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Anti Magic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon", otherwise known as Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai, is a Light Novel series written by Tōki Yanagimi and illustrated by Kippu. The name is commonly abbreviated as Anti Magic Academy by fans, it is currently ongoing with eleven volumes published, along with a short story volume. An Anime adaptation was made and aired in the fall of 2015, animated by SILVER LINK..

In an alternate world where society is stabilizing after a conflict called the "Witch Hunt War" almost wiped out humanity. An organization called the Inquisition was established in order to combat the remaining Witches and keep objects called Magical Inheritances from falling into the wrong hands. The protagonist, Takeru Kusanagi, is a student aspiring to be an inquisitor, purely for the monetary benefits of it. Hopeless in every area except swordsmanship, he acts as captain of the 35th Platoon, nicknamed the "Small Fry Platoon", which is full of odd people much like himself.


Due to the dysfunctional nature of the group, the platoon is in a hopeless position with zero points and on the verge of failing their year. However the status quo of the group changes when an ex-inquisitor named Ootori Ouka is forced to join their ranks. And thus Takeru and the rest of the 35th platoon is thrust headfirst into the conflict between Witches and the Inquisition.

The anime is currently streaming on Crunchyroll where it can be legally viewed. The novels have yet to see any form of official localization, however fantranslations exist for all the currently released volumes (eleven so far).


Anti Magic Academy provides examples of these tropes:

