[Fantasy Fall 2018] Like Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei? Watch This!

Freed from the limitations that bind reality, fiction brings to life adventures otherwise confined strictly to our dreams. The Irregular at Magic High School is set in a universe where magic does not only exist but has been refined into a technical skill. Seeking to harness this component into a beneficial resource, First High School exists solely to expedite the growth of teenagers with an inclination for the supernatural. Depending on someone's aptitude for the skill, they are separated into "Blooms" or "Weeds," with the latter serving as scrubs for the former. Centering around Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba, two siblings with an exceptionally intimate relationship, Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei blends action, romance, and sci-fi to produce a memorable adaptation of the original light novel! Looking to take a trip to a magical fantasy world? These two currently airing anime should scratch the itch left by Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei!

Like Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School)? Watch Toaru Majutsu no Index III (A Certain Magical Index III)

  • Episodes: 10+
  • Aired: October 2018 – Ongoing

J.C.Staff's highly anticipated sequel to 2011's series sees Academy City engage in a war against the Catholic Church. Toaru Majutsu no Index centers on the uneasy union between magic and science, with the line separating the two often blurring. Serving as the scientific community's primary hub, Academy City is home to countless students seeking to understand and improve their psychic abilities. At first glance, Touma Kamijou comes across as a painfully ordinary and powerless teenager, but that could not be further from the truth! Inheriting the "Imagine Breaker" ability, Touma can negate anyone else's powers! As various organizations pursue their own agendas, Touma is inadvertently dragged into a world-wide conspiracy that could alter the course of history!

Major Similarities Between Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School) and Toaru Majutsu no Index III (A Certain Magical Index III)

1. An Irregular Index

Strictly speaking, Tatsuya and Touma's personalities are almost polar opposites. The former is driven by an irresistible urge to prove his doubters wrong and leave a mark on the magical world while, on the other hand, Touma is perfectly satisfied to lounge in the backseats while leading a carefree life. Touma might not share Tatsuya's ambitious nature, but Toaru Majutsu no Index III's protagonist refuses to back down from a confrontation. Underestimated by their peers and openly mocked, both characters threaten society's interpretation of power.

2. Science and Magic

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei interprets magic as a tangible property with practical applications. The anime does not completely eliminate the sense of mystery associated with the supernatural, but magic is treated as an innate talent rather than some undefined factor. The relationship between science and magic is a central theme across all seasons of A Certain Magical Index, although the third entry pushes this conflict to its breaking point! Academy City's students are identified as espers, and they are constantly striving to enhance their powers. Toaru Majutsu no Index III moves away from the typical school setting, but the teenage characters are constantly learning more about their abilities and themselves.

Liked Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School)? Watch Sword Art Online: Alicization

  • Episodes: 10+
  • Aired: October 2018 – Ongoing

Out of nowhere, Kirito is pulled into Underworld, a virtual reality set in a grandiose fantasy world. Unable to recall the events that led to this situation, Kirito is left with no choice but to depend on a remarkably lifelike NPC for guidance. Eugeo claims to be merely a resident of this peculiar world, but Kirito cannot help feeling like there is more to this NPC than meets the eye. Plagued with dreams depicting a time when he played with Eugeo and a blonde girl named Alice in this same virtual reality, Kirito sets out to recover his memories and, hopefully, find a way out of Underworld.

Major Similarities Between Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School) and Sword Art Online: Alicization

1. Investigating the Unknown

Despite its many similarities to Aincrad, Underworld is not an MMORPG. The program is primarily intended as a means to experiment with artificial intelligence. Consequently, Sword Art Online: Alicization concentrates more on the science behind the fantastical context than the franchise's previous seasons. Magic plays only a small role in A-1 Pictures' anime, but Underworld is shrouded in mystique and wonder! Whether exploring an unfamiliar universe or experimenting with novel magical techniques, Sword Art Online: Alicization and Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei inject a sense of discovery into their narratives.

2. Talk First, Act Later

Sword Art Online and Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei are in no rush to get to the meat of their stories. Both anime tend to weigh down an arc's opening chapters with exposition and world-building, with the conflict typically arising from seemingly ordinary interactions. Eventually, the plot picks up momentum and sprints towards an explosive conclusion. Sword Art Online: Alicization's first six episodes can be somewhat slow, but they help establish Underworld's core beliefs and introduce a wider conspiracy concerning a shady corporation. Romance also plays an important part in both series.

Final Thoughts

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei is wish-fulfillment done right! Fantasy light novel enthusiasts should presumably be familiar with each one of these three properties, but Sword Art Online: Alicization and Toaru Majutsu no Index III are worth noticing for those wishing to add a touch of magic to their everyday lives!

If you have any thoughts on any other shows that are similar to Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, please leave a comment below with your suggestion! In the future, do not forget to check Honey’s Anime for more articles offering great recommendations.

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Author: Mark Sammut

Born and raised on a small island in the Mediterranean, my life goal is to experience as many different ways of life as possible. Since time and money are in short supply, anime and film provide the best opportunity to experience far away cultures and worlds. When I'm not watching the latest episode of Gintama, or wondering what series to watch next, you can find me in the corner of the closest coffee shop; writing away on my aging laptop.

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