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The Irregular at Magic High School Season 1
魔法科高校の劣等生 (Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei)

Synopsis

The series is set in a world with an alternate history, where magic exists and has been polished through modern technology. However, the ability to use magic is determined by genetics, limiting the number of magicians in existence. Following the Third World War, the world’s superpowers shifted to these four nations: The United States of North America (USNA), New Soviet Union, the Great Asian Alliance, and Japan. In Japan, the magic community is informally governed by the ten master clans in lieu of the government. Due to the limited number of magicians, they are treated as a commodity and are forced to enter magic related schools and professions. Nine magic high schools exist in Japan; they each specialize in different aspects of magic and are simply referred to by their numbers.

The story follows Tatsuya Shiba, a bodyguard to his sister Miyuki Shiba who is also a candidate to succeed in the leadership of the Yotsuba clan, one of the Ten Master Clans that govern Japan’s magicians. They enroll at First High School which segregates its students based on their magical abilities. Miyuki is enrolled as a first-course student and is viewed as one of the best students, while Tatsuya is in the second course and considered to be magically inept. However, Tatsuya’s technical knowledge, combat abilities, and unique magic techniques cause people to view him as irregular to the school’s standardized rankings.
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Rating

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Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

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Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

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Pros

Character design
Character development
Combat/Action
Dialogs
Plot
Visual
World building

Cons

Fetish

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Overview

The Irregular at Magic High School was published on Shōsetsuka ni Narō, an internet web novel website, between October 2008 and March 2011. Satō reached a deal with Dengeki Bunko and began releasing his work in a light novel format beginning July 2011. In 2013, each story arc received a manga adaptation with varying manga artists and publishers. That same year, an anime adaptation by Madhouse was announced and was broadcast between April and September 2014.

Alternative title

– Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei
– 魔法科高中的劣等生
– 魔法科高校の劣等生
– The Irregular at Magic High School
– Непутёвый ученик в школе магии
– آشوب در دبیرستان جادو
– Mahouka TV
– Посредственность из школы магов

TL;DR Review

The Irregular at Magic High School (魔法科高校の劣等生 Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei, lit. “The Poor Performing Student of a Magic High School”) is a Japanese web novel series by Tsutomu Satō.

The animation is great, but the style is a bit generic. This gives the anime a sense of blandness upon the first viewing. Once you see the combat animation scenes, you’ll get a better appreciation for the art. Don’t be fool by the art that this is some low budget harem brother/sister complex anime. Well it is true it has many of those elements, but the execution elevates this anime above normality. Very little 3D CGI was used, maybe in a few scenes at most.

This show has an ensemble casts that revolve around the Shiba sibling, mainly Tatsuya Shiba. Tatsuya, whose emotions were magically dulled by his family, somehow still turn out to be a likable character. In fact, most of the characters are quite relatable and fun to watch.

The brother/sister complex is mainly played for comedic effect, but it sometimes leans a bit too close to being cringy. It is understandable how Tatsuya is protective of his sister as that is the only emotion he has left, but Miyuki’s brother complex can get a bit awkward at times.

This anime would also technically fall under the harem element, but it is very toned down and hardly noticeable. Most of it is just flirting and blushing and never really go beyond that.

I may have re-watched this series 3-4 times already, and never really feel bored by it. It is one of those show I was reluctant to watch due to the art and premise but is surprisingly good and engrossing once you get started.

I highly recommend it for those liking an overpowered main character that everyone underestimates. The Irregular at Magic High School contains graphic violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Featured Music

The Irregular at Magic High School Season 1
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “Rising Hope” by LiSA
– “grilletto” by GARNiDELiA

Closing Theme

– “Millenario” by Elisa
– “Mirror” by Rei Yasuda

Credits

Photo

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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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