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Posted 6/13/14 , edited 4/3/15
by iblessall

It sucks to be better than everyone else.

That's what Tatsuya Shiba, who is the irregular at First High School, is finding out. Tatsuya is cursed with the dreadful fate of being smarter than everyone around him, being better than magic than everyone around him (even though he's technically bad with magic), smoother-talking than everyone around him and also better at attracting girls than anyone else. And, as is wont to happen when you're an übermensch, people end up resenting your very existence. Fortunately, Tatsuya is too gracious and too excellent to mind the discrimination he faces. After all, it's not his fault that he turned out this way.

This is, although somewhat exaggerated, the premise of The Irregular at Magic High School, this season's entry into the high schoolers and magic genre by Madhouse, the same studio that brought you last season's smash-hit high schoolers and magic show Magical Warfare. The two shows share some striking similarities: a fantastic OP and ED song, respectively (LiSA's "Rising Hope" and nano's "Born to Be"); a similar dull pastel-y color palate; cool, if over-explained, magical systems; weirdly constructed political dynamics; and, most importantly to me, proud collections of hilariously bad lines. What can you do but laugh as the guy who has been nothing but competent utters lines like the one to the left?

It's these kind of internal contradictions that has made The Irregular at Magic High School a supremely entertaining watch for a writer like myself. It's not admirable, I'll admit, but I find a certain amount of fun in giggling as the omnipotent Tatsuya compares bloomers to brooms without a shred of self-awareness or irony.

That is, I think, a good summary of The Irregular at Magic High School. It's a very silly show that thinks it's entirely serious. From the complicated political subtexts and in-show debates to the oppressively long explanations about loop-casting, feedback resonance, Casting Assistant Devices, artificially articulated anti-matter ion metapsion convergence-timed fission to the deadpan manner in which Tatsuya verbally or physically dismantles anyone who gets in his way, The Irregular at Magic High School seems convinced that it is grown-up show for grown-up people. But, the sad fact is that rambling on and on about about politics and systems of magic that are entirely contained in the world doesn't make a show any smarter. If anything, it simply highlights the fact the The Irregular at Magic High School wants to play with the big boys, but just doesn't know how to do it.

Tremble in fear, ye evildoers! Tatsuya is here and your plot is now history! You almost gotta feel bad for him, getting hilariously bad one-liners shoved on him like this. But then you realize: he's got so much else going for him, it'd be too much if he were eloquent as well.


In the end, I just don't have it in me to hate The Irregular at Magic High School. The production values are high, and the magic battles that are interspersed between people talking about things I don't understand look appropriately cool. And despite the problem the show has with its tepid pacing and poor writing, it's sort of become a lovable mess for me. I may not think The Irregulat at Magic High School is a good show, but I'm still watching it, nine weeks into the season. That alone is something of an indicator of the level of guilty pleasure I get from chuckling over the praise lavished on Tatsuya each week and the adorable ways the show just can't keep from tripping over itself. So, maybe The Irregular at Magic High School is like the clumsy girl in a harem anime; not too bright, maybe thinks she's cooler than she really is, bumbling, but lovable nonetheless. So if you're less inclined to make fun of the clumsy girl and more inclined to show her the love she deserves, give The Irregular at Magic High School a try. Best Girls come in all shapes and sizes.

The Irregular at Magic High School is simulcasting on Crunchyroll on Saturdays at 1:00 PM, CDT.



(When he's not beating up on helpless anime, iblessall writes for the blog Life, And Anime. Come by and visit!)
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Posted 6/16/14
Looks great!
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"..."

That has to be one of the most disconnected reviews I've ever read. If I didn't know better, I'd say the author hadn't actually watched the show, because the description has very little to do with what the show is actually about.

It doesn't "suck to be better than everyone else" for Tatsuya Shiba. He simply goes about his business without giving hoot number one about anyone else's opinions. The second paragraph is equally misleading about the events in the show. By the fourth episode or so, none of his acquaintances "end up resenting his very existence". Instead, most just think that he's on a level they can't compete with, and don't really try.

What this show is really about is an example of what you get when a good writer and animation team take a crack at heroic daydreams, the kind that everyone indulges in occasionally. The main character is the overpowered "solves every problem" type that just about everyone has fantasized of being. And it works. The overblown flirting between Shiba and his younger sister adds just the right touch of humor to the situation, too.
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I definitely found your review disappointing. It was inaccurate, it was bad, it was untrue.
The "science" touch brought to the magic elements very interesting and honestly, I found some resemblances with the sort of Esper magic theory of the well-known A Certain Scientific Railgun . I found, as a science, mathematics and languages bookworm, the explanation very interesting. Adding to this was, of course, the total awesomeness of Shiba-kun. Also, you seem to be very bad in psychological analysis since the exact sentence you started your review was "It sucks to be better than everyone else. ", which is totally incorrect. Tatsuya actually doesn't care of what happens to others and what others think of him, he's just there to study with his sister.

