Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

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Magic.

It is a product of neither legends nor fairy tales, but instead has become a technology of reality since a time unknown to people.

Supernatural power became a technology systematized through magic, while magic became a technical skill. A “Supernatural Power User” became a “Magic Technician”.

Magic Technicians (in short, Magicians) are nurtured through Magic High Schools and Universities.

This is a story about:

A defective elder brother and low achiever.

A perfect, flawless younger sister and high achiever.

After both siblings entered a Magic High School,

The stage of daily turbulence was unveiled —.

Associated Names
One entry per line
The Irregular At Magic High School
魔法科高校の劣等生
Related Series
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei SS (Side Story)
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei x Sword Art Online (Spin-Off)
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02/15/15 Baka-Tsuki v14c1
02/15/15 Baka-Tsuki v14 illustrations
09/23/14 Baka-Tsuki v13 afterword
09/23/14 Baka-Tsuki v13c8
10/04/14 Baka-Tsuki v13c7
09/21/14 Baka-Tsuki v13c6
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makenai89
makenai89 rated it
May 31, 2016
Status: v16
Reviewed at v16, rated 5, although I probably will not be able to read it again as it's been licensed and there's next to zero chance it will be published in my country.

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei is one of rare Japanese light novels where the Author managed to create exceptionally strong characters and plot. Set in an alternate universe where magic-based technology rules the world, it offers surprising turn of events and unusual developments. Readers are brought along in a journey where we will experience the precarious positions in which... more>> the characters are in from time to time. There's also a good balance between romance, comedy, action, and sometimes poignant moments.

However, at some points, I feel that the plot was rather forced to showcase the MC's godly power and nonexistent emotion, to the point where we might question, "If the MC is going to out his strength in public anyway, why would he did so much to hid it in the first place?". In many juncture, he could have acted with more prudence and stayed as a low-profile hero, but he didn't. Still, I guess that things like these are what made Mahouka stands out, so... that's okay. <<less
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Aruzu
Aruzu rated it
January 18, 2016
Status: --
The best Japanese light novel I've read lately

The MC is over powered, but has a good back story and overall seems real, the plot is good, the story keeps flowing without seeming forced, it's funny, it has romance and drama, a lot of action!
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Dream Seeker
Dream Seeker rated it
June 6, 2016
Status: v15
A complex series that was only brought to light by netizens and fantranslations. Although it's moved on to other places, I can say it's fine example of what deserves to be a five star series. Not only did they have personality, there personality grew and changed from other characters exceptions. Mixing up body language and contrasting behaviors, we learned not to trust the characters point of view. Not everything is what it seemed in this novel.

The background is one of the most exceptional things about this novel. It felt like... more>> as events unfold which changed for better or worst the backdrop. I would say this author actually genius is that he made a like society in his novel. <<less
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moxrwtva
moxrwtva rated it
February 20, 2017
Status: v6
Who wins in a fight between Tatsuya and Kvothe?

The problem with Mahouka is, as nearly everyone who hates these light novels points out, the MC Tatsuya. Tatsuya's OPness -- irrespective of how well it is explained in the context of the story -- robs the novels of nearly all possibility of tension.

The only reason the other characters seem to exist is to bear witness to Tatsuya's magnificence. I'm not sure they qualify as even 2D characters. They might even be 1D. Fortunately they have names so you'll be able to... more>> tell them apart.

This series is the quintessential self-insert power fantasy series on the light novel market today. If you're into that kind of thing (no judgment!), then this is the series for you. <<less
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mechafanboy
mechafanboy rated it
October 26, 2016
Status: v13
This novel deserves at least 3/5 solely for the world building. Sincerely. It puts significantly more effort into creating the world, creating laws for the physics (or rather, magic) and slowly explaining how these parts interact with each other. Then the main character comes along with his overpowered abilites to smash those common perceptions. Essentially creating at least 2 layers of world building, the mundane class and the advanced stuff only the MC can do. This leads to some fairly fun arcs (to date, the tournament arc remains one of... more>> my favorite arcs because of how well it showcases what a bit of tuning can do to the different character abilities.) Add these 2 layers of world building together and you'd get a solid 4/5 from me personally. As an aside, it's interesting watching the Author scramble to ascertain the MC's ability from the viewpoint of the characters which happens whenever the MC flat out surpasses the expectations (which are already high) from others in an attempt to downplay how ridiculously overpowered he is. It doesn't prove that he isn't overpowered but it's an interesting angle to persuade the reader that perhaps the Main Character isn't omnipotent (... although anyone reading the novel would STILL beg to differ.)

