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"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 a reserve 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?

The Irregular at Magic High School is a Japanese light novel series written by Tsutomu Satou with illustration by Kana Ishida . 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 series would be released 4 years later by Yen Press in North America. The light novel series received positive critical attention from both Japanese and American critics.


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.

An anime adaptation by Madhouse began airing in the Spring 2014 Anime season and a second season is announced for 2020, covering the Visitors Arc.

Other media includes:

Anime & Manga

  • The Honour Student at Magic High School/Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei (JP:2012-, EN: 2015-): A manga spin-off focusing on Miyuki that began serialization in Dengeki Daioh with Mori Yu as the artist. Like the parent series, the spinoff and its main character received huge praise from American and Japanese critics.
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  • The Irregular at Magic High School: Get to Know Magic Studies! (2014): A webseries of Chibi shorts from Aniplex.
  • The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Calls the Stars (2017) A movie released by 8bit. A manga adaptation was serialized in Dengeki Daioh from July 2017, and ran for 12 chapters until June 2018.

Light Novels

  • The Irregular at Magic High School SS (2016): A collection of four Short Stories previously released in Dengeki Bunko Magazine as well as a new short story, "Temptation of a Rose".
  • Plan to Assassinate Tatsuya Shiba (2018-): A web novel series that focuses on Hashibami Yuki.

Video Games


  • The Irregular at Magic High School Web Radio Full Bloom! Bloom Broadcasting Committee (2014): An internet radio show hosted by Sora Amamiya and Yuiko Tatsumi.
  • The Irregular at Magic High School (2014): An Audio Drama based on the Recollection Arc.

All spoilers for volumes 1-11 are unmarked and all character tropes should be moved to the proper character page.

The Irregular at Magic High School provides examples of:

