Synonyms: Emu x Zero, emuzero, MxO
Published: May 1, 2006 to May 16, 2008
Authors: Kano, Yasuhiro (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Score: 8.241 (scored by 9923 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
Popular Tagsaction comedy magic school
Mar 11, 2008
The story follows your not-so-typical delinquent student (Taiga Kuzumi) who wasn’t able to get into “Seinagi Private High School” and he believes it’s the cause of a certain girl (Aika Hiiragi) during the interview. So he breaks into the school to meet her again but he’s surprised to discover that it is a magic school and after a hilarious twist of events he ends up transferring as a student of the school. Not so surprising for a shounen manga and this would have been your average Rom/Com if it wasn’t for the well implemented supernatural element & awesome characters. The story’s set up so well and in between the usual high school antics are a bunch of mini arcs, lasting a couple chapters, which focus on a particular story or event (exams, matches, training, etc). However for whatever reason, this manga was canned, just when things were getting real interesting so the ending may feel rushed.
The characters consist of the typical personalities found in your average high school comedy but that isn’t entirely a bad thing, as they all are integral parts that make up this story. Of course Taiga Kuzumi is the male protagonist that it all revolves around and you’ll remember him for being the greatest fraudster/trickster ever. Seeing him go through hell and still come out on top is a great experience. What’s more is that he manages to surprise us with his intuitive thinking, whilst never forgetting to make a witty comment or try to act cool. However what’s odd is that the love interest is just an ordinary girl instead of the usual hottie found in shounen material. At least it allows Taiga Kuzumi to stand out.
The quality of the artwork is great, with this manga having decently drawn backgrounds/environments and the character designs are brilliant and somewhat imaginative. However when things get very action oriented, the artwork gets pretty messy, making some situations hard to follow.
Overall Mx0 is a hilarious and highly enjoyable Action Rom/Com with an incredibly diverse Supernatural side to it, having a lot of thought put into the Magic System. The story is amazing because it is set out, in a way that the reader is taken on a ride and will never stop rooting for the main character. Nonetheless this type of magic school thing has been done already, yet if you don’t mind then you are sure to enjoy all the magical fun. This is definitely a manga worthy of an animated adaptation, so be sure to check it out, even though you may be saddened by the abrupt ending. read more
Jan 3, 2010
I'll try to make it as short as i can.
- Just your typical shounen story, our main who is a delinquent student joins school that secretly teach magic, then fall in love with a girl at the school, and she becomes his main motivation in the story, the rest will develops in base on him trying to make her happy.
- I was so hooked that didn't pay much atention to the art, and i guess thats what a good manga should be, right? well atleast for me, you know...always wanting to know as soon as possible whats gonna happen when you click next page forgetting about the draws.....anyways if you like beautiful drawings don't worry, the art was top notch, character's design was great, also all the fighting scenes were very detailed and easy to follow.
- Here is where this manga show his true colours, Kuzumi Taiga is one of the best characters i've come across so far, he is the kind of character you'd like to have on every shounen manga/anime, even if it's as a secondary role. You will like him right from the beginning to the end, he is not your average highschool boy that you would see in any action/comedy/romance, he certainly looks like one, but as the story goes you might notice how unique he is, he has no flaws yet you will find him so realistic, you will not get bored of him one single episode, because of the way he gets out of trouble using his brains, intuition and skills and not expecting some dam miracle to come out of his ass like it is nowdays in every shounen, anyways to make it short .....he is a magician that roundhouse kick.
Now lets go to the other two mains, Hiiragi Aika who is Kuzumi's crush, Aika is your clumsy type, and ressembles truly how a clumsy character should be, making the reader smile and laugh, and not just trying to be funny, like nowdays's most of the "clumsy" females that are way too stupid, of course with a big pair of tits and lots of fanservice make the reader to don't care anymore. Aika didn't had that much development on her through the story but was very enjoyable to follow her and her relation with kuzumi. She and her father Kenjiro hiiragi are mostly the ones that brings the comedy genre in the manga, the interaction and moments between Aika's father and Kuzumi were hilarious, had me craking up everytime they were together, there are other great characters that can be counted as mains that appear in the later episodes, but i won't go there, this is already too long.
