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 (center) 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 14 (List of volumes)
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, 2014September 27, 2014
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
Game
Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: LOST ZERO
Developer BeXide
Publisher Square Enix
Platform Android, iOS
Released
  • JP September 3, 2014 (Android)
  • JP September 4, 2014 (iOS)
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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 14 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 (想子 Saion?, lit. "thought particles"), a substanceless particle and psychic phenomenon. The CAD itself provides an activation sequence, which is 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]

Volumes[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. 14 volumes have been published as of September 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
14 Ancient City Insurrection Arc (I) (古都内乱編<上>) September 10, 2014[17] ISBN 978-4-04-866860-6

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.[18] 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.[19]

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[20][21] 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.[22][23] The first opening theme is "Rising Hope" by LiSA,[24] and the first ending theme is "Millenario." by Elisa.[25] The second opening theme is "Grilleto" by Garnidelia, and the second ending theme is "Mirror" by Rei Yasuda.[26] The anime has been licensed for streaming by Aniplex of America.[27]

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.

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.[28] A PlayStation Vita game titled Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Out of Order by Namco Bandai Games was also announced at Dengeki Game Festival 2014,[29] and is due for an October 30, 2014 release.[30]

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.[31]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As The Irregular at Magic High School aired 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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  2. ^ "Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan by Series: 2013". Anime News Network. December 1, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
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  9. ^ "魔法科高校の劣等生(6) 横浜騒乱編<上>" (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
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  12. ^ "魔法科高校の劣等生(9) 来訪者編<上>" (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  13. ^ "魔法科高校の劣等生(10) 来訪者編<中>" (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  14. ^ "魔法科高校の劣等生(11) 来訪者編<下>" (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
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  16. ^ "魔法科高校の劣等生(13) スティープルチェース編" (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  17. ^ "魔法科高校の劣等生(14) 古都内乱編<上>" (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  18. ^ "魔法科高校の劣等生 九校戦編 -月刊Gファンタジーオフィシャルサイ" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  19. ^ "電撃大王2014年4月号は2月27日発売です!" (in Japanese). Dengeki Daioh. February 26, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  20. ^ "アニメ化が発表された『魔法科高校の劣等生』のプロモーション映像が到着! 動く司波兄妹をその目で見よ!!" (in Japanese). dengekionline.com. 
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  22. ^ "『魔法科高校の劣等生』の放送スケジュールが判明! さらに新キービジュアルも公開" (in Japanese). Dengeki Online. March 16, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  23. ^ "On Air". アニメ『魔法科高校の劣等生』 (in Japanese). Aniplex. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 
  24. ^ "LiSA to Perform Irregular at Magic High School Anime's Opening Theme". Anime News Network. January 3, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Irregular at Magic High School Anime's New Ad Announces ELISA's Ending Song". Anime News Network. February 1, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  26. ^ "GARNiDELiA, Rei Yasuda Perform The irregular at magic high school's New Songs". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Aniplex USA to Stream The irregular at Magic High School, Mushishi: The Next Chapter". Anime News Network. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  28. ^ "Haruka Tomatsu, Tomokazu Sugita Join Irregular at Magic High School Anime". Anime News Network. March 16, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Irregular at Magic High School Gets PS Vita Game". Anime News Network. March 16, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  30. ^ 2014-06-24, The Irregular at Magic High School: Out of Order Japanese release date set, Gematsu
  31. ^ "Toradora's Taiga, The irregular at magic high school's Miyuki Join Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax". Anime News Network. May 9, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 

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