In the story, the seasons have changed and it will soon be the second spring. Tatsuya and Miyuki have finished their first year at First Magic High School and are on their spring break. The two go to their villa on the Ogasawara Island archipelago. After only a small moment of peace a lone young woman named Kokoa appears before them. She has abandoned the Naval base and she tells Tatsuya her one wish.
I attended one of the theatrical releases and I'd have to say as a fan of the novels, I came away very satisfied.
I'm gonna keep this short and spoiler free. The movie flowed quite nicely with no overly long info dumps that messed up the pacing in the TV anime. The action is fun and exciting, not just Tatsuya, multiple characters get to kick some ass. The movie was also very comical, quite a few scenes had the audience in my viewing cracking up. The story was pretty straight forward and not to convoluted, which allowed it to be more
engaging and straight to the point. Also for the fan service lovers, there's a few scenes in the movie that you'll be happy to see.
The only cons I have are the fact that if you've haven't read volumes 8-11 of the LN, you'll be a bit lost and confused about some things that transpire or happened in between the movie and the TV series(The movie takes place after volume 11), the movie's production value could have been a bit higher(it looked more like a glorified OVA than an actually theatrical film), and it could have done with a longer run-time(like 15-30 minutes longer would have been nice).
Overall, the movie should be a very enjoyable experience to fans who keep up with the source material and even anime only fans should have fun watching the characters go on another adventure/mission. Even if you didn't like the TV anime series, you might like this more if your main problem with the TV anime was its pacing and minimal action. Just don't expect this to be a real continuation of the anime series as this is just mostly a standalone action flick(though it technically is considered canon).
PSA: To get the full amount of the enjoyment of the film, you should either:
a)Read volume 8-11
b)Read the summaries on the Mahouka wiki to at least get a grasp of those volumes and what transpires in them.
The reason I say this is that there are characters(Lina in particularly) and events that are referenced(via flashback or other means) that are in the film, but do not appear in the anime and only appear in the LN volumes that I've mentioned. They author stated that this movie is primarily targeted for the fans that keep up with the novels, so the best way to enjoy this movie is to have a good idea about what transpired between the anime series and the movie.
The irregular at magic high school movie, while visually interesting, suffers from poor pacing and a plot hole ridden storyline that represents a microcosm of the series as a whole. The movie itself plays like an extended bonus episode rather than a continuation or culmination of the show it is based on.
The movie suffers from pacing whiplash, going from mysterious high-stakes action to slice-of-life cute girls doing cute things with a gratuitous amount of fanservice (the majority of the movie), back to serious, fast-paced action. The new characters introduced barely get any characterization due to the bloated cast and the plot is problematic. Many
things happen in the story that should have wider implications than what the movie allows. Like branches of the military attacking each other, an act of war from an outside nation, magician slavery, and tension between military and civilians. all of which are dismissed at the end of the movie. As for the main characters, there is no growth or significant development in their story, or in any other recurring characters' stories. The action portion of the movie, although spectacular, cannot save the movie from its weak storyline and character development.
Overall, I left the movie a little dissappointed. Maybe the light novels do a better job at pacing and the overall plot, but the movie is little more than spectacle and fanservice.
First review so yeah..
Went to the US premier. Just like the anime, visuals and sound were on point, I think the fight scenes were well drawn and quite flashy. Basically every scene had its own sound track that matched it very well. I felt like the movie was a little rushed and the story was kind of loosely put together. There were things that didn't make sense in terms of relevance to the plot. I feel that the way that the movie was put together, there wasn't a balance in terms of fighting and plot development. Just like the anime, there was a lot of
explanation before any action could take place. Overall, it was alright.
[I watched Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Movie: Hoshi wo Yobu Shoujo at CGV Cinemas Grand Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia on September 16th, 2017]
Story: 7/10 (Good)
the movie feels like a side story. In general the movie just a little too fast, like not understanding what happened.
/Story/: Tatsuya and Miyuki have finished their first year at First Magic High School and are on their spring break. The two go to their villa on the Ogasawara Island archipelago. After only a small moment of peace a lone young woman named Kokoa appears before them. She has abandoned the Naval base and she tells Tatsuya her one wish.
watched this. I feel like don't understand what happen. New characters were introduced but never really explained how they knew each other.
For me this movie more like OVA but in Action version.
Art: 7/10 (Good)
The CGI for random NPC (I don't know what that name) is really bad, But for the backgrounds and Characters is really good
Sound: 8/10 (Very Good)
I really Love this movie soundtrack feels very fit with this movie.
Personally to me some of the dialogues at the beginning were pretty pointless and doesn’t build up the story in any particular way.
And Nice Ending Song by GARNiDELiA ^o^
Character: 6/10 (Fair)
I don't really understand what happen, most of the characters just shows then go. ok thanks for fanservice by the way. New characters were introduced but never really explained how they knew each other. the actions scenes and conflict occurring as their motives wasn’t strong enough.
Enjoyment: 6/10 (Fair)
This movie is really fast and New characters were introduced but never really explained how they knew each other. I feel really don't understand when I watch this. You can probably still enjoy this movie without watching the anime series
Overall: 7/10 (Good)
Overall NICE FANSERVICE BY THE WAY!!!
Also there is one ending credit scene so remember to stay back.