English: The irregular at magic high school
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2014 to Sep 28, 2014
23 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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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!
Characters & Voice Actors
Set in 2095, magic is now a form of technology and science. After the 3rd world war, magic wielders were high in demand in the world to defend their individual countries from further chaos. Mahouka follows two siblings, Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba, who are enrolled in Fist High School. Based on enrolment test scores, the brother becomes a Weed, a presumed low-achieving magician, while his little sister becomes a Bloom, a presumed high-achiever in magic. However, there's more to these two siblings than as first thought. And school life at First High School will no longer be the same...
And thus, the most anticipated, but highly controversial, anime of the spring season has reached its conclusion. Controversial in the fact that this series ranged from "Mahouka is the best anime ever!" to "Wow, this series is complete BS." So how did it truly turn out? Was it as good as the die-hard fans claim it was? What about the opinions of the critics who truly despise this series? I find that Mahouka truly fits in between the two; it's neither really good, nor really bad. It was nonetheless a somewhat enjoyable anime series that I didn't regret watching.
Before I begin, I will say that there's a high chance that you may end up being in either of the aforementioned polarizing sides. To make things a bit easier, for those who really like and would only watch a huge action-packed series with an adventurous plot, non-stop fight scenes, and emotional characters like some shounens have, you probably want to stop reading this review and find another anime series. The relatively slow-paced Mahouka will actually bore you really fast, and would DEFINITELY not be for you. I probably weeded out a few of you, and you'll thank me for it. Now, I can't guarantee that this review will be spoiler free, but let's dwell a bit further into this series, shall we?
Mahouka focuses on two main leads, who are the Shiba siblings, Tatsuya and Miyuki. The series is split into three arcs, each having a specific school event attached to them (enrolment, a school competition, and a thesis competition). The general idea of Mahouka is that conflict arises, usually from a specialized group having ulterior motives for magic, preventing these school events from going as calm and smoothly as planned, and the students from First High School and other acquaintances will have to deal with them. Conflict doesn't happen immediately, however; everything is set up with loads of dialogue and explanations. Unfortunately, the huge amount of set up can turn stale for some viewers.
The biggest problem about Mahouka is definitely its pacing. Some would find this series to be incredibly slow due to all the explanations and dialogue used to set up a conflict, especially as a shounen anime. This is highly prominent in the first arc. Later, the events in the story became extremely rushed, which happened most often in the second arc. Most magic was no longer explained in its entirety, and some prior background have been omitted at times. I ended up consulting light novel readers a few times of what I just witnessed. Regardless of your opinion on Mahouka, this is easily the biggest flaw. I like to turn that around and use it as a way to say that this series is unpredictable in nature because of this pacing. You don't know what will Mahouka bring the next episode, but even this can be a relatively frustrating process, especially considering that the plot had very good potential to be great. In all, the story was executed well to a certain extent, but it definitely could of been better. Viewers will have to acknowledge this imminent flaw should they decide to take the plunge to this series.
However, each arc does have some pretty interesting perks in the story. There were very well thought out concepts for all the arcs, but the 3rd arc of the series (Episodes 18-26) was easily my favourite. Of course, I won't say what happens then, but for me, the final arc made the series a worthwhile watch. It might be frustrating to have to consult LN readers at times to know some background facts that Madhouse has omitted, as well as a lot of confusing bits here and there, but it's flushed out enough to at least give a small sense of satisfaction at the end to the typical anime watcher such as myself. 6/10
No complaints here. The art style is very typical of shounen anime, and instances where the animation quality gets noticeably bad is extremely rare. Action scenes are fluid and flashy, while the character designs are very cool and slick. Honestly, those are some pretty badass school uniforms. There's nothing about the art and animation that really stands out compared to other series, but it gets the job done, and does the job well. I really give Madhouse credit for the great animation quality of this series. 8/10
Another one of the better points of this anime. Mahouka has a huge cast of characters (which will be explained later), and Madhouse pretty much recruited the best of the best to voice them. No character sounds awkward or out of place, as most match their individual character's personality very well. I mean, it's like a dream team of all-star seiyuus, including Yuichi Nakamura (Tatsuya), Saori Hayami (Miyuki), and Kana Hanazawa (Mayumi), just to name a few. A job well done to all the voice actors and actresses involved in this series.
