Magical Warfare

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Magical Warfare
Magical Warfare light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
First light novel volume cover featuring the character Mui Aiba
魔法戦争
(Mahou Sensou)
Genre Action, Magic, Supernatural, Romance
Light novel
Written by Hisashi Suzuki
Illustrated by Lunalia
Published by Media Factory
Demographic Male
Imprint MF Bunko J
Original run November 25, 2011 – ongoing
Volumes 8
Manga
Written by Hisashi Suzuki
Illustrated by You Ibuki
Published by Media Factory
Magazine Monthly Comic Gene
Original run April 15, 2013 – ongoing
Volumes 3
Anime television series
Directed by Yuzo Sato
Written by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Music by Masato Kōda
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by
Network TBS, MBS, CBC, BS-TBS
English network Crunchyroll
Original run January 9, 2014March 27, 2014
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Magical Warfare (Japanese: 魔法戦争 Hepburn: Mahō Sensō?) is a Japanese light novel series written by Hisashi Suzuki and illustrated by Lunalia. As of March 2014, 8 volumes have been published by Media Factory under their MF Bunko J label. A manga adaptation by You Ibuki started serialization in the manga magazine Monthly Comic Gene on April 15, 2013. A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by Madhouse aired from January 9, 2014 to March 27, 2014.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Takeshi Nanase (七瀬 武 Nanase Takeshi?)
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano
The male protagonist. A high school boy, talented in kendo with serious personality who has a somewhat dark past and cold relationship with his family, and, due to certain circumstances, forms a fake relationship with his childhood friend Kurumi. Their relationship is one of the main conflict sources between him and Gekkou, his younger brother. For some reason, since around middle school, he doesn't dare to call her "Kurumi" anymore, instead resorting to "Isoshima-san", which is too polite for their long-term acquaintance. Finally though, he refers her as "Kurumi" directly to Takao Oigami after being annoyed by Takao's casual way of address her. He gained evasive magic after Mui turned him to a magician. His Aspect (a tool that acts as a focal point through which magicians project their power) is a sword that has the height and weight of a kendo sword, named "Twilight" by its previous owner.
Mui Aiba (相羽 六 Aiba Mui?)
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama
One of the female protagonists. A magician who was found by Takeshi when she collapsed on school ground, then accidentally turns him into magician. Uses acceleration magic. She tries to bring back her older brother from Trailer's influence. When Takeshi and friends were enrolled in Subaru Magic Academy, she was transferred to Class C as punishment by the directress. Her Aspect is a gun she named "Arthur". Seems to have feelings for Takeshi.
Kurumi Isoshima (五十島 くるみ Isoshima Kurumi?)
Voiced by: Asami Seto
The other female protagonist. Takeshi's childhood friend and his "fake girlfriend". But despite being in a fake relationship, she holds genuine feelings for Takeshi. She became a magician and gained transformation magic. Ever since she was young, her astonishing beauty made her a regular target from several men, even university students while she was still at middle school. After a traumatizing experience with a stalker, Takeshi pretends to be in a relationship with her to keep boys away from her. Despite being initially pegged as second female protagonist, as the story progress she become more like the actual main heroine; with her traumatic past linked with Takeshi and Gekkou, her complex relationship with both, and the affections Takeshi, Gekkou, and Takao Oigami all harbor toward her. She later also becomes Takeshi's reason for pushing his limit to increase his power to fight all-out with Gekkou. Kazuma Ryuusenji, Trailer's leader, entrust her with important truths. Her Aspect is a lipstick.
Kazumi Ida (伊田 一三 Ida Kazumi?)
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura
Takeshi's friend, who appears and acts like a punk with his bleached spiky hair, earrings, and skull ring. Actually has a soft heart, very carefree, and has a sister complex toward his little sister. He became a magician and gained destruction magic, which allows him to produce flames. His Aspect is a ring.

Subaru Magic Academy[edit]

Momoka Shijou (四条 桃花 Shijō Momoka?)
Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi
A girl who is the headmistress of Academy.
Makoto Hitouji (一氏 誠 Hitouji Makoto?)
Voiced by: Takayuki Yamaguchi
Takeshi and friends' homeroom teacher.
Nanami Hyoudou (兵頭 七海 Hyōdō Nanami?)
Voiced by: Ayumi Tsunematsu
The school nurse, who idolizes Momoka Shijou.
Oyassan (おやっさん?)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Shirokuma
The Academy's weapons provider.

