Magic is a product of neither legends nor fairy tales, but instead has become a technology of reality since a time unknown to people. Supernatural power became a technology systematized through magic, while magic became a technical skill. A "Supernatural Power User" became a "Magic Technician." Magic Technicians (in short, Magicians) are nurtured through Magic High Schools and Universities.
This is a story about:
Tatsuya, a defective elder brother low achiever.
Miyuki, a perfect, flawless younger sister high achiever.
After both siblings entered a Magic High School,
The stage of daily turbulence was unveiled—.
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei originally was published as a web novel series on Shousetsuka ni Narou website (小説家になろう) between October 12, 2008 and March 21, 2011. The first official volume was published on July 8, 2011 by Ascii Media Works under Dengeki Bunko label.
The series has been published in English as The Irregular at Magic High School by Yen Press under the Yen On imprint since April 19, 2016.
Okay so let me just put this in perspective for you guys who are kinda edging towards reading it, but not to sure.
This is an amazing light novel, hands down one of the best, it has comedy, combat, romance to some extent, action, drama, intelligent and mind blowing scenes as well as interesting characters.
If you enjoy a strong male lead in a world fulled of magic and mystery, then this book is definitely for you. It's set in a world where magic can be used in everyday lives, mostly for the use of combat, but only by a select skilled few. In this world, magic itself is practically a skill which can be trained and developed through time, but in order to implement this skill, technology or machines known as Cads must be used. Somewhat like the same concept as a wand but more complex.
This novel revolves around Tatsuya Shiba and his sister enrolling within a school where they train such abilities. Upon entrance, due to certain circumstances, he is seen as a failure whilst his sister as a prodigy. From there on, Tastuya begins to show his true ability.
What could the down side be about such an amazing novel you might ask? Well, its simple - This novel is a novel made to make you think. Now this phrase might be slightly broad so let me elaborate.
For those of you who have watched the anime and given it a low ranking , presumably because you don't know whats going on half of the time, that's because you don't know about the fundamentals and the incredible make up of this fantasy world. The way this book as well as how the anime is done is based off the fundamentals of the novel and you need to know what these are in order to watch the anime. Its complex and complicated at some points which in turn make the reader even more interested and intrigued by how much thought has gone into this novel
This novel is with out a doubt a masterpiece in my mind. But don't be fooled, it may be amazingly cool in its combat scenes which keep you turning the page, well thought out and unique, but its doesn't have simple to understand scenarious and basic writing scemes. Its a proper well thought out novel, and you have to have a well matured mind to read it.
Overall, i believe that if you enjoy combat orientated novels with well though out conundrums and scenarious, then give this book a try. I personally found it to be refreshing and incredible, the way the magic is used, how their lives are affected in the school, and the hardships they have to face. Plus the main character is a bad-ass which makes everything so much more interestingread more
This is my first review,but just one thing that i can say about this novel from beginning, "Amazing"! So,there is my little review about MKnR:
The story is great (from my point of view). The siblings with very strong bound,a lot of 'comedy' between the siblings act that make the others have a misunderstanding about their relationships. The progress of story is very interesting,when tatsuya have to keep secret about his identity and his true power. But still his true power will be revealed little by little with the progress of story. Another side that make this novel more interesting is his relationship with the girl arround him,his sister jealousy (miyuki want tatsuya see her more than a little sister) and of course his expressions development,from just an expressionless face to more expressions.
Art (?) : 9/10
For a light novel,the art is well made although the portion for the picture is not too much. "A picture can express more than a thousand words"
The character is good enough although a few of supporting character that appear and disappear without any detailed information. But still,the development of main character is good enough (especially tatsuya).
I can't get enough reading the story over and over,because i can enjoy the story. Especially when it comes to action part,make me think "what will happen next?" "What tatsuya will do to them?" "Will he use his true power in front of his friends?". And there is some part that make me enjoy the feeling of romantic scene between tatsuya and miyuki.
Very good novel. A little confusing part when we have to read explanation about magic again and again. But still,for overall i'll give 9/10 or i can say,this novel is amazing! :)read more
Well, since theres no reviews on the novel, might as well write one. I've been reading this novel for several months, probably before summer, and I eagerly await updates. So heres my 2 cents:
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei is an interesting novel with a decently unique storyline. It starts off with a touching introduction that automatically makes the reader empathize with Tatsuya: a hardworking, intelligent, but naturally untalented highschool boy. He is put into the "reserve" program, AKA "The Weeds", because he is not talented enough to be part of the main student body, AKA "The Blooms". On the other hand, his beloved sister, Miyuki, is put as the highest ranking student of all the freshmen. People automatically judge both Tatsuya and his sister, enraging Mikyuki and creating a big conflict between the "weeds" and "blooms". Fortunately, this conflict is solved without much issue, but the resentment continues to grow. After the initial fight, Tatsuya and Miyuki are "asked" to join the Public Moral Committee and the Student Council, respectively. This creates more problems as many blooms target Tatsuya. As the story continues, Tatsuya ends up showing his true talent through events during the "Recruitment period" and the "9 Schools Competition" where he becomes an invaluable asset.