LiSA's “Rising Hope” is arguably one of, if not, THE best opening song of Spring Anime 2014, while GARDiNELiA's “grilletto” stands up as one of the better opening songs for Summer 2014. The ending themes are decent too, but sometimes, the ending scene of an episode does not transition well into the song, especially when suspense was attempted to be made. Mahouka's OST is good in general, and definitely sounds very shounen-like. A good plus side of the series. 9/10
Now, this is the second category that many individuals critic about Mahouka. The story focuses on Tatsuya Shiba and Miyuki Shiba, two characters that are, for some reason, really hated by a lot of people out there. Do the Shiba siblings make or break the series? For some, there is that chance. So I'll explain the pair to the best of my abilities, alongside the other characters of series, and note the places where some people hate about them.
Tatsuya is enrolled into the First High School as a weed. This would mean that he's presumably weak in magic, right? Wrong. Rather, this guy is seriously overpowered. We definitely can question how on earth was he determined to be an inferior weed in the first place due to these placement tests. The problem some people have over Tatsuya is that he is claimed to be just another “Gary Stu”. He only seems to get more and more OP as the series progresses, making him pretty much the “perfect” protagonist. I personally don't think he's completely perfect; he comes at the cost that he rarely develops emotionally. Tatsuya in a sense doesn't feel human, which does make it difficult for him to fit with his classmates and live a perfectly normal school life with his little sister. His lack of human emotions is definitely a conflict that he must always go through, and is something that is explored throughout the series.
Tatsuya's mysterious nature definitely creates some suspense in Mahouka. We know Tatsuya is great, but just HOW good he is? What skills will be pull off next? The enigma that is Tatsuya really makes viewers wonder just who the hell he really is. How many things he can pull of his sleeve is pretty damn incredible. Heck, his classmates don't really know who he really is as well later. Tatsuya is an enigmatic character, but whether this is an enjoyable trait is definitely up to the viewer.
Miyuki is the other main character, who is perhaps as controversial as his older brother. Miyuki is your beautiful, smart and kind female character that many look up to. However, her personality and ideals in general, like Tatsuya, are very simple. Some may argue that it's even bland. Oh, and she may have a slight bro-con for Tatsuya. I'm pretty sure all the complaints that Madhouse got over her cries of "Onii-sama" ended up having her get less screen time later in the series. Now, it definitely isn't as black and white as this; however, Madhouse unfortunately does not dwell into this further, which is something that I'll be looking into in the light novels. I do like Miyuki, mostly because of her sincerity and well-mannered demeanour, while getting notable roles in the story as well. However, I'll note that both Tatsuya and Miyuki barely undergo development throughout the series, at least emotionally and a character as a whole. If you get frustrated about characters who really only develop in terms of OPness, then this probably won't be the series for you. For others who don't mind, you're in for a treat.
The supporting cast is very cool, but they are the supporting cast for a reason. After all, Mahouka centres around Tatsuya and Miyuki the most, who are relatively mysterious but simple individuals in the first place. Some characters appear in episodes to glue some parts of the story together, but they don't get quite enough spotlight to have them fully develop. Again, a lack of character development may be a flaw of this series for some viewers, but that would be way too much to put in a 26-episode series, especially considering that some parts were already feeling rushed. There's at least enough of a blueprint for all the supporting characters to be able to pick a favourite. I personally love the student council president Mayumi myself, but I was slightly disappointed that she didn't get that much time to develop as a character. Overall, this huge cast of characters is nice, but unfortunate sacrifices had to be made in order to prevent these 3 arcs from stretching over 40 episodes. 7/10
This series is flawed, yes. The pacing of the story is my biggest concern, with a somewhat lack of character development being another. But I did have the motivation to continue and look forward for the next episode. I personally found the series to be quite enlightening, and there was enough substance for me to be intrigued to continue in watching, even if I know there was quite a few things wrong about it. The concept of Mahouka is very nice, although Madhouse may have not brought it out to its full potential. I do look forward to reading the light novels and continue the series from there.
