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Snappy Hands, Almost Caress (Mahouka)

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I thought Tatsuya was going to use the powers of creepiness and rub the guy’s face. Which probably would have made the rest of the series turn into a show about Ichijo’s elevated obsession with Tatsuya. Makes me wonder if that short-lived vibe was intentional, because there’s plenty of ways to reconfigure and redirect this scene to be less.. fabulous. But we all know everyone enjoys such shows. Just remember Star Driver. Or don’t. Because sometimes people can’t handle the kiraboshi.

I’m behind on the Mahouka blogging lately, with which I’ve started to wonder why it’s ended up being the show for me to regularly write about. Perhaps, sometimes I┬ájust want to write about a show that’s a bit more flawed, flashy, and fabulous, than a show that seems to hit more nails into the planks of stability and quality. Consider it a contrast to shows that take a serious effort towards storytelling, pacing, and very controlled swells of emotions. Mahouka is like that strange corner shop with that weird tasting soda pop and two arcade machine with dilapidated joysticks, iffy button response, and a Start Game button who’s label text is ghost of its original print, pigments lost to millions of hands slamming their anger into repeating the hallway of death that was 90s arcade goodness.

I’m waxing nostalgia while writing about a show that’s in the future. Yep. I’m late one episode, so I’ll probably end up combining the next two.

For a while, I thought this season was going to contain three trap anime (e.g. Love Stage!!, Himegoto, and Sword Art Online S2). Then I remembered that Love Stage!!’s trap phase is already over, since it covered the (or uncovered, depending on you-might-know-what) commercial plot bit.

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