The Irregular at Magic High School

The Irregular at Magic High School
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The first light novel volume of The Irregular at Magic High School published by Dengeki Bunko. It features Tatsuya and Miyuki on the cover.
魔法科高校の劣等生
(Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei)
Genre
Novel series
Written byTsutomu Satō
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō
Original runOctober 12, 2008March 21, 2011
Light novel
Written byTsutomu Satō
Illustrated byKana Ishida
Published byASCII Media Works
English publisher
ImprintDengeki Bunko
DemographicMale
Original runJuly 10, 2011September 10, 2020
Volumes32 + 10 side stories (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byManabu Ono (season 1)
Risako Yoshida (season 2)
Produced byKazuma Miki
Kozue Kaneniwa
Shinichirō Kashiwada
Yasutaka Kimura
Written byMunemasa Nakamoto
Yukie Sugawara (season 1)
Yukito Kizawa (season 1)
Music byTaku Iwasaki
StudioMadhouse (season 1)
Eight Bit (season 2)
Licensed by
Hanabee
Original networkTokyo MX, Gunma TV, GYT, MBS, Chiba TV, tvk, TVS, TV Aichi, TVQ, TVh, AT-X, BS11
English network
Animax Asia (season 1)
Aniplus Asia (seasons 1-2)
Original run April 6, 2014 December 27, 2020
Episodes39 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Sequel – The Irregular At Magic High School Magian Company
Written byTsutomu Satō
Illustrated byKana Ishida
Published byASCII Media Works
ImprintDengeki Bunko
DemographicMale
Original runOctober 10, 2020 – present
Volumes1 (List of volumes)
Light novel
New – The Irregular at Magic High School Maidens of Cygnus
Written byTsutomu Satō
Illustrated byKana Ishida
Published byASCII Media Works
ImprintDengeki Bunko
DemographicMale
Original runJanuary 9, 2021 – present
Volumes1 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
The Honor Student at Magic High School
Directed byHideki Tachibana
Written byTsuyoshi Tamai
Music byTaku Iwasaki
StudioConnect
Original run 2021 scheduled
Film
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The Irregular at Magic High School (Japanese: 魔法科高校の劣等生, Hepburn: Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei, lit. "The Poor Performing Student of a Magic High School") is a Japanese web novel series by Tsutomu Satō. It was published on Shōsetsuka ni Narō, an internet web novel website, between October 2008 and March 2011. Satō reached a deal with Dengeki Bunko and began releasing his work in a light novel format beginning July 2011. The story takes place in an alternate history where magic exists and is polished through technology, and follows Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba, siblings who enroll into First High magic high school. While keeping their connections to the infamous Yotsuba clan secret, they attempt to live their daily life in peace, but Tatsuya is shunned for his apparent ineptness and Miyuki is validated for her magical abilities.

In 2013, each story arc received a manga adaptation with varying manga artists and publishers. That same year, an anime television series adaptation by Madhouse was announced and aired between April and September 2014. The Irregular at Magic High School franchise had been localized for English by two companies: The light novels and one of the manga adaptations are licensed by Yen Press while Aniplex of America licensed the anime series. The anime series was simulcasted on four networks, and was later made available on Netflix. An anime film featuring an original story by Satō premiered in Japan on June 17, 2017, while a second season taking place after the anime series by Eight Bit aired between October and December 2020. The season was simulcasted on Funimation and Hulu. An anime television series adaptation of The Honor Student at Magic High School by Connect will premiere in 2021.

On February 28, 2021, Aniplex announced that it will be producing the anime of the series' "Reminiscence Arc". There was no mention of the format for the project given at that time nor any time line for release.

In 2020, a direct sequel called The Irregular At Magic High School Magian Company began being published. Set after the events of Volume 32, the sequel focuses on the protagonist Tatsuya Shiba and the others after their graduation from First High magic high school.

A spinoff sequel called New – The Irregular at Magic High School: Maidens of Cygnus will begin publication in 2021. Its focus is on Katsuto Juumonji and the revelation about a new family member.

The series has been well received. The light novels appeared on Sugoi Japan's 2015 polls and since 2011, is one of the top selling series in Japan with 10 million copies sold as of 2019. In addition, its manga and anime adaptations also appeared on top selling charts. English reviewers had mixed reception towards the anime adaptation. The complex technicality of magic within the series was received warmly but the exposition was criticized for being heavy, unclear, and poorly executed.

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