On a completely realistic overview, character and story must be weighed more than the art and sound of an anime series. The former may be the weaker points of the series, but it definitely isn't AS bad as some people say it is, nor you should write if off just because of the flaws I've listed above. This is a series where you really have to see it to give a proper opinion on it. Don't inflate your expectations, or you will be disappointed. If you are interested enough after the first few episodes, I'll say that you'll be on the road to watching a pretty nice series. Will it blow you away? No. Will this be a waste of your time? Mostly likely no as well. All in all, despite some flaws, it has been a pleasure watching Mahouka, and I hope some of you will consider watching this series as well!
Final score: 7/10
(First review, feel free to give some feedback!) read more
- This Review Contains Spoilers -
I'm not entirely sure why I watched all of Mahouka. At some point it was a scholarly interest in why this was the latest hottest thing in light novels. It might have been because people said it gets better in the novels later and I wondered at what stage that would be. At another point it was purely to see if I could finish it as a personal challenge. If I could keep watching I might be able to find something good about this anime. Something that at the end of the day I could say "sure it was mostly bad, but there was this one thing about the show that was enjoyable".
I never found that thing. I can find nothing to recommend about Mahouka. It is bad on pretty much every level.
The first point it fails at, and the main point that drags down the entire show, is the main character. Tatsuya Shiba is a highly talented magician who has been placed in the crappy kids class. He's there because he is bad at pushing a square inch wooden block across a floor with his mind. This is the only thing he is bad at in the world of magic. He is a master magician who can cancel out other magicians magic. He's baffling intelligent to the point that he can calculate mind-bogglingly complex magical problems in milliseconds. In his spare time he's the world's greatest engineer, fronting as the mysterious Silver creating the best magical equipment in the world. He solves magical problems that the rest of the world have been struggling with for years. He creates the power of flight on a whim. He can see through walls. He can take down an entire platoon of terrorists by himself. He can detonate the power equivalent of an atomic bomb over anywhere in the world. He can heal all wounds instantly. He can raise the dead. But he is not very good at pushing a square inch block across a floor so clearly he's a flawed character.
When your main character is as perfect as this, there is no tension. There is no struggle. Any problem presented to Tatsuya can be solved with no issue. Yet the show likes to pretend he genuinely has factors against him. It's purely lipservice though that has no practical limitations on his capability to do literally anything. Whenever the show tries to make me feel like Tatsuya is inconvenienced, it ends up flipping around and making me feel like I should be on the side of the people against Tatsuya. It got to the point that for long periods of the show I found it easier to treat Tatsuya like he was the villain.
You know that big Darwinian speech given by Charles Vi Brittania from Code Geass where he goes on about how the strong will destroy and subjugate the weak and that's why everyone will bow down to Brittania and all hail Brrrrrrrrritannia? That's Tatsuya's, and by extension the author's outlook on life. Except when Charles delivers his speech about the myth of equality, it's by Norio Wakamoto hamming it up to 11 as the most evil character in the world. In Mahouka it's Tatsuya delivering the speech about how equality is a bad thing and we should destroy those who seek to change that, and we're supposed to agree with his outlook.
The weird thing is, Tatsuya would make a pretty great supervillain. His calm attitude and dangerous intelligence is perfect Bond villain material. He's a cold-blooded killer who wipes out several thousand people without remorse during the show. You can totally do villain as protagonist thing. Light Yagami did a pretty good job of it as a similar smart person with dangerous beliefs and phenomenal power. Tatsuya though is always presented as the hero. All the villains are terrorists, more terrorists, and the Chinese, none of whom are presented as anything other than cardboard cutouts of villains. The first episode shows that the school has a dumb system where less magically talented kids are treated like shit by the upper class of magical students. But instead of coming to the conclusion that the whole system is dumb because it creates a class system, the show comes to the conclusion that the system is bad because it didn't rate Tatsuya highly.
So we have unstable foundations from which to build this show on, but what about the more superficial presentation angle. Are the magical fights fun? No.
Technobabble. Magical sequences in the show are interrupted by long explanations of the magical theory behind them. Characters would sit in the cafe and discuss magic. Tatsuya would move a block across a room then launch into a lengthy explanation why this was difficult for him. Tatsuya would explain why wizards flying is really difficult for most of an episode and then proceed to solve it a minute later accompanied by another explanation. I got a pretty good grasp on the world's magic system by the end of the show, but these scenes are all excruciatingly boring even with that knowledge. Eyes glaze over as they talk about oscillating magical frequencies and squiddidly heebijeebies and whatnot. What was even more frustrating is you could use none of this knowledge to enjoy the show more. None of the explanations helped the viewer understanding what was going on in a battle better or let you work out what was going on yourself. Even with the knowledge of magic I gained, it never became useful to know for anything else. It wasn't building lore either since it felt mostly like reading from a highly boring textbook. So what was the point of these lengthy magical explanations?