Thinking of it, did you seriously you were a writer? I find quite annoying that you can consider you a good writer when you seem to have trouble analyzing a simple plot and the psychology of a character. What are you writing, animal speech? I feel like I'd be very confused in such logic.

Personally, I found the writer of the light novels pretty good. I have read the first prologue in Japanese and read the first volume in English and compared both prologues and the adaptation is quite good. Sure, there are some places that are switched, like, the first place where Saegusa and Tatsuya meets. In the book, Tatsuya was sitting and reading on a tablet.

All this to say, you are quite bad to rate. -1
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Posted 6/16/14 , edited 4/3/15
The series is actually good and it is serious. Not sure why some seasoned bloggers are so worried about this Garu Stu stereotype. If its bothering them over that fact and Tatsuya's personality then that is someone's own bias perception getting in the way of the characterization of a character. Maybe you should come into a show not applying stereotypes.

This is why you shouldn't bring baggage to anime watching.


The series is serious and applying concepts of "its silly just because its trying too hard." is being dismissive. Actually it is serious except when there is the lighter moments involved but its never on the edge of not being unbelievable.
Quite frankly I feel disappointed with the anime community right now since its becoming apparent that many are just being outright critically harsh in criticizing when it comes to anime. Its becoming apparent if the anime doesn't fit into this neat little box one has in mind then it merely isn't doing things right or it should be labeled a mess of a series.



Read your review. Nice of you to post but not sure agree since seems to be going with the tide of pressure which is biased against The Irregular at Magic High School.
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Posted 6/17/14 , edited 4/3/15
Terrible review the other comments voice most of my reasons but a bone that i'll pick is you calling the show out on explaining how the magic/technology of the world actually works. I'd rather know how the laws of the world work than not. it allows you to understand how and why things are happening. Every anime does it. I know some people don't enjoy learning how things work in a fictional universe nor do they like having politics in shows but i find it adds depth to the show.
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Posted 6/17/14
Why was this a featured review, I wonder?

Why do you start diverting your review on Madhouse's last season's series? This is about The Irregular at Magic High School, not about "Magical Warfare".


What can you do but laugh as the guy who has been nothing but competent utters lines like the one to the left?

Like the one to the right*
Sorry, what? Did we even watch the same series here? Multiple places in this series Shiba is found doing more than just say what you define as "competent utters".

Another thing I find disturbingly difficult to grasp is that you're a "writer".
You don't even know the proper use of the semicolon, or how to write a non-biased text. Yes, your review is VERY biased.

All you've basically done is point out all the flaws you could possibly find, even if they weren't flaws, and then go on about how you don't hate the series - just to make is seem a little less biased.
Heck, in the fourth paragraph you used more commas than necessary. (This makes it difficult to read). Also, as a writer you should probably check your text before posting it. (See last paragraph, "The Irregulat")


It's a very silly show that thinks it's entirely serious.

Okay, so now I know you haven't watched it. Let me guess, you're stuck in the past - watching Darker Than Black because "it's more serious, has great plot, etc"?

Hah, you make me cringe. Learn how to review objectively before you start subjective reviews. If you're going to make subjective reviews, they need to be better than claiming things which you cannot back up because of your own personal tastes. If you don't like harem, then simply state so, but don't start ridiculing the show for something it isn't.
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I found this show promising in the first two episodes, when it appeared to me to be about school elitism and prejudice against hidden and unexpected talent. Then it became abundantly clear to everyone in both the audience and the narrative that protagonist Tatsuya was superhuman and all bowed down before him, except a handful of irredeemably out of touch villain types. Tatsuya is just the worst possible Mary Sue character, awesome at everything, feared by men, desired by women, etc., and every episode seems to elaborate on how awesome he is. His supposed weakness-an inability to feel emotion--is weirdly inconsistent and seems only to underline that he is literally too cool for school. At the end of the Enrollment arc I lost hope and have followed the first cour listlessly since in case it might get better, but no sign.
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I must agree with all of you, I may be young but This guy obviously reviewed the Wrong title or Simply didn't watch past Episode 1.

Episode 1 was a little slow and I was really annoyed at the "Weeds" thing, But.... By Episode 2 it really drew me in, Enough for me to get a Subscription to watch the newest episode the day it's released. This guy need's to be removed from doing such reviews and never be allowed to again until he knows the fundamentals of doing a PROPER review.
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Posted 6/17/14 , edited 6/17/14

Psychocrysma wrote:
What are you writing, animal speech?