- Like i said you will enjoy it from the begining to the end being or not being a shounen fan, the simplicity of the plot, the awesome characters and highspeed development of the story will make you finish this manga in one night.
-This is a must read for all shounen/action/comedy lovers. read more
Jun 13, 2008
To sum up, Mx0 is a clash of romance, magic, school life and good old fashioned hand to hand combat, all in good quantity, which is almost the best mix-up. The biggest minus of the series is that it was cancelled and met its ultimate end on 99th chapter. read more
Apr 26, 2012
It's about a kid who gets into a magic school by some crazy misunderstanding and then has to fend for himself at said magic school WITHOUT actually having magic (but everyone else thinks he's a gold magic user). I was hooked from the beginning; the art is really excellent (10+++++), the characters are lovable and well-developed, the story is fun and hilarious and interesting!!! IDG WHY IT WAS CANCELLED!!!
Taiga Kuzumi is honestly one of the most lovable characters I've ever come across in manga; like other shounen heros, he has that never-give-up attitude, but he's also hilarious, prone to mistakes, has crushes, and does a lot of funny cute things lol. Loved how he was drawn too. Lots of the scenarios were just so funny, especially how he uses his smarts to get out of situations where he can't do any magic lol.
Fun and fast paced until the last two chapters where the whole story just ends really unsatisfactorily and abruptly. I was bummed :(. I want to see Kuzumi in something else; he is a great character. read more
Aug 15, 2008
The story i loved it...magic....ohhh yea.....girls....and the other characters were good.....
One thing i dislike its doesnt have the second part....damn! there is no continuation...but its good very good manga. hoping to be anime but the manga gets cut off for japanese people disliked, so i guess there wouldnt be anime.
The first chapters are kind of lame...but if you keep watching this you get sucked in the story and you start to like the main character....its nice to look someone who can fight back AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SERIES....really nice.
But i guess thats what japanese people disliked....because the like more the character who is evolving through the series....from a useless piece of worm to A BIG SUPER HERO with tons of girls around....
Yeap here he just got two girls........so maybe thats what Japan people say wtf just two girls?------- read more
Jul 29, 2008
Nov 24, 2010
To be honest, up until now, I am still perplexed. I downloaded this manga because (1) the uploader described it as something that wasn’t liked enough and (2) it had quite high ratings in MAL. By the fourth volume, I was feeling nothing special for the series, and trudged until the end, waiting for that certain ‘pinch’ moment when I would feel that Mx0 is indeed worthy of its ratings.
With such a relatively large cast, it surprised me to find that Mx0 didn’t have much notable characters.
One of those few would be the lead, Kuzumi. Although he is an NG lead (meaning, he is no-good at what the other characters of the story could do or deemed important - in this case, magic), he breaks the usual pattern of a wimp (Tsuna of Reborn!, Sena of Eyeshield21, etc). Although he has no innate magical abilities, he is physically strong, streetsmart and he has a good sense of justice. I think this, alone, makes him a good JUMP! lead.
Mx0 is a harem manga and Kuzumi has three girls who are his potential love interests.
First would be the girl who laughed at him, Hiiragi, who, coincidentally, is the daughter of a terror professor in the school. What’s interesting about her, probably, is how she laughs at even the lamest jokes. This characteristic, though, only pops up when it’s convenient. Although Hiiragi is a walking cliche (sweet, naive, dense, clumsy, etc), she’s got good character twists: she’s smart and she’s a good shougi player. She has pretty good magic (seriously, I always keep wondering why everyone, except Kuzumi, downplays her) but is portrayed to be not confident at it.