  • 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 as Mayumi's final act as president.
  • Actionized Sequel: While the original TV series is based on the novel and is more inclined to multiple conversations and politics, the film sequel is a full-fledged action movie with a minimum of dialogues.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Miyuki is deeply in love with her brother Tatsuya, but he sees her only as his younger sister, albeit in a rather peculiar manner. At the same time, Masaki in love with Miyuki, but she is completely indifferent to him. Mayumi, Honoka, Ayako and perhaps Erika are also in love with Tatsuya, but due to a number of reasons, he is unable to reciprocate their feelings.
  • The Ace: Miyuki and Tatsuya to damn near everyone who isn't already an experienced, certified badass.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: At the start of anime episode 20, flirtatious Mayumi keeps Tatsuya company for a talk in an archives cubicle and gets more or less dejected by him not making any move on that front. Cue loads of blush and blunder when Tatsuya promises all the difference should her offer ever come in a place not watched by security cameras.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: This trope is why magician society is so fucked up. Magic usually trumps combat, magic is determined by one's genes, and the setting is a futuristic one where genetic engineering and slave soldiers bred from birth are entirely acceptable if one has the right connections. The result is a giant clusterfuck of arms-racing, Arranged Marriages, and aristocratic cold war. (Although it does mean that each successive generation, being stronger than their predecessors, is able to defeat their parents if they really want to force an issue.)
  • Badass Family: In Japan exists the "Numbers": families who bear the character for a number in their name. They're ancient clans of magicians who specialize in various forms of magic, and were rewarded with a name and with recognition for their success. To wit, there's two strata of these "Numbers":
    • The first Twenty Eight Families, whose surname contains a number from one to ten. They are the greatest results of the human experiments carried out in the ten most advanced and important magic research institutes, which is from where their number comes from. Every so many years, ten of those families are chosen by committee to represent all families, and those ten are known for a period of time as the Ten Master Clans. It's normal for some numbers to be missing or for numbers to repeat; the current set of clans already in place at the start of the series is the first time all numbers have been represented in the Ten Master Clans.
    • Each 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. His case is a bit muddier though. note 
    • The other numbers are the Hundred Families—families who bear numbers greater than ten. Their skills and abilities are generally no match for accomplished members of the Twenty Eight Families, but their lineage and those trained by them are still superior to most magicians from outside the Numbers.
    • The number has absolutely no relevance to power level—clans with the first number, like Ichijou, are not the strongest clan (that would be the Yotsuba), just like clans with the character for one thousand are not stronger than one with the character for one hundred.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Quite often happens in the series because of the rather strongly cynical personality of the protagonist. For example, it is because of the villainous plan that their aunts Tatsuya and Miyuki become at least formally romantically involved, being a biological brother and sister, and precisely because of the aggressive actions of Americans and Chinese, the first is forced to be in the center of a morally contradictory national conflict.
  • Balkanize Me: Like Expanded States of America, a consequence of World War 3. Happened mostly in Africa and South America (except for Brazil).
  • The Baroness: Maya Yotsuba, Tatsuya and Miyuki's aunt, the devilish current head of the Yotsuba family with her finger on the pulse of the world but quietly sips tea.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: After the events of Dahan, the Yotsuba wish for the birth of a magician so powerful none would ever be able to threaten them again; Such a one is born, namely Tatsuya, and they are so terrified of him that most of them argue in favor of killing him while they still can. It takes Maya and Miya's staunch refusal to prevent it. They still devise other ways to control him.
  • Beach Episode: During summer break. It didn't make it into the anime, likely due to time constraints, but generally, the only thing non-readers of the Light Novel missed out on, aside from the obvious Fanservice, is Honoka's Love Confession to Tatsuya and the subsequent rejection.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Most young people who study in a magical school are beautiful boys and girls with a bunch of talents, so their birth is the result of almost a century of positive eugenics and genetic manipulation. It especially concerns children from 10 leading magical clans like Mayumi, Masaki or Miyuki. Tatsuya was also supposed to be one of them, but because of his inability to control magic and having the usual appearance, the clan perceives him as a "broken tool".
