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Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (Novel)  
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Description
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 ---.

Type
Novel

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Associated Names
魔法科高中的劣等生 (Novel)
魔法科高校の劣等生 (Novel)
마법과고교의 열등생 (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.13 c.4 by Baka-Tsuki (35d ago)
v.13 c.The Ten Magician by Baka-Tsuki (43d ago)
v.13 c.3 by Baka-Tsuki (52d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

User Reviews
N/A

Forum
2 topics, 11 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9.2 / 10.0 (328 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.97 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 22nd 2014, 11:35pm PST

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Year
2008

Original Publisher

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

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
N/A

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #116 increased(+8)
Monthly Pos #87 decreased(-27)
3 Month Pos #58 increased(+1)
6 Month Pos #56 increased(+20)

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On 1454 reading lists
On 476 wish lists
On 26 unfinished lists
On 290 custom lists

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Makouka Koukou no Rettousei Gets Anime 254 days, 10 hours, 12 minutes ago
Genre 582 days, 13 hours, 6 minutes ago

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Good, if it wasn't for...   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by RoxFlowz
July 17th, 2013, 10:11am
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
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it too good   
Rating: N/A
by archknight
February 7th, 2013, 1:39am
one of the must read series
main character is super op and it makes a great story
the series starts to get even better after volume 2
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Read it   
Rating: N/A
by dwanex
July 23rd, 2012, 2:40am
REad it because it is a good novel that is entertaining. If you are into reading japanese novels on Baka-Tsuki or any other place, go and read it because this is a novel (at least so far) that is serious enough. Not overly serious like Sword Craft Online, where everything matters, and not overly unserious like many other novels.
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I think it's written by a twelve year old.   
Rating: N/A
by RockoDyne
July 5th, 2014, 7:57pm
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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The development feels forced...   
Rating: N/A
by wotonito
October 23rd, 2012, 11:34pm
The story development can feel pretty forced. Early on in the story, a very very important detail on the MC is shown very abruptly with no warning whatsoever, like in The Clash of the Titans (2010) when Perseus finds his sword just sticking right the crap out of the ground one morning. Similar things happen later; the MC is like (Note: This exact scenario doesn't actually happen as far as I'm aware but you get the idea) *GET SUPERMAN-SLAPPED BY RANDOM PERSON* *Bam! Character Development!* It just feels out of place.

Other than that it is quite entertaining.

... Last updated on October 23rd, 2012, 11:35pm
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This series' writing is painful to read   
Rating: 3.0 / 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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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. 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.
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