Another sequel of a fan-favorite anime, The Irregular at Magic High School or Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, releases this October.
The anime is based on the light novel series written by Tsutomu Satou, which has 32 volumes.
Mahouka Season 2 has an interesting plot as the timelines of the story in the light novels and the movies are all mixed up!
Let’s discuss the release date of this long-awaited second season.
1. Release Date
The Irregular at Magic High School season 2 will premiere on October 3, 2020. Part 2 will be broadcasted on Funimation and Crunchyroll.
The Monthly Comic Alive magazine will feature an illustration drawn by Yuuichi Ishino on the October issue.
TV animation will start broadcasting on October 3, 2020. The cover will feature an illustration by Yuuichi Ishino.English Translation, Twitter Translate
The sequel covers the Visitors arc form the novel, which covers Volume 9-11 and could be around 12 or 13 episodes.
The cast will be reprising their roles from Season 1, and the staff from the franchise movie ‘The Irregular at Magic High School: The Girl Who Summon the Stars,’ will be handling this project.
Let’s get into the nitty-gritty details of this anime.
2. Cause of Delay
The sequel for the magical sci-fi anime was announced and originally scheduled to air in July 2020. But it got delayed to October 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since 2014 fans have been eagerly waiting for this sequel. Waiting a few more months is nothing to these battle-worn viewers.
Now that we know that there is a confirmed season 2 coming in October, below is everything that we know about the upcoming installment.
3. Theory Section
Let’s see what it takes to make a ‘Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Season 2.’
I. Popularity of the Franchise
Mahouka was a web novel series written by Tsutomu Satou in 2011. It was later adapted into a light novel and manga in 2013.
An anime adaptation, that covered the first seven volumes of the light novel, was released in 2014. Later a movie premiered in 2017.
The novels were ranked seventh in a 2015 poll, and a top-selling novel since 2011. It has sold about 7.7 million copies so far.
The popularity of the franchise is an all-time high, if there was no fanbase, the news of a sequel could have been like the No Game No Life Season 2!
Since the first season, the fans have been eager for more, and their wishes will be fulfilled after six long years.
Though Madhouse made Season 1, Season 2 will be animated by the studio 8bit, which also animated the franchise movie.
Let’s see what else the fans have got to say about this.
II. Season 1 Fan Reviews
The story is very different from the norm, as it takes place in the future with a different history and where magic is normalized.
There is a lack of character development, as the season focuses more on the plot and Tatsuya. The information dump in all episodes is too much and doesn’t make sense sometimes.
But it doesn’t stop you from watching one episode after the other.
Fans have noted that the anime has as many plus points as the minus. The animation for one. Tatsuya’s relationship with others, the plot, and the musical scores.
Though the cons do weigh a bit more, as the anime skipped a lot of content from the light novel. No wonder the anime looked like it lacked something overall.
In the light novel, the characters are developed thoroughly, the technical stuff is explained in detail, but simplified the physics enough that a non-engineer could understand the mechanisms!
The movie is set in Volume 11-12, and the sequel is from Volume 9 onwards, this was done to introduce characters who were ‘skipped’ from Season 1.
Nowadays, with a lot of time on hand, before the sequel’s news came out, fans noted many similarities with the new anime, The Misfit of Demon King Academy.
An OP protagonist, who is mistaken to be the lowest in a pristine school. Very familiar.
What other interesting news do we have on this anime?
III. Other Sequels
The light novel series is getting two sequels. The first is titled Zoku Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Magian Company or Sequel: The Irregular at Magic High School: Magian Company.
This series will debut in October 2020.
Magian Company will focus on students who attend Tatsuya’s school after his graduation. It will focus on Arisa and Marika.
New series of ‘The Irregular at Magic High School’ is announced! The Irregular at Magic High School: Magian Company depicts Tatsuya who graduated from school.English Translation, Twitter Translate
The second sequel is titled Shin Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei or New: The Irregular at Magic High School: Maidens of Cygnus. It will launch in Winter 2021.
Maidens of Cygnus will keep the series grounded to its roots, it will follow the female students’ adventures in a new class.
There are many manga adaptations of this light novel series, and a new spin-off manga is launching soon!
Let’s take a look at the visuals which might be a part of Season 2.
4. Visuals & Trailers
The official website revealed a key visual for the sequel.
Cut scenes reveal Tatsuya, Miyuki, and Lina! The TV anime will broadcast in October 2020.English Translation, Twitter Translate
The arc covers volumes 9-11 of Satou’s light novel series. The covers feature the Miyuki and Lina, who will play an important role in the arc.