  • BFS: Some of the Chiba family's secret techniques require these for their best performance. note 
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Yotsuba clan. They are extremely wealthy and incredibly powerful. They are known for being prone to going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against anyone who crosses their family, which earned the entire family the nickname "The Untouchables". note 
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Heavy Incest Subtext. Miyuki is serious about her complete desire for Tatsuya. It's often lampshaded by those around them and they even play with it for fun at times. It becomes reality in Volume 16, with their engagement. But it's still a one-sided relationship as Tatsuya only has brotherly love for Miyuki.. note 
  • Character Shilling: Almost every character in the series has at least one scene with this when it appears in the story, but the Shiba siblings themselves have such huge doses of this that each new volume has several scenes where their friends praise and protect their talents, and the enemies discuss how much they are dangerous.
  • Chekhov's Gun: During the first 15 volumes, the author regularly draws attention to the fact that although Miyuki and Tatsuya are certainly brothers and sisters, they are externally completely different from each other, and some features of Miyuki have no analogues among their relatives. Subsequently, in the 16th volume, it turns out that she was created artificially and her body was genetically modified so that she could restrain her brother's strength and, if necessary, stop him. Thus, since their genes are different, Tatsuya and Miyuki can theoretically become a couple and have normal offspring, even remaining at the same time a blood-related siblings with one parents.
  • Central Theme: Has a few. First of all, this is the study of the social and philosophical aspects of genetic modifications and social Darwinism, especially on the example of how society and family relations will develop because of this in the future. And of course, the main focus of the series is the idea that a talented person can be underestimated by other people due to the fact that the existing system simply can not measure his unique talents.
  • Cool Guns: "Silver Horn"note , "Trident"note  and "Third Eye"note  , gun-shaped Specialized CADs that Tatsuya uses.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Each volume consistently shows how Tatsuya and Miyuki enter and study at the Magical High School, trying to solve the old problems of their childhood, understand their feelings and relationships with their overbearing family, become adults and find their place in life. Moreover, through the whole work goes the theme "Should parents determine the future for their child, or does he have the right to determine himself when he becomes an adult?", which is frequently relevant for Japanese youths.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: "Regrowth". It allows its user to reverse any injury that has occurred within the past 24 hours, in exchange for experiencing all the previous pain that injury caused in a fraction of second.
  • Disintegrator Ray: Decomposition magic, which is Dispersal-type magic that breaks down matter to the molecular level. Magic that works on the information body and the physical plane to this degree is possible in theory, but is actually impossible for anyone to perform due to the extreme requirements in calculation ability it would demand from the magician—one would have to have been born with the specific ability to use Decomposition at the expense of practically everything else. It just so happens that this is the case for Tatsuya—it's his ability to use "Decomposition" and its counterpart magic "Regrowth" that renders him unable to properly wield magic like other magicians do; the magics are so stupidly complex and difficult to perform that it's only with the addition of an artificial magic calculation zone that he can barely wield "proper" magic.
  • Decon-Recon Switch: The author first deconstructs the standard settings of Wizarding School and Battle Harem (The value of magical talent becomes the reason for the emergence of positive eugenics, and the school literally prepares children of wizards for a future military career and deadly danger), putting the traditionally optimistic genre in a conditionally realistic Crapsack World, and then reconstructs it, filling the classical trpes with a more serious rationale or playing with them.
  • End of an Age: The narration makes clear that the events of "Bloody Halloween" signify the turning point in history where nations acknowledge that the power of Strategic Class Magicians has surpassed that of conventional Weapons Of Mass Destruction. As a result, a new arms race appears to have begun, with magicians increasingly being seen as weapons rather than soliders or even people.
  • Everyone Can See It: The Incest Subtext between Tatsuya and Miyuki is so damn obvious it might as well be text. However, Miyuki only makes jokes about it for the most part and Tatsuya literally cannot feel anything but brotherly love towards Miyuki.
  • Evolving Credits: In episode 19, after Erika ties part of her hair back, the ending reflects this new hairstyle when she's shown in the credits.