The characters in my opinion are both the highlight and the weakspot simultaneously. The overall actions of the characters can easily be seen as tropey and/or predictable from reading multiple japanese light novels or manga or anime. That said, the motivations and the characters which actually get developed tend to be strongly written over time, frankly the major problem is that the development of each character is so heavily lopsided in the favor of "is x person needed relatively soon" or "background character a" so heavily that if a character isn't going to be used, it's incredibly difficult to keep up with the large cast of characters who drop in and out of the novel on a regular basis. Additionally, the brocon/siscon thing is frankly overblown to the point of being more than a bit annoying at times.

I'd still give the overall novel 5/5 though because it honestly is a good read all around, just pointing out that if someone dislikes it, I can also completely understand why they would. For those trying to figure out if they'd like it or not, kindly read until the tournament and the short story volume that comes after. If that doesn't pique your interest, then drop it.

Revised as at 28/10/16 due to rereading parts of it. <<less
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rdawv
rdawv rated it
February 29, 2016
Status: --
Review as of Vol 16. Spoilers ahead.

Mahouka is typical of a Japanese LN that has been made into an anime – very well written with an acceptable world setting, a cast of characters that aren’t unique but made of special individuals that are each given a distinct personality. All the side characters are developed well enough to have made it into the faithful anime adaptation and given speaking and visual roles.

The world setting is such where magic has become indistinguishable from technology, and those who can utilize magic are considered... more>> a class above those who can’t. In this world, a brother and sister siblings are divided by their status, testing their bond in school as well as facing distrust from their own clan members.

Mahouka is one of those series that can deeply divide the anime/LN community. The concept of an overpowered MC isn’t unique, however in Mahouka we are repeatedly told that the MC is a weakling who by all rights should be ridiculed and dismissed outright because of his lack of magical potential. And yet his “drawback” doesn’t hamper his actual utilization of magic. In a way, he may not have a lot of power but he can use what he has in ways nobody else can. Thus, it can be said that the one who is constantly labeled as useless is actually the setting’s most powerful and dangerous character.

Perhaps it is this deceiving plot device that causes some people to react negatively to the MC Shiba Tatsuya.
Spoiler

Not only he is a theoretical genius who tops the school’s written exam scores, he is also an inventor, an elite special forces soldier with plenty of experience killing people, a national secret due to his unique power, a cold and calculating person who has a lovable sister who is a genius in her own right and despite her cool and graceful demeanor; had to restrain herself from outright jumping his bones.

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The Mary Sue-ism is quite strong. A common trope in many light novels and fanfiction is that MCs are “forgiven” for having ridiculous powers because of a traumatic past, that we’re supposed to feel sorry for Superman because his entire world was destroyed. Shiba Tatsuya is an example of this trope.

Each volume or incident serves to enhance his reputation.

The siblings are the center of a group of friends, all of which have unique abilities and/or backgrounds of which I call “Super Awesome Friends”: whereby the side characters are all ‘special’. The Chinese novel Skyfire Avenue has this aspect as well. The only character Mahouka is lacking is an actress/idol type friend in that circle.

We’re supposed to empathize with Tatsuya because of his traumatic existence that cost him of his emotions, yet a reader might find this hard to do because everything else that he does is perfect. His lack of emotions when it comes to anything except for his sister gives the novel the excuse to surround him with a potential harem, multiple persons who are somewhat interested in him and yet deterred by his sister’s obsessive love and oppressive aura. But by the later volumes, everyone has been convinced of his abilities.

What we have is a very polished, very nicely written novel with an interesting premise. Whether you like the MC is up to the reader. <<less
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EienMugetsuTensho
EienMugetsuTensho rated it
March 26, 2016
Status: v16
Mahouka is my favorite Japanese light novel, and the anime is one of the best adaptations of a LN that I have seen.

Spoiler

Tatsuya is considered bad by the normal standards used to judge people in the world but his unique abilities put him on a terrifying level.

