Magic is the new way of life in this modern era. In First High School, students are separated into two groups based on their entrance exam scores: “Blooms” who receive high scores and enter through the First Course. At the same time, those with low test marks or “Weeds” go to Second Course.
The Irregular at Magic High School follows the siblings, Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba. Upon taking their exam to be enrolled in a high school for magic users, it’s revealed that while Miyuki is very talented at spells, he can’t seem to cast any of them himself without help from his brother. As a result, he ends up being placed into the First Course. The students are instructed on how they should act as “magicians” rather than just mages with power alone which sets them apart from other students who have only studied deeper theory birth. In contrast, Tatsuya finds out that there isn’t much expected of him upon enrolling in Second Course because most people say kids like this don’t usually show up.
The Irregular at Magical High School has received a lot of mixed reviews. One reason for this is that Tatsuya Shiba’s protagonist is overpowered and successful in all his battles with every other character without exception. Secondly, it hints at an incestuous relationship between two characters, making many viewers uncomfortable because they don’t like to see romantic relationships occur within blood relatives.
Despite all that, The Irregular at Magic High School seems to try and appeal to a wide audience with its complex magic systems, great protagonists who are still kids learning how their powers in school, and challenges that seem impossible.
If you’ve been watching anime for a while now, then it should be no surprise to find out that there are many magic-themed series out there. With so many characters in high school and such an abundance of options, finding the perfect show difficult. Luckily, we’re here to help! Below is our list of recommendations of anime like The Irregular at Magical High School:
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13. Chivalry of a Failed Knight
There exist few humans in this world to manipulate their souls and turn them into powerful weapons. Dubbed “Blazers,” these people study and train at the prestigious Hagun Academy, a student known as Ikki Kurogane who ranks F on his abilities but still strives for more. So when Stella Vermillion—a fellow Blazer from an even higher ranking than him–challenges him to a duel that will change everything, it seems like there’s no way she can lose… right?
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry follows the story of Ikki as he proves his strength to a world that believes him to be the weakest, all the while gaining new friends, wisdom, and experience.
Both stories occur in magic schools, where students learn how to use their magic ability for good or evil. The main characters, Ikki and Tatsuya, also struggle with getting decent grades on exams as they’re ranked last in their elite schools. But, in addition, these two don’t seem bothered when it comes down to fighting those who challenge them!
12. The Asterisk War
In the last century, an unprecedented disaster called Invertia had a major impact on human society. The powers of existing nations declined significantly and paved the way for a conglomerate known as Integrated Empire Foundation to take control. But more importantly, this catastrophe led to the emergence of new species—Genestella: people born with phenomenal physical abilities and supernatural abilities that are hand-picked across the globe by six prestigious academies and duel against each other in entertainment battles known as Festas.
Ayato Amagiri was a scholarship transfer student at the prestigious Seidoukan Academy, which had recently suffered from declining performances. One day he accidentally sees an irate Witch of Resplendent Flames, Julis-Alexia von Riessfeld, half-dressed! Enraged by Ayato’s intrusion on her privacy, she challenges him to a duel to violate his personal space and reveal herself in such a compromising position. However, after their fight is voided by the Student Council President due to it being illegal under school rules, they both drop their weapons but not before questioning one another about why each came there that morning – with Ayato’s answer resulting in quite a surprising discovery: Ayato revealed himself as someone who has enrolled in the academy to investigate the whereabouts of his missing elder sister. But when a more devious plot unravels, Ayato sets out to achieve victory while surrounded by some of the most talented Genestella on the planet.
11. Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
Ever since discovering “Samon Syndrome” 30 years ago, thousands of young people have traveled to fantasy worlds and came back with special abilities they gained in those parallel universes.
Akatsuki, the Rogue Hero from Alayzard who discards his peaceful life upon returning to Earth and faces new challenges. Along with Miu, daughter of the Demon King he defeated, Akatsuki joins Babel, a special school designed for those that have acquired special abilities through their journey in the fantasy world.
What was the true purpose of Babel? Is Akatsuki and Miu strong enough to stand up against its powerful student council, or will they be crushed by their opponents’ power before they can uncover all that is going on behind these scenes?
10. The Fruit of Grisaia
Yuuji Kazami is a transfer student who has just been admitted into Mihama Academy. Yuuji was pleasantly surprised to find that his new school only had five other students, all girls. He hoped he could live an ordinary high school life, but this may not come true any time soon as from day one at Mihama, things have taken off in ways no normal person would expect it to! He learns about the truth behind the small group of students occupying the academy—they each have their own share of traumatic experiences which are tucked away from the world.
The girls at Mihama Academy are like fruits that have fallen from their trees and begun to decay. Yuuji is the catalyst for change, but how can he save these female students when he cannot even help himself?
The protagonist in this anime will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside while watching it, which is perfect for a binge-watching session. In addition, the storyline has themes that are revealed over time just like Irregular does, so there’s always something more to look forward to as the series progresses!
9. Strike the Blood
Kojou Akatsuki’s days as an ordinary high school student in the Demon District of Itogami Island come to a sudden end after he is bestowed with incredible abilities and responsibility.
Kojou is thrust into the center of attention when it’s discovered he’s a vampire with powers beyond any other. The Lion King Organization sends in an apprentice sword shaman, Yukina Himeragi, to monitor him. Should Kojou become too much trouble, they will kill him without hesitation. Forced together by circumstance, these two form an unlikely alliance as Kojou comes to terms with his abilities while protecting those around them from various emerging chaotic forces threatening their city.