  • Expanded States of America: One of the consequences of World War III that happened between 2045 and 2064.
  • Fantastic Nuke: The magical equivalent of these are the Strategic-Class Magicians. They are People Of Mass Destruction who have the ability to cast a specific magic with extremely destructive capabilities—enough to serve as deterrents against war and/or invasion towards other nations. Examples include Angelina Sirius' "Heavy Metal Burst" note , Itsuwa Mio's "Abyss" note  and Tatsuya's "Material Burst" note 
  • Fantastic Prejudice: The course 1 students in general view the course 2 students with a lot of contempt, and feel they're leagues above the latter group. While 1's are generally considered pretty powerful, Tatsuya is considered a 2, yet manages to defeat the Vice President in the blink of an eye during a mock battle.
  • 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.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: The Maya plan in Volume 16 is essentially a simulation of this.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Vice President Hattori feels his mock battle with Tatsuya is going to be this, with him defeating the lowly course 2 student and putting that guy in his place. Then he gets knocked out by the latter in less than a second after the battle starts...
  • For Science!: Yotsuba as well other Master Clans. And Tatsuya. Seriously, beside Miyuki, all this guy ever thinks about is how to make new applications of magic and invent new magics while he's at it. Just read 9-school competition arc for more details. Which is hilariously lampshaded when Erica notes he'd be a great Mad Scientist.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Averted in the case of Shiba siblings, when Tatsuya turns out to be a genius, despite the fact that others regard him as only a stupid older brother of an ideal younger sister. At the same time, it is played more directly in the case of Kuroba twins, when Ayako is portrayed more wise and mature than her more naive and simple little twin-brother Fumiya.
  • Four Is Death: The Fourth Institute of Magician 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.
  • Functional Magic
  • The Gadfly: Tatsuya has his moments of trolling people. Mayumi shares this trait, which leads to hilarious exchanges where they try to out-troll one another.
  • Gambit Pile Up: The entire Visitor arc. Let's just say everyone wants a piece of the Parasites.
  • Gorn: The anime is largely devoid of this... until the final battle, when Tatsuya and Masaki defend themselves against the terrorists in an incredibly brutal fashion.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Despite the rather dark tone of the series, the majority of Gorn usually remains behind the scenes and the reader learns about them from the author or characters. Subverted in anime because of the transfer of battles to the screen.
  • Guinea Pig Family: Every single Master Clans is a former national research laboratory about magic and genetic... For an example, 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 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.
  • Hand Behind Head: Done by Kirihara, when along with Sayaka Mibu they're released from hospital and Sayaka gets lead-on to basically confess her romantic feelings for him by Erika, at the end of "Freshman" arc.
  • Hate at First Sight:
    • How Course 1 students typically view Course 2 students. They even label them as "weeds", while considering themselves "blooms". In the anime a lot of Course 1 students openly display scorn and contempt when they see Course 2 students around and can't figure out why Miyuki, a "bloom", wants to hang out with lowly "weeds" such as Tatsuya.
    • Downplayed with Erika and Leo, who instantly dislike each other when they're first introduced. They nearly get into a fight until the bell rings and others ask them to back down. Ultimately, they find some common ground and their animosity never goes beyond witty banter.
  • Hidden Depths: Everyone. If you have a name, you have your own goals and agenda.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Miyuki bluntly asking Erika if the latter has a brother complex in the fourth novel.
    Erika: I don't want to hear that from you! You bro-con queen!
  • 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.
  • Incest Subtext: Often parodied by Tatsuya in the background of openly one-sided incestuous feelings Miyuki. At the same time his is too tender demonstrations "brotherly" feelings toward Miyuki often labeled by others as defiant sister complex. Together with that, his regular thoughts of her outstanding beauty and willingness to become her husband for the sake of her happiness, even if he does not see her as a woman on this moment, can be labeled as a big subtext or even as a text by many fans.
  • Instant Runes: A signature of Modern Magic.
  • Invincible Hero: Played with then subverted: While Tatsuya is uncommonly powerful, he fully understands he is nowhere near invincible and makes up for it by being crazy-prepared. This also shows in his reluctance to take over the Yotsuba family by force, which would leave him, and by extension Miyuki, vulnerable, instead preferring to create his own web of allies like his army connections.
  • Kissing Cousins: Directly and playing with it.
