Literally, "The Poor Performing Student of a Magic High School"."Magic" is a product of neither legends nor fairy tales. It has become a technology of reality for nearly a century. Various countries in the world are locked in a race in nurturing "Magicians".Tatsuya Shiba is an honors student without magic capability at First High School, a magic high school, along with his sister Miyuki, who happens to be the top student among the freshmen. What will happen to him, and how will he live his school life where he is one of the many reserves in the school looked down upon by the chosen magical students?Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School) is a Japanese light novel series written by Satou Tsutomu with illustration by Ishida Kana. The novel began as a web novel serialization in "Let's Become a Novelist" on October 12, 2008. It then became the second web novel after Sword Art Online, to be commercialized and published by Dengeki in July 2011.The web novel consisted of only 6 web chapters written covering the First Year arc completed on March 21, 2011, and the author has already planned for a total of 15 web chapters to cover the entire three years of Magic High School. Included also is a series of side stories, Mahouka Koukou no Shounen Shoujo (loosely, The Boys and Girls at Magic High School).It has been adapted into a manga by Hayashi Fumino with Kitaumi Tsuna as the artist. The light novel is published by ASCII Media Works in Dengeki Bunko while the manga is published by Square Enix in GFantasy.A manga spin-off focusing on Miyuki, Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei (The Honour at Magic High School), began serialize in Dengeki Daioh July issue on April 26, 2012 with Mori Yu as the artist.In addition, it's FINALLY getting an anime adaptation. The anime is set to air in the Spring 2014 Anime season.
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Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Their only real limitation is that they can't recruit course 2 students. Played straight after the student council president election when this limitation is removed.
The Ace: Miyuki. Tatsuya would count, except his practical scores are really low due to the practical exams only testing the process speed, the calculation size, and the strength of the interference, where as Tatsuya is able to process multiple variables at the same time. He is also hiding many abilities from the public; once he starts using them, he completely skips this tropeforseveralothers.
An Ice Person: Miyuki specializes in cooling magic. Her cooling magic, however, is a physical manifestation of her natural mind-affecting magic. Her most powerful magic, "Cocytus", freezes the consciousness of its target. Not the target's neurons, mind—their soul. It could be considered a Fate Worse than Death.
Badass Family: Every one of the Ten Master Clans is an example, but one of the two strongest is the Yotsuba clan. It has one of the strongest magicians in the world, Yotsuba Maya, and Miyuki. Tatsuya, being her brother and bodyguard, counts too.
Berserk Button: If you try to attack Tatsuya (emphasis on try), Miyuki will turn you into ice.note As in, actually freezing you from the inside out, not just encasing you in ice Have a slightly aggressive thought that could be vaguely construed as being potentially threatening to anything within 100 yards of Miyuki, and Tatsuya will vaporize you. If you're lucky.
Endangering Miyuki is the only way to genuinely anger Tatsuya. The one time Miyuki's life was actually in danger he went on a rampage so devastating it earned him the nickname Mahesvara from the Chinese. He killed their guys so hard an entire nation dare not even speak his name.
Big Screwed-Up Family: The Yotsuba. Wealthy? Check. Powerful? Check. Abusive behaviors but will band together to destroy you if pissed off? Check.
Child Soldier: Tatsuya joined the 101st Battalion when he was 13.
Cool Guns: "Silver Horn" and "Third Eye", gun-shaped Specialized CADs that Tatsuya uses.
Death Is Cheap: Played with and subverted. One of Tatsuya's magics is "Regrowth", a power that heal anything by turning the target back to it's state before being destroyed/hurt. This makes him virtually unkillable since it activates whenever he is hurt. He is capable of using it on other people, but it causes unimaginable pain, because the full pain said person felt is transmitted to him in fraction of a second (healing an injury 30 seconds after it was dealt, for example, would cause Tatsuya to feel the pain at 150 times the original strength).
Fantastic Slurs: The course 2 reserve students are referred to as "Weeds" by some course 1 students. As it turns out, the only real difference was a mistake in their uniforms when the school doubled in size and they didn't change them.
Four Is Death: The Fourth Institute of Maigician Development was the Institute least concerned with human life and magician's rights. By extension, the Yotsuba family, who ran the institute and have the number four in their name.
Guinea Pig Family: Tatsuya's mother and aunt experimented on him to see if they could make him into an "artificial magician". It had the unintended side effect of removing all his strong emotions except for "sibling love". It worked... but not very well.
Hair Decorations: Miyuki has them in the shape of snowflakes. Given to her by her brother, if the spin off is anything to go by.
Hidden Depths: Everyone. If you have a name, you have your own goals and agenda.
I Am Not Left-Handed: At the beginning of the novel, Tatsuya was shown as a Badass who could read the Activation Sequence of magic (thus allowing him to counter them) and use multiple CADs to fight. These abilities are amazing in-universe, yes, but nowhere near as powerful as what he's concealing.
