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  1. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei [Anime Discussion]


    #730822014-04-13 05:13:32 *DarkChaplain said:

    http://i.imgur.com/Hb7zgiS.jpg

    Infosheet:

    Title: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
    English: The Irregular at Magic High School
    Episodes & Type: 26 Episodes TV Anime
    Airing: April 6, 2014 to ?
    Genres: Magic, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Supernatural
    Rating & Demographic: PG-13, Shounen
    Studio: Madhouse
    Licensed: Yes (Aniplex, Streaming available)

    Adapted from: Lightnovel by Satou Tsutomu (Story) and Ishida Kana (Art)

    Noteworthy Voice Actors:

    • Nakamura Yuuichi - Kadota Kyohei from Durarara!!, Greed from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Kousaka Kyousuke from Ore no Imouto
    • Hayami Saori - Azuki Miho from Bakuman, Aragaki Ayase from Ore no Imouto and Morimi Saki from Higashi no Eden
    • Hanazawa Kana - Sengoku Nadeko from Bakemonogatari, Sonohara Anri from Durarara!! and Gokou "Kuroneko" Ruri from Ore no Imouto

    Web: Website - MyAnimeList

    Story:

    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—.

    Opening:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZFYroLp-SE
  2. #730832014-04-13 05:18:22DarkChaplain said:

    So I just watched the first two episodes tonight, and enjoyed them greatly. The art is fresh, the voice acting top, the story seems interesting and the character interaction works for me.

    I was ridiculously glad this gets a 26 episode adaption, rather than 12 or 13 only. This seems like something I would like to develop properly, rather than being hamstrung by a low episode count. There's a lot of foreshadowing here, and the world building seems unique enough to catch my interest.

    The first two episodes were rather slow in terms of plot, but they did not feel slow at all thanks to the characters and solid pacing. The second episode actually had me pray that it wouldn't end on a cliffhanger for a particular scene, that's how satisfying it was to watch for me. Funnily enough, the first story arc is still going on by episode three (possibly even further).

    I'd recommend giving it a try.

  3. #730872014-04-13 07:53:54deng said:

    Unfortunately when I was first reading this manga, I had completely different seiyuu in mind for the characters, so it's a bit weird when I watch it. But the adaptation so far goes maybe around 100% with the first couple of chapters.

  4. #731392014-04-14 04:30:18Momimochi said:

    Funnily enough, the first story arc is still going on by episode three (possibly even further).

    To be fair, though, DC, that's how Light Novel adaptations work. It starts out all fine and then they rush it because they gotta get to like, give or take volume three or a bit further in 26 episodes and frankly, that's a lot of things to cover lol.

    Also, I'll just casually mention the incest undertone galore.

  5. #731432014-04-14 06:07:38 *DarkChaplain said:

    @Momimochi
    They're still on the "Enrollment" part by episode three. They didn't even make up individual episode titles other than "Enrollment I to III". I'm pretty sure the first novel isn't ALL about enrollment and has plenty of stuff happening past the first few days at school with people settling down.

    Not to mention how shit adaptions like Sword Art Online are

  6. #731962014-04-14 13:54:31 *Momimochi said:

    I'm dead serious. Nothing really happens until volume three. Like, a third in or something lol.

    To be fair though, they developed the character powers and established a lot of things in the first two volumes, but volumes one and two are literally titled Enrollment (I) (II) respectively lolololol

  7. #732742014-04-15 23:10:07Rinneko said:

    After the first two episodes, I was personally quite intrigued by the anime. The art was neat and crisp, the characters had their unique quirks, the school system was progressively explained. I also followed up by reading the manga, which I felt was less up to par and more confusing. Perhaps I will try out the light novels when I'm free too, if the anime continues to prove exciting. But judging by the comments above, I'm a bit apprehensive.

  8. #735772014-04-20 09:51:40mizlily said:

    The action is really slick, the moves are so detailed. I really like the plot so far, but

    spoiler I really really hope this does not turn into an incest romance

  9. #737052014-04-21 12:43:37DarkChaplain said:

    Watched episode 3. Got a bit more of the sibling relationship, but mostly focused on Tatsuya as part of the disciplinary committee. The part with both siblings was also used to hint at further mystery and character development, and wasn't just self-serving.

