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Magic. Is a product of neither legends nor fairy tales, but instead has become a technology of reality since a time unknown to people. Supernatural power became a technology systematized through magic, while magic became a technical skill. A "Supernatural Power User" became a "Magic Technician". Magic Technicians (in short, Magicians) are nurtured through Magic High Schools and Universities. This is a story about: A defective elder brother low achiever. A perfect, flawless younger sister high achiever. After both siblings entered a Magic High School, The stage of daily turbulence was unveiled ---.
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I think it's written by a twelve year old.
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First, every character is a mary sue. Every last one of them. Tatsuya, only being the sueiest of them all, should always have "he's also a ninja" appended to any description of him. Tatsuya is a super genius and secretly the master technician taurus silver, known the world over for his creations. He's also a ninja. Tatsuya is a magical super soldier with the powers of a god. He's also a ninja. Hell, they even have a kiss to unseal power trope going on. Why such a seal even exists is beyond me as all it apparently does is seal god level power down to just demigod levels.
Basically, the author's character creation process is thinking something is cool and throwing that on top of a character.
Second, every woman is beautiful, yet I have no idea what any of them actually look like. Seriously, there are no descriptions of physical characteristics past the first intro blurb. With one exception (because it's apparently relevant to her character/powers), you will never even be told what a character's hair color is. All that is left is completely nondescript descriptions of women's beauty that, had the author been sixteen, would have rankings of them based on how bangable they are. You will suffer elaborate info dumps about fashion however, which essentially regresses over a century so exposed ankles basically equates to slutdom.
Third, it's all exposition. The author is pretty much only interested in info dumping the psychobabble of a magic system. There is nothing that can go unexplained and frequently goes explained far before it's even relevant. If you don't like spoilers you might as well punch the author in the face. Frankly if you don't see what is going to happen it's because you're asleep and skipped better chucks of it. The least it could have done was have Tatsuya unveiled as a badass in a fight, but no. By the first fight there were already several instances of Miyuki saying Tatsuya is more capable than her, but more than that, you have already seen Tatsuya in ninja training, so you already know Tatsuya is a ninja. All of the fights, being the explanation filled clusterfucks that they are, are just boring with outcomes made up way before the fight even starts. The story just lives by the motto "tell, don't show."
I wish I could like this, but it's just boring. No matter what I look at, I just can't find enough that I don't see huge faults in. The characters are all perfect(ly flat), almost all the conflict comes from unaffiliated parties that don't really care about Tatsuya and co. (they just happen to be working too close to him), there are no reveals as everything has already been explained, and simply put, the author never put time into actually writing a story that is interest.
This series' writing is painful to read
I'm not sure whether its the author or the translator's fault for this light novel's terrible style of writing, but this series is unreadable.While light novels in general tend to tell instead of show, Mahouka takes it to the next level with its endless amounts of dull descriptions, boring narration and painful syntax. There might be an interesting world here to be explored and the illustrations are pretty good; but as is, this is an editor's worst nightmare.
... Last updated on February 26th, 2014, 5:59pm
Excellent, but not perfect.
An absolutely exceptionally well-paced novel set in a very well-crafted world and with great depth to most of the characters. In general, the interactions seem natural and entertaining. My major complaint would be how every girl seems to be beautiful, and how their clothing is always described. I know exactly what Miyuki is wearing at any given moment, but very rarely know what any of the guys are dressed in outside of school. Plus, I get tired with the constant references to Miyuki being beautiful (or all the other girls for that matter). The guys were described briefly with the initial introductions, but the girl's are described almost every time they enter the scene. It gets repetitive and boring after a while, and the vast majority of the time it doesn't even matter plot wise. It just bad writing.
I'm a little concerned at how very young children (11 or 12) are utilised as weapons of war, but even that disturbing aspect add to the realism of this novel since, in reality, were this novel reality there would be no hesitation in using powerful children in a time of war regardless of the potential trauma it would cause them.
Overall though, this is a superb read and one I find hard to put down.
One of the Best LN's Ever!
This is personal Fav and tied for the first place along with Legendary Moonlight Sculptor!
I love the characters, especially the Two main leads coupled with well-rounded supporting characters
Tatsuya is a BADASS! he is basically what you call a product of Lelouch and Wolvering gemmed into one...NerdgasMMM
Overall a Great read and definite RECOMMENDATION!
Good, if it wasn't for...
While the author did a good job in building the world and going in-depth about the way magic works, there are three things that bother me a lot.
1. As in most Shounen stories, there are a lot of characters introduced (since it's set in a school) but most of them are quite flat or just play a very minor role. While the author seems to try to not leave out any character, the minor characters don't have any depth to them.