Ghost Trailer[edit]

Gekkou Nanase (七瀬 月光 Nanase Gekkō?)
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto
Takeshi's younger brother and main antagonist. In the past, he used to be cheerful, friendly and even got along with his brother well. However, after a certain incident, he gained hatred toward his brother. It's implied he was pushed by Takeshi and got hit by car, causing lasting damage to Gekkou's left leg forcing him to quit kendo. He blames his brother for stealing everything from him. There's not much about his early life other than he did kendo with his brother, met and fell in love with Kurumi Isoshima. After the incident, Takeshi and Gekkou became strained and distant. Their conflict is part of main plot. He possesses very powerful and destructive magic. He is also more talented at Kendo than his brother Takeshi.
Tsuganashi Aiba (相羽 十 Aiba Tsuganashi?)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Mui's older brother, who's memories were erased by Ghost Trailers and is now chasing Mui, forcing her to flee to the Real World, where she run into Takeshi and his friends.
Takao Oigami (狼神 鷹雄 Oigami Takao?)
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama
Trailer's member who has the same kind of evasive magic as Takeshi. After he and Hotaru been knocked out, they were detained by Subaru Magic Academy. He later forms a close bond with Kurumi, even calls her by her first name, "Kurumi", much to the ire of Takeshi (who still only dares to call her "Isoshima-san").
Hotaru Kumagai (熊谷 蛍 Kumagai Hotaru?)
Voiced by: Saki Fujita
Often being mistaken as a boy. Knocked out by Ida and then together with Takao, detained by Subaru Magic Academy.
Ushiwaka (牛若?)
Lost his magic after tried to attack Mui and Kurumi on impulse.
Kippei Washizu (鷲津 吉平 Washizu Kippei?)
Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai
Suddenly appeared in front of Takeshi and friends after their battle with Tsuganashi Aiba.
Kazuma Ryuusenji (竜泉寺 和馬 Ryūsenji Kazuma?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa
The leader of Trailer. After an incident 17 years ago, he believed to be missing after the Last Requiem spell that he casted.

Others[edit]

Futaba Ida (伊田 二葉 Ida Futaba?)
Ida's beloved little sister. Now in her rebellious age phase.
Youko Nanase (七瀬 陽子 Nanase Yōko?)
Takeshi and Gekkou's mother. Being cold to Takeshi after the "accident" involved both brothers. Hiding big secrets about herself and her sons. She was a teacher in Subaru Academy and one of the 15 Wizard Brace's "Great Magician".

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

The first light novel was published on November 25, 2011 by Media Factory under their MF Bunko J imprint. Eight volumes have been published as of March 2014. (October 2013 merger of companies lead to new ISBN numbers[1])

No. Release date ISBN
1 November 25, 2011[2] ISBN 978-4-8401-4305-9ISBN 978-4-04-066445-3
2 March 23, 2012[3] ISBN 978-4-8401-4530-5ISBN 978-4-04-066446-0
3 August 24, 2012[4] ISBN 978-4-8401-4678-4ISBN 978-4-04-066447-7
4 December 25, 2012[5] ISBN 978-4-8401-4937-2ISBN 978-4-04-066448-4
5 March 25, 2013[6] ISBN 978-4-8401-5138-2ISBN 978-4-04-066449-1
6 September 25, 2013[7] ISBN 978-4-8401-5284-6
7 January 9, 2014[8] ISBN 978-4-04-066205-3
8 March 25, 2014[9] ISBN 978-4-04-066378-4

Anime[edit]