    Some really cool action scenes towards the end of the episode, but that cliffhanger pissed me off - I want episode 4 right away.

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  10. #739672014-04-23 19:41:56Taro_Tanako said:

    After 3 episodes I quite like this. Sure, it's all been exposition so far but it's nicely done and the fights/exchanges are quite slick. The sister freaks me out though, and she's dull as hell too.

  11. #746212014-05-02 02:57:25mizlily said:

    @DarkChaplain That last part of the episode seemed really propaganda-y, people who openly disagree with the magic-only system are "terrorist" being controlled by some higher power to do evil...

  12. #746502014-05-02 08:49:19DarkChaplain said:

    @mizlily
    In this world, that IS the case. And in case you haven't noticed, these "higher powers" exist on BOTH sides. And they weren't just called "terrorists" for the heck of it, they have a history of actions that'd earn them that label, I am sure.
    This world is far from an utopia, magic or not.

    Also, if I were to judge an author's "political agenda" based on the fiction he/she writes...

  13. #746682014-05-02 16:16:22 *mizlily said:

    It could be just me. When I saw the episode, those were my first thoughts. Some say the story touches on meritocracy, I don't know about that because I don't know much about meritocracy. The story is fiction and can be written in anyway, I thought it was framed in a way that unusually consequential.

    Thank you for explaining that @Taro_Tanako. I was close to using my back as a foot rest

  14. #746702014-05-02 17:46:03 *Taro_Tanako said:

    I agree with @mizlily. There was something kinda off about the terrorist talk, regardless of the tiny glimpse into the dystopian setting. It was almost reminiscent of a Randian rant about how those with natural ability are superior and the ordinary people should just suck it up and be second-class citizens (literally in this anime!).

    I'm not aware of the political opinions of the writers but it is entirely reasonable for people to be challenging about a system that rewards you by virtue of your birth (magical ability) when clearly those with lesser magical ability have a great deal to offer society. I found it somewhat analogous to hereditary wealth or nobility. Of course, this is just my middle-class western white male view, but it did prompt me to sit up and think "WTF?? Did he just call a group of people looking for some form of equality a bunch of terrorist in the making?!"

  15. #746712014-05-02 18:26:31DarkChaplain said:

    @Taro_Tanako
    Problem is, it was HEAVILY implied that their fight for "equality" is based on dishonesty. The puppeteers are making propaganda to topple a system, even though they appear to be fully aware that their claims are bullshit.
    It was also said that they "exist to abolish magic" - they don't work towards equality, they want to remove the natural advantage the other side has over them, while still enjoying the same advantages themselves.

    They aren't shown as a "social justice" formation. They are presented as calculating, "never speaking of anything that would put them at a disadvantage", employing subterfuge even within their own ranks.

    There's a lot more to this than "they only want equality". There's also the Ten Masters, who are pulling a lot of strings in society. It seems likely that there's an internal conflict the elite has going on, and that Blanche is a simple tool in the hands of one of them.

    The episode didn't condemn the concept of equality, it condemned the dishonest formation whose goals are not about creating equality at all, yet still pretend that it is the case, all for their own gain.

  16. #830282014-09-28 01:08:50Teil said:

    Well, the series finally ended. I'm pretty sure the majority of the viewers (myself included) either completely forgot or just flat out ignored the plot of this show, whatever it was. To me at least, each new episode was just a case of Tatsuya Shiba confirmed to be even more bad-ass. Badassery This continued up until the point where in the final episodes Tatsuya was confirmed for Jesus status. Now, don't get me wrong. I really enjoyed this show. The animation was absolutely gorgeous and the fight scenes always left me wanting more. I'm perfectly fine with how the show turned out. Watching an OP MC obliterate all his problems away is always a good time. Although, if I would've tried to marathon the show over the course of a few days rather than weekly, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. Overall, I give the show a 7.5/10. I look forward to more "Japanese Jesus-Ironman" in the future. Jesus