    • Initially we find out that Ayako, the second cousin of Tatsuya and Miyuki, is quite obviously in love with him, albeit one-sidedly.
    • Subsequently, in 16th volume, Maya issues Tatsuya for her own son, so that through this deception he could marry his sister, formally becoming Miyuki's cousin. Thus, for the people around them, their engagement looks like this trope.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: There are quite a few named characters just attending First High School. And then there are the students at the other magic schools...
  • Loophole Abuse: Miyuki insists that Tatsuya be brought onboard on the student council as well when she's offered a spot. However, she's told that there's a rule that Course 2 students aren't able to join the student council unless the entire student body votes for that. Which considering how Course 1 students view Course 2 students with a lot of contempt, isn't likely to happen. However, Mari states that there's no rule that a Course 2 couldn't be appointed to the disciplinary group, and asks that he join. Even Mayumi thought that was a nice loophole they should exploit.
  • Lost in Translation: Each of "Numbers" badass families' name starts with a kanji of a number. "Shi" is both the reading of "Director" kanji in Shiba, and an alternative reading of Japanese kanji for "Four" in "Yotsuba". Knowing that much provides a solid mnemonic to Shiba siblings' situation — they're removed, but not very far, from the Yotsuba family. It's too far-fetched all right for villains investigating the siblings at one point in story to consider.
  • Love Confession
    • Honoka to Tatsuya. Tatsuya turned her down sincerely because he can't return her love with his lack of nearly all "strong" emotions (strong emotions only, not all emotions). May also qualify as All Love Is Unrequited as she says she'll like him until she finds someone better.
    • Miyuki to Tatsuya later on in Volume 16. Although he does not see a woman in her and initially finds the idea of ​​their engagement unpleasant, after her recognition, Tatsuya "accepts" her feelings, warning her that he does not love her and sees her only as his sister, but he will try to fall in love with her for her happiness.
  • Little Sister Heroine \ Cool Big Sis: Miyuki and Mayumi are fairly classic example of the use of this trope, especially in the context of their interaction with the main character. In the future, they are also more opposed to each other by author and fandom.
  • Mad Scientist: His friends and acquaintances do view Tatsuya as one from time to time. Creating new weapons "for fun" and solving impossible magical conundrums out of boredom probably helped. Probably not because when he was 13, he first field-experimented his new magic theory - Material Burst and as the result, thousands of armed troops vaporized, right?
  • Magical Accessory: The CAD (Casting Assistant Device).note 
  • Magitek: And Tatsuya is a world-renowned pioneer under the alias of Taurus Silver.
  • Meaningful Name
    • 'Miyuki' means 'deep snow'. She specializes in magics that involve creating ice and freezing things. Although it is only her derived power.
    • 'Tatsuya' means 'master' but can be written to mean 'dragon'. His JSDF codename, Ogura Ryuuya, means "Great Black Dragon". Wonder where they got that from...
  • Meganekko: Mizuki Shibata wears them to reduce her magical sensitivity to tolerable levels. note 
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Using magic, Miyuki cleans dirt off herself along with Tatsuya in the aftermath of his friendly outdoor spar with his martial arts mentor.
    • Using magic to make ice for iced coffee, then casting a pocket of cold air on the cup to prevent the scent from escaping.
    • Using "Mist Dispersion" to get rid of sweat on a hot day, or to remove dirt from clothing.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Gyobu Shoujo Hanzou Hattori, the vice-president of the student council.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
    • Tatsuya
      • "Mahesvara": Given by soldiers of the Great Asian Alliance after the Okinawa incident. Refers to the Hindu deity Shiva said to be the god of destruction and reforming. Novel Quotes 
      • "Oguro Ryuuya": Tatsuya's JSDF Code Name. Means "Great Black Dragon".
    • Lu Gonghu: Better known by his nickname "The Man-Eating Tiger"., Kokonoe. He's on par with his teacher in non-magical martial arts, but his teacher still wins with Supernatural Martial Arts. Kokonoe is one of only two people thus far being able to do so.
  • Not So Stoic: Happens for both of stoics. Shizuku is adorable. Tatsuya is scary.
  • Numerical Theme Naming: Magicians with numbers in their family name are of superior magic bloodline, they are known as "Numbers."
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Although it also has many of its own problems, adaptation makes the work much more good-natured and sympathetic, giving Tatsuyu just a quiet kind Nice Guy personality instead of his cold and disturbing original from the novel. She also almost completely removes romance with an emphasis on Incest Subtext (but not from OP and ED), replacing it with a pretty fan-service.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The Strategic-Class magicians. They all have a magic equivalent to the power of a nuke. They are more than 50 but those publicly known are called the Thirteen Apostles.
