The Irregular at Magic High School

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The Irregular at Magic High School
Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
First light novel volume cover featuring the characters Tatsuya Shiba (centre) and Miyuki Shiba (left)
魔法科高校の劣等生
(Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei)
Light novel
Written by Tsutomu Satō
Illustrated by Kana Ishida
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Male
Imprint Dengeki Bunko
Original run July 10, 2011 – ongoing
Volumes 13
Manga
Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Nyūgaku-hen
Written by Fumino Hayashi, Tsutomu Satō
Illustrated by Kana Ishida
Published by Square Enix
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine GFantasy
Original run December 17, 2011September 18, 2013
Volumes 4
Manga
Mahōka Kōkō no Yūtōsei
Written by Tsutomu Satō
Illustrated by Yu Mori
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Dengeki Daioh
Original run April 27, 2012 – ongoing
Volumes 3
Manga
Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Kyūkōsen-hen
Written by Tsutomu Satō
Illustrated by Kana Ishida
Published by Square Enix
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine GFantasy
Original run October 18, 2013 – ongoing
Volumes 1
Manga
Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Yokohama Sōran-hen
Written by Tsutomu Satō
Illustrated by Gin Amau
Published by Square Enix
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine GFantasy
Original run October 18, 2013 – ongoing
Volumes 1
Manga
Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Tsuioku-hen
Written by Tsutomu Satō
Illustrated by Waki Ikawa
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Dengeki Daioh
Original run February 27, 2014 – ongoing
Volumes 1
Anime television series
Directed by Manabu Ono
Music by Taku Iwasaki
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, MBS, CTC, tvk, TVS, TVA, TVQ, TVh, AT-X, BS11
Original run April 5, 2014 – ongoing
Episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Game
Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Out of Order
Publisher Bandai Namco Games
Platform PlayStation Vita
Released
  • JP October 30, 2014
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The Irregular at Magic High School (魔法科高校の劣等生 Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei?, lit. "The Poor Performing Student of a Magic High School") is a Japanese light novel series written by Tsutomu Satō, with illustrations by Kana Ishida. ASCII Media Works has published 13 novels under their Dengeki Bunko imprint since July 2011. There have been five manga adaptations published by ASCII Media Works and Square Enix. An anime television series adaptation by Madhouse began airing April 5, 2014. A mobile game titled Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: School Magicus Battle and a PlayStation Vita game titled Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Out of Order by Namco Bandai Games were both announced at Dengeki Game Festival 2014 on March 16, 2014.

Plot[edit]

The series is set in a world where magic exists and has been utilized as a technology for nearly a century. Rather than casting spells with chants or other traditional forms of spellcasting, mages use a Casting Assistant Device, better known as a CAD. Mages infuse the CAD with psions or thought particles (a substance-less particle and psychic phenomenon) while the CAD itself provides an activation sequence, which is then used to construct a ritual in order to invoke the magic. This magic ritual targets the Idea, the platform on which Eidos are recorded. Eidos refers to a form of information that is attached to a phenomenon. Modern magic uses false signals to manipulate the Eidos of a target, which in turn modifies the phenomenon and causes physical changes in the real world.

In 2095, Tatsuya Shiba and his sister Miyuki Shiba are new students enrolling at the Private Magic University Affiliated High School (First High School). Students are ranked according to their test scores: students with the best grades are enrolled in the Course 1 curriculum, while those with poorer scores are enrolled in Course 2. These streams are known colloquially (and against school policy) as "Bloom" and "Weed". Miyuki topped the entrance exams and is selected to be the first years' representative, while Tatsuya is placed in Course 2 due to his low practical test scores, despite scoring highest in the written/theoretical portion of the exams.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

The series was initially published as a web novel, beginning serialization on October 12, 2008. It became the second web novel after Sword Art Online to be acquired by ASCII Media Works, with the first light novel volume published on July 10, 2011 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint. 13 volumes have been published as of April 2014. In 2012, it was the fourth best-selling light novel series with 696,322 estimated sales in Japan;[1] and in 2013, it was the third best-selling light novel series, with estimated sales of 947,772[2] and 3.15 million copies total in print.[3]