The new character designs by 8bit have not been released yet. But some keen eyes have noticed that the characters look similar to the light novel versions than in Season 1.
The official trailer for the 2nd season of Mahouka Kokukou no Rettousei has been released. It shows a new character who is undercover on a mission concerning Tatsuya. It also reveals that the season will start airing from October 2020.
Now that we have seen everything, what will the next season be about?
5. Expected Plot
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Season 2 covers the Vistors arc from the ninth novel. We can expect the return of the old cast and introduction to the new characters.
The new arc will focus on Tatsuya’s development as the magic high school students study for their exams and a new girl, Lina, becomes their friend.
Shiba Miyuki’s classmate Kitayama Shizuku is on her way to study abroad. For magicians, this is normally impossible.
Allowing the genes of someone who can use magic outside their home country’s borders is tantamount to giving up national secrets.
But it’s allowed to happen in one case-exchange program. And that’s how Angelina Kudou Shields has arrived in Japan from the USNA to study at First High.
Around the time Lina arrived in Japan, magicians began getting attacked by a mysterious being who leaves his victims drained of blood. Will Tatsuya be able to discover the identity of the “Vampire”?
Mahouka Season 2 will introduce even more problems for the narrative since the story takes place about two months after the first season. That means Mahouka Season 2 is skipping Volume 8.
Let’s analyze the animation production of the anime next.
6. Music and Animation
I. Animation Quality
The sequel will be animated by the studio that produced the franchise movie, 8bit, instead of Madhouse. 8bit has already worked on a movie for this series.
The animation, visuals, and sound for the movie were on point. Fight scenes were well animated and flashy. Though the CGI was terrible as ever, the lightning was improved by a lot.
We even get to see the characters in clothes other than the fashionable uniforms!
II. Theme Songs
For Season 1, Rising Hope by LiSA was the first opening theme, followed by Grilletto performed by GARNiDELiA.
The first ending theme song of Season 1 is Millenario, and the second is Mirror sung by Rei Yasuda.
The OST greatly emphasized the scenes they were put into, but a few cases were hit-and-miss.
7. Fan Expectations
October 2020 is going to be the month of weebs with all the upcoming anime on the list.
One of them is Mahouka Season 2, and with the studio change, the fans are eager to see more action and drama.
Fans hope the animation for the upcoming season will be as good as Season 1 if not better.
The new character animations from the PV resemble more closely to the Light Novel, fans noted.
The new designs make Miyuki scary and beautiful and bring out her inner beauty; 8bit has done her a justice.
Let’s recollect what exactly this anime is about.
The Irregular at Magic High School is set in the future, where magic is just another science. Magic-users could become researchers, engineers or even join the military.
Thus, these magic high schools are of great importance as they train generations of students to become the future protectors.
Here, the story follows Tatsuya Shiba, a silent protector of his younger sister Miyuki Shiba, heir to the Yotsuba clan. They enroll in First Mage High School which segregates them based on magical abilities.
Tatsuya is magically inept while Miyuki is one of the best in the school. But, Tatsuya’s technical skills, combat abilities, and unique magic canceling techniques make him an irregular in the school.
The series is filled with exams, magic discrimination, and a plot to take out the high school because of politics.
The entire show is not just shonen action, but it has deep, emotional moments between Tatsuya and Miyuki as they try to live their school lives peacefully despite the world against them.
Watch Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei on Netflix, Funimation, Hulu, and Crunchyroll
9. Cast & Staff
The following will return as the cast and staff members for Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Season 2:
|Director||Yoshida Risako||Diabolik Lovers, Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS|
|Series Composition||Satou Tsutomu||Mahoka Koukou no Rettosei|
|Character Design||Kana Ishida||Shounen Maid, Aquarion Evol|
|Studio||8bit||That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Stars Align|
|Character||Voice Actor||Famous Works|
|Tatsuya||Nakamura Yuichi||Keigo/Hawks (My Hero Academia), Kuroo (Haikyu)|
|Miyuki||Hayami Saori||Uzumaki Himawari (Boruto), Fubuki (One Punch Man)|
|Angelina||Hikasa Yoko||Stephanie (No Game No Life), Mio (K-ON)|
|Erika||Uchiyama Yumi||Mare Bello (Overlord), Etoile (Arslan Senki)|
10. About Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
The story takes place in an alternative history where magic exists with technology. It follows Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba, siblings who enroll into First Mage High School.
While keeping their connections to the Yotsuba clan a secret, they attempt to live their daily lives in peace.
Peace, wherein, Tatsuya is outcast for his magical ‘ineptness’ while Miyuki is validated for her abilities.