Next would be Mizuki, a member of the potions club. She can levitate and is a tsundere who changes her hair style in the middle of the story. Besides that, nothing really special.
Third would be Lucy, a mandrake. She’s especially devoted to Kuzumi and is the female who gets to ‘stay’ with him at the end. She finds Kuzumi’s nice words ‘stinky’. Well… she’s interesting and she stands out because she is a rare non-human, and she’s actually one of the best characters the story had.
Still, these three girls could’ve been more interesting. Instead, their constant and repetitive attitudes towards Kuzumi (which never seems to develop to anything, I swear to God) are rather annoying at times - with Lucy being the least annoying.
The other good and memorable characters would be Ise, Daddy Hiiragi, Kokuha Kozumi, Daimon and Ryuudou Nagai. Other side characters would’ve been great additions but they weren’t shown enough nor developed. Some good characters popped out of nowhere only to disappear. Some appeared only in the last volume.
Tldr; the characters, except for a few exceptional ones, were rather forgettable.
Where do I begin?
First off, the story was too technical. There were too many different procedures and there were too many contests/games/tests. The card system was easy enough to understand, but the understanding came only after a few chapters - rendering the explanation semi-useless. It made the whole thing tiring.
The ecchi was alright, I suppose. If you’re into that thing, Mx0 definitely doesn’t lack in that department. It’s got a lot of butt shots, boob shots… the usual. Still, it does tend to go overboard, especially with the pudding boobs chapter, and the almost-tentacle-ish scene in the cave.
About Jump! titles, manga series which relate to its motto of friendship, effort and victory play a huge part for me. Mx0 definitely has the effort and victory part, but I’m a bit not convinced about friendship because they all keep depending on Kuzumi most of the time.
How Kuzumi was utilized as a lead was very dubious. Some plot developments were almost forced that they were ridiculous. Some would just make you wonder why the heck it was even put in the manga in the first place.
The humor sometimes worked, while it sometimes didn’t. Some gags were repetitive and some were just pointless (not Gintama-pointless, though, but just really pointless). The art helped a lot with the humor.
A lot of people commented on the rushed ending due to the cancellation. In my opinion, the last two were the best arcs of the story, despite its rushed pacing. Had it been executed EARLIER in the series, it would’ve made better character story development. Such a pity, really.
Still, Mx0’s premise WAS interesting. It was fun to see how Kuzumi survived without magic in a magic school.
Art: I liked Mx0’s art. It was okay. As the series continued, the art got cleaner, as well. The backgrounds and the magic effects were well done. The toning wasn’t excessive, except perhaps on a few motion panels. The character designs were rather nice, too.
Dialogues: As mentioned, some parts could’ve been made more concise, but there was nothing quotable and the dialogue was rather average.
To be honest, I find this as one of those series I had to force myself to finish because I was hoping for it to get better (and because I felt that it would be a shame to drop it because it wasn’t really too horrible).
Perhaps it had something to do with the genre because I don’t really like magic-centered stories. When it comes to anything (choosing game characters, reading manga, etc), I prefer battles to be done with direct combat - meaning the characters get in contact, or at least their weapons are non-magic. Although Mx0 mixed both (remember that Kuzumi was a delinquent), the actual fight scenes were one-sided. read more
Sep 13, 2009
Nov 13, 2011
If you liked 'Pretty Face' you will like this and vice-a-versa along with the mangaka's new series 'Kagami no Kuni no Harisugawa'.
Apr 15, 2012
The male lead is indeed smart, witty, kind, strong and you can really see that these characteristics were well portrayed in the story [unlike in other manga were male characters are told to be smart or intelligent but all they can do is to tutor or just get high marks...lame :( ] I love how Kazumi Taiga overcome all the hurdles/challenges that he encounters using wit/brain.
I really really hope that Mx0 will have a sequel or season 2.
However it is really worth reading. I highly recommend for everyone to read it. It has a certain charm that if you start reading this manga, you will be glued until you finish up to the last page. read more