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The Honor at Magic High School Episode 9 Review – Best In Show

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The Honor at Magic High School Episode 9 Review – Quick Summary

In The Honor at Magic High School Episode 9, “Because you were by my side,” Eimi Akechi competed against Shiori Kanou in the Ice Pillar competition. Eimi started with her signature move, which at first seemed to work. Then Shiori showed she had learned how to counter it. What will Eimi do now? Later, Honoka Mitsui had to face Toko Tuskushiin, a water-spirit user, in the Battle Board competition — which takes place on water. Even if Honoka can use her Light Element magic to give herself a head start, how can she compete with someone who controls water as easily as her own limbs?

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

Favorite Quote from The Honor at Magic High School Episode 9

The Honor at Magic High School Episode 9: Azusa gave a great impression of Tatsuya!

I have to give Azusa credit. She did a great impression of Tatsuya! Capture from the Funimation stream.

Honoka had a serious case of the jitters before her Battle Board match against Toko. Even though she’s demonstrated that that’s a competent young woman, she still can’t believe it. So, she had looked forward to Tatsuya stopping by before her match so he could give her some words of encouragement.

Or maybe she just wanted to see Tatsuya.

Honoka felt pleased at first when Azusa Nakajou stopped by to wish her luck. Then Honoka had to hide her disappointment. Azusa conveyed Tatsuya’s apologies. He had to work extra hard to support both his sister Miyuki and his friend Shizuku in their match. First High had been given the option of sharing first place within the Ice Pillar competition, since Miyuki, Shizuku, and Eimi had swept the top three slots. But Shizuku wanted to measure herself against Miyuki. That should make the next episode interesting!

However, Tatsuya didn’t forget Honoka. He gave Azusa the task of relaying his message, which was (15:35), “If you stick to the plan we came up with, you can win it all. If the going get tough, then remember your training.”

Seeing little Azusa do her best to mimic Tatsuya was a blast!

Best in Show Moment for The Honor at Magic High School Episode 9

The Honor at Magic High School Episode 9: Eimi gave it her all!

Talk about giving it her all! Eimi put everything she had into that competition! Capture from the Funimation stream.

Setup: Eimi Tried Her Best

Eimi had her hands full during her competition with the reinvigorated Shirori. It started off well enough. Eimi opened with the same move she had used in episode 8. She basically toppled one of her own pillars and hurled it at one of Shiori’s line of three pillars. Basically, Eimi spent one pillar to destroy three — a pretty good bargain!

Shiori, however, had recovered from the malaise that had almost crippled her in episode 7. She countered with a spell that crushed three of Eimi’s pillars. When Eimi tried to hurl another one of her pillars at another line of Shiori’s, Shiori showed off another trick: She killed the friction under her three pillars. Eimi’s attack pushed the three pillars together. That not only meant they hadn’t broken. It meant the three were now stronger than a single pillar alone. Eimi had basically fortified her opponent’s pieces.

The Honor at Magic High School Episode 9: Shiori had learned a lot since her last match

There was no way that Shiori was going to go down without a fight. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Eimi nearly panicked when she saw what she thought of as her signature move so easily countered. In the stands, the Third High students figured Shiori would soon to win without much more effort. They couldn’t see how Eimi could possibly respond.

Unfortunately, neither could Eimi. Shiori was winning based on fine-grained control her magic, and that wasn’t Eimi’s strength. She just could not think how to get through Shiori’s defenses. Fortunately, her magical support technician had put a plan in place for her — even if she didn’t know it.

Delivery: Then Eimi Improved Her Best

As even the First High students began to panic about Eimi’s chances, Miyuki urged everyone to calm down, saying, “There’s no way that my brother doesn’t have a counterattack in mind.” As viewers, we know that Tatsuya is actually a strategic weapon. Something as low-stakes (comparatively!) as a high school competition was going to be easy for him. But the students don’t know that! 

Well, Miyuki knows, and Shizuku suspects, but the rest only thing very highly of Tatsuya. As he watched the competition, Mayumi Saegusa and Mari Watanabe watching behind him, Tatsuya remarked that “Well, we have no chance against them in terms of control. Still, Eimi, that’s not your specialty, is it?”

The Honor at Magic High School Episode 9: Eimi stayed true to herself

Eimi wasn’t sure what she could accomplish, but she threw everything she had into the attack. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Control isn’t Eimi’s specialty. Hurling enormous amounts of raw power is. Her speciality is moving buildings, after all! Rallying herself on the field, having no idea what would happen, she just hurled her magic power into her CAD. Tatsuya’s preparations did the rest. Her next to last pillar didn’t fall and roll at her opponent. It hurtled through the air to slam into the three fused pillars. Then it was a battle of raw power and stamina. As both Eimi and Shiori fell to the ground (10:04), Shiori’s last three pillars broke in half. 

Sure, Tatsuya had given Eimi the means. But Eimi’s spirit and raw power won the day. This is probably my favorite episode so far because of this scene!

What did you think of Honoka’s match? What were your favorite moments from this episode? Please feel free to let me know in the comments!

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