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Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (Novel)  
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This is a world where Magic is not a fairytale or a power brought forth through runes and magical creatures, but a technological skill simply developed by experimentation near the beginning of the 21st century. Developed as "Supernatural power", 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 Magic Universities.
Nearly 100 years later in the year 2095 we begin our story with our main protagonist and elder brother, Shiba Tatsuya, a defective Magician below societal standards, and his little sister, Shiba Miyuki, A beautiful, perfect, and excellent magician even among elites, as they began their adventures as newly enrolled highschool students at First Highschool.

Side Comment: There is a lot of world building. Everything is set up years after World War 3 happens at some point and Magicians aren't that great in number, but they are replacements for nuclear weapons. Our Protagonist Tatsuya's main goal in this story is to develop a way to allow Magicians other means of using their talents that doesn't involve war and combat.


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魔法科高中的劣等生 (Novel)
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마법과고교의 열등생 (Novel)
A Magic Senior High School's Low-Ranked Student (Novel)
A Poorly Performing Student of a Magic High School (Novel)
The Irregular at Magic High School (Novel)
The Poor Performing Student of a Magic High School (Novel)

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Latest Release(s)
v.14 c.Afterword by Baka-Tsuki (557d ago)
v.14 c.3 by Baka-Tsuki (557d ago)
v.14 c.5 by Baka-Tsuki (557d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
20 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 7, Chap 13 (Skips Vol 5)

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (459 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 4th 2016, 8:23pm PST



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Original Publisher
ASCII Media Works (Dengeki Bunko)

Serialized In (magazine)
Dengeki Bunko Magazine (ASCII Media Works)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Yen Press (2 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Boring writing style   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Ormos
June 29th, 2016, 5:22am
Not a big fan of the novel (at least the fan translated version), though I did like the anime. The novel has a somewhat passive (?) writing style that's a bit of a chore to read. I could hardly make it through vol 1 but definitely not 2.

Perhaps I'll reread this in the future when yen press catches up and see if there's any difference.
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Interesting novel   
Rating: N/A
by clowred14
September 4th, 2015, 4:12am
The entire story is well written but somehow loses itself in details trying to predict how a society will react to "magicians", or in other words, technology which could boost the low human fighting capacity to almost god like levels. Its heavy on details, and only the anime can somehow make all the details seem interesting. Otherwise its quite a headache trying to understand all the concepts as their logic is purely fictional. Anyway, the story is over many others as we have an MP that is truly interesting. We don't see him fooling around trying to make a harem for himself, getting easily flustered and making stupid mistakes. If killing is the good option, he can resort to it. This is something that the character portrayed as a "Mary Sue" or "Gary Stu" often complain about the morality of such actions when the law can punish them with detention even if the the other party is a portrayed as a clear header killer with no intention to reform himself. Tatsuya is OP, but that's only in long range. And because he always need visual confirmation of the target it becomes easy to make him lose his standing as long as the situation forces him to be unable to use his full capacity. So... yeah, for those that comment against how OP he is .. If he was not OP, then why would he be the MP?
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Azure_1802
July 4th, 2015, 10:10am
I don't hate overpowered characters, I really like them to be exact. However, I cannot handle every character of this series, especially the main protagonist and his little sister. They are exactly what we call "Mary Sue" and "Gari Stu". [Spoil]The mc is described as if he is god himself although noone else except his sister (and some others) knows about that.[/Spoil]

The story is somehow boring, there are too many explainations that explained somethings understandable into some complicated things then get you all confusing then the mc appears and everything's solved
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It's a great story   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by digital_cielo
December 2nd, 2014, 1:03pm
Overall it's a great story but it has it's faults like not enough description of characters and too much detail to the explanations. The thing people say that Tatsuya is a bad main character is wrong though. He is a well thought out character he is technically overpowered yes but only in things he excelled in and he is under powered in everything else
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Didn't like the main character   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by begi
September 4th, 2014, 3:06am
The story starts nicely, but later main character gets too OP. It would have been better for him to be weaker and eventually get stronger. As someone mentioned before many girls fall for the main character, but he cares only for his little sister and will kill tens of people just because they meant harm for her. I mean he is so OP that he could have just sent them to prison. Who likes "heroes" that kill humans "that" easily, you can't possibly root for them.

... Last updated on September 4th, 2014, 3:18am
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I think it's written by a twelve year old.   
Rating: N/A
by RockoDyne
July 5th, 2014, 7:57pm
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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.
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This series' writing is painful to read   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by Fundefined
February 12th, 2014, 1:53pm
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
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Excellent, but not perfect.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by CuthienSilmeriel
January 2nd, 2014, 10:56am
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.
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One of the Best LN's Ever!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Opec
August 28th, 2013, 6:16am
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!
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Seems to lack any suspense and direction   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Nins_Leprechaun
May 1st, 2013, 4:20pm
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.

After reading the first two volumes of this I see no reason to waste any more time on it.

... Last updated on April 18th, 2015, 7:40pm
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