The explanation is pretty easy really. You know in Kill la Kill one of the characters would have an explanation as to why Matoi Ryuko gained this incredible power of hers, delving into theories about life fibres and so on, until Mako would burst in and yell "so what you're saying is Ryuko has awesome powers", turning the entire previous conversation into a hilarious joke that outlined that none of it was really important? That's Mahouka's magical explanations except it's explaining why Tatsuya is totally awesome. Also it's not played as a joke.
What these magical explanations also do is make Mahouka very dull to look at. The vast majority of the show is talking heads with no artistry put into their presentation. The magical fights are equally pretty dull with no interesting fight choreography. In general Mahouka is pretty bland visually and doesn't have great animation either. The music, since I'm on the subject of production values, is also pretty bland. A bunch of generic jpop for OP/ED and insert songs is the most it can muster. The pacing is also awful, in particular during the middle and boringest arc, and again I can attribute this mostly to these Tatsuya-appealing sessions of lengthy magical explanations that ultimately lead to no conclusion beyond Mako yelling "so what you're saying is Tatsuya is totally awesome right".
There's also a whole load of nitpicky problems. One that bugged me was the show's weirdly conservative treatment of women. Tatsuya's sister is madly in love with him, but oddly that didn't bother me too much because it's just another method the show uses to appeal to Tatsuya. No what I'm referring to is the weird way anytime a woman would wear something other than the most skin-covering clothing, a character would comment on how they should cover up and stop being such a dirty whore. Usually by Tatsuya, because he's a gentleman *tips fedora*. All while the camera pans lovingly up the underdressed woman's skin and makes their boobs really shiny. It's a small thing, but it compounds with lots of other little things that make me really start to resent the author.
I really tried scraping through my memory banks to find something I liked about the show, but I could come up with nothing. I mostly just found more and more nitpicky problems the further I probed. The character designs are bland to the point that I kept mixing up characters. It has too many characters in general and there were a large chunk of them for whom I didn't understand their purpose. That one episode where the student council leader gave a speech during a debate that solved nothing but somehow their opposition thought they were defeated by this incredibly speech. How boring the presentation of the magical sports were and how bloody long they kept showing them. Perhaps the closest I can think of as a good thing about Mahouka is how, by the end, Tatsuya's power goes beyond the point of even self-parody. So what, one wry smile from the whole show, and even that is an ironic one?
Here's a suggestion for you if you're thinking of watching Mahouka. Puff your cheeks out. Now stick your tongue out slightly. Now blow air out of your mouth so it escapes under your tongue. This should cause your tongue to make a rasping noise, not dissimilar to that of a fart. Congratulations. You have now done something more fun that watching Mahouka with about as much artistic merit. read more
Have you ever watched an anime centered around a completely over powered male character and wondered what makes this particular genre so appealing. That's exactly what Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei or The Irregular at Magic High School is all about.
The problem the characters face in this series is generally the idea that there are specialized groups such as yakuza, gangs, terrorists, and other groups who have ulterior motives for magic causing violence involving the school and the students and it is up to a bunch of kids from a high school to deal with these problems. At first the introduction of the story made it seem like the problem was the discrimination Course 2 students endure from Course 1 students and that the story would be about fixing that general notion by having Tatsuya a Course 2 student overcome that outlook and change the structure of the school system, but immediately they completely throw that out the window by adding terrorists attacks and national threats into the equation.
Animation was better than average but not overly amazing. It was animated by Madhouse the same studio that brought you No Game No Life, Hanayamata, Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki or Wolf Children, Hunter x Hunter, Beck, and High School of the Dead.
The one thing I liked about this animation style was that it was very clean. And I mean simple and pristine. There was great detail in scenery and background with vivid bright colors complemented with futuristic visual effects. Overall the art work was generally typical of shounen anime but the quality of the animation was very well done.
