The Irregular at Magic High School is an anime series adapted from the webcomic titled Mahouka Koukou No Rettousei, which translates to the same in English. The manga series started getting serialized in 2008 and happened till 2011. Tsutomu Sato got a good commercialization deal with Dengeki Bunko which enabled him to release the animated version. (Check: My Hero Academia Chapter 215.)
2008 to 2011 were the best years for isekai/high fantasy/alt-history works of the decade. Despite stiff competition, Koukou kept working on it as the series had a very well defined scheme and thoroughly built story. The magicka system tried the fresh genre of that time. The studio entered the anime world being hopeful to get success.
It attracted mixed reviews with its debut. The reason for such a situation lied in the original work itself. Animes like Mahouka sell only because of their visually attractive and free-flowing nature. Madhouse could have done better work on it as they did numerous times in the past. It is a famous japanese anime series. It’s one of the best action and light fantasy anime series.
The Irregular at Magic High School Plot
The story is set in the year 2059 where magic and technology exist together. It is an alt-history fantasy world where only some people inherit and possess magical powers. As per the show’s version of history, the third world war happens between the hostile world superpowers. Due to the reason, more than half the world population gets killed.
Following it, the world gets divided into four national superpowers – the United States of North America (USNA), Japan, the Great Asian Alliance, and the New Soviet Union. When humans start adapting to the new dynamics, they also started trying their hands on magic and use it wherever they could.
The government created special magic schools to improve the skills and abilities of their citizens. As there were only a limited people who knew magic, they had to get enrolled at the magic academies. Japan had eight of them. Each school has a specific specialization. They are divided based on magic’s features. The schools are indexed based on their ranks.
In order to get admitted, students have to clear the entrance exam. The test scheme is divided into two streams – ‘flower’ for first class students, and ‘weed’ for the others having fewer powers or are powerless.
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The anime story revolves around an applicant of the Yotsuba Clan named Tatsuya Shiba. He wants to become of the Ten Master Clans that manages and governs the magicians of the Japan. After getting admission into the schools, the students are divided based on their magical abilities in courses. The primary task for Tatsuya is to become the bodyguard to his younger sister Shiba Miyuki. Her name comes in the best students of the academy and is a first-course student. She also has the potential to succeed the Yotusuba Clan’s leadership.
Whereas, Tatsuya is an amateur magician and a second course student. People call him as irregular to the magic school as his fighting abilities are not up to the mark, has weak practical knowledge, distinctive magic skills and technical knowledge. People consider him unfit to be the school based on his numbers. Tatsuya and his sister get used to the school, but both of them get to address various challenges and problems from time to time. In order to protect his sister, Tatsuya has to keep his childhood secret hidden from others.
The Irregular at Magic High School Characters
- Tatsuya Shiba (voiced by Yuuichi Nakamura): The main protagonist and Miyuki Shiba’s elder brother. He possesses unique powers with which he can decompose and reconstruct anything. Shiba desires to be one of the Yotsuba’s Clan. He isn’t allowed in the first-calss tier because he failed in the telekinesis test. Besides his sister, he is the strongest mage in the anime. Apart from his numerous magical abilities, he has razor-sharp quick-witted thinking and intelligence that makes him overpowered.
- Miyuki Shiba (voiced by Saori Hayami): She is considered as one of the strongest magicians in Japan and can freeze anyone’s conscious mind. Half of her magical abilities synergize with Tetsuya’s, sealing them and augmenting them.
- Erika Chiba (voiced by Yumi Uchiyama): Top swordsman and daughter of the Chiba clan. She has the power to enhance her swordsmanship to adapt any combat technique. Hers character is optimistic, tomboyish, and has feelings for Tetsuya.
- Leonhart Saijo (voiced by Takuma Terashima): He is the grandson of a Fortress Series-modified magicians who had survived the usual psychosis, the side-effect of the experimentation. Leonhart has the same thing, and feared due to the side-effects. With the augmentations and superior genetics, he can fortify his own body or other objects.
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Season 2 Release Date
The official word is out. It is going to premiere on April 5, 2019 as per the schedule. Until the date arrives, we can do nothing other than waiting. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Movie: Hoshi wo Yobu Shoujo was released recently. So, you enjoy watching it until further updates.
The Irregular at Magic High School English Dubbing
You can watch all the English dub episodes of the IaMHS by streaming them on Crunchyroll and YouTube for free. It will also get a Blu-ray release on July 10. All these English dubbed episodes are licensed by Yen Press. The newer ones will arrive shortly after their original release in Japanese.