  • 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, and is actually more powerful than modern magic, but takes longer to cast.
  • Power Incontinence: When Miyuki gets emotional, 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.
  • Power Trio: First High's student government has this dynamic. Diplomatic Student Council President Mayumi serves as Beauty, Mari the aggressive strategist who heads the Disciplinary Committee is the Brains and the intimidating Club Group Leader Katsuto is the Brawn.
  • Properly Paranoid: In the recent volumes, everyone is this to the Yotsuba Clan.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Anything Tatsuya says and does is right by virtue of him being the protagonist. Anyone who disagrees with him is either mistaken and will come around soon or is a bad guy and must be stopped. In particular, in one of the scenes, Tatsuya is persuaded Lina to leave the American army while he remaining the active Japanese military, despite the fact that earlier he had spoken directly about how enemies use pacifism to weaken someone else's military defenses and this was portrayed as a very vile and insidious action.
  • Putting on the Reich: One of the students in the Pillars Break competition wears a Nazi stormtrooper outfit.
  • Quick Draw: The Morisaki family is famous for this.
  • Rapid-Fire Typing: Tatsuya's preferred method of manual input.
  • Royal Inbreeding: Maya is going to arrange a marriage between Tatsuya and his sister Miyuki so that he will remained forever in the clan as a powerful magician, and Miyuki's offspring, along with the ideal set of the mother's genes, also received the father's unique abilities.
  • Red Baron: Tatsuya, who's also The Dreaded and has various terrifying monikers. More directly played with "Crimson Prince" Masaki, who is a model young magican from a good family. Red color is even his trademark.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • It is meant in contrasting the blue-eyed, gentle "Snow Queen" Miyuki and the red-eyed, cheerful and frivolous Mayumi.
    • In anime version it is also more directly played on the example of the confrontation between the cold, stoic and rational "blue" Tatsuya and the competitive, quick-tempered "red" Masaki.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Miyuki actually was this for the clan, since, being a perfect magician and ideal lady, she literally replaced the "defective" Tatsuya as the heir of Yotsuba. Later, although it is being deconstructed, Tatsuya still notes that members of the clan will no doubt support his sister in contrast to him.
  • Rule of Symbolism: The ten main magical clans are an allusion to the mafia, and more specifically to Yakuza. In particular, the author and the characters repeatedly hint at the fact that initially these families were used by politicians and businessmen to secretly and illegally solve their problems. In particular, the family of Kuroba from the Yotsuba clan possesses outstanding skills of magical espionage, including the instantaneous and secretive killing of witnesses. However, later, 10 clans themselves turned them into their puppets due to the developed skills of manipulation, magic and the dangerous secrets recognized during all this time.
  • Scientifically Understandable Sorcery : Modern freezing spells work by slowing down molecules, and heat spells work the opposite.
  • Secret Test: The patriarch of the ten families does this to the students competing in the upcoming events. Tatsuya notices that something might be off before he first appears when a young lady appears on the stage. Then when the man finally shows up, he says that he cast a wide-area, low level spell in the room, and says that only five of the students seem to have noticed it. And if he were a terrorist with ill intentions, only those five would have been able to do anything, while the rest would either get killed, or at least incapacitated. He then points out that magic is just a means, and shouldn't be used solely as an ends.
  • Space-Filling Empire: A consequence of World War III is that the Mahouka Earth is covered with those. The USA are now the United States of '''North''' America, there is a ''New'' Soviet Union, modern day China devolved into a Great Asian Alliance after conquering most of Asia, India and Iran have united Central Asia, there's a League of Arabian Nations... Europe is a strange mix of this trope and Balkanize Me: while The European Union is now an united federated entity, it splits into an eastern and western halves along the Franco-German border. The only countries mentioned to have stayed more or less the same are Turkey, Australia (which is in isolationism), Brazil, and Japan.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: How magic is treated in this world.
  • Superpowerful Genetics:
    • Magic talent is inherited. All the magicians who belong to Ten Master Clans have a very good genetic makeup. Accordingly, the level of magical talent is considered a kind of parameter for dividing people into capable and useless. One, this trope averted the case of Tatsuya, so as the having of exceptionally good set of genes and being the eldest son of the strongest clan magican, he is not able to use the "real" magic.
