English: The irregular at magic high school
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2014 to ?
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisMagic—A century has passed since this concept has been recognized as a formal technology instead of the product of the occult or folklore.
The season is spring and it is time for a brand new school year.
At the National Magic University First Affiliate High School, A.K.A Magic High School, students are divided into two distinct groups according to their academic performances. The "Bloom," who demonstrate the highest grades and are enrolled in the "First Course," and the "Weed," who have a poor academic record and are enrolled in the "Second Course."
This spring, a very peculiar brother and sister enroll as new students.
The brother is an under achiever with some deficiencies and enrolls as a "Weed," while his younger sister is an honor student, who enrolls as a "Bloom."
The brother, with a somewhat philosophical expression, and the younger sister who holds feelings a little stronger than sibling love for him...
Ever since these two have entered through the gates of this prestigious school, the calm campus was beginning to change...
(Source: Aniplex USA)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
Other: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Yoku Wakaru Mahouka
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The purpose of this review is primarily to address the points raised in previous reviews about this anime. If you're looking for an accurate evaluation of the show, I'd suggest watching a little yourself or holding off until more episodes are released and the story develops further. Hopefully, this review will make the anime more enjoyable for you, or atleast clear up some questions. I'll try my best to avoid any spoilers, but in case I let anything slip, I apologize in advance.
Let me first state that I believe a review should reflect upon the entire show, not just the first half of it. For many anime, it is common for the first half to be slow and ease the audience into familiarity of a new world, yet all of the reviews so far are based solely upon the first 9 of 26 episodes. I strongly recommend that you stick with the show atleast up to the end of the 9 Schools Competition arc, where you'll be able to make a more holistic judgment about the anime. At the very least, I wanted to provide a counter balance to the other reviews in order to not mislead potential viewers. With that said, let's begin!
I'll start with a quick introduction of the show:
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei is based in a world where magic has only recently become more accessible through the invention of the Casting Assistance Device (CAD), but even so, the number of individuals capable of using magic are still in the minority. While the benefits of magic have just barely been explored, the potential of magic in domestic and global, especially military, affairs has the entire world scrambling to establish domination over this new resource. It is in this discordant situation that we find our main characters, a pair of siblings enrolling in their first year at the prestigious magic high school, First High School. However, even in an environment filled exclusively with fellow magicians, the siblings cannot escape the conflicts inherent in magic. Of the 200 students admitted into First High, only 100 with greater magical talent are selected to receive personal instruction (Course One or "Blooms"), while the other half shares the same curriculum, but instead receives their education solely from digital sources (Course Two or "Weeds"). Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei follows Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba as they face the discrimination, abuse, greed, and jealousy that their status as magicians entails.
So, one of the biggest qualms people seem to have with this series is the fact that the Tatsuya is essentially the most powerful character of the entire cast and, to be honest, I completely agree. Tatsuya's status as a Course Two student suggests that his magical talent is inferior to that of Course One students, yet as the story progresses, we quickly see that this is far from the truth. In fact, Tatsuya's mastery of martial arts and magical theory and engineering elevate his combat ability beyond that of any character, allowing him to easily overcome any and every obstacle he faces. And thus rises the protest: "Why, this is just wish fulfillment! The 'weak, unappreciated guy' turns out to be some overpowered, unbeatable hero and becomes popular with everyone!"
However, if you look closely, Tatsuya is far from that ideal, likable protagonist that you might think he is. Consider the following: Tatsuya isn't an attention seeker, doesn't seem to particularly enjoy life at First High and is a major target for bullies who are jealous of him. With his combat abilities and magical knowledge, he could easily find a position in society that would acknowledge his talents, yet he still choses to attend school. What possible incentive could he have for choosing to remain in such a place? (I'll cover this more later)
Another problem arising from Tatsuya's unmatched abilities is that he dispels any sense of danger or crisis from the predicaments he faces. While this is true for the first few episodes, the scale of the opposition he faces can only grow, so give it some time to develop and you'll be rewarded with more interesting situations and action. After all, a story with absolutely no major conflict could possibly have become so popular.
Some question the decision to use a school setting for this story, and perhaps, on a superficial level, the bright and slightly childish environment of a school seems to ruin the dark themes of the anime. But as we'll soon see, a magical high school is anything but a safe haven to develop a young magician's abilities. In fact, the shocking difference between our expectations and reality contributes greatly to the idea that there is a appalling lack of protection for these maturing magicians, who could decide the future of the nation and even the world.
The high school setting also gives us insight into the status of the magical community. As stated previously, the only real difference between the Course One and Course Two students is the presence of a magic instructor. The limited number of educators reflects the relatively recent expansion of the magic community, which can be likened to a third world country, but armed with enough power to change the world. In such a situation, it's only expected that outside powers would fight for exploitation of such an opportunity while others would fear its potential and plot its annihilation. Such is the daily environment that our characters find themselves in as they struggle to avoid succumbing to a variety of plots ranging from those of terrorists to governments, of classmates to family members.
