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 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), and the movie's production value could have been a bit higher.
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 on another adventure to kick ass.
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.
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.