Anime Review: The Irregular at Magic High School

Tatsuya and his sister Shiba enter into the Private Magic University Affiliated High School where they will train to utilize and maximize their magic powers using technological enhancements and tools. Upon entrance, though, they have to take an examination that sorts into the Honor Students and Irregulars, or as the students call them, Blooms and Weeds. The categories create classist social system at the school, and the conflict that comes with that along with the intrigue of Tatsuya’s past drives the story forward.

Aside from the anti-standardized testing message that I love, the martial arts action animation in this is surprisingly good for a story based on magic. The use of technology to control and enhance magic is relatively unorthodox take on it, and it really comes off as more sci-fi mystery than the sort of fantasy hocus pocus you would expect from a story centered around magic. Great for those who are interested in a more cerebral mood, but there is some annoying fan service and weird hints at incest. My American sensibilities still aren’t okay with any of that even after years of exposure to Japanese anime.

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About tinabot

Tinabot is a writer, teacher, and ninja. She and her students write and publish their work. Her debut teen kung fu romance novel The Legend of Phoenix Mountain is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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