There are times however where I felt some of the magic scenes were being overused and repetitive such as magic circles, but I guess that can’t be helped.
The first opening Rising Hope from LiSA fits well with the anime. Energetic, upbeat, dynamic, and very much matching with the futuristic setting of the show, but it can be somewhat generic to most especially if you don’t know what the fuck they are talking about.
First ending Millenaro by ELISA, was very emotional and heartfelt that portrayed the emotions and character of Miyuki. The subtile sound of piano and chimes at the start made it a great ending transition for each episode as it softened the mood allowing for a time reminiscence of the events happening until then.
Second opening was grilletto GARNiDELiA, which I actually prefer over the first opening. If you think it sounds familiar you must be thinking of the second Kill la Kill opening ambiguous, one of my favorite anime songs, as they are both the same singers. The opening starts with a low first verse, but all of a sudden hits a strong peak and stays constant at that peak before steadily descending to a lower tone, this shows an indication of contemplation and thought. It then rises again to indicate the intention of moving forward.
The Second ending Mirror by Yasuda Rei is very different from that of the first. It is more meaningful as I would say as it reflects the roles of all the characters while keeping Tatsuya and Miyuki as the main focus. The beginning starts off very strong displaying and boasting the strength of Tatsuya as literally you see him holding up his hands in the manner that suggests he controls the world.
Background music was well done as well. Classroom settings and peaceful scenes had a typical gentle piano playing while more intense scenes featured electro trance type of music, a style not usually used in anime and made the series more unique.
Voice acting was very typical with nothing to complain about. Every seiyuu or voice actor fit their respective characters well.
Shiba Tatsuya is extremely talented but lacks in practical magical skills meaning he cannot fully utilize conventional magic taught by the school’s curriculum. Even so, as the story progresses it is revealed that Tatsuya has nearly god-like abilities that is pretty much impossible to compete with. Tatsuya is portrayed as the most perfect character I’ve ever seen in any anime. There is absolutely no flaw in him besides the impractical magic I guess, but besides that he is a perfect human. He is often seen as emotionless as he shows no signs of happiness, fear, concern, surprise or sadness. Although of course he does not see their love in a romantic kind of way, but it is clear he deeply cares for her which I find very enjoyable to watch. Now the fact that they made him so perfect, is the main reason the story is so undermined. Because he is as perfect a main character can be there is no problem, no struggle, and no story. He can do anything thus already making the story absolute. And the times when the show tries to make me feel like Tatsuya is troubled or inconvenienced, he never is as he literally destroys the minor annoyance in his way. Unless you genuinely enjoy watching overpowered characters conquer anything standing in their way, Tatsuya himself is the obstacle holding back the series. Obviously the series tries to show that it is unfair that he has to go to a crappy class even though he is a very talented magician as repeatedly stated by his sister. He can do literally anything, yet he is flawed because he can’t push a wooden block across the floor with his mind.
Keeping up with the characters is not too difficult to follow as they did a good job introducing new ones at a steady pace, but the development of the characters was not too great as little is known about any of them even to the end. However, If it were a 1 cour twelve episode series then it would be a problem. Characters are generally likable but I found that the general focus of appreciation was Tatsuya and Miyuki and their relationship with the supporting cast just being there for filling up space.
Though I can’t deny that there is an unwavering satisfaction with seeing a main character that was highly underestimated surprise and impress other characters resulting in the undying admiration or extreme jealousy for said main character afterwards.
One of my favorite moments to watch in this series were when Miyuki and Tatsuya had showed signs of affection for each other, especially Miyuki’s undying devotion to his brother.
There are however some other downsides to this series one of them being the pacing. One trait I found out about this series is that there is a lot of content that a viewer must take in before continuing and many might find it hard to keep up or may just get bored. An example would be the explanation of magic almost in every episode. It is a niche area that not everyone would like unless you like fictional science or in this case magic explained in large detail with complex words you vaguely know of but pretend to anyways. The conflict and problems don’t happen immediately and took some time to set up with a lot of content, dialogue, and explanations. This amount of build up can lose the interest of viewers quick.
Overall, this anime series is not for everyone as I found the pacing to be very slow. There is a lot of content, details, and dialogue that viewers would have to keep up in order to understand what is going on and to a lot of people it can bore them very fast, but after getting through the first few episodes it is easy to keep up.
