Driven off the land by the ongoing threat of magical armored insects, humanity has taken to the skies and now live in aerial floating cities. Their main defense - aerial combat mages who fight the insects with magical powers.
On the floating wizard academy city of Mistgun lives Kanata Age, a young man who was once celebrated as the "Black Master Swordsman", the elite ace of the S128 special team. Unknown circumstances however, have made him despised as the "traitor of the special team". One day, he is assigned as the instructor of E601, a team that has suffered 10 consecutive defeats. E601 has three girls Misora Whitale, Lecty Eisenach, and Rico Flamel with one or two peculiar quirks.
Sky Wizards Academy is a Japanese light novel series written by Yū Moroboshi and illustrated by Yuka Nakajima, and currently spawns 14 volumes. There is also a manga adaptation serialized in Monthly Comic Alive.
An anime adaptation by Diomedéa aired as part of the Summer 2015 Anime season, and ran for 12 episodes.
Sky Wizards Academy contains examples of:
- Action Girl: The female aerial wizards.
- Action Prologue: The anime begins with a battle in the sky between a legion of insects and Kanata's former squad.
- All of the Other Reindeer:
- Platoon E601 is looked down upon as failures due to their 10 consecutive defeats.
- Kanata is despised by almost everyone due to his status as a "traitor". Even his platoon is initially hostile to him.
- Ancestral Weapon: Misora's sword, Rangrid, passed to her after her mother's death.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: Why Kanata refuses to go into combat anymore. He was "Chosen" by the bugs and now wields the same type of magic they do; presumably, that's how he survived the You Shall Not Pass! moment in the prologue.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: The magical armored insects
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Lecty, Rico, and Misora.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In episode 8's opening narration, Kanata preemptively declares his team's victory against Yuri's. Yuri then tells him to stop messing up the narration.
- Broken Hero: Kanata been showing signs of PTSD (or at least something very similar to it); his room's an absolute pigsty, keeps a friendly but aloof attitude towards people (including his old friends and squad mates), and has been known to go for long hours without sleeping or eating. Obviously Something happened during the prologue that left him rattled, but exactly what it was is one of the big questions that drives the plot.
- The Chosen One
- Crash-Into Hello: Kanata first meets team-leader Misora in the classic Late for School scenario of this trope. Unfortunately her toast with jam lands on his crotch jam side down, creating the initial trigger of his series of Accidental Pervert encounters with the other main characters.
- Decapitated Army: Among the Devil Beetles, a Chimera commands swarms of Archenars. Killing the commanding Chimera will cause the Archenars to retreat, and hence in the event of an attack, the Sky Wizards focus on finding and terminating the Chimera.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Surprisingly, the first team that E601 beats ends up cheering for them in the tournament finals.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The opening "D.O.B" is sung by Rico Flamel's voice actress Iori Nomizu.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?:
- Although Kanata and his team managed to defeat the Chimera, there were no witnesses and they are at risk of being disbanded if they don't win the tournament.
- It mixes with Dude, Where's My Reward? after they win the tournament. They are denied the promised ranking and the prize they get was charred in the previous fight.
- Floating Continent: Because of the insect threat on the surface, humanity has had to live in the sky, resulting in aerial floating cities.
- Interrupted Declaration of Love: Yuri's plan to confess to Kanata with a cake backfires when he opens it in front of the class and thinks the message "I love you" is for one of his students.
- It Can Think: At the end of episode 9, it's revealed that the Chimera core is capable of communicating with humans.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Somehow, those killed by insects are forgotten by people who lack magic power.
- Manly Tears: The ice cream man at the end of episode 3 has these when Misora accidentally throws her ice cream to the ground.
- Men Can't Keep House: Misora's parents gender invert this trope.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: E601 is characterized as this, and it's up to the protagonist to train them into a winning team.
- Running Gag: Kanata has a communication Problem:Kanata I didn't tell you [X]?
Someone else No, you didn't!
- Status Quo Is God: At the end of the anime, with E601 winning the tournament, Freon agrees to withdraw her plan to disband them, but refuses to grant them a promotion, citing their victory as paying off the debt due to damages they incurred in the city while fighting the Devil Beetles. Additionally, the weapons they would have won were destroyed in the fight with Real. They do, however, gain Yuri as an associate member.
- Take That!: Episode four opens with Misora talking about how she read in a manga that hard work and effort will always be rewarded, only for Kanata to fire back that those hard workers are often revealed to have special lineages or talents later on.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kanata gave one to every girl in the beginning of the second ep.
- Underdogs Never Lose:
- E601 suddenly starts winning once they participate in the tournament. Taken to extremes when every match between the first and the last is done offscreen. Somewhat justified because as Kanata notes from the first training session, they were powerful all along, but had to overcome more personal issues to make use of their talents.
- It's initially averted in the match right after fighting the Chimera. Despite all the training they've done, E601 suffers yet another defeat.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Flashbacks in Episode 4 reveal that Misora had this dynamic with her mother.