2. This is what annoyed me the most, as it got worse and worse later on. Almost every time a female character appears (preferably the younger sister), we get 10 lines about her clothing, how beautiful she is and how all male teens get an instant boner by looking at her (or something along those lines).
3. Stereotypes. I love it when the most powerful people in the whole world are a bunch of high school students, most of them attending the same school. Don't forget to make the important female characters extremely beautiful and let them be called "queen" by the student body (sounds familiar?). There's lots more but I don't want to spoil the whole story.
Conclusion: Interesting enough to read, but at the same time equally if not even more frustrating. Interesting setting, but written as if he had to fit into the current trends in japanese media (esp. considering the fanservice), destroying his own work in the process.
... Last updated on May 30th, 2014, 8:42am
Seems to lack any suspense and direction
Normally I love overpowered main characters, but this series takes it too far. The main character is so overpowered there isn't even a semblance of suspense or challenge. What little timbits the author provides for the main character's back story are few, far between and typically come off as forced. I won't go into the plausibility of many of the other characters' actions or the fact that there seems to be no recognition even in the professional (adult) world of talent, only one very particular form of measurement and how completely ludicrous that is.
After reading the first two volumes of this I see no reason to waste any more time on it.
It's been a while
I don't have much time to read lately but MKnR is an exception.
Even though there are things that might feel forced or be against one's preferences...
For me this series is a jackpot.
Before I got influenced by Japanese culture my favorite book by far was Count Monte Cristo. And after I got into anime and manga, my favorite characters were the anti-hero types as Lelouch, Kira, Alucard and so on.
The settings and description of battles make me shiver when I imagine this series being adapted as anime by some decent studio. Magic circles, beautiful visual effects, rivers of blood and that all centered around characters that show that the author was writing about something that he was passionately working on.
Some might not like it but for me, the fact that it was originally published as web novel is one of the positive points. It shows that it was written as the author wanted to...
Without taking note on how to present it or thinking that something might be seen as controversial.
I'm not delusional enough to think that it would leave any noticeable impact on society or literature. And I don't know how about how it is in other countries but the things that are criticized in the book are something that I see here in Czech Republic all the time.
I won't go into deep details but I think that it is the same in many countries: The educational system is set so the children/pupils/students learn to parrot some information, which they probably won't ever need (apart from writing/reading and basic calculations). I could see this quite well when I was on grammar school, there were 3 kinds of people in my class 1st group was intelligent people, 2nd group was those who can study and the last one was those who got accepted only so there would be enough kids in class... In a learning environment where real intelligence and ability to connect concepts has no effect on the test scores...
This was one of the points I could really relate to.
Anyway... my point is that one could find faults, and I don't think that author fully utilized the potential he had, but at the same time I can't find any solid reason why I wouldn't recommend this series to anyone...
Superman in X-Men School
imagine if clark kent enrolled at xavier school. standard curriculum are meant for mutant only, so ck only C- student good series. but i disagree with the harem tag. because he doesnt have feeling for anyone but one. the plot is like wuxia novel, simple! which i like! try it! its good! its about tournament, politics, war, and hidden identity (like superman). but you wont find any of those if you only read volume 1 & 2. the first arc its about discrimination and logical fallacies of terrorism.
... Last updated on May 12th, 2013, 4:40am
Overpowered done RIGHT
It is rare for any story to get overpowered done right but Mahouka does it perfectly. Unlike most series that end up raising power levels to impossible proportions (i.e. dbz, gurren laggan), or other series that gimp/injure the overpower main character to balance things (i.e. the breaker), the main character is just pure and absolute awesomeness with a character to match. The novel has an interesting way of "capping" his power, but every time he goes into action you simply can't stop reading until it is over!
The novel takes a good look at the relationship between the weak and powerful, and it does well to create a world with a complete history. The explanations can get a little bit lengthy, but the complexity behind the magic theory adds a depth of reality to it all. The arcs are simply fantastic, although I sometimes wish they would celebrate the MC's victories even more, and overall the pace of the light novel is excellent.
If a guy like me who doesn't like to read is recommending it (and I've reread the various arcs 5x over already), then it must be good (it's also one of the rare series that doesn't have a "1" rating as of 02/28/2013. Normally no matter how good or bad a series is, there is also some counter-culture douche bag running around dishing out "1s". I highly doubt any series is THE WORST series ever...)
Great Novel !!!
Tatsuya Shiba = Lelouch (intelligence) + Wolverine (Immortal) + Rei (DtB Personality) + Rai (Destructive One shot powers)
Miyuki Shiba suffers from Bro Complex and surprising to say it is also one of the reasons i keep reading this...i really love their interactions and chemistry and as they say INCEST IS WINCEST!!!
Side characters are really well fleshed out and the Events of the story are really well planned you get to know this as you cover each volume which are distinctively better than the previous ones