No. Title Release date ISBN
1 Enrollment Arc (I) (入学編〈上〉 Nyūgaku-hen (Jō)) July 10, 2011[4] ISBN 978-4-04-870597-4
2 Enrollment Arc (II) (入学編〈下〉 Nyūgaku-hen (Ge)) August 10, 2011[5] ISBN 978-4-04-870598-1
3 Nine Schools Competition Arc (I) (九校戦編〈上〉Kyūkōsen-hen (Jō)) November 10, 2011[6] ISBN 978-4-04-870998-9
4 Nine Schools Competition Arc (II) (九校戦編〈下〉Kyūkōsen-hen (Ge)) December 10, 2011[7] ISBN 978-4-04-870999-6
5 Summer Holiday Arc +1 (夏休み編+1 Natsuyasumi-hen +1) April 10, 2012[8] ISBN 978-4-04-886522-7
6 Yokohama Disturbance Arc (I) (横浜騒乱編<上> Yokohama Sōran-hen (Jō)) July 10, 2012[9] ISBN 978-4-04-886700-9
7 Yokohama Disturbance Arc (II) (横浜騒乱編<下> Yokohama Sōran-hen (Ge)) September 10, 2012[10] ISBN 978-4-04-886701-6
8 Recollection Arc (追憶編 Tsuioku-hen) December 10, 2012[11] ISBN 978-4-04-891158-0
9 Visitor Arc (I) (来訪者編<上> Raihōsha-hen (Jō)) March 10, 2013[12] ISBN 978-4-04-891423-9
10 Visitor Arc (II) (来訪者編<中> Raihōsha-hen (Chū)) June 7, 2013[13] ISBN 978-4-04-891609-7
11 Visitor Arc (III) (来訪者編<下> Raihōsha-hen (Ge)) August 10, 2013[14] ISBN 978-4-04-891610-3
12 Double Seven Arc (ダブルセブン編 Daburu Sebun-hen) October 10, 2013[15] ISBN 978-4-04-866003-7
13 Steeplechase Arc (スティープルチェース編 Sutīpuruchēsu-hen) April 10, 2014[16] ISBN 978-4-04-866507-0

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation, written by Fumino Hayashi and Tsutomu Satō with art by Tsuna Kitaumi was serialized in Square Enix's Shōnen manga magazine GFantasy from December 11, 2011 to September 18, 2013, adapting the first arc of the light novels, Nyūgaku-hen. It was collected in four tankōbon volumes, with the last volume published on December 27, 2013.[17] A manga adaptation of the second arc, Kyūkōsen-hen, began serialization in the same magazine from October 18, 2013, with art by Tsuna Kitaumi. A manga adaptation of the third arc, Yokohama Sōran-hen, began serialization at the same time in GFantasy, with art by Gin Amau. A manga adaptation of the eighth light novel volume, Tsuioku-hen, which is mainly a prequel detailing events before the first volume, began serialization in ASCII Media Works's shōnen manga magazine Dengeki Daioh from February 27, 2014, with art by Waki Ikawa.[18]

A spin-off manga titled Mahōka Kōkō no Yūtōsei with art by Yu Mori began serialization on April 27, 2012 in Dengeki Daioh. It has been collected in two tankōbon volumes as of December 2013.

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation by Madhouse[19][20] began airing on Tokyo MX, GTV and GYT on April 5, 2014,[n 1] and later on MBS, CTC, tvk, TVS, TVA, TVQ, TVh, AT-X and BS11.[21][22] The first opening theme is "Rising Hope" by LiSA,[23] and the first ending theme is "Millenario." by Elisa.[24] The second opening theme is "Grilleto" by Garnidelia, and the second ending theme is "Mirror" by Rei Yasuda.[25] The anime has been licensed for streaming by Aniplex of America.[26]

A series of super deformed animated introduction videos titled Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Yoku Wakaru Mahōka began streaming via The Irregular at Magic High School's official website from February 22, 2014.