Info Dump: So very, very much. The novel tends to explain the mechanics of every spell, and there are a lot of spells. Also the classification of differing magics, the features of CADs, futuristic changes in technology, futuristic changes in Japanese culture, magical civil politics, magical military politics, magical international politics, and on and on and on.
Magic Wand: The CAD (Casting Assistant Device).note Also known as Device, Assistance, Houki. They vary greatly and exist in two types: general purpose and specialized. Activated in order to cast incantations and charms, mudrā, magic spells; an alternative to the traditional techniques and means found in magic textbooks, it’s an essential device required in order to master modern day magic. Activation ritual speed, and amount of information deploy-able, is decided by the CAD’s hard disk ability; just how much the refinement and effectiveness of activation can be expanded by is dependent on the performance of the software built into the CAD. Even an inferior performance CAD, by simplifying the activation ritual, can increase the power of the magic processing section, but that is a high level skill and in general, the processing power of the CAD is the primary constraint on how fast magic can be activated. The general purpose CAD places emphasis on diversity; regardless of the combination of systems it can install up to 99 kinds of activation rituals. The bracelet form is the most widely used, but mobile computer type ones are also in circulation, and they are preferred by senior magic masters who dislike having both hands occupied while operating. Specialized CADs emphasizes speed at the expense of diversity, and aiming support integrated subsystems are mainstream. The specialized type allows activation sequences for 9 different rituals of similar archetype to be stored. They often take the form of handguns and rifles. In the barrel where ammunition would normally go auxiliary sighting systems are incorporated, and CADs with extended “barrels” have had their auxiliary sighting function enhanced. The one possessed by Tatsuya Shiba, a tuned up Silver Horn model “Trident”, is one of these.
Love Confession: Honoka to Tatsuya. Tatsuya turned her down gently partially because of the literal lack of all true emotions not towards Miyuki. May also qualify as All Love Is Unrequited as she says she'll like him until she finds someone better.
Numerical Theme Naming: Magicians with numbers in their family name are of superior magic bloodline, they are known as "Numbers."
Person of Mass Destruction: Tatsuya. At the end of the Yokohama Disturbance arc he obliterated an entire FLEET in a matter of seconds.
Post Modern Magick: The magical system of the setting, called Modern Magic, is pretty much this, also heavily based on Platonicism with the use of words like Eidos (Idea) and Psions. However, modern magic isn't the only Functional Magic as Ancient Magic still exists.
Power Incontinence: When Miyuki gets emotional over her brother, sometimes the surroundings get frozen over. Explained further in the LN: Miyuki is using 50% of her power to suppress Tatsuya's magic. The moment she releases the seal, she gains full control on her magic.
Quick Draw: What the Morisaki family is famous for.
Red Baron + He Who Must Not Be Named: A war was initiated by the Chinese 3 years prior to the start of volume 1. The tide of battle changed when a terror arrived and healed all their enemies while destroying their own forces. The soldiers, who were later forbidden by their superiors from mentioning it, called him "Makeishura/Mahesvara". *cough*Tatsuya*cough*
Later in the novels a character called Masaki Ichijou is introduced, who is nicknamed "Crimson Prince". He's called this because one part of his family's magic (called "Rupture") turns liquid into gas—which when used on people causes the blood plasma to turn into gas, resulting in explosion of muscle and skin due to the pressure difference. It qualifies as Names to Run Away From Really Fast because he entered a battlefield while a child and came out covered in enemy blood.
The Stoic: Tatsuya Shiba. This is due to his mother making him into an artificial magician at age 6. Shizuku as well, but for her it seems (so far) to just be a part of her personality.
Superpower Lottery: Tatsuya, full stop. Really fast Healing Factor, Lightning Bruiser, Genius Bruiser, The Ace, it's like every single power up you can think for him, he has it (except casting complex magic, not that he needs it). He's also "Mr. Silver" of "Taurus Silver"—part of the two-person combination who created the Silver series of the CAD. Don't forget his "Decomposition" magic. It's completely silent, has nearly unlimited range, and by the time the effects of the magic appear, there's nothing to stop it: You Are Already Dead combined with No Body Left Behind. Expanded in volume 7, when Miyuki releases Tatsuya's limiter, he is able to use time reversal magic and "Material Burst", which decomposes an object into pure energy via the mass–energy equivalence equation. A single drop of water has the energy to destroy an entire ship and a small flag holds enough destructive power equivalent of 1000 Plutonium bombs.
Training from Hell: Tatsuya had nearly all his emotions erased from his mind and was subject to experiments run on his body. During the Beach Episode it's told he is covered with scars, except for his head. The narrator lampshades this in volume 10, even calling what he's been through "training from hell".
Troll: Both Tatsuya and Mayumi do this constantly. Particularly entertaining when they spar verbally.
World War III: One of the main events of the 21st century, lasting almost twenty years (2045-2064). One of the greatest consequences of it was the ascension of Magicians as a force, working to prevent any use of nuclear weapons.