  • Adaptation Distillation: Par for the course for a Light Novel series, many character plots early in the series are diminished or cut out entirely. Some important characters, or their relationships with the protagonist don't appear.
  • After the End: At the end of the Witch Hunt War, the crash between the two most powerful Sacred Treasures left much of the planet uninhabitable and killed nine-tenth of mankind's original population. It took the humans 150 years to reconstruct and rebuild society.
  • Always Someone Better: Takeru is often on the receiving end of this, though he is happens to be this to other characters as well. Though to be fair it is hard to match up power level wise to people who existed 150 years back, where the strength standard was much higher.
  • Anti-Magic: There are many forms of this in the world, though the effectiveness differs depending on what you use.
  • Anti-Magical Faction: The Inquisition, tasked with stopping illegal activity regarding Witches or magical items.
  • Archaic Weapon for an Advanced Age: Takeru is mocked by nearly everyone for his dedication to the sword in an age of magic and guns.
  • Arch-Enemy: Laugh Maker for Ouka, Haunted for Mari, Alchemist for Ikaruga, and Sougetsu Ootori for pretty much everybody.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: While hunting a pair of criminals on a motorbike, Ouka lists their crimes: "On suspicion of illegally trading a D-ranked magical artifact, obstruction of justice, illegal possession and use of firearms, and riding a motorcycle without wearing helmets, you two are under arrest!"
  • Artifact of Death: Magical heritages are considered this by the setting. While this may not be the case, the general attitude of humans makes them all out to be this way, despite many possibly being harmless.
  • Artistic License – Physics:
  • Attack of the Town Festival: Mephistopheles' plot is to create a magical circle and enslaving everyone during the Witch-Hunt festival. Though she was the one who organized it in the first place for the sake of her plan.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Pretty much everyone who is in a position of power is perfectly capable of kicking your ass to show why they are in charge; for both the Inquisition and Valhalla.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Kusanagi, made even better by the fact that he is the only one capable of killing God, making it also a Meaningful Name.
  • Baby Trap: Usagi attempts to pull one on Takeru so that he would marry her instead of Reima, a childhood friend of her that is also a total Jerkass. Fortunately for him, it's interrupted by Mari, Ouka, and Ikaruga all walking in on them. Of course, they assume he was the one taking advantage of her, and all three get angry but for completely different reasons, such as Ikaruga being mad she wasn't told about this so she could watch them have sex.
  • Badass Boast
  • Badass Normal: Usagi is the only member of the team who is not powered by some kind of artifact or doesn't know magic, but she still manages to keep up with the team with her sniping skills and high-tech weapons.
  • Balanced Harem: Possibly one of the best examples there is. The female members of the 35th platoon participate in all the story arcs, are always relevant and each one is treated as an equally viable romantic option for Takeru.
  • Battle Harem: All the girls in the 35th platoon have a special set of abilities that help in battle and they all feel attracted to their captain Takeru.
  • Beach Episode: The second half of episode 9, when the Small Fry platoon goes to a beach to investigate the unusually long summer season there caused by a monster.
  • Big Bad: Sougetsu Ootori, also known as Loki, who happens to be the current god of the world.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Due to his nature as a god, Sougetsu is capable of tracking the location of all magical heritages since they are technically considered a part of him, since they are a part of the world.
  • Book Dumb: Takeru, good at the sword, but not good academically. There are various points where the other characters have to explain something to him that would otherwise be common sense in the setting.
  • Book-Ends: Volume 2 starts with Mari being transferred in as a temporary member of the platoon, and then ends with her officially transferring in.
  • Born Winner: Mari in terms of magical potential, Captain Kurogane because he was born a hero's vessel, Takeru due to his demon soul though this gives him far more trouble than it is worth.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: The girls of the 35th platoon love using Takeru's "I'll carry half of your burden!" line whenever they can.
  • Breather Episode: Episode 9, a much needed one from the previous episodes which focuses on Ikaruga's past.
  • Brick Joke: In volume 3 when the group is making fun of Mari for thinking that a dragon exists in the outskirts. Turns out there was one, though one artificially created by the Alchemists.
  • Bridal Carry:
    • In a panic to run away from King Arthur's ultimate attack [Knights of the Round Table], Takeru picks up an injured Ouka and carries her bridal-style. While both are aware it's embarrassing, the situation is too critical to really pay attention to it.
    • Mari gets carried like this twice by Takeru. The first time he takes her by surprise and she ends up like a gibbering mess. The other ends up with her giving directions while having her eyes closed and snuggling up to him in bliss.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Takeru often complains about this, with the platoon doing their usual antics while traveling to a place most consider a death sentence.
  • Catchphrase: Takeru has "I'll carry half of your burden" which he uses a lot in the early volumes, and his battle field introductions which he constantly does at least once per volumes.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The story noticeably takes a much darker tone as the less pleasant secrets of the Inquisition start coming out.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
  • The Chessmaster: Sougetsu and Nagaru are described to be similar to one another because of this trait. Though people consider Nagaru a benevolent version.
  • Classified Information: Vlad is unable to tell Ouka much about his previous owner. Mostly because his last owner was her father, and the founder of the Heretic Alliance.
  • Cliffhanger: Volume 5 ends with one as Takeru passes out from using his God Hunter form, and her and Mari are forced to follow his master to the Witches side; with the volume ending with him overlooking the Magic Academy.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Mari, Ouka, and Usagi all show signs of this from time to time. They end up butting heads with each other a few times because they feel the other girls are attempting to woo Takeru more aggressively than they are.
    • Though Kiseki doesn't show this openly herself, subconsciously the demon inside her is very jealous of Ouka, and attacks her because she's "stealing" Takeru away.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The Inquisition's standard procedure with captured witches, and what happens to Kiseki during the time she spend detained by the Inquisition.
  • Compressed Adaptation: The anime has multiple fights cut outright, foreshadowing and explanations for the setting being omitted, and arcs have their order rearranged.
  • Crapsack World: To the point that it's easier to count the things that are not horrible in this world.
  • Crossover Cosmology: While the series draws from all sorts of myths and historical figures, Norse Mythology has a much greater influence in the setting. This is because the Norse world was engaged in a war with the normal human world, and the two world's collided to create the current setting.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Happens from time to time,
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Every member of the 35th platoon, as well as other important character in the series. The world of AntiMagic is a pretty cruel place.
