The Irregular at Magic High School #01 — Battered Wife Syndrome

April 5th, 2014

 

Shouldn’t there have been a bit more magic? Like any besides skating to school?

Impressions:

Here’s our other “joins magic school and does magic stuff while an endless parade of tits rain down” shows for the day and this was definitely the less impressive of the two. Also the more wallowing in typical light novel adaptation laziness of the two, featuring all our favorites; the supposedly-dropout male protagonist but not really, an endless stream of internal narration, and a seemingly magnetic pull on every vagina within a 500 meter radius. The ever-disturbing brother/sister romance dynamic also begins at an especially weird level as she seems unable to function without him. Unfortunately not in the “going to knife a bitch way” either. Maybe if she could go three sentences without apologizing, she wouldn’t come off as an abused wife, but then someone might get the impression that the world doesn’t revolve around our brick-like protagonist and we can’t have that! I guess at least he’s not a sorry sack, but really about 95% of what he did in this episode was narrate to the audience and looming over his sister from behind.

Very little to say otherwise. The only real nod toward the action was a brief sparring session which I guess was okay while it lasted, but it didn’t last long did so to weird synth, and had about as much to do with the rest of the episode as purple monkey dung has to do with this sentence. The rets of the episode was about as dynamic and interesting as purple monkey dung. A deluge of exposition about the world/school for the first half, and a parade of women introducing themselves to him for no real reason except to assure the audience that if they continue sullenly standing rock still, women may one day talk to them too.

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10 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Goldi says:

    This show may seem super boring to you, but due to the sheer stupid nature and the most Mary Sue protagonist ever, I really wanna see you review this piece of shit.

  • algorithm says:

    “Unfortunately not in the going to knife a bitch way”

    MO leans more towards freezing them to death actually.

  • The Phantom says:

    Easily, the best show of the season, and the best that has aired on 2014, it was not even on my radar, need to go back and recheck the previews, how could I miss this one?

  • Flip Porter says:

    I read the manga so I’ll probably like this. But I do have to wonder what japan has against proactive people. For being “protagonists” there isn’t much pro to the standard main characters in anime lately. All that I’ve seen are driven by the plot rather than driving the plot.

  • Aroduc says:

    I’m sure a lot is cultural, but it’s gotten significantly worse in recent years, especially with the rise of the light novel adaptation.

    Which is a little weird given that the big names in their formative years were things like Lodoss, LoGH, Slayers, Orphen, etc.

  • anon999 says:

    I just hope that the Mary-Sueness will fade away in time.

  • Fate says:

    His outlook is very marxist and everyone else is like an ordinary person. Weird.

  • FlameStrike says:

    lol The one failing of Mahouka! Tatsuya is introduced as the “fail bro” and then is REVEALED TO BE THIS OMG SUPER ULTRA BADASS SOLIDER FROM BOTH HEAVEN AND HELL WITH OMG POWERS OF UBERNESS. It gets ridiculous to the point that when Tatsuya shows up you only wonder how fcking badly the enemies will get buttraped. There has never been any real tension or sense that he’s in danger. I mean seriously! He’s NEVER in any real danger. It’s ridiculous! Though Mahouka is still a fun read despite this.

  • FlameStrike says:

    The novel is also one of the most EXPOSITION INFO DUMP HEAVY THINGS I HAVE EVER FCKING READ. I even have a high tolerance for such things, and I think it’s bad! Knowing Aroduc’s feelings on the matter… I don’t think he’d be able to get through this show if it follows the novels too closely. Heck he dropped Fate Zero for it’s info dump and expositioness. Fate Zero is well paced and action pack compared to Mahouka!

    Well unless of course significant changes are made from the LN to Anime adaptation. I still have my hopes up! But either way it’ll be super fun to see Aroduc’s reviews of this show.

  • UltimaLuminaire says:

    *spoilers?*

    Originally, in the light novels, the tension had nothing to do with combat and everything to do with his desire for control. The only reason why there was any tension at all is because the one impeding his way is someone higher up on the food chain in the family. After the 2nd arc, they establish that it’s impossible for him to lose control in a series of retcons. That’s pretty much where you can dump the series just like SAO if you were reading it as a guilty pleasure already (lol like me).

    /spoilers