about that. He’s her limiter, after all. But whether she’s the most powerful or the second most powerful, that gap between the two of them and everyone else, especially among the students, is enormous.

We got a reminder of just how enormous in their episode.

In the Ice Pillar competition, Miyuki faced off against Shimizu Ayaka from Fourth High School. From the moment Miyuki appeared on the field, Shimizu had no chance. Miyuki’s kimono caused quite a stir, since it was, as Tatsuya called it, “Orthodox.” How impressive it made her look, using her natural beauty as a starting point, was part of the psychological attack.

The Honor at Magic High School Episode 8: When Miyuki gets serious, she can be terrifying

Miyuki’s outfit was only the first part of her attack. Capture from the Funimation stream.

But the real attack started as soon as the buzzer sounded. Miyuki let loose what Airi called a “Midrange Area Oscillation Magic” attack. Miyuki covered her own ice pillars under an ultra-cold shield while she simultaneously rained hell fire on her opponent’s pillars. Shimizu couldn’t even comprehend that level of attack. 

Watching that was cool enough. What really sold it was Airi’s reaction. She could only watch with sweat trickling down her cheek (16:32). 

Yeah, sometimes it’s nice to see a good old fashioned unambiguous beat down. This episode gave me just that.

What did you think of Airi’s apology? What was your favorite part of the episode? Let me know in the comments!

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