Hello everyone, it was about time I was back in service according to some people and what better for that than a review of an anime that was good, if not very well received by the public, I named Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei! The latter even had the right to a very important announcement yesterday, I will tell you more about it at the end of the article! On that note, let’s get right to the point!
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Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, called The Irregular at Magic High School in English and very often abbreviated Mahouka by fans, was originally a web novel written by Tsutomu Satō. It was published on Syosetu, a website dedicated to web novels, between October 2008 and March 2011. Subsequently, a deal was struck with Dengeki Bunko and the series went to Light Novel format at the beginning of July 2011. It then received an adaptation of each of the different arcs of the series in the form of a manga, the latter being produced by different mangaka and publishing companies, in 2013. It is then in April 2014 that the series of Light Novels had the right to an anime adaptation, made by the Madhouse Studio, of 26 episodes.
The Light Novel has been among the best sellers in Japan since 2011 and is now in its 19th volume, which was released yesterday. Here is the list of the volumes, their names being besides the name of each of the arcs of the series:
– Enrollment Arc (I) released on July 10, 2011
– Enrollment Arc (II) released on August 10, 2011
– Nine Schools Competition Arc (I) released on November 10, 2011
– Nine Schools Competition Arc (II) released on December 10, 2011
– Summer Holiday Arc +1 released on April 10, 2012
– Yokohama Disturbance Arc (I) released on July 10, 2012
– Yokohama Disturbance Arc (II) released on September 10, 2012
– Recollection Arc released on December 10, 2012
– Visitor Arc (I) released on March 10, 2013
– Visitor Arc (II) released June 7, 2013
– Visitor Arc (III) released August 10, 2013
– Double Seven Arc released October 10, 2013
– Steeplechase Arc released April 10, 2014
– Ancient City Insurrection Arc (I) released September 10, 2014
– Ancient City Insurrection Arc (II) released January 10, 2015
– Yotsuba Succession Arc released May 9, 2015
– Master Clan Conference Arc (I) released August 8, 2015
– Master Clan Conference Arc (II) released November 10, 2015
– Master Clan Conference Arc (III) released March 10, 2016
The anime stops on volume 7 Yokohama Disturbance Arc (II) and does not include volume 5 Summer Holiday Arc +1.
The series takes place in a world with an alternative story where magic exists and has been polished with modern technology. However, the ability to use magic is determined by genetics, which limits the number of magicians in existence. After the Third World War, the great powers of the world became these four nations: The United States of North America (USAAN), New Soviet Union, the Greater Asian Alliance and Japan. In Japan, the magical community is informal and governed by the masters of the ten clans instead of the government. Due to the limited number of magicians, they are treated as commodities and are forced to enter magic related schools and professions. Nine major schools of magic exist in Japan, each specializing in different aspects of magic and simply differentiated by a number.
The story follows Tatsuya Shiba, the bodyguard of his sister Miyuki Shiba, who is also a candidate to succeed the master of the Yotsuba clan. They enroll in aka First High School, which separates its students according to their magical abilities. Miyuki is enrolled as a student in the first race and is considered one of the best students, while Tatsuya is in the second race and is considered unfit to practice magic. However, Tatsuya’s technical knowledge, fighting skills, and unique magical techniques cause people to regard him as irregular in the school’s standard ranking.
For those of you who are lazy enough to read, I’ll give you a summary: Tatsuya is just one of the most OP protagonists in the history of Japanese animation.
There are a lot of characters that have importance in the story, whether in the anime, manga or light novels, I’ll just leave you the ones visible in the anime to avoid any spoil.
I know I made a lot of people salivate after talking about that ad, so we’re off: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei will receive an animated film adaptation!
Many theories are flooding the internet among anime fans about this adaptation, some saying that the movie will be an original story outside of the Light Novels series and others saying that it’s probably a pure and simple sequel to the arc Yokohama Disturbance.
But the readers of this last volume immediately calmed down a good part of the theories. They told us that the Afterword of Volume 19 said that the film will indeed be an original story. Now, the only thing left to do is to wait for the release of the movie and who knows, maybe an announcement of a season 2 at the very end of the movie! In any case, some people remain sceptical about a probable season 2, the Madhouse studio being known to have made only one so far for the anime Black Lagoon.
Having read and seen the work in all its forms, I tell you now: go and look at it or read it! Quite frankly, if I were to recommend a light novel to read first, it would be this one. As far as manga is concerned, the adaptation of each of the bows is still in progress but the whole remains very good for what I could read. And as for the anime, it is indeed one of those anime whose adaptation was a success and we want a season 2 as soon as possible.
This work really offers us many things at once, including the possibility of seeing what a world where magic exists would look like. With each new bow, we definitely have a certain apprehension of what events are going to offer us so many possibilities. If you read for example the Light Novel, you’ll see that the evolution of the different characters, be it emotionally, physically, mentally or with regard to their status in society or even just within their own family, is simply enormous, volume 16 being for example a turning point in the life of Tatsuya and Miyuki.
When you look at a work like this, you don’t expect to feel so much emotion, and yet, to your surprise, you just get a mouthful and ask for more. Whether it’s the fights with the most badass of all Onii-San in the spotlight or the comic as well as the tragic moments, one feels obliged to take even more heart to read the whole thing, so beautiful is it.
Some revelations can be horrifying when you see what they might have implied, but still, you want to know more, you’re even digging for theories about certain characters or just the rest of the story.
If I had to give a mark to the franchise, it would be an 8.5 for the manga, a 9 for the anime and a 9.5 for the Light Novel (too much hype kills hype), giving an average of 9 for the whole!
That concludes this article, so I would like to thank you for reading it and hope you enjoyed it!
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