The class differentiation between Course One and Two links to a multitude of major problems in the show. While all 200 students have proven themselves through their enrollment to First High, the talent and effort of Course One students have been acknowledged to be above the Course Two students, designated by the flower symbol on their uniforms that Course Two students lack. Driven to be the strongest magicians by their families, yet living in a world where the majority of the population is unaffiliated with magic, the only sense of security for these young magicians lies in their superiority over their Course Two peers. However, having already proven their ability, some Course Two students have the potential of overtaking Course One students and replacing them through hard work, and so Course One students resort to using derogatory terms like "Weeds" to both flaunt their status of "Blooms" while discouraging Course Two students from attempting to work their way up to Course One.
The Course Two perspective is much more complicated, as they are caught between two conflicting ways of thinking. Having once been the cream of the crop, after entering First High, one of the most prestigious magic schools in Japan, these young magicians find themselves at the bottom of the pecking order, looked down upon by peers with superior heritage, talent, performance or even all three. On one hand, these youths are tempted by the anti-magic calls for "equality", which is to eliminate magic from all evaluation processes, but essentially ignores all the work that magicians put into honing their magical prowess. On the other hand, all Course Two students have been acknowledged to hold substantial magical ability through their acceptance into First High. As such, it's only natural that they too would be proud of their magical talents and therefore would be loathe to simply surrender a major part of who they are. Then, the only way to go would simply be to work hard to earn a spot in Course One. But how does hard work hold up in the face of pure talent or the lack thereof? Against peers with seemingly monstrous magical power and the fact that effort can only take one so far, it's unsurprising for some students to completely lose hope.
Now enter Tatsuya, a high school freshman labeled as a magically inferior Course Two student, yet whose unrivaled combat abilities allow him to challenge even the most powerful Course One students. The appearance of such an irregular existence has the entire school beginning to question the class system that has been such an intregal part of the school, as well as the Course One students' egos. In the presence of such a misfit, it is inevitable that people would start to raise questions, some of which can be applies to our own societies and lives. How are people and their abilities evaluated? To what extent are we able to appreciate a person as a whole through our current standards? Perhaps what we see as important today really came from insignificant roots.
Indeed, these are legitimate questions in their own right, but the story lies beyond them and focuses more upon Tatsuya himself. For what reason would someone who clearly understands that he would be undervalued choose to enter such a place? He's hardly the hopeless idealist that would take the time to prove society wrong and he would be much more appreciated had he chosen to attend a school with less of a focus on magical ability. And while we're at it, why has Tatsuya invested so heavily in the martial arts? He hardly seems to care about being combatively superior to his peers and practicing the martial arts doesn't seem to be his passion. In fact, Tatsuya barely seems to have any passions and nearly never shows any sort of emotion at all.
Now, let's talk about our other main character, Miyuki. Miyuki is what would widely be described as "perfect": beautiful, extremely talented, well mannered and intelligent. With Miyuki as the little sister to the plain and less talented Tatsuya, one would naturally expect for there to be some tension in their relationship. What's more is that despite Tatsuya being nearly a year older, both siblings are enrolled in the same grade, with the younger sister ranked as #1 of the entire class while the older brother is just barely accepted into the school.
Even so, Miyuki respects Tatsuya to the point worship. Perhaps in some other shows, there would be no explanation for their relationship, or it'd be a simple and lame "Oh, he's nice" excuse. But in Mahouka, the commonplace relationship between older brother and younger sister is been completely skewed by the magic world and in order to fully comprehend how it came to be this way, you'd have to understand the dark secrets behind magic families and the public perception of magicians, which may or may not be revealed later in the anime.
To sum it all up, ladies and gentlemen, the anime is not even halfway through yet! Things have only just begun to get interesting! I believe that Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei has not yet had the chance to develop its main themes that made it so popular and if you choose to give it the time, it will undoubtably prove itself to be a remarkable anime. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope you found it worthwhile! Any feedback is greatly appreciated from "helpful" and "not helpful"s alike! read more
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei or "The Irregular at Magic High School. A story that doesn't follow your everyday anime guidelines. If you are looking for a anime that gives you in-depth reasons for why the world works as it does, rather than the weak plot device of "oh it just happens", then this may be the show for you.
We start off in a futuristic world recovering from a world war that led to the now prospering discover of magic. While the magic itself can be used by only a minority of the population, it has become a science to individuals capable of wielding it. Jobs, schools, and lifestyles have all now been born from this discovery which surrounds our main protagonists. A pair of siblings who must undergo trials and tribulations brought on by jealous and bigoted individuals throughout their high school careers and even personal lives.
The show itself is the adaptation of a series of light novels that now expand up to 13. You might say the pacing of the show is rather slow because not a lot is covered each episode. Almost each episode covers a chapter from the light novel where almost everything is explained to the last detail so that the viewer is not left wanting. While this may seem a little slow, the anime airs over two season to truly capture its meaning. Mahouka is not a run of the mill anime where things just happen because they do. Magic is a science where the laws of nature can be bent but never changed and it not so outside the boundaries of reality that you write it off as cliche`.
