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Okay, so I caught up, and I feel some scenes were cool, Tatsuya was a bit overpowered, far too much technobabble, and to be honest, I really dislike the anime.
To voice why I dislike it, other antagonizing characters of a certain belief just go into straight up strawmens for Tatsuya to defeat and disprove, and ultimately for the story and by extension author to villain, and this perhaps is far more prominent once it gets into the merits of their meritocratic system in Irregular At Magic High School.
One of the reasons why writing a book, an essay, or otherwise to provide arguments for a point is that, unlike a real time discussion, no one can reply to you long after till you published the work, and one will mostly be out of earshot from their critics. That's why it is important to be self aware and somewhat doubtful. You may make mistakes in logic that would get pointed out by an opposing critic, you could forget to apply logic in of itself. Point being, is that the novel suffers from being unable to prove Tatsuya's point without making the terrorists walking parodies in of themselves, and their causes. Critics from anywhere or anyone can be your best editor, and honestly, it doesn't appear the author wants to do anything more than make Tatsuya not only a surrogate for people to insert themselves in, but a self gratifying fantasy to promote his own views, that while overly politicized nor without merit, are utterly simplified as the people Tatsuya faces, and hardly supported.
Strawmens in this case means literal strawmens. They are extreme, they are terrorists, but they represented a faction the author opposed as to make them so extreme as to make Tatsuya seem sensible in comparison, and to an extent, that isn't a bad thing if only Tatsuya wasn't already praised in being perfect and them being cardboard cutouts without sensible wants or needs, you know, things that would make them seem a bit rational?
Not every side has a legitimate point in my view, but all the ethos regarding discrimination and such, it seems utterly silly and even self defeating to the debate when Tatsuya reaffirms the author's belief, and the story molds to fit said belief.
I was expecting more regarding the High School Experience versus how it determines the rest of your life, especially when the mass production of school brought on by something like the entrance exam is under scrutiny, which Tatsuya fails to address. I mean....really? Why doesn't he acknowledge the exam as a societal problem than something that personally afflicted him?
I absolutely hate Irregular At Magic High School
There is nothing good about this anime in terms of story and how it handles themes.
Every good point it makes just builds its way to a far more unforgiving and self righteous ideology that the author can only argue by turning his opposition into glorified strawmen to be defeated and debated.Without any acknowledgement of their plight, and their inability to act within a realm of rationality that doesn't scream TERRORIST, or the lesser labels of idiot, alongside many other excuses for victim blaming.
Not trying to defend terrorism. God forbid you shoot up a school, those asshats. I am not trying to justify a horrible, violent act like this. However, accusing your opponent of being seduced by sweet sounding ideals and then having your little sister say something that only sounds good when dressed up as some sort of epiphany, indicates a complete lack of self awareness, and a complete oversight of your inability to diagnose a person you never met nor understand what they are going through. Add on to an uncomfortable scene of the two sibling naked and staring at each other in a dream sequences or something, and bravo! Irregular At Magic High School is what we get. I just can't, really can't.
Tatsuya's philosophy confuses a world where everyone wants to be special, or a world devoid of a meritocratic system, with being treated just as any other being, with respect that doesn't have a bloom try to use a lethal rank b spell in order for an attempt on someone's life because they are just a weed.
We have seen Blooms be aggressive, we have heard statements regarding the inaccurate or narrow view of tests, and countless times,
Tatsuya defended it for some bullshit reason. "Highly powered magicians make more money because they are useful, Magic High School tests measures Practical Uses of Magic, despite me having the most combat ability and knowledge of anyone in the vicinity".
Large amounts of technology jargon are thrown around to be used to explain things, things I don't care to understand, since it is fictional and has no useful application to real life, and not being attached at all to the story or its characters, alongside being confusing enough to require large amounts of efforts for me to understand a system of magic. A system of magic in an anime I just started.
My only hindsight being "Why don't you devote this fucking time to explaining useful matters I won't forget 5 seconds later? What about the societal impact of Magicians, which seems to be a large part of the show? Or how about developing characters to more than just girls infatuated with Tatsuya because he is tall, dark, handsome, and stoic?"
(If I had a penny everytime a guy fits that parameter in a shoujo romance)
No, just no. This anime is horrendous enough, and seeing all the hate, I want to give it a chance, but it goes back and forth between being too boring with often meaningless exposition to absolutely infuriating how much the author wants to shove his ideas down our throats without good reasoning for us to consider. This is one of the worst anime I have seen just based on the story. I did not think I would hate it. Episode 4's ending was subject to some interpretation when I watched it, but it is only confirmed later on in the arc what Tatsuya thinks, and what he thinks his opponents "think".
I am halfway through, and you may ask why I am watching an anime that so greatly displeases me. Truth is, I want to compliment the anime on something. Tatsuya didn't seem so emotionless around his sister, and he seemed reasonably capable. I also want to refine my opinion. That being said, if you are upset by my comment, I apologize for offending you. I do not want to take away your enjoyment of the series, nor does my criticism have any real bearing on such. It shouldn't. I just like ranting.
Mental Stability Restored. Rebooting Fun Nii-San Persona....IMOUTOS!