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Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei - Nyuugaku Hen  
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"Magic" is a product of neither legends nor fairy tales. It has become a technology of reality for nearly a century. Various countries in the world are locked in a race in nurturing Magicians.

Shiba Tatsuya is a reserve student with poor magic ability at First High School, a magic high school along with his sister who happens to be the top student among the freshmen. What will happen to him? How will he live his school life where he is one of the many reserves in the school looked down upon by the chosen magical students?

(Adaption of Light Novel v01-v02)


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Associated Names
魔法科高校の劣等生 入学編
마법과고교의 열등생
A Magic Senior High School's Low-Ranked Student
A Poorly Performing Student of a Magic High School
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Nyuugaku-hen
The Irregular at Magic High School
The Irregular at Magic High School: Enrollment Arc
The Irregular of a Magic High School
The Poor Performing Student of a Magic High School

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Latest Release(s)
c.22 by Mangaholic over 4 years ago
c.21 by Mangaholic over 4 years ago
c.20v2 by Mangaholic over 4 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (789 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.33 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 12th 2017, 12:55pm PST



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GFantasy (Square Enix)

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For God's sake people, the manga has a sequel.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by gundamgundam
January 10th, 2014, 2:30am
For those people giving this manga lower ratings because it "suddenly" ends, please, at least attempt to do a little research before spouting nonsense like "and then the manga was OVER. Like, wut." This manga only covers the first arc of the story, the "Enrollment Arc". Its sequel, "Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei - Kyuukousen Hen ", covers the second arc, "Nine Schools Competition". This format (make a manga out of every story arc) isn't something uncommon or rare in manga, since many popular series (like Umineko and Higurashi) do this.

In fact, the last page of the manga itself makes pretty clear that it has a sequel since it reads:
Next time, start of the "Nine Schools battle arc"!! so I don't know how anyone could miss that, for Heaven's sake.
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A different kind of hero   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Trident
March 26th, 2012, 12:26pm
Only four chapters out, but so far it does seem quite good!

The major selling-point here is obviously the Main Character. While its far to early to do a proper character-review, this guy has definitely picked my interest!
If this was a normal shounen manga, the Main Caracter would be a bookdumb, hotblooded dude who must train hard to beat the "Genius Rival".

Well this time that "Genius Rival" IS the Main Character. For some this is bad, but if you're the type to prefer more calm and intelligent characterers, then this manga may just be for you.
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Novel is way better   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by MiY4Gi
September 15th, 2012, 8:54am
Yes, the novel is way better. The main guys frequent internal monologues (i.e. his analyses of the events around him) are a major part of the story, however the manga appears to have mostly done away with it. Also, the manga doesn't portray the main guys true personality and thoughts. He's way more critical in his thinking than the manga shows. It's like the manga only looks at the surface, whereas the most interesting bits lie deep below the surface. The manga may show him withholding comment in a particular discussion, but in the novel his mind is working overtime, and the process of how he came to the conclusion not to comment is written in great detail. If you've heard of Lelouch from Code Geass, then imagine how it would be if you could look into his mind, and observe his thoughts. That's how it feels when I read the novel. The manga is just another magic series, whereas the novel takes an entirely different (and more interesting) approach to telling a story about magic. So it's 7/10 for the manga, since the plot is still very interesting and entertaining, however it's 10/10 for the novel.

... Last updated on September 15th, 2012, 8:56am
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The problem with this story   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
October 22nd, 2013, 8:41pm
Spoiler (mouse over to view) that is contradicts itself. Granted, I haven't read the entire novel - I did try, but fell asleep halfway through the descriptions of all the beautiful women - but the primary antagonist of this manga is an organization that fights in the (nominal) name of equality for the underdog, using underhanded methods. The protagonists fight to maintain the status quo more or less the way it is, with some minor concessions.

However, right from the start the disparity between "Weeds" and "Blooms" is thrown into our faces. The main character is snubbed to the point that he's attacked, for simply being a Weed and wanting to walk home with his little sister. Course 1 students look down on Course 2 students all the time. Now, the author makes a valid point that there has to be some sort of division of talent, and that in a magic-specialized school it would be more obvious. But the writing of the story is so utterly biased toward whatever side the protagonist is on that it seems as though the author expects us to overlook the fact that yes, there IS an equality problem in the school, and no, they're NOT doing nearly enough to address it... while simultaneously sympathizing with the poor main character, who keeps getting picked on by jerks. This "well, if you don't have talent or come from a good family then that's too bad" mentality is exactly why, with the exception of a few, the hungry remain poor and the wealthy remain rich.

And just to illustrate my point, one of the good guys uses his family's power to hush all coverage of certain incidents.

Also, I would just like to say that there is nothing wrong with the release of information to the public. Transparency is one of the biggest things that keeps large organizations honest. Open source code is GOOD code. Blanche was committing a crime by attempting to steal this information, instead of coming by it in a more legal manner, but there was nothing particularly wrong with their goal, only their means.

TL,DR; This manga is well-drawn and fun enough to pass the time with, but the author doesn't have a clear idea of the message he wants to convey.

