Anime Review – Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

mahoukaWe are at the beginning of a new anime season and that means it is the perfect time to do some reviews. And for today’s review, I choose an anime that I know nothing about – Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei – to watch the first episode and give you guys my opinions about it. Let’s give it a shot.
Mahouka tells the story about a future where the world had a Third World War that only ended avoiding a thermonuclear apocalypse thanks to the literal use of magic (Yes!! Magic warfare! Let’s hope this one delivers).01Our main character is a Japanese student… Aw, you gotta be kidding me!! Again? This better not be another Mahou Sensou!

Our main character is Shiba Tatsuya, a Japanese student of a prestigious magic oriented school where only the elite is accepted. But, sadly, our hero is actually part of what is called Course 2. You see, the students are divided in two groups, the Course 1 and 2, both of which we will call by the informal names of Blooms and Weeds from now on, respectively being the ones with big practical talent for magic and the ones who only have a chance by studying  the theory. Basically, the Blooms are great and receive all the priority while the Weeds have shittier classes and are looked upon with disdain.02So, Tatsuya is a loser who lives alone with his extremely powerful and talented sister, Miyuki and I’ve seen that before way too many times… She is about perfect and still loves her lame brother with all her heart. Well, it’s weird but better than if she was a bitch. I guess. Right?03Something that immediately catches my attention is the fact that they are very close siblings. With the romantic song in the background, I would say they are, in fact, WAY to close siblings.

0404-2During the opening ceremony of the school year, it gets very uncomfortably clear that the two student’s groups (Weeds and Blooms) are kept separated. If you think it was bad enough to see Malfoy calling Hermione a mudblood in Harry Potter, here the whole school organization feels the freeking apartheid regiment. It get’s borderline stupid, but they hold it down well enough for me to ignore it.

Tatsuya then starts making new friends. Right of the bat, he meets Chiba and boobsmctitsSorry, I lost myself for a moment there.

I have to say, even the characters notice the name issue here. Tatsuya is called Shiba, so, together with his new friends, they form the name Baka Kombi of Shiba, Chiba and Shibata. That’s creative in it’s own way.

And here comes another fraternal meeting between the Shiba siblings.

0706How come this looser gets so much attention from this wonderful girl? It makes no sense. Nobody at this school,  besides her, admires him. For example, the next day he goes to exercise a little and when then he gets in the dojo where he practices martial arts and is received with this absurd beating:TatsuyaisawesomeOk, I haven’t been quite honest with you guys. Throughout the whole episode it gets more than hinted that Tatsuya is just awesome and that he has a very important past but something happened and now he can’t use his powers or show that he is immensely strong even without them. Being honest, so far I really like this character and HE is what makes this series very interesting for me. He seems smart, strong and still gives a legit feeling of nice guy.

My only real worry comes from the Blooms elitism. Like, they complaim when Miyuki wants to eat with HER BROTHER because he is a Weed. Dude, can’t you see that they love each other very much? In a totally fraternal and innocent and no-creep-at-all-way?08There is an important context to pass for this story to be really effective: The WW3 ended but the world still in a thin peace. Much like during the Cold War (and I am pretty sure no one reading this actually remembers it), there is a lot of pressure to stay ahead of the other countries. With that background, it is a lot easier to understand why people take being good at magic so seriously. But sometimes it does feel kinda excessive.09The first episode ends with the main character solving things. And that is pretty much a good way to sum the basics of this anime so far. The main character is active and he deals with the problems that get presented by the story. I really liked the beginning of this series and I am likely to watch it all the way. Let’s hope it keeps delivering the good stuff and, to this point, I strongly recommend it.

But don’t forget that this is just the first episode!

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14 responses to “Anime Review – Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

  1. I’m just here for the incest. Mahouka Rettousei is just like SAO, hyped anime are hated 😄 That said, Mahou Sensou is crap compared to this one. Have you read the light novel?

    • I read the manga, but then I stopped to watch the anime. From what I got to read, It was pretty sweet!

    • My only contact with Mahouka so far was this first anime episode. The incest level seems to deliver and I actually liked the imouto this time around. I didn’t really get any hype, unlike SAO and Shingeki no Kyojin I had barely even heard about this one before watching it, but I hope it doesn’t fall down like Strike the blood (the first one i reviewed here) did for me : ( , I wrote good things but ended up kinda bored by the end of it…

      • O-Oh, don’t worry, Strike the Blood for me is so repetitive. New enemy > new girls to suck > acquires a new Kenjuu. Not to mention that annoying “From here on, this is my fight!” “No senpai, this is our fight!” battle punchline. Koujo was dense, and dense protagonists only works well in eroge. Well, at least he’s not on Ichikanium’s level (from Infinite Stratos). Mahouka is originally a light novel and it’s pretty popular to, say people who’ve read the novel. The story is pretty good actually, combining science, technology, and magic. I haven’t seen this since Index. I’ve been worrying about how they’re going to take care of all the info dumps since this isn’t like the novel where they could just write off walls of texts. Episode 1 was a great start and I hope it wouldn’t disappoint or people would be forced to read the light novel instead.

  2. Yeah, Tatsuya is pretty much opposite of a hetare protagonist. Don’t be fooled by the Bloom/Weed thing, or not being good at “practical” magic. In this first episode alone, we found out that he can predict his opponents’ moves, kicks ass in hand-to-hand combat, calmly and diplomatically defuses tense situations, is a technology expert, and overall oozes an aura of cool. Who knows what other broken skills he has hiding up his sleeves? But a perfect protagonist can get boring quickly too, especially if the rest of the characters could get sidelined into merely becoming his fanclub. His also too perfect sister Miyuki being in complete adoration of him from the start is kind of boring too, but Saori Hayami’s voice is too enchanting so I’ll let it slide.

    I found this summary of the episode quite amusing:
    http://lowermidtable.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/the-story-of-jesus-tatsuya-part-1-a-mahouka-tale/

    • Being honest, yeah, I hope the other characters get their time under the sunshine too. Specially Leo, who I still fear might turn into the making-the-protagoniststand-out-more friend. Miyuki seems overpowered but not really perfect, she is kinda dense, not really understand things and letting her “admiration” for Tatsuya get the better of her judgement, so I am fine with her.
      I have liked op main characters before like Dark Schn… Dark Shcn… Dark Shinaider (sorry) and Alucard, so I think they can be pretty good protagonists when well done. It is just really, REALLY hard to pull it of. Hope they get it with Tatsuya.
      In the end I also liked that the friends can fight their own fights. Leo did worry me a little there too though…
      The Jesus Tatsuya was really fun, thanks for showing me! : D

  3. I have a pretty good first impression of Mahouka myself. And speaking of Mahou Sensou/Magical Warfare, I actually watched it to the end, and, it was screwed up.

    • Man, I almost punched Gangrelion for asking me to watch the second AND the third episodes of Mahou Sensou to make the review more “complete”. Mahouka is keeping me interested so far, I think I will go all the way on that one. Thanks for the feedback, sorry for the delay in the answer

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