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original airdate
01 "Enrollment Part I"
"Nyūgaku-hen I" (入学編I) 
April 5, 2014
It is the year 2095, and Tatsuya Shiba and his sister Miyuki enroll at the First Private Magic University Affiliated High School, but due to the difference in their grades in the practical exam Miyuki is placed in the Course 1 curriculum with the other students who have demonstrated high magical skills, (informally known as "Blooms") while Tatsuya, on the the other hand, having scored poorly on the practical exam is assigned to the Course 2 curriculum (insultingly called "Weeds" by Course 1 students) even though he placed first in the theoretical exam. Tatsuya becomes acquainted with several Course 2 students including Eriko Chiba, Leo Saijo and Mizuki Shibata. The chasm between the Weeds and Blooms leads to a confrontation when a number of Miyuki's classmates object to her hanging around with her brother and his new friends. Violence seems imminent but Tatsuya is able to disrupt the magic sequences just as the student council president and chair of the disciplinary committee arrive. 
02 "Enrollment Part II"
"Nyūgaku-hen II" (入学編II) 
April 12, 2014
Tatsuya's skills and wits have earned him and his sister the scrutiny of Mayumi Saegusa, Student Council president and Mari Watanabe, leader of the Public Morals Committee. Mayumi invites Miyuki to join the Student Council as the first year representative but she initialy declines and puts her brother's name forward. Upon learning that, by school regulation, year representatives must be Course 1 students she accepts. Not wanting to waste his talents, Mari proposes that Tatsuya be the Student Council's nominee for a vacant position on the Public Morals Committee, which President Saegusa agrees to. At a meeting later that day, Student Council vice-president Hanzo Gyoubushoujo Hattori opposes Tatsuya's nomination which prompts Miyuki to defend him. Hanzo reprimands her for her seeming bias towards her brother which causes Tatsuya to challenge him to a magic duel. Tatsuya easily defeats Hanzo, much to the surprise of the Student Council. 
03 "Enrollment Part III"
"Nyūgaku-hen III" (入学編III) 
April 19, 2014
The Council cannot reconcile Tatsuya's flawless victory in his duel with Hanzo with his poor showing in the practical exam. Once he regains consciousness, Hanzo tacitly withdraws his objection to Tatsuya's nomination by apologizing to Miyuki. Mari introduces Tatsuya to the other members of the Public Morals Committee, who note the fact that he's a Course 2 student, but warmly welcome him on learning of his victory over the previously undefeated Hanzo. To his dismay, Mari informs Tetsuya that Shun Morisaki, the Course 1 student who started the altercation on their first day, is also joining the Committee on a faculty recommendation. His first taste of action involves a confrontation between the kendo club and kenjustu club. The head of the kenjutsu club, who combine magic with swordplay, forces Sayaka Mibu, a member of the kendo club and Weed, to spar. When he loses, he uses magic in a follow-up attack, in contravention of the rules. Tatsuya steps in and arrests him but is assaulted by the rest of the kenjutsu club who refuse to acknowledge his authority just because he is a Weed. 
04 "Enrollment Part IV"
"Nyūgaku-hen IV" (入学編IV) 
April 26, 2014
Tatsuya is approached by Sayaka Mibu, who wants his cooperation in a plan to put an end to the discrimination between Blooms and Weeds at the school. He refrains from giving an immediate answer. His suspicions that she is being manipulated by someone else with ulterior motives are aroused when she is unable to give him proper answers to his questions. 
05 "Enrollment Part V"
"Nyūgaku-hen V" (入学編V) 
May 3, 2014
Tatsuya rejects Sayaka's offer and a group of Weeds led by her lock themselves in the broadcast room, creating a commotion at school. Mayumi elects to listen to their demands and discuss them in front of the student body. Debating the school's position by herself, she is on the verge of arranging a compromise when the school is attacked by terrorists. 
06 "Enrollment Part VI"
"Nyūgaku-hen VI" (入学編VI) 
May 10, 2014
The Student Council and Public Morals Committee defeat the terrorists and find out that the attack was merely a cover for an information raid on the school's computer library. Tatsuya and his friends are tasked with countering the raid. They defeat the terrorists, including Sayaka, and take them into custody. After learning of Sayaka's reasons for cooperating with Blanche, the terrorist organization behind the attack, Tatsuya decides to attack the enemy hideout in order to help clear her name and strike back at them for using her and invading the school. 
07 "Enrollment Part VII"
"Nyūgaku-hen VII" (入学編VII) 
May 17, 2014
Tatsuya and his friends storm Blanche's hideout where they confront the group's leader, who confirms that he had manipulated Sayaka's memory. Despite a number of traps the students are able to subdue the terrorists. After Sayaka is released from the hospital, Tatsuya and Miyuki return to their normal school life. 
08 "Nine Schools Competition Part I"
"Kyūkōsen-hen I" (九校戦編I) 
May 24, 2014
The inter-school sporting event known as the "Nine Schools Competition" is at hand, and Tatsuya, in recognition of his superior magic-tuning skills, is named to the engineering squad, over the objections of a number of Course 1 students. After school, Tatsuya surprises his sister when presents her with a magic tool he developed that allows a person to fly, a feat that no one has never attained before. 