Other than that, the series was quite enjoyable as far as visuals and character likability. Personally I think it would be a great watch if you just want to watch Tatsuya annihilate everyone and anything or if you like seeing a pure romance between a brother and his sister. But I guess that isn’t pure.
So far the anime series covers about seven volumes which is around half of the light novel series so far. It is definitely a likable show but nothing overly special or unique. Overall I give this a 7/10.
The conception of "perfection" we previously had la going to change, because after watching Shiba Tatsuya (the protagonists show) in action, the word we used to describe the type of character which is sightly too powerful among his peers, overpowered, is going to be "Onii-sama" from now on. With Shiba Tatsuya, better known as Onii-sama, we reach a level of perfection never seen before in the anime industry, characters we reputed as OP, notable recent examples such as Kirigaya Kazuto (Sword Art Online) or Gilgamesh (Fate/Zero), are practically nothing next to our glorious Onii-sama, capable of turning the Impossible into something actually possible.
> Is a problem an OP character as main then?
To that question I reply: "not necessary", since an overpowered main character isn't a big iceberg enough to sink an entire ship, we have plot development and side characters after all; and overpowered isn't a synonymous of " Bad", sometimes is good to watch a main character that isn't completely a weakling, but problems comes when the plot's development is nothing more than a series of events made to emphasize the greatness of our main characters, plural, because Onii-sama didn't descended from Heaven alone, there is his sister, the main female protagonist, Shiba Miyuki, another example of absolute perfection, to
accompany him in his journeys.
> So this is an anime about these perfect couple of siblings and nothing more?
We aren't that far to describe this show with that phrase up here, but actually there isn't a better phrase to describe this show neither, since the anime I'll now introduce you is going to be the anime with the most perfect main protagonist I've seen in my whole life, and as you've probably noted, the word 'perfect' isn't used with a positive tone in this review. I'll now claim that I haven't read the LN, this is going to be my judgement from what I've seen in this adaptation.
This show is set on the year 2095 d.c, after the conclusion of the Third World War and the introduction of the Magic System, magician isn't a term anymore related to fairy tails, Science and Technology converged into what we now call Magic. Society developed itself around this new form of Science, and this lead the necessity to create new generations of youngsters capable of crafting this new kind of science, so Magic High Schools were born. This show follows a particular brother and sister, fresh enrolled in the First Magic High School (there are only 9 in the country) at the beginning of the first episode.
"We're not the same"
As everything that isn't "uniform" in the Society, it creates a fracture between the population, racism in few words, and Magic is not the exception. Some individuals are more capable of others, that is a fact, and so is also related to Magic. People who show an incredible magic ability form the Course 1 in the High School, and the others, less capable, form the Course 2. Somehow Onii-sama sucked at the enrollment test score and ended in the Course 2, the so called "Weed" course, meanwhile Miyuki ended in the Course 1, the "Bloom" course. How a perfect being such as Onii-sama ended in the course 2?, that will be explained through the show, something I'll not reveal, let's keep going. Funny fact that actually all Onii-sama's friends, course 2 people, are above the course 1 students in matters of skill combat and magic. This is the classic shounen pattern where all the protagonist's friends are better than everyone else and save the world, with the difference that only Onii-sama is able to save the day here, the rest aren't of any use actually.
In this 26 episodes adaptation from the best-seller Light Novel, there are adapted three arcs, each of them, naturally, revolving around Onii-sama and his friends dealing with an unexpected conflict, unnaturally always is Onii-sama the center of everything that happens in this show, leading the viewers to ask themselves a such basic question as:
> "If Onii-sama doesn't want his true identity being revealed, why does he keep trying everything to be in the spotlights every time?"
Such a million dollar question sadly didnt get an answer, events just keep happening and Onii-sama always saving the day, in the most perfect possible way. And that just seem to be irony, since a characteristic of this show is that of explaining EVERYTHING, well...at least the things related to magic spells, magic sequences and effects. Practically a huge time was spent on explaining things that aren't real and somewhat irrelevant for the development of the story, time that surely could have been spend in a more useful and productive way.
