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 amount 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 amount of magicians, they are treated as 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 just referred to by their numbers.
The story follows Tatsuya Shiba, a bodyguard to his sister Miyuki Shiba who is also a candidate to succeed the master clan, Yotsuba. They enroll into First High School which segregates its students based on their magical abilities. Miyuki is enlisted 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 causes people to view him as an irregular to the school’s standardized rankings.
Actually, I already watched it two years ago, but I had mixed feelings and scared it would affect my judgement so I cancelled the review schedule. The anime itself is airing on Animax right now, and it remind me to write what I feel about this anime.
Like I said, mixed. It’s either I’m happy, stunned, annoyed or bored. There’s few things that I concern about.
1) Story Plot
In general, the plot is very interesting. Anime combines fantasy elements with science elements. In Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, magic can be produced using a device called CAD. CAD itself has many variations, and the famous one is made by Taurus Silver.
Later, we learn the real identity of Taurus Silver is Tatsuya Shiba himself. I will talk about that later.
As I said before, it was great, interesting until I feel bored with Tatsuya’s perfectness. It’s not as good as I expected. I used to earn symphaty so quickly when I learned MC’s past, but in Tatsuya’s case, I couldn’t stop cringe. It’s….exaggareting?
I understand the story revolve around Tatsuya, but he’s too powerful, perfect, yet has miserable past. It feels forced, as if they try to shove everything into our throat at once. There’s several time I’m glad Tatsuya are genius, but at same time, I feel him being genius as deus ex machina. And I mean it.
In final two episode, several character died during terrorist attack. They brought back to life by using Tatsuya’s ability. This ability cost him painful feedback. The amount of pain that Miyuki mentioned was felt forced and exaggareted. Are you trying to make audience feel symphaty towards him? If yes, please, be reasonable when you create his backstory.
Most of character are one dimensional. The author/animator/whoever made this want the hero stay look cool and innocent, while the villain stay evil. They didn’t let viewers see the character’s development. And that was frustating.
Yes, I get it, they’re perfect, they have special ability, especially Tatsuya who apparently attracted lots of girls in his school. Dude, having him little bit naughty is fine. Make the character more humane.
3) Too Much “Big” Words
Once again, it felt forced. If they try to sound intelligent by using big/scientific word when explain something, then it doesn’t work. For me. Really, I need new dictionary. Whenever I watched the scene where they explain how executes the magic spell, I was like, ” Um, yeah, I get it,” In the end, they just tried to show brag how genius Tatsuya is. Urgh.
4) Incest Relationship Between Shiba siblings
I know Japan has different beliefs and culture with my country, but it still inappropriate. It’s digusting seeing how often Miyuki got jealous over Tatsuya.
Despite all the four things I mentioned above, I quite enjoy some part. I love how they able to put several arcs into one anime. I know some people may get confuse with the arc format, but I already get used to it (thanks to years read lot of manga, especially Detective Conan). I love the magic elements in the anime, fusing it with high technology. I just hope they make it better than this.
I don’t know if they have plan to release second season. There’s still lots of things need to explain. What happened with Tatsuya that made him emotionless? Is he connected with Elite Clan?
I wonder when they give us the answer. Hopefully soon.
Author : Tsutomu Sato
Studio : Madhouse
Release Date: 2014