Spring 2014: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

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I’m getting more and more surprised with every anime I watch. While the last few seasons have been mostly disappointing, this spring has shown one good anime after another. Same can be said about Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School).

OP/ED: Although first episode did not have an opening, the ending was actually the opening that will be used in the following episodes. The song at least. To be honest I didn’t like it that much. Just my opinion, which I can’t explain. The visuals of the ending (I assume those will stay the same) were nice, and there was an exact copy of Suzaku (from Code Geass) at the end.

Voice acting: Several familiar voices here: Kana Hanazawa (student council president), Yuuichi Nakamura (main character, Tatsuya Shiba), Saori Hayami (main character’s sister, Miyuki) etc. Especially liked Tatsuya’s voice which fit his personality. Mostly like Oreki (Hyouka), with a vibe of hidden epicness. In general the voices fit, although I would expect Kana to voice somebody else.

Visuals: Oh how glad I am that there was no ugly CG! I was really scared it would be filled with it, seeing how “magic” anime these days portray the powers. Characters were designed quite good, the backgrounds were nice (although not too artistic, unfortunately). The whole anime had a very slight blue-green’ish colour, which is quite unique.

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Character: There are two main characters: Tatsuya Shiba and Miyuki Shiba. They are siblings, who care about each other a lot. Up tot he point where the sister calls her older brother “nii-sama”. That doesn’t happen too often, I think. She’s also strongly hinted to have a crush on her brother, considering all the blushing and panicking. Tatsuya doesn’t share those feelings (for now, at least). He is always calm and very smart. He says he has not practical talent in magic usage, but we all know he probably does. He’s just hiding his powers. There are also a few side characters: Erika Chiba (tomboy), Mizuka Shibata (girl with glasses), Leonhart Saijou (short-tempered but friendly guy, maybe a bit stupid) and Mayumi Saegusa (student council president). Erika, Mizuka and Leonhart form a group of friends with Tatsuya.

Story: The anime takes place after World War III, in a world where people have developed magic. Main characters enroll into the top school of the nation, where only elite magic users can study. However, even there is a discrimination between students. Student body is divided into two: blossoms and weeds. Blossoms are the real elite, based on their magical abilities, while the weeds are considered irregulars. Weeds are looked down upon, despite also being elite magic users. Tatsuya is a weed, while Miyuki is a blossom. Still, Tatsuya is shown to possess top-notch mental and martial art abilities. He just isn’t “good at practical magic” as he himself says. That’s why he wants to become a magical engineer. He can even analyze all magical abilities during activation – but he’s also hinted to have some strong power, which is his secret. When Tatsuya learned that Mizuka can sense people’s aura, he is shocked and decides he can’t let her sense his aura any longer. He’s interrupted, though, and that ends with nothing. When a fight between weeds and blossoms breaks out, he uses his power to stop an offensive spell.

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Conclusion: I knew this anime was looked forward to by people. But I certainly did not expect the discussion of 1st episode to have 42 pages on MAL i just 1 week. Huge hype right there, which isn’t necessarily good. But the anime itself is good too! From the avatar of the anime (first step of choosing anime to watch, for me) I expecting much, and was pleasantly surprised. Maybe it’s not as good as No Game no Life, but Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei is one of the better series this season.

Score: 8.5/10

Posted on April 12, 2014, in Anime, First impressions, TV and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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