‘The irregular at magic high school’ Vol 1: Enrollment

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Tatsuya Shiba and his younger sister Miyuki have just joined the National Magic University First Affiliate High School, A.K.A Magic High School, a very prestigious school for students gifted with magic abilities. Upon enrolling Tatsuya is placed in Class 2, while Miyuki is placed in Class 1. Their issues begin as the schools system tries to break them apart. Class 1 students are known as “Blooms” and are looked higher upon compared to Class 2 students are known as “Weeds,” this infrastructure has caused the school to nearly despise each other with Class 1 looking down on the Class 2 students and treat them as trash and useless, however there are those who try to break this vicious cycle and see a vast amount of potential in Tatsuya.

The irregular at magic high school Vol 1: Enrollment features seven episodes known as the “Enrollment Arc” where we learn more about Tatsuya and his abilities which puts him on par with almost any student in school, showing he might be just too gifted in magic with the ability to see magical activation skills, break down matter and all while being physically capable by being trained it taijutsu, but there is a lot more to this character who barely shows any emotion at all except when it comes to his sister, who loves her brother and would do anything for him, leading to some funny and awkward interactions between the two.

Movie Rating: 3.5/5 Atoms

NR 3_5 Atoms - B-

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Video

Madhouse Studios did a great job adapting the light visual novel and designing the characters. I wasn’t too fond of Tatsuya’s design but I thought the rest of the series characters looked great including Miyuki. While the series has a much lighter tone, it’s reflected well in the warm colors. When magic is involved, the art scenes become much brighter and vivid, creating a new perception in style which works well, including watching Miyuki’s powers freeze her opponents or create a frozen setting around her when her emotions get the better of her.

Video Rating: 4/5 Atoms         

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Audio

The irregular at magic high school Vol 1: Enrollment features Japanese audio only and is presented in Japanese PCM 2.0 Language audio. The series is very dialogue heavy, so it’s important to be hear every moment of the series and it does a great job offering crisp sounds and clear voices without any issues, including the action sequences and background noises clearly.

Audio Rating: 4/5 Atoms

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Special Features

Disc Specs:

  • Spoken Languages: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
  • Episodes: 1-8
  • Number of Discs: 1 Blu-ray
  • Total Run Time : Approx. 175 min.
  • Rating: 13 UP

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The irregular at magic high school Vol 1: Enrollment Blu-ray release contains the following special features:

Textless opening
Get to Know Magic Studies! #1-3 (Short Videos)
Trailers and Commercials 
• Box and Collectible Pin-ups Illustrated by Kana Ishida (Character Designer)
Special Booklet

In terms of special features The irregular at magic high school Vol 1: Enrollment doesn’t feature all that much aside from the Get to Know Magic Studies! shorts. Drawn with super deformed characters (chibi), a duo from the series gives a brief lesson and information on things like magic, the schools system and more but what makes it worth watching is how the characters interact with each other which at times do things you wouldn’t see often in the main series.

In terms of extras, inside you find a set of collectible pin up cards that feature the animation found on the discs and a special booklet which features character illustrations along with an episode synopsis guide.

Special Features Rating: 3.5/5 Atoms

NR 3_5 Atoms - B-

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Aside from the high school setting and magical students which are a dime a dozen in anime, I really love the deep story the anime tells about how people socialize and value only people within a certain class, and look down on others that aren’t as important ignoring their ability and talents, which as the series progresses becomes a bigger focus.

As a character Tatsuya Shiba is cold and a simple character that gets stale, but other times he is a badass genius who tries to toss in a few jokes that become a hit or miss. The series has its fair share of action and heavy dialogue which gets very slow and tedious, but makes up for it with very well written characters who slowly start getting added as the series progresses.

Overall Rating: 4/5 Atoms

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The Irregular at Magic High School Set 1 – $69.98

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.