Both anime have high school students who find themselves with a lot of supernatural power and must use their newfound abilities to save the day. While they may have been underestimated before, these heroes are anything but average.
8. Knight’s & Magic
Tsubasa Kurata, a typical Japanese Otaku, died in a car accident. However, he is reborn as Tachibana Yuya, who fights against demonic beasts using powerful mechs called Silhouette Knights with his friends from an organization called Fremmevilla Kingdom Guild Hall.
Ernesti Echevarria was born into a noble family and bestowed with prodigious magical abilities. He enrolls in Royal Laihaila Academy, where he studies how to pilot Silhouette Knights like his ancestor Geraldina who created the first-ever Knightmare Frame: Lancelot Albion. With Adeltrud and Archid Olter by his side, Ernesti sets off on an adventure as they strive for their goal of creating one day – something thought impossible mere decades ago with the use of his technical knowledge! If you like how magic and sci-fi-like technology meshed in Irregular, this is a perfect follow-up!
7. Chrome Shelled Regios
For the people of this world, humanity is forced to live in large mobile cities called Regios and learn to harness a power known as Kei. To defend themselves against mutants that have overrun their planet, they are required by law to use special weapons called Dites. Layfon Alseif awakens his own abilities with one such device within an Academy City named Zuellni.
He hopes to start over fresh after leaving behind all of his past memories. Layfon is a likable character with an intriguing past that’s finally catching up to him. The Student Council President and Captain of the 17th Military Arts Platoon recognize his abilities. Still, Layton may not accept their offer because he has something else going on in-between all the fighting – namely himself. With a lead character that seems normal, if not below average at first, reveals something more to their makeup, consider adding this next anime to your watch list.
6. Certain Magical Index
Academy City, Japan, is at the forefront of science. Besides being 30 years ahead of the world technologically and having more than three-fourths of their population consisting mostly or espers developing their psychic abilities in various institutions, one student stands out among them all: Touma Kamijou, a high school boy with an ability that no scientist can understand due to his “Imagine Breaker” which negates other supernatural skills.
Kamijou’s ordinary life of school and friends is turned upside down when he meets Index, a young girl who has memorized all the forbidden books in existence. Now that she knows too much to be safe on her own, Kamijou will do anything it takes to protect his new friend from those trying to harm her. With leading protagonists with unusual powers and posing a threat to their opponents, you’ll love this next anime series!
5. Full Metal Panic!
Mithril is a private military organization with cutting-edge weapons and special troops that aims to eradicate terrorism. They’re powered by “Whispered” individuals who possess intuitive knowledge and remarkable ability.
Seventeen-year-old Sousuke Sagara, a sergeant working for Mithril and the best of his class back in military school, has been assigned to protect Kaname Chidori. He is ordered to join her high school class so that he can be as close as possible without revealing his true identity; only time will tell if this newcomer’s skills are up to par with protecting one of their world’s most valuable assets against enemies who would do anything they could think of just out take away someone like her.
Sousuke has a tough time adapting to the average high school lifestyle as he lives on the battlefield. However, enemy forces have already begun making their move. Sousuke is about to find out that his adversary may be more familiar than expected. The lead character in this is incredibly interesting, and the storyline is very complex, much like Irregular.
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4. No Game No Life
Sora, Shiro’s NEET brother who was convinced that the world outside of their room is boring and has given up on everything in life. That changed when Sora received a strange email challenging him to a chess game with Tet, God of Games. Upon accepting his challenge, he enters another world where he can finally play games! With this new place revolving around playing games for dominance over other players as well as not getting bored any longer because there are so many different types of things to do like going out into town or doing some shopping at an arcade center, then it appears they will never get tired from all these activities which means more time spent gaming than ever before! If the animation, music, and art style weren’t enough to make you want to watch this show, the magic themes, and underdog dynamic are also seen in Irregular should!
3. Code Geass
The fallen prince of Britannia seeks to destroy it. But, surprisingly, his dream may be closer than he thought when a girl named C.C. reveals herself to him and blesses him with the power of the Geass. Now Lelouch can command anyone in his path, even against their will. Code Geass is a classic action anime with complex storylines. Much like Irregular, Lelouch’s character has depth, and you’ll love to see him fight his way through the storyline.
2. Seven Deadly Sins
You’ll want to get on the hype train for this anime! Seven Deadly Sins is a magic-themed show that’s been gaining lots of attention lately, and it might be just what you need. The fabled knights were tasked with protecting their homeland but eventually betrayed them instead – until they were defeated by an army of Holy Knights who took over control years later. So princess Elizabeth goes out in search of help from the Seven Deadly Sins to defeat her brother (the king) and take back her kingdom.
1. Legend of the Galactic Heroes
In the distant future, mankind has moved out of Earth and established itself on several other planets. But everything ain’t hunky-dory as a Galactic Empire led by the Goldenbaum Dynasty is at war with another group called Free Planets Alliance. The anime mainly revolves around two main protagonists with contrasting personalities but are still united by their common political struggles and battles against one another in this cruel world where what you know about your enemy can kill them both. In the end, they will each face atrocities of war in some form or fashion.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes is a show that does not have any high school setting or magical setup. What it shares with The Irregular At Magical High School is its futuristic world theme where war has been ensured due to class discrimination. Still, both shows explore different aspects of their worlds and how they impact what happens in the life of their main protagonist. On top of this similarity, these two anime are well constructed with deeply fascinating characters and political references, which makes them cohesive despite being on opposite sides so-to-speak.
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