He is a genius who solved flight magic which was considered one of the biggest problems for over 100 years, he is also working on solving another one of those issues.

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ninthlite
ninthlite rated it
August 10, 2017
Status: v9
The main character is an autistic loner mary sue that exists for the sake of self inserting. This novel has the worst characterization I have ever read, every character in this novel, including the main character has a personality as flat as cardboard. The world, supporting cast, and the stale harem all solely exist to worship our main character's power. In the nine volume I read, the first couple chapters would set up the conflict, then the weak supporting cast would frantically be running around trying to acheive something, then... more>> the MC would swoop in at the last couple chapters, render the supporting cast's actions pointless as he solves the problem using his mary sue powers.

Somehow this novel is rated very highly, however I believe that is because many of the readers enjoy self inserting themselves as the all powerful autistic loner mary sue with a harem of beauties <<less
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Fossil
Fossil rated it
August 17, 2016
Status: v16
I'm currently rereading the series as an unneeded refresher now that volume seventeen is out.

That being said, this novel sticks out to me and remains my favorite because it's a merging of science and magic, and a beautiful one at that. It's not your "traditional" magic with elements... well, if you include ... more>>
Spoiler

ancient magic

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then it does have that.

However, most magic is not categorized by what we deem "normal." Because of that, the author goes into extensive detail that is needed to understand the theory, but that only makes the novel even more worth it. Heck, it goes into so, inch detail that first arc had to be split into two volumes!

Now, in terms of character development, plot, and pacing, this novel would get a five out of five. Why? That's fairly simple.

Character development: All characters that you see serve a purpose, and once they lose their relevance, they tend to fade away, but not all of them. You also slowly learn more about each character as you go on, including the side characters and ones that are introduced later.

Plot: The story is pretty much told from a third person's point of view objectively observing the situation, as in scientifically observing an experiment. This fits the theme of the novel so much, and is not lost in the translations at all.

Pacing: The novel concludes various arcs, but it still leaves a questions remained unanswered that are generally answered in the next volume, along with adding even more. What does this have to do with pacing? Time visibly moves in the novel, and you can see objectives accomplished. However, events don't happen every single day, so Tatsuya and Miyuki are generally just average students with a normal lifestyle.

Conclusion: If you still haven't made a decision, watch the anime a bit, and if you decide you like it IMMEDIATELY switch to the novel. The reason being that while the anime is praiseworthy, you don't get that POV that makes the novel so good. You also end up missing the much needed explanations and the occasional humor. Not to mention it skips over a whole novel.... Then once you've finished the Yokohama Disturbance arc, go back and watch the anime to see everything from that viewpoint yourself. <<less
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fir537
fir537 rated it
September 7, 2017
Status: v14
Clicked on 4 but registered as 5 stars for some reason. A good story but not enough for a 5 in my books, at least a 4.5. Can be considered a niche novel for some demographic and not suitable for everyone.

Its a good story, early on focusing on the relationship of the brother and his sister, who were born within the same year, but they arent of the same age. Important to note is, the world they live in is practically the same as our normal world, except they have... more>> magic, magicians and magic schools. And they also somewhat accepts mages as a normal thing. Except for the occasional racist people without magic powers. Mages are also considered warforce for a country, thus they are basically soldiers that are not officially recruited as one. Ancient magic also exists, considered the ones that doesnt use modern tech as a base. Modern mages uses various devices to activate magic that they calculate within their brain, while ancient mages use talismans and various tools to activate magic. The technology within the novel is also somewhat hundreds times more advanced to our normal world, and many things can be solved with magic thus easing daily life.

Spoiler

The novel half focus is the relationship of Tatsuya and Miyuki, Tatsuya being born with a specialized magic which makes him be considered useless by the higher ups for his lack of diversity, whereas Miyuki being born with balanced ability, and probably biased towards ice and cold. In his young age, his mother and aunt had him undergo an operation in an attempt to artificially add some magic talent to his brain, they were succesful, but the side effect to this operation was him losing his emotions, and the mother losing the ability to care for him. His mother did set a failsafe measure, making him consider his sister as the only one he can love. The operation was somewhat a success, they did add some ability to use magic outside of his specialized ones, albeit rather weak.