    • In addition, since the development and cultivation of magical genes has been associated for 100 years with genetic experiments on Designer Babies, the magic talent has become firmly tied to physical attraction, and since then it has been believed that the stronger the person's magical talent, then all the more his features are symmetrical and the he himself more physically healthy and attractive.
  • Superpower Lottery: While most magicians have varying cast speeds or Mana pool sizes, there are also "Born-Specialized Magicians", who are born with unique abilities.
    • Tatsuya was born with the ability to create unique destruction and healing magics that limits his capacity to use other magical abilities
    • Ono Haruka was born with a unique affinity to stealth magic.
  • Supporting Harem: You understand how little chance the other girls have when Miyuki is on 90% of the covers. At the same time, although he does not see a woman in her, she is literally the only person to whom Tatsuya can experience real emotions.
  • Take That, Audience!: In one of the arcs, the author introduces Minoru Kudou, a genetically modified mage who was born from the parents who were full siblings. And although he is also incredibly beautiful and strong in magic, like Miyuki, incest has made his genes unstable, and his health is extremely weak. The story of the character looks rather embarrassing, as at that time none of the fans of Miyuki-Tatsuya knew about her gene modifications. Moreover, since Mamoru was also modified, it becomes pretty scary for the offspring of Shiba siblings.
  • Teen Genius: Tatsuya and Kichijouji both fit this.
    • Tatsuya is the "Silver" half of the genius magic engineer known as "Taurus Silver". He's constantly tinkering, investing, theorizing, or discovering things. He was the first to make Flying Magic using Modern Magic. During the Nine Schools Competition. he created bleeding edge CADs, new magic spells, and calibrated competitor equipment so well most said it felt like they suddenly improved a lot in their magic. His long-term pet project is creating a functional magic thermonuclear reactor.
    • Kichijouji's moniker is "Cardinal George" due to his discover, via research, of one of the legendary Cardinal Codes thought only to exist in theory. He's Masaki's primary strategist and even Tatsuya has said "there not a single person who studies Elemental Magic sequences who doesn't know his name".
  • Training from Hell: Tatsuya had his strong emotions (only strong emotions, not all 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: Miyuki sometimes does this, while Tatsuya and Mayumi do this constantly. Particularly entertaining when they spar verbally.
  • Trouble Entendre: After school entrance ceremony, with many of new acquaintances in the same place, Mizuki reaches a conclusion that the official top freshman Miyuki is likely related to Tatsuya. Tatsuya feeling threat of getting scrutinized for secrets at Mizuki's use of the word "aura" when describing the siblings, replies that Mizuki must have quite good eyes to see such things, startling the girl. Her eyes are later revealed to be quite special, a sought-after asset in magic society, and not something Mizuki ever intended to flaunt.
  • The Un Favourite: The Shiba/Yotsuba family in regards to Miyuki and Tatsuya. Revealed in volume 16 why the family hates Tatsuya much, since he has the power to destroy the world. The true objective behind Tatsuya's operation was to remove his emotions, lest he destroy the world just in a tantrum.
  • Umbrella of Togetherness: Tatsuya shared an umbrella with Mayumi in vol 18.
  • Vigilante Execution: Tatsuya drops by the "No-Head Dragon" criminal syndicate cell to cross out of its members. He couldn't care less about their reasons for sabotaging First High School throughout the Nine School Competition. One of the quickly dwindling in number guys offers valuable info on a top dog crime lord, but to no respite, as is simply to Tatsuya's operating military acomplice witnessing Tatsuya's Big Brother Instinct cold wrath episode.
  • Will They or Won't They?: The whole romantic line of the series, especially after the 16th volume, is built around the question: "Is the strong incest subtext between Shiba siblings the usual fan-service and temporary deception, or slowly developing mutual love?". Even when it seems that their couple is practically obvious, the author still leaves room to maneuver, creating love triangles or adding a forced character to the development of their relationship.
  • Wish Fulfillment: The series is noted in Japan for containing a large dose of this trope, even among current trends in light novels. Our protagonist is only a poor student because the system refuses to recognize how awesome he is. In fact, he is so good at everything, it comes up that the school has nothing to teach him while he revolutionizes every subject he touches. If terrorists attack, the troops and police will be unavailable, so he will solve the problem, even if it is an entire country. All while single-handedly advancing science in multiple fields, charming girls, and proving his political views as correct.
  • Wizarding School: There are 9 in Japan.
  • 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.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Miyuki acts like one because Tatsuya admires refined people.

Alternative Title(s): Mahouka Koukou No Rettousei, The Irregular At Magic High School


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