It was one of five MF Bunko J light novel anime adaptations announced at Media Factory's Summer School Festival event on July 28, 2013.[10] A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by Madhouse aired from January 9, 2014 to March 27, 2014.[11][12] The opening song is "Senkō no Prisoner" (閃光のPRISONER?) performed by Yuuka Nanri and ending theme song is "Born To Be" by Nano.[13] On January 3, 2014, Crunchyroll announced that it has obtained the streaming rights for USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.[14] Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime for digital and home video release in North America.[15]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1 "Midsummer Magical Girl"
"Manatsu no mahō shōjo" (真夏の魔法少女) 
January 9, 2014
Takeshi Nanase is an ordinary high school boy who has a somewhat dark past. One day, he comes across a girl named Mui Aiba, in a uniform he has never seen before, collapsed on the school campus. This encounter changes Takeshi's destiny completely. Mui tells Takeshi that she is a magician, and she apologizes, for she turned Takeshi into a magician, too. What Takeshi once knew as one world is actually two — the world where magicians live and the world where humans live. 
2 "Another World"
"Mō hitotsu no sekai" (もうひとつの世界) 
January 16, 2014
3 "The Magic Academy and Love Fortunes"
"Majikkuakademī to ai unsei" (マジックアカデミーと愛運勢) 
January 23, 2014
4 "Mui and Tsuganashi of the Ruined World"
"Hōkai sekai no roku to jū" (崩壊世界の六と十) 
January 30, 2014
5 "Magic Tests and Winter Vacation"
"Mahō shiken to fuyuyasumi" (魔法試験と冬休み) 
February 6, 2014
6 "Battle and Recovery"
"Gekitō to dakkan" (激闘と奪還) 
February 13, 2014
7 "The Magic Sword's Secret"
"Maken no himitsu" (魔剣の秘密) 
February 20, 2014
After the return of Tsuganashi Aiba, Takeshi keeps having nightmares during his sleep. That nightmares are caused by someone that used magic. In order to end the nightmare, he has to explore his dream and settle things with this magic user. 
8 "Wizard Brace's Darkness"
"Wizaado Bureisu no Yami" (ウィザードブレイスの闇) 
February 27, 2014
It's now April, and Subaru Magic Academy bustles with activity welcoming its new students. Among them are Ida's younger sister Futaba. Due to an unfortunate little incident between the Ida siblings, Futaba has become a magician as well. Also among the new students is Takeshi's younger brother Gekkou.[16] 
9 "Prelude to Destruction"
"Hōkai e no jokyoku" (崩壊への序曲) 
March 6, 2014
Ryuusenji Kazuma, the leader of the Ghost Trailers, had fallen into endless slumber after the previous Great War. Now that he has awoken once again, the curtain rises upon the Second Great Magic War.[17] 
10 "Vanishing Boundaries"
"Kesareta kyōkai" (消された境界) 
March 13, 2014
After revealing that he is a Ghost Trailer, Gekkou takes Kurumi and Twilight away from Takeshi. The badly wounded Takeshi is rescued by Kisaki Ena and her companions from the Community known as "Camelot."[18] 
11 "The Battle of Pendragon"
"Pendoragon no kessen" (ペンドラゴンの決戦) 
March 20, 2014
Takeshi continues training at Camelot in order to rescue Kurumi. Meanwhile, at the Ghost Trailers' headquarters, Kurumi confronts Gekkou. Taking advantage of a moment's carelessness, Kurumi manages to escape her prison.[19] 
12 "Gone From This World"
"Sekai kara no shōshitsu" (世界からの消失) 
March 27, 2014
Takeshi meets up with Gekkou (now holding Takeshi's sword) in front of their home, begging a fight after believing Gekko has killed their mother (due to his dream). The fight ensues, eventually leading Gekko to stab Isoshima after she tries to protect Takeshi from Gekkou's false resignation. After arguing Mui comes to heal Isoshima while Takeshi begins to fight in a fit of rage with Gekkou. Takeshi and Gekkou's powers become unstable and Momoka shoots a magical black ball "bomb" towards both of them, causing them to disappear from the battlefield. Kazuma is shown in Takeshi's house taking out the picture of Isoshima from his pocket that Takeshi also kept in his. Takeshi wakes up confused due to him being in the academy, which appears to be not damaged what so ever. He realizes that something is off and a poster indicates that he is now in 1998. He then hears familiar voices which appear to be the heads of the Academy and the Trailers. Gekkou then runs out to greet the group while Takeshi sits on a bench. The group walk past Takeshi and Gekkou menacingly greets Takeshi. 

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "魔法戦争Ⅷ at Mediafactory.co.jp" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  10. ^ "Magical Warfare Light Novels Get TV Anime". Anime News Network. July 28, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Mamoru Miyano, Nao Tōyama Lead Magical Warfare Anime's Cast". Anime News Network. October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Magical Warfare TV Anime Briefly Listed for January 2014". Anime News Network. July 29, 2013. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Toshiyuki Morikawa, Jun Fukuyama Join Magical Warfare Anime Cast". Anime News Network. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds "Magical Warfare" Anime to Streaming Lineup". Crunchyroll. January 3, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Magical Warfare Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Watch Magical Warfare Episode 8 – Wizard Brace's Darkness". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Watch Magical Warfare Episode 9 – Prelude to Destruction". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Watch Magical Warfare Episode 10 – Vanishing Boundaries". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "Watch Magical Warfare Episode 11 – The Battle of Pendragon". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 

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