The remaining half of the novel follows Tatsuya and Miyuki outside relationships, with the Yotsuba clan they are both affliated with (aunt is the current head and Miyuki is the next one), Tatsuya being a special soldier with the military, Tatsuya only two abilities (can rewind time, or at least the Eidos, and disintegrate anything), their relationships with their schoolmates and the other big clans, Tatsuya being a genius developer of magic artifacts and devices, and probably Miyuki unending obsession with her brother.

They got married within the Yotsuba Succesion volumes iirc.

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jgood21210
jgood21210 rated it
June 14, 2017
Status: v14 afterword
I honestly don't see why people do not like this. They call call it "edgy" and such things just because the protagonist doesn't do the normal protagonist thing (you know what I mean, but it is annoying to describe). Honestly, I think of this main character as well developed and thought out, though various romcom fans may say otherwise.
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Lachiel
Lachiel rated it
October 24, 2015
Status: --
We follow the story of a boy who can only care for his sister and a girl who's obsessed with her brother.
The girl is considered a genius while the boy is considered a dunce..
The story is extremely detailed, and explanations are technical.
The truth of the matter is the brother is the sisters body guard and the story focus's on the brother. Go figure right?
Setting and plot are both strong and flow into each other in the different parts are amazing.
I do recommend this if you... more>> can find the translations in pdf or something else. <<less
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Ixcez
Ixcez rated it
June 7, 2018
Status: v18
This was one of my earliest reads, and while I dislike the school setting I found this one enjoyable.

Compared to many other novels it takes on the question of racism in this case between people able to use magic and people not able to use magic.

The anti-magician movement is a pivotal part of the story and is often a major part of the plot during some of the LN's.

The MC is pretty one dimensional explained in the way that the MC was stripped of all emotions except for the love... more>> for his sister.

Some spoilers about this.

Spoiler

The MC was born with two very specific abilities closer to unique abilities compared to magic, this was unacceptable for the clan he was born in as it is seen as "the" strongest clan in magic. Therefore they performed a surgery to increase his magical abilities. Magic is explained as being a part of a persons brain and as the abilities was taking up almost all of the space they enlarged it to give him average magic abilties at the cost of stripping him of all his emotions.

Except for the love to his sister so to keep a bind on him that could keep him loyal to the clan.

This is one of my most hated parts since his sister uses this (she is in love with him and a total brocon) to her maximum advantage. This becomes a chain to the MC and during the whole story the MC wants to break free of the clan. But because of his sister, the clan uses her by making her the next head and forcing him to marry her. The sister is all too happy with this (my feel and opinion) since it means he will become her husband. Thus making the MC unable to ever break free of the clan that broke him and made him into a weapon.

I have to add though that shat they kept was the MC's love as a brother towards his sister so no idea how that became romantic love, except that MC is a complete pushover when it comes to his sister.

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What is interesting here is that how the magicians are shown to be treated. They are extremly restricted and to some degree shown as tools or weapons. For instance all magicians are to some degree "owned" by the goverment meaning they all have certain obligations on them like being soldiers in time of need. It is also showcased that forced marriages between magicians to give birth to strong magicians are all to common example.

Spoiler

One girl has eyes that allow her to see spritis/magical elements, this is extremly important to a certain clan of magicians so if the clan finds out about it she would be forced to marry into that clan or be directly kidnapped (and most likely forced to carry their children so to pass on the eye's) so it's kept a secret. Though that clans boy and she becomes a couple eventually so perhaps it never mattered?

Still that this is shown as something normal and pretty much goverment approved to increase the amount of talented magicians is pretty dark

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Even the MC's mom and dad were put together through deciding that their magical genetics matched so strong magicians would be born.

I would say that this is a typical JP harem where the MC has multiple females interested in him but he has only eye's for one. Though the author likes to create stuff happening between the MC and other girls.

Spoiler

Like having a girl from a bloodline that are extremly loyal and does close to an imprinting on a person they truly love so as to always be loyal or love him/her and then while feeling said love for MC an alien parasitic life form comes and absorb that feeling. Thus becoming emotionally attached being 100% loyal and in love? With the MC.

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In my book this is your typical school harem JN but with a futuristic magical setting where the MC is stuck with his brocon of a sister while surrounded by a bunch of other girls who wants the MC's affection.

It does however bring up questions like racism, social differences and ranks while being well written. <<less
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