Here’s our first review of several Sci-fi genre series we will be looking at this Spring, 魔法科高校の劣等生 has definitely caught our attention through the spectacular graphics quality back in the teaser phase.
A brief introduction on the team behind the production of this particular TV animation adaptation of the original LightNovel & Manga works:
小野 学(Manabu Ono) directed this particular series, he whom have brought us A-Channel, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Series, Saki Series and many more. What Manabu Ono is very good at is to redefine series such that it does not just put the story to screen, but to create a whole new image for the series.
The spectacular motion sequences in the first episode if anyone haven’t realize yet, was done by both 岩瀧 智(Satoshi Iwataki) 「A Certain Scientific Railgun Series, Eureka Seven, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet」 and 富岡 隆司(Takashi Tomioka)「Children Who Chase Lost Voices, Eureka Seven Series, Tiger & Bunny」. Anyone whom have watched these other series will have a brief idea of how this particular series will develop, eventually reaching a point where the motions means everything in this action pack series.
本山 哲(Satoshi Motoyama) played the role of Sound director in this particular series, being famous for series like Senki Zesshou Symphogear Series, Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi, Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. , Oda Nobuna no Yabou and many more. Kaminai and Oda Nobuna are two of my favourite series thanks to the audio insert within the climax and plot twist events.
With that done, let’s get into the highlight, Mahouka KouKou no Rettousei aka The irregular at magic high school.
This series revolves around siblings 司波 達也(Tatsuya Shiba) and 司波 深雪(Miyuki Shiba) whom have enrolled to Private Magic University Affiliated High School and have been ranked class E and A respectively according to their test scores.
Magic has been utilized as a technology for over a century. Mages use a Casting Assistant Device, CAD, by infusing it with psions or thought particles while the CAD provides an activation sequence, constructing magic rituals to invoke magic.
Right in the first episode, we met a whole lot of other characters whom will be playing great roles in the series, introducing different forms of battle style the team member has. Along the way, the series explains briefly on the different terms used and subject that are new to the audiences. Slow but steady the series have gotten us progressed quite a distance away from just being amateur magic users.
I got to say that this series looks superb for a supernatural / magical / sci-fi series, it has the glow, the shine, and lots of glimmering to beautify the scenes. Motions are definitely the strength of the series where all of the fights were fully exhibited and not being “behind curtain actions“. Another thing that caught the attention was the texture created, realistic surrounding settings gave this series a much more realistic feel to it.
This series gave a strong impression back then during the teaser phase, while this particular episode had convinced us at least, that this title will definitely be on our review list. Stay tuned for more of it!
Mahouka KouKou no Rettousei Wallpapers
「魔法科高校の劣等生」第1話感想 Mahouka KouKou no Rettousei Episode 1 Review