The art itself is a little particular with the characters being nicely done except for the faces being sharply drawn around the chins if you pay attention to that detail that makes them just a little crude. But Madhouse makes up for it by the bright colors and super detailed magic sequences that are extremely pleasant to the eyes.
The sound following this show is pretty nice. From the activation of the magic to pulse-pounding OSTs that following most battle scenes. While I won't say the music is majestic, it does fit well for each scene it is presented without being overly flushed out.
The voice acting on the other hand is not where this show excels. Our protagonist fit their va's to a tee but the others are not exactly what I had in mind when reading through the novels.
Our main characters stand out in a way far different than most protagonists. First off with Shiba Tatsuya you have the underdog. In a world where your either proficient at magic or written off as slightly better than a human, he falls into the latter category. Tatsuya is not proficient in magic, just barely able to use some of the simplest spells. To make up for what he lacks, he excels in martial arts and was born with a few abilities that make him an overpowered character when compared against other notable magic users; at least on the battlefield.
His sister on the other hand, miss Shiba Miyuki falls into the former category of being so proficient with magic she stands above all others in all forms of its use. She however has an unnatural dependency on her brother which is better explained after watching the show.
They can both be written off as having no personality. But there is actually a deeper meaning to understanding this plot element when you finally give the show a chance.
Side characters on the other hand what can you say. There really are no cliches and each character fits into the story in their own way.
I enjoy this show quite a lot actually. I can't be satisfied with it happened just cause or a main character who gets random power ups because they want to save their friends. Mahouka lets you see a world not far out of reach where magic is explained with logic and people live with different standards. Favorites easily develop in this show and action scenes occur almost every episode. It is easy to say this show is keeps you intrigued.
I will give this a 7 because this show is what it is. It is not poorly made with cliches at every corner but unique in a lot of places. But for those who do not enjoy explanations about a complex plot device but must have action every 3 seconds, I rated it lower. Mahouka should definitely leave an impression on you but may not be the best show of the season. That is why we will leave it there. Enjoyable enough you may want to rewatch an episode or two but not enough to praise its existence.
-Protagonist is considered "weak", but is actually really strong
-Both deal with magic and science
-Mahouka is like Majutsu no Index but with more explanations about how magic works
Mahouka Kouka no Rettousei features a fusion of magic and science where magic has been made into a science. In Toaru Majutsu no Index, it features a similar fusion of magic and science, although admittedly its more of a science vs magic thing.
Personally, I find both fun and entertaining to watch because of that combination ^^
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei and Toaru Majutsu no Index are highly similar in the case that they both invole...
Magic and Science in many ways.
A "weak" male main character made fun of just because of their levels or ranks
Both protagonists have a sort of unique power that separates them from others.
Love-struck female characters that you just can't help but enjoy.
Awesome Action in the first episode. (maybe)
Both deal with a world involving magic and science.
Both feature a male protagonist who is stronger than it would first appear.
Similar genres, mix of sci-fi/fantasy and action.
A boy with exceptional combat skills enrolls in a combat oriented high school to meet his brand new harem, with no initial intention of actually participating in combat. His dreams are shortly crushed by the student council president within the first couple of episodes.
-Chrome Shelled Regios has a far more interesting setting and a more stylized art direction.
-The characters in Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei all look bland, but the dialogue between them tends to be a bit more clever.
-Both have pretty good action sequences.
Both have light novel source materials and focus on a cool MC hiding his untold back story and past experience from the rest of the militaristic high school and slowly showing it off as he gets into more fights surrounding a mixture of hand to hand combat, specialized weapons, and magic / kai. Also both have an interesting support cast to make up for the withdrawn personality of the MC.
Similar mc who is rather weak in terms of their official status in the school, but turns out to be the most powerful badass around.
Similar school uniforms and combat suits. Laid back protagonists. Pure wish fulfilment self insert mc's.
Pseudo harem approach.
Both mc's extremely capable to the point that usual equipment cannot bring out their maximum potential.
Both mc's coerced into taking up positions that require fighting.
Similar supporting characters.
Similar character designs.
Unique to Mahouka:
Cute little imouto.
Siscon male mc.
Brocon female mc.
Not so modest protagonist when it comes to displaying his combat abilities.
More details of techniques and their implementation.
Unique to CSR:
Protagonist very modest when it comes to combat skills. Always holds back.
Dense mc, incredibly dense.
Has a survival theme.
Multiple female mc's.
A boy enrols in a brand new high school to "learn" new things but more or less another reason. They both join a group, 17th Platoon or the student council/disciplinary committee.
- Both have a protagonist who has others originally consider him weak
- Both protagonists are both absurdly overpowered
- Both protagonists have a sort of impassive attitude
- Schools for learning combat skills (although Mahouka's does more than just combat)
- Student council is somewhat similar to the 17th
Opening Theme#1: "Rising Hope" by LiSA (eps 2-13)
#2: "grilletto" by GARNiDELiA (eps 14-?)
Ending Theme#1: "Rising Hope" by LiSA (ep 1)
#2: "Millenario (ミレナリオ)" by ELISA (eps 2-13)
#3: "Mirror" by Rei Yasuda (eps 14-?)
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