The cast of characters was surely wide, we have practically a character for every kind of stereotype. There's the glasses girl, the tomboy, the cute and moe girl, the silent girl, the tusndere, the Student Council President, the best protagonist's friend, the bad guy who didn't accept the protagonist but later he accepts him, the rival, ect ect ect. Actually none of them had an important role in this show, since its all about Onii-sama, but we're able to find something in common between them, possibly the only reason why the author decided to create side characters for this show, and that would be: "to praise Onii-sama and his sister". Actually that may sound like a joke but believe me when I tell you it isn't, every single side character in every single episode, when they aren't wasting time explaining Magic related things, that remaining time is spend on praising Onii-sama for x, y and z reason, a fact that I found overly above the ridiculous level.
By the other side there's no need to spend a lot of words for our sibling protagonists, there's only a word capable of containing all their essences, 'Perfect'. Onii-sama is good at everything possible imaginable, every presented female character falls for him but he doesn't have eyes for any of them, because Onii-sama cares a lot about his sister, and that was stated several times through the show. Meanwhile Miyuki is his female counterpart, a beautiful young girl which excels in Magic and in everything she does, I'll just end here to write about them, since my writing skills are way too far of being perfect to describe this pair of siblings in the proper way.
When it comes to Animation and Sound, at least, this anime isn't mediocre, animation is made by Madhouse, characteristic trademark of this studio is the high quality animation of its adaptations. The actions scenes were quite fluid and very well done, camera angles and sudden zoom ins and zoom outs were coordinated very well, as well as the OST fitting them, electric-rock oriented, we can't say its perfect as our protagonists but we can say its done quite well, above average for sure. OPs and EDs were quite nice, Rising Hope by LiSA was by far my favorite song from this show.
At some point of this show I couldn't take seriously anything that was happening, too much perfection, events emphasized to show how great the Shiba siblings were, too much useless explanations, pathetic side characters, and a lot of details I didn't mention because they're spoilers, overall is a quite interesting anime that shows how would be to have a perfect MC gaining the praise for each side character presented, something completely original I must say, nothing that I've seen come close to what I've seen in this anime but this is not surely something I would feel to recommend to people.
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Exposition-heavy dystopian societies who share common themes of discrimination, ethics that are subject of change as regimes pass, political intrigue and a large support cast of varied characters define both of these Sci-fi shows.
Both animated works are set in futuristic worlds deeply shaken by class struggle, both contain a healthy dose of political intrigue, explore the human nature, and boast large casts of characters.
Both are works of Sci-fi that require a knowledge of in-universe physics and technology, have huge questions about morality, and also the MCs both care deeply about their sisters and they play a huge part in their brother's stories.
Both have long expositions related to world-building and sophisticated politics with sci-fi and future elements and a huge cast of unique characters with various objectives.
Exposition heavy series which continuously address the morals of various political systems and extremist groups, and how do such groups even exist.
Full of political intrigue, analysis on nationalism and top notch dialogue.
Both are sci-fi series set in the near future and feature complex politics and very intelligent characters who drive history.
Both involve politics and the ethical obligations of people in positions of power. Both have very large amounts of dialogue and not a lot of movement on the screen.
both potray a single individual who is well versed in politic and military conduct, while bearing a personal burden due to unfavorable circumstances in the past and has complex relationship with his only sibling that would later define him as a character.
The series revolves around siblings whose presence and influence are well known to those around them. Through unorthodox means, they challenge the accepted systems of the world and society. As a team, they are an unstoppable force to be reckoned with.
Both anime have genius protagonists who have a thing for their sisters. The main characters pretty much live in worlds where they are unbeatable and the only one who can defeat them is their sister.
At first glance, No Game No Life (NGNL) and Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (MKnR) don't have many similarities if you just take the premise of the respective stories. However, a noticeable trend is adopted throughout the series, and that is the mastermind type characters within the anime.
Tatsuya Shiba (MknR) and Sora (NGNL) are both characters with immense mental skills, able to create masterful solutions to problems that will have viewers on the edge of their seats, whether it's being unexpectedly skilled at magic engineering (MKnR) or Outwitting a certain Human and her elf friend (NGNL).
If you found you enjoyed the wit and strategy employed by either character, I'm sure you'll love the other and thus I highly recommend giving the other a try.