    • Takeru is skilled at swordsmanship to the point of being incompetent in every other area because his family is a clan of demonhunters so they made sure to pound swordfighting skills into their children. This was in order to teach them discipline because their souls are literally that of a demon, due to a curse on the family. Not only that but he has a little sister who is considered a SS ranked danger by the Inqusition and kept in solitary confinement and experimented on. She killed their family and more than 300 people in the village against her will because her demonic body fulfills her every wish; plus all she wants is to die by her brothers hands and is otherwise immortal because of the demon.
    • Ouka had her entire adopted family killed by a witch, and not only that she was controlled by the witch to do so while remaining completely conscious of what she was doing.
    • Mari was an orphan who was taught the good ways of magic by the director of the orphanage, until the place was burned down, the director killed, and she was forced to join the group that did it because the children were held hostage. Made worse by the fact that in reality they were killed along with the director, and the voices she heard over the phone to confirm thier safety were just clones made by the necromancer who killed them. Adding to that was the discrimination, and the constant fear she grew up with while being a Witch.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Volume 7 is one for Ouka and the rest of the Platoon while Mari and Takeru where attending Magic Academy during Volume 6.
  • Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: Most guns used by the Inquisition use mithril for the bullets, which serves as a basic but effective way to fight magic in the world. Later on Usagi also gets bullets that store spells like Mari's Aurora Magic or Antimatter.
  • Distant Finale: The epilogue of the light novels takes place five years after the end of the final battle.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: The Kusanagi Style, a near-extinct school of swordsmanship taught by the late Kusanagi Clan. It has two style; the True Light Style designed to fight humans and the Double Edged Style that was developed to fight monsters and demons before those creatures went extinct.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Battle Driving, a running technique of the Kusanagi Style where the user bends their body forward and unleashes quick but effective slashes while constantly running, using the crushing momentum instead of the slashing motion itself.
  • Functional Magic: Magic has some pretty solid rules and foundations in this world.
  • Genre Shift: The series gives off the impression of being yet another Unwanted Battle Harem with a supernatural school setting during the initial volumes where the focus is on the protagonist Takeru interacting with the girls of his platoon and there's a notable amount of Fanservice, although the series still has very dark themes and the heroines all have some form of baggage to deal with. From the fifth volume onward, the story moves into full-on action drama as the series gets more serious and the harem comedy elements start to subside.
  • Great Offscreen War: The Witch Hunt War was a great war between inquisitors and witches that devastated the world. The series takes place 150 years after the war ended and it's referenced a lot.
  • Gun Twirling: Done by several members of the Inquisition when drawing their weapons.
  • Guns vs. Swords: The protagonist Takeru is one of the very few swordsmen left in a world where almost everyone uses guns. He learned the Soumatou technique, which makes him fast enough to cut bullets, so that he could prove a sword can win against a gun.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: While Takeru normally wears a helmet in his Witch Hunter form, for the final battle in the anime, Takeru loses the face-concealing helmet.
  • Hereditary Curse: Centuries ago, the ancient onmyouji and the ancestors of the Kusanagi Clan made a pact that resulted in a family curse that has been afflicting the Kusanagi bloodline for generations as the price they paid for eradicating demons from the world. To prevent the demons from reincarnating into other humans, the members of the Kusanagi Clan became the hosts of the demons to keep them sealed. The men are born with the bodies of humans that contain the souls of a demon. In reverse, the women born into the clan have bodies that turn into a mass of demons while holding the soul of a human. According to the final epilogue, however, Takeru eventually has a child who was born free from the curses in his family.
  • How We Got Here: The opening scene for the first episode of the anime is the Small Fry platoon laying down in defeat by a Monster of the Week, right as Lapis appears in front of Takeru. This scene is played out again near the end of episode 2.
  • Intelligence = Isolation: Implied to be the case for Ikaruga, though her upbringing by Alchemist certainly had something to do with it as well.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: When Ouka lists the crimes of two escaping criminals, they object when she says they're not wearing a helmets while riding a motorcycle, because she's not either. She promptly responds that she's fine with the punishment she'll get from that.
  • Love Triangle: While it is a harem series, the one between Takeru, Ouka, and Mari is arguably given the most focus.
  • Male Gaze: Takeru can't help but stare when he walks in on Mari drying herself after a shower; not knowing what to do since it was the first time a girl didn't immediately hit him for it. Even more funny when you consider his comment about flat chests to Ouka beforehand.
  • New Transfer Student: The cover for both Mari and Lapis, the former though officially transfer in later, though the latter doesn't actually participate much to due her status. Though oddly in the anime adaptation Mari doesn't wear the school's uniform and opts for her own instead; while in the novel she wears it to look the part of a freshmen student.
  • No Romantic Resolution: The light novels end without showing Takeru hooking up with anyone. The Distant Finale does mention he married someone, but it's not revealed who is his wife.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Every volume, Takeru loves to introduce himself as a practitioner of the Kusanagi Double-Edge style during the start of a climatic battle. Seems to be a common trait among users of the Kusanagi styles, with Kanaria and Orochi also displaying that habit.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The titular The 35th Test Platoon. Led by Book Dumb officer, filled by outcasts.
  • Rule of Funny: In order for a tumble to happen, Mari and Ohtori apparently manage to cross half the room while falling over, and Takeru has to have somehow stepped forward offscreen for them to knock him down.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: There are some liberties taken with the mythological aspects. But somewhat justified since the world used to be like ours, until it actually collided with that of the Norse Gods.
  • Spin Attack: The Kusanagi Double Edged Style includes some of these:
    • Mantis Slope, a technique where the user jumps down from a high place and rotates in the air. It uses the resulting body weight and centrifugal force to give the user power akin to a cannon.
    • Single Wheel, a full-rotational sweep that has the user unsheathe and draw the blade from a low angle to slash a full circle in a single motion.
  • Suggestive Collision: Happens quite a bit, but almost disappears entirely as the story gets progressively more serious.
  • Team Title: The series is named after the 35th Test Platoon, which consists of the main characters.
  • The Un-Reveal: We never learn which of the girls married Takeru and gave birth to his child.
  • Wizarding School: Turns out they exist, in the isolated areas that are incapable of being reached by the inquisition within the Sanctuary. Takeru and Mari are briefly students in one for a volume, before heading back outside.

Alternative Title(s): Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai


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