09 "Nine Schools Competition Part II"
"Kyūkōsen-hen II" (九校戦編II) 
May 31, 2014
Tatsuya and Miyuki pay a visit to Four Leaves Technology, where Tatsuya unveils his flying CAD to Ushiyama, the other half of the genius magic engineer Taurus Silver. After a brief encounter with their father, the siblings set out for the Competition, but on the way there, a traffic accident occurs, putting the students in danger. 
10 "Nine Schools Competition Part III"
"Kyūkōsen-hen III" (九校戦編III) 
June 7, 2014
Tatsuya, Miyuki and Katsuto Jyumonji act to prevent the car from ramming into the bus. From traces that his is able to find, Tatsuya determines that the incident was orchestrated to look like a traffic accident but was instead a suicide attack. On arriving at their hotel Tatsuya and Miyuki are surprised to find Erika and Mizuki present. The event opens with a banquet where the students from the nine competing schools mingle, unaware that unknown enemies are threatening the event. 
11 "Nine Schools Competition Part IV"
"Kyūkōsen-hen IV" (九校戦編IV) 
June 14, 2014
The Nine Schools Competition begins and Tatsuya puts his tuning skills into practice in order to help his friends performance, while staying on watch for further disturbances. 
12 "Nine Schools Competition Part V"
"Kyūkōsen-hen V" (九校戦編V) 
June 21, 2014
One of Tatsuya's friends is involved in a serious accident during the competition and the other students increase their vigilance after Tatsuya reveals that she was actually a victim of sabotage. 
13 "Nine Schools Competition Part VI"
"Kyūkōsen-hen VI" (九校戦編VI) 
June 28, 2014
The "No Head Dragon", an underground syndicate is eager to interfere in the competition for the sake of their profits and the First High School is their main target. Meanwhile, the students under Tatsuya's care are doing better than expected in their events, drawing the attention of those who still can't acknowledge his talent just because he is a Course 2 student as well as First High Scool's main rivals from Third High School. 
14 "Nine Schools Competition Part VII"
"Kyūkōsen-hen VII" (校戦編VII) 
July 5, 2014
The Nine Schools Competition proceeds without further incident until a number of students are seriously injured under suspicious circumstances and Tatsuya is tasked with assembling and leading a team to compete in their place. 
15 "Nine Schools Competition Part VIII"
"Kyūkōsen-hen VIII" (校戦編VIII) 
July 12, 2014
Tatsuya enters the competition with his friends Leonhard Saijo and Mikihiko Yoshida in the "Monolith Code" event. While watching out for No Head Dragon's interference, Tatsuya makes preparations to confront the two most gifted students of Third High School, Masaki Ichijō and Shinkurō Kichijōji in the final match. 
16 "Nine Schools Competition Part IX"
"Kyūkōsen-hen IX" (校戦編IX) 
July 19, 2014
Tatsuya and Masaki's teams face off in the final match. Despite knowing that with the rules standing, Masaki's abilities surpass his, Tatsuya confronts him head on, resulting in a spectacular duel. Making a critical mistake, Masaki breaks the rules by accidentally using a lethal attack on Tatsuya. Tatsuya manages to defend partially, but is hit and seriously wounded. However, he uses his self-restoration to overcome his injuries and while Masaki's still in shock from allowing himself to make such a mistake and/or possibly killing his opponent, Tatsuya incapacitates him at point-blank range. Meanwhile, Mikihiko faces off against Cardinal George in a lengthy duel, during which Leo helped Mikihiko only to be hit by Masaki's spell. Mikihiko finally defeats George, but is on the verge of losing to the third member of Masaki's team, when Leo manages to deliver the final blow, allowing First High to win the match. 
17 "Nine Schools Competition Part X"
"Kyūkōsen-hen X" (校戦編X) 
July 26, 2014
Desperate with the recent developments, No Head Dragon start interfering with the competition directly, risking the lives of players and audience alike. However, Tatsuya remains vigilant to stop their plans, specially when Miyuki becomes one of their main targets. 
18 "Nine Schools Competition Part XI"
"Kyūkōsen-hen XI" (校戦編XI) 
August 2, 2014
19 "TBA"   August 9, 2014
20 "TBA"   August 16, 2014
21 "TBA"   August 23, 2014
22 "TBA"   August 30, 2014
23 "TBA"   September 6, 2014
24 "TBA"   September 13, 2014
25 "TBA"   September 20, 2014
26 "TBA"   September 27, 2014

Video games[edit]

A mobile game titled Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: School Magicus Battle was announced at Dengeki Game Festival 2014 on March 16, 2014.[27] A PlayStation Vita game titled Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Out of Order by Namco Bandai Games was also announced at Dengeki Game Festival 2014,[28] and is due for a October 30, 2014 release.[29]

Miyuki and Tatsuya will both appear in Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, a fighting game by Sega featuring various characters from works published under the Dengeki Bunko imprint. Miyuki will be a playable character, while Tatsuya is an assist character.[30]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As The Irregular at Magic High School airs in Tokyo MX's E!TV block on Saturdays, 24:30 (Sundays, 00:30 a.m. JST), the premiere technically occurred on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

References[edit]

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