Insect ,Brother sister love
were both series have the main characters as siblings and they truly do love or show great affection towards each other
Both of these animes have two main characters which are:
- Both brother and sister;
- Both have a special relationship with each other;
- Both are geniuses/are completely overpowered compared to the rest of the cast;
- Both put each other as their top priority in almost anything.
The shows are also similar in that they have the occasional strategic fights between the protagonists and antagonists. They also have their own level of magic set throughout the plot, although one is more fantasy while the other more not-so-distant future (urban modern environment). Both of the shows also have very colourful and vibrant color pallets and designs. And have harem elements with ecchi.
Both of the protagonist are OP in their own ways and are geniuses beyond comprehension, and both have intimate (maybe even more than that) relationships with their little sisters. A good bit of action is seen in both anime.
Amazing anime that is very similar in that the main character is a genius in everything, even though hes looked down upon for having weak compatability with magic. Also has the little sister type however it is hinted she has a bro complex. Great plot with mystery twists and hilarious action as Shiba Tatsuya (main character) rapes everything; he's a student, secret elite special forces member, world famous engineer by a hidden alias etc...
If u like no game no life you'll love this equally or even more.
Both main characters are badasses and have sisters that love their brothers (as siblings). Both main characters are OP and very smart.
These two anime both feature a futuristic world which is filled with magic and magic-related elements. Strike the Blood goes a bit further by also adding in some supernatural elements. They both contain action and romance, but Strike the Blood also adds in some ecchi and comedy.
Both anime also feature annoying, yet skillful female main characters. You have Miyuki from Mahouka who calls her brother Tatsuya by "Onii-sama" about a hundred times per episode and Yukina from Strike the Blood who insists on interrupting Kojou's catchphrase "This is my fight" with her infamous "No Senpai, this is OUR fight."
Both have magic considered more as a science, action and harem.
Mahouka has an OP Male MC that protects his friends against enemies. There are hints of romance.
Strike the Blood also has an OP Male MC. STB uses romance/harem to further the story more than Mahouka.
Artwork and episode set-ups are similar. Mahouka has long arcs, while STB has usually 3 ep. arcs.
-The anime are divided in short arcs.
-Both of the MC are a bit overpowered.
-The story in both animes are futures with magic.
The MC have many similar personality like calmness, liked by all girls, and didn't know about women heart. And the heroine always say annoying statements. In STB you'll find Himeragi says "senpai" and in Mahouka you'll find Miyuki says "onisama".
-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.
- Both have male protagonist considered weak, but very strong
- Both are set in a world with Science and Magic as the main source of powers
- Mahouka has more explanation of how things work
Mahouka is more complex and a little darker than Toaru Majutsu no Index, but both similar in most ways. Recommend both if you like one or the other.
Both have the same setting where it is set in a magical school.
Both involves the same brother and sister tandem attending the same school and are in the same year level.
Both have the same action, magic, adventure and supernatural genre.
Both have the same character where the brother is a top performing student.
One involves a true brother and sister tandem, while in the other anime the siblings are unrelated.
The main guy in one anime was cocky, arrogant and a pervert, while the main guy in the other anime is noble, respectful and a gentleman.
The school uniform for girls in one anime is kinda conservative while the school uniform for girls in the other anime was the usual thing where the skirts are short.
One has an extra ecchi genre, while the other has an extra martial art element.
The same genre where it involves guy being in the same magical school with his partner, except the uniforms in one anime are way hotter than the uniforms from the other anime.
The same situation where a sibling tandem attends a magical academy and the brother is one tough dude who can take on anybody who crosses his path, there is also a sister who is very sweet and caring for his brother, the difference, the sibling tandem in HYE are not related and are even in a relationship, while the sibling tandem in MKR.....well, we'll find out in later episodes.
They share a very similar premise except one is serious with a hint of humor and the other is a comedy with a hint of drama
-are set in high school where students learn magic for military use
-main characters are very over powered
-MC's have little sisters they protect whom also attend the school
They differ in only that Hagure Yuusha deals with multiple universes and that it's an echhi
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 2-3, 5-13)
#2: "grilletto" by GARNiDELiA (eps 14-26)
Ending Theme#1: "Rising Hope" by LiSA (ep 1)
#2: "Millenario (ミレナリオ)" by ELISA (eps 2-13, 18)
#3: "Mirror" by Rei Yasuda (eps 14-17, 19-26)
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