... Last updated on October 22nd, 2013, 9:08pm
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BEST Novel Adaptation into Manga Format   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Bleach-No1-Manga
February 21st, 2013, 6:24am
I think Novel Fans of this Title are being a bit harsh by comparing it with it's source material (Novel) which is infinitely better than this (i 100% agree)

BUT but for those who don't want to read just "Texts" the manga medium serves as a great way to immerse oneself into this Fine Series

Give it a chance and if possible do check out the Novel version of it because it;s more fleshed out and Tatsuya is even more BADASS over there
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Awesome worldbuilding! Everything else more or less ok.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Nirachu
June 16th, 2014, 5:41am
Both the characters and plot were pretty cliche and trope-filled (Mary Sue guy protagonist, mind control repercussions kind of shallow and unexplored etc.) However, the reason why I'm giving such a high rating is for the worldbuilding. I like how they explained the mechanics behind their "modern" magic with a (somewhat) scientific basis which by itself already places it way above all the other futuristic magic shounens which don't bother to even abide basic physics for the extra boost of realism / immersion in the setting. However, I'm a pretty big fan of detailed worldbuilding in settings, so if you don't share my enthusiasm for detailed alternate worlds, you might not think it's that cool.

A minor thing I was annoyed at was the female uniforms. They look impractical (skin tight bodycon dress, mesh skirt thing and teensy-tiny bolero that's too short to button up) and seem to be there pretty much for fanservice.

For those who are concerned about the sorta incest-y vibe, I didn't really find it that bothersome. It's way less tame than Oreimo anyhow, so don't let that stop you from reading.

... Last updated on June 16th, 2014, 5:44am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Rac
May 14th, 2012, 6:28am
Theme is kind of similar to Iris Zero.But It's not anything like Iris Zero.This is an action packed series with a really interesting MC,Which is MKnRs main selling point.
MC is really similar to Kazuma from kaze no stigma(in background,persanality and in powers in thieir respective universes').
So anyone who's fed up with the normal shounen protaganist or liked KnS you are welcome to read this(I guess)
Edit:Yeah,It sure follows the sis & bro compelx cliche.Needless to say I too hate that aspect about the series but I still like the novel .There's more to it than that and you will be surprised if I were to tell you that his sis-con ness has a scientifical reason.(yeah I know,krazy right?)
Still it's full of shounen cliches though.

A quote from the novel,
Her elder brother, that person was
special. The people of the world call her a
genius. That was the praise that they gave
to special individuals, people that
were different from themselves. --In fact, they understood nothing
at all. The truly impressive, special, bona
fide genius, should be her elder
brother. That person existed in a different
dimension. They could not even comprehend
that. For those that hide their personal
jealousy to flatter others, they
probably couldn't understand. True talent that towers over lesser
mortals, that draws a terror that
transcends jealousy. Not awe, but terror. The man who by all rights would be
the father of these two siblings
crumpled before that terror.

... Last updated on July 22nd, 2012, 3:38am
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Seriously, what's wrong with you!?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HTL
July 27th, 2013, 6:36am

Kaze no Stigma? Really? What a bad comparison!
First properly read and understand the story, then try to make any comparison.
In this manga, protagonist is NOT "weak" in his profession, and especially in his IDEAL profession.
Read the 'Novel' properly if the manga doesn't make that clear to you.

You want explanations? Do you really want them? Why don't you read the novel then!?
Everything you're talking about has been already explained in the novel.

Miyuki (the sister) is not submissive at all. What are you talking about!?
She is damn cold-hearted and scary when it comes to business.

The reason she's so fond of his bother is because he "deserves" it.
He's the only one she truly respects in the entire world.
And, she DOES have a personality. What are you talking about again!?
(Though she isn't a submissive one, but even if she were to act like that (obviously only toward 'him'), the reason would be clearly understandable to anyone who has read Volume 8 of the novel. So don't judge others with half-baked knowledge! Hell, she even tries to manipulate his bother up to a certain extent. Just what is this "submissive" thing you're talking about?)
Unlike your so-called 'submissive' female leads, she has a VERY SOLID and REALISTIC (at least as realistic as you can get in a fictional story) reason behind her deep affection for 'him'.
I mean he's literally like a 'God' to her (yes, he has truly acted like a God for her). [Read the novel for details.]

Why does he deserve her love? Why does he deserve her utmost respect? You wanna know!?
What are you waiting for then, go and read the "Novel" now!
You'll get all the answers you are looking for.

P.S.: 98% of your comment was nothing but BS. I'm sure you'd be like "what s**t was I talking about!?" once you read the novel.

... Last updated on July 27th, 2013, 6:59am
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Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by CookeeS
January 26th, 2013, 5:11am
there are some people who like to compare this manga with others which is okay but then there are people who start talking bout it ripping off ideas from other mangas. while occasionally such accusations are true, you should find the serialisation dates of the different mangas first before saying its it's using the same "formula" as other mangas.

all in all, the manga is fairly interesting. i cant compare it to the novels because im not a fan of reading text based publishes but this manga does excel over the average manga in art and development in the main character which in my opinion is what preserves interest in cliche story lines such as this one.
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Not as good as novel   
Rating: N/A
by hunkofsteel
July 16th, 2013, 2:24am
I read the manga first, then read the novel online. This manga has taken a different direction then the novel, in that events actually move slowly in the manga and different personalities are characterized. However, the manga is unable to fully bring out each character's different personalities, and moved in favor of suspense towards the main character. While not necessarily a bad read, it has some major flaws because of it being an adaptation of a novel.
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