You've found me out.

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iblessall wrote:
You've found me out.

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Is it bad that I find it funny you are the one to write the review on MHS lol.
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@OP

You say that Magical Warfare was a smash hit. Sorry but didn't that thing get cancelled or something? Major plot holes and the like? Not to mention a lot of people hate it. Whilst I enjoyed most of it, even I could see that the plot holes were a major detraction to make it no longer a smash hit.

As for MKnR. This is a large universe with many diverse magical concepts which need to be explained. The whole point of the Enrolment Arc was to "Enrol/Introduce" us to the various different concepts such as loop-casting, feedback resonance, Casting Assistant Devices, artificially articulated anti-matter ion metapsion convergence-timed fission. These are concepts which come up fairly often and you want to leave an audience with a basic understanding (+ a reference point to review) of what the hell they are going on about and how characters do stuff.

This is so that in the future when this show gets another season (which it will after the spectacular viewing we are going to get with Nine Schools Competition), viewers are going to be reintroduced to concepts like artificially articulated anti-matter ion metapsion convergence-timed fission and whole lot of other related topics. To save having to spend so much time explaining basic concepts as they crop up, doing a lot of the foundation work now, leaves the writers with a lot more room to tell the story. So in a way they are thinking of me.

I also don't really understand the part in your review about weirdly constructed politics. I'll simplify it for you. Nukes = Magic. Get it?

My Review:

Ultimately MKnR has met my expectations from what I wanted to be adapted from the Light Novel. Not all of what I wanted I got, like the part where Saegusa and Tatsuya meet and the bus crash scene, but these sorts of instances can be forgiven when we think about the fact they're limited to 20 minutes an episode and have the NSC coming up. The OP & ED theme are great and really get me into the viewing mood. Character design is flawless and whilst the choice of voice actors for the main characters aren't what I would have desired I have warmed up to them. Drawback for me so far is my concern that the NSC arc is going to have a slight hack-job (could be solved with OVA - but I think that's what's going to be done for Vol 5) with some of the character building and relationship building we see in the Novel be excluded from the anime. Ideally I feel NSC deserves 26 episodes dedicated to it alone to do it proper justice, but that's just my opinion as a fan of the LN.

The biggest nod for Madhouse for this anime is that they have keep very close to the original source material, something we don't see too often with other anime these days (E.g. Rosario + Vampire)

The only negative (besides only 1 episode a week ) I feel is the rewriting of certain scenes for no apparent reason. E.g. Objects being changed; Small Bus from LN is now a Sedan in the Anime.
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epiphanis wrote:

I found this show promising in the first two episodes, when it appeared to me to be about school elitism and prejudice against hidden and unexpected talent. Then it became abundantly clear to everyone in both the audience and the narrative that protagonist Tatsuya was superhuman and all bowed down before him, except a handful of irredeemably out of touch villain types. Tatsuya is just the worst possible Mary Sue character, awesome at everything, feared by men, desired by women, etc., and every episode seems to elaborate on how awesome he is. His supposed weakness-an inability to feel emotion--is weirdly inconsistent and seems only to underline that he is literally too cool for school. At the end of the Enrollment arc I lost hope and have followed the first cour listlessly since in case it might get better, but no sign.


First of all, he isn't all knowing and all powerful. Simply because he scored a 97% average for his entrance exam. He isn't all powerful. Whilst he is with certain abilities OP with magical processes that are 5 or less, any more than that (as stated in the anime) and he is rather weak.

His weakness isn't just an inability to feel strong emotions (some may view this as a strength - I don't), he is also very bad at technical skills in particular when using a Generalised CAD (hence why you see him using Specialised Models only).

I however find the idea of a strong male protagonists a refreshing concept where we are so dogged by shows where we have the cliché weakling who works his way to be strong. Or those that never do except in certain situations.
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i love this anime . it had the best action scences also i love the humor that had with the brother and sister, very good story line also had a good ending it to.
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iblessall wrote:


Psychocrysma wrote:
What are you writing, animal speech?

You've found me out.

Moo oink chirp.




If you are going to call yourself a writer, Bless, learn to take criticism, even if it is derisive, sneering, and juvenile.

Goodness knows if you dish it out in spades often enough one would think you could take some.



Conversely, one doesn't need to be as OP as Tats to wrestle with the tougher legitimate critiques one may receive, rather than focusing on ad homs and snarky ripostes as if that were the totality of opposing views. However, refusal to do so may leave others to wonder about the true strength of the stated views, much less the command over oneself and the right to say one is any authority to command the respect and notice of others.
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