Manga Monday Ch.4: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

It’s Manga Monday.  A weekly post highlighting a different series.  I’ll mostly do posts on completed or ongoing series that are regularly updated.  While I do not condone scanlations, please support the creator and licensing companies by purchasing the work where available.

I’ve changed the overall basis of Manga Monday to just highlight various series.  It is essentially the same as before, only I’m not going to highlight random series.  It’s not random to me, but it is random to you.

Anyway, this week’s manga is – Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School)

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Summary:

In the near future of the year 2095 the existence of magic is universal.  Unlike stories long past, magic is now a systematic technology.  Magic is categorized and studied as a science, accompanied with rules and regulations to uphold public safety.  As a technical skill, people with the right talent and ability become “Magic Technicians.”  During this day and age, young men and women are educated through Magic High Schools and Universities.

This is the story of a defective, low-achieving elder brother, and his perfect, high-achieving younger sister.  The tale of these two siblings as they enter First High School of Magic.

Hako’s Thoughts:

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei is based on a popular light novel series, just like Sword Art Online.  The relationship between the brother, Tatsuya, and sister, Miyuki, is a rather cliche one.  Sister loves brother, brother unable to reciprocate feelings, but still treasures her.  While their day-to-day school life is an interesting world to get in to, the mystery behind why these siblings are so skilled at what they do is a big hook to the story.

Personally, I greatly enjoy stories that build a scientific structure to magic.  We are so accustomed to magic being a fantasy element and science being more factual that the idea of combining the two in a fictional setting is interesting.  In this series stuff like bracelets, gun-shaped devices, and various other forms of magical item are engineered and called Casting Assistant Device, or CADs.  They act as computers to bypass the classic chanting of spells where installed software, also calibrated to the caster’s ability, is specified to process the data of the magic user’s spell.  In other words, spells that would usually have a long poem of chant to activate are processed in a mere instant within the CAD.  It is stuff like that really tickles my fancy.  It’s fantasy made logical.

I definitely recommend that if you read the manga a bit and enjoy the scenario and magic system, check out the light novel.

If you are interested, translations of the manga and the original light novels are available online.

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