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The Irregular at Magic High School Season 3 Episode 3 – Quick Summary

In The Irregular at Magic High School Season 3 Episode 3, “Double Seven Part III,” Kouichi Saegusa wanted to take advantage of the Diet member visiting First High School. But he did not count on Tatsuya and his information network. Tatsuya came up with an elaborate plan to thwart both Kouichi Saegusa and the Diet member. But the plan has a lot of moving parts, and Takuma Shippou was furious that Tatsuya might succeed. Can Tatsuya and friends pull it off?  And just what role did Maya Yotsuba play in all of this?

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

Favorite Quote from The Irregular at Magic High School Season 3 Episode 3

The Irregular at Magic High School Season 3 Episode 3: Nice to see a teacher in a positive light!

I like seeing teachers presented in a positive light! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

My real favorite quote is actually the punchline for my favorite moment. So, this post’s favorite quote is actually my second favorite quote. I’m actually surprised this hasn’t happened more often. It might not be a hugely important point, but I always want to be honest with you.

I was going to be a high school teacher, once upon a time. I’m one class short of my teaching certification. But life happened, and I accidentally got in on the ground floor of the PC revolution. I actually wrote code on an IBM PC XT Model 086 – green screen and all. But the experience left me with a respect and affection for teachers.

Reporters asked the teacher/advisor for Tatsuya’s experiment if said experiment was, as they hoped to find, proof that First High School was brainwashing students to go into the military or provide military magic.

His response? After he stopped laughing, he said (15:40), “Pardon me, but I wonder what it was that you just saw. If all you’re going to do is set off a small blast, there’s no need for a precise formula like this one…  In today’s experiment, the aim was to see if nuclear fusion could be used as an energy source for social infrastructure.”

Gotta say: I loved a) seeing a teacher placed in a positive light and b) seeing a teacher stick up for their students. That’s a plus!

Favorite Moment from The Irregular at Magic High School Season 3 Episode 3

The Irregular at Magic High School Season 3 Episode 3: Tatsuya casually takes on the head of the Yotsuba family

Tatsuya knew exactly what he was doing. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Maya, the Mighty Head of the Yotsuba Family

First, let me get this out of the way: I’m not picking this moment because I find Maya Yotsuba ridiculously attractive. I do, but that’s not why I picked this moment.

My reasoning might not even be sound. It could be that Tatsuya has made a declaration like this before, and I’ve forgotten it. If your memory’s better than mine, please do talk about the previous events in the comments!

What I saw in this episode, though, sure sounded like Tatsuya casually brushing aside the entire weight of the Yotsuba family’s authority – like it was nothing!

The Irregular at Magic High School Season 3 Episode 3: Maya said she held back; I'm not convinced

Maya seemed to pull her punch. But Tatsuya didn’t seem like he was under any strain. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

The show has played up Maya Yotsuba’s power. She’s the head of the family; she’s a strategic weapon herself. Most of the family heads in this series seem to be monsters, and she’s no exception. 

It was in the role of head of the Yotsuba family that Maya asked – well, politely ordered – Tatsuya to quit school and hide in the house. Whatever country sat on the North American continent in this world suspected he and/or Miyuki were behind the magical elimination of an entire naval fleet. She was afraid they’d send assassins after him. Maya wanted to name another protector for Miyuki.

The head of the Yotsuba family, a magical titan herself, ordered Tatsuya to stay home. And what did Tatsuya say? Did he meekly say “Yes, ma’am?”

Delivery: Tatsuya Declares His Fealty


Tatsuya said (21:10), “The only one who can give me orders Miyuki.”

That single statement reset the show’s power dynamic. What happened next – Maya hurling some form of space/time at Tatsuya and him shrugging it to one side – reinforced the point. But to me, Tatsuya’s words sounded like an affirmation of Miyuki as the center of his universe. Of course, we’ve always known it was the case, but previously, it appeared that the relationship existed in harmony with the Yotsuba family’s wishes. 

The Irregular at Magic High School Season 3 Episode 3: Miyuki is one dangerous young woman

She’s a lovely young woman. Enjoys Tatsuya’s company. But she’s very, very dangerous. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

But now? It sounds as if Miyuki wants to go to war with someone – an individual, a country, maybe an entire planet – Tatsuya would have her back. I think he’d try to talk her out of it, but in the end, I think he’d take her orders. And let’s face it: that young woman has a murderous streak in her. That kind of thing makes me wonder if the show’s heading for a tragic end. I mean, I could imagine some family or another, or maybe an alliance of families, deciding Tatsuya needed to be eliminated. Not knowing that Tatsuya, as powerful as he is, is only Miyuki’s limiter. 

Is this story really about power and its applications – and what happens if those powers go unchecked? I think it’s this show’s exploration of human power dynamics that keeps me so interested. After all, the topic is a core theme in many of my novels. I enjoy seeing other fictional worlds explore those ideas, and this show is certainly delivering on that front.

What did you think of the fusion experiment? What were your favorite moments? I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments!

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