What brings this story down is probably the confusing writing. Several events are barely explained (even blatantly ignored), while other events are too developed, boring the reader. Many parts must be reread several times to understand the full reading, ruining the overall effect of the novel.
Art: 7/10 (?)
Well as a novel, there are not many pictures. The few novel illustrations were well drawn and are well placed. This creates decent mood and helps the reader imagine parts of the story. However, because of the lack of art, the Art category is hard to judge.
The biggest problem of the story is probably the sheer amount of characters. Many characters are put into the series with no background information, while many others randomly disappear and reappear. With the similarities of some names, descriptions, and the use of different names for the same characters, it becomes hard to tell who is who, forcing the audience to reread parts of the novel. This ruins the overall effect of the novel and the imagination of the readers.
Although there are several errors that hinder the reader's enjoyment, I have to say that I eagerly await every new update. Even though I get irritated at the story, I'm impressed by the storyline and i constantly want to read more. My friends who have started to read the novel (or at least the manga) wait with me for updates. As long as people are patient and understanding, this story is an enjoyable and addicting series.
Honestly, the novel is great. It's intriguing and engaging, making the reader want to read more. The story is a little slow, especially when it develops uneventful situations. Also the writing is not clear, hindering the reader's progress. Still, this novel is worth reading, and I recommend it to all. Especially to the people who are reading the manga and are confused or want to finish the story asap.read more
I do recommend the series though, the world is worth discovering and the events that occur around the main character worth following. If you want a science fiction take on magic in a realistic setting, this is worth checking out.
Watching the anime will most likely relieve the technical explanations, setting descriptions and bring character depth.
If you are Caucasian or just not Chinese then you can pretty much ignore this first paragraph (rant). It's unfortunate but this series has an underlying bias, discriminate would be a bit too strong of a word, towards the Chinese. In every arc, the antagonists and/or their ultimate organization(s) are Chinese. This isn't the main problem, the issue is how they are portrayed. They and their actions are portrayed as dishonorable, villainous, aggressive, and unintelligent. Their magic and technology are archaic, incompetent, elementary and ineffective. Of the 3 named characters, one is sly, the other is arrogant, and the last one is supposed to be "the world's top 10 close combat magician" is a savage and has virtually no technique. Although there are other problems, this is the main reason for the lower rating accounted for in the rating bias.
As a novel, or maybe as a translated novel, a huge problem are the explanations. There are long and complex explanations on magic and magic techniques every chapter, so it really interrupts the flow of anything. You would have to choose between focusing on reading the story or understanding the explanations, that is how bad it is. And of course the first chapters are chock full of these and if you can't get around them you won't for the rest of the novels because it uses jargon.
Watching the anime first would probably enable you to skip these boring explanations, and the setting (also female appearance) descriptions.
Character wise, there are only two worth mentioning: Tatsuya (main) and Miyuki (sister). There are friends and others that appear consistently but their character depth do not go much further beyond their descriptions (looking at you Erika, Leo and Mizuki). The anime and voice acting will probably bring more life to them.
Tatsuya is interesting, at least when you don't know much about him, because at first he is a mysterious underdog who likes to keep a low profile and has a few secrets, and you know it has to do with being secretly strong. This is a refreshing MC that I like. However, as it goes on you may get tired of his self deprecating attitude despite being OP and the fact that there will be no real romance in the novel.
Miyuki is the heroine, if there has to be one. You either love her or hate her depending on whether you like sibling love. Later on her unconditional love for her brother is explained, but even then she's a bro con from the start. Her struggle with her feelings, Tatsuya and Miyuki's relationship with their family and their peers are all interesting things to watch. She's responsible for most of what fan service there is.
Americans are later introduced but naturally the ones of importance are just blonde anime characters, not quite Americans. The strongest US magician becomes a transfer student and develops some feelings for Tatsuya due to of course losing and departs as a rival.
As for the plot itself and its development, it is decent for the first two arcs, since the setting, magic, combat, and characters are still being laid down and revealed at the same time. The content itself is also engrossing, showing the school life at a magic high school and a magic competition between schools. The two later arcs are relatively less interesting with one being a one sided slaughter and the other about hunting vampires/parasites, hence some flaws are more apparent.
Still, the series was hard to put down because the overall plot was the driving force independent of the arcs, namely discovering Tatsuya's many talents, the drama within the magician families, the future of Tatsuya and Miyuki, their relationship and the revelation of their powers and identities. The world the author creates is also intriguing; set in the future with modern times as the history, and bringing magic into the mix.
The flaws mentioned earlier, I'm not sure how to put it, but something that feels like bad politics and strange logic on the authors part. It probably won't bug you if you don't think about it. Examples, but you may find more:
Japan has of course remained independent, but the Asian Alliance has the China, Korea and other countries as one while Canada and Mexico have been assimilated to the United States.
Japanese magic techniques rule all.
A common trope where high school students take the limelight, but here they are also the forefront in purging terrorists, military engagement, investigating and resolving murder cases.
Magician families have become the new nobility, but there is still a stigma against magicians in general public.
Despite university level facilities at the high school and classrooms that no longer require teachers, there are still no magic instructors half the students enrolled.