Magic—A century has passed since this concept has been recognised as a formal technology instead of the product of the occult or folklore. The season is spring and it is time for a brand new school year. At the National Magic University First Affiliate High School, A.K.A Magic High School, students are divided into two distinct groups according to their academic performances. The "Bloom," who demonstrate the highest grades and are enrolled in the "First Course," and the "Weed," who have a poor academic record and are enrolled in the "Second Course." This spring, a very peculiar brother and sister enrol as new students. The brother is an under achiever with some deficiencies and enrols as a "Weed," while his younger sister is a honor student, who enrols as a "Bloom." The brother, with a somewhat philosophical expression, and the younger sister who holds feelings a little stronger than sibling love for him... Ever since these two have entered through the gates of this prestigious school, the calm campus was beginning to change...
This anime was listed one of the popular animes in one site so I had high hopes for this one. The story starts very nicely and has mystery about two siblings background. I felt plot setting was also nice that there were two groups in school the ones that are thought as better ones and not so good ones. Rivalry between them was interesting to follow. Also idea of how magic works in this world was interesting and felt unique. That was one of the main reasons I started to watch this anime.
Yes, It rises hope indeed. Well technology and magic is nicely bonded in this story and I like how it's mechanism was introduced. One example was how flying magic works. It's always nice to see that things are thought well and not only explained as the theory of love or I-can-do-random-magic-thou-I-don't-know-it-works-it-just-happens-lol. Especially when magic is bond with technology.
Talking about magic I need to admit that the secret siblings had was something else that I thought first. Well you can't blame me that I thought Tatsuya is a robot. Yeah, I thought he is an agent robot or something like that. He doesn't have any feelings at all! What ever is situation he always has same look! (why this sounds familiar....oh yeah..Ragnarök the anime..). He also can restore himself even from death! He looks and acts like a robot!
He doesn't seem to have any emotions. Emotionless robot!
If that's true then why you are the only one who gets all of the feelings that he should have? Are you maybe his lover or something that you need to defend him so much?
Others: Whaat!? You two weren't just fooling around! You really love each other that much!? Is this anime that badly written that we need needless sibling complex that actually doesn't have much back story!?
...Then...You aren't a robot? Right, Tatsuya?
Uh...Okay I don't mock your sister anymore... Err.. let's move on to your secret (not the love one).
So Tatsuya and Miyuki go to a magic school but they are more powerful than what they tell. Also Tatsuya is some genius machine maker. Fits for a robo-
Okay okay! He's a master magic machine maker. To that point every episode was nice to follow and I liked to hear more about their a secret. But after all this a nice school life and a competition scheme I felt my interest faded away quickly. Some how all this changed to a war story. All details were somewhat not very clear and who was who and why they did it. It felt like I skipped many episodes without knowing it. I hoped that maybe all those family matters and war things would be introduced more and better later on but even a final episode ended weirdly. It felt like this wasn't a full story. I looked from Internet that maybe this one actually was second season or something but found out that it wasn't. Also I doubt that it's not gonna get a second season though ending episode felt like it should have. I found out this anime was based on many light novels and manga so maybe that's why it felt so scattered.
I'm not even interested about most of the characters in this show because they are seen so damn many times (looks and temperaments). The quiet introvert one (I think this is what Tatsuya is meant to be but fails ), happy neighbour friend, calm and playful lady, some random charas that doesn't even have clear temperament, tough fighter boy, clever bookworm boy, child-like happy shy girl, tomboy redhead girl, shy kind bookworm girl and so on.
I mean really? Can't you have more imagination with these?
One from this anime and one from Suzumiya Haruhi. These two could look to mirror and see others faces without realising it's not their own!
Faceless: I don't care! Gimme any face! I will pay you! Even a generic one is okay for me!
No! It's not what ever matter! It matters that charas are well designed so that anime history won't stop here, will evolve and keep interesting!
Let's face one other not so nice thing in this series: I didn't except this to have sibling complex but also little mix of harem. It's not well showed but you can see some elements of it. I wonder why this anime is full of starts of plots which then are forgotten later on. Well with harem plot I'm not sorry that it didn't grow bigger.
But hey seriously what those all see in Tatsuya-robot? Only his mad skills? Hey high hopes for ones who doesn't have anything inside them but skills and still girls are over them! XD lol. There is no reasons why all those girls clearly start to like him more than friendly way.
But at least all this sibling complex and harem thing just popped here but didn't go further. It would have been very irritating. It's okay see sibling romance and harem in those stories that are meant to have those but not when they are some kind of little fillers to fill big cracks in a main story.
In nutshell start promised more interesting and cohesive story than what I got. I don't know if I should recommend this to anyone because here isn't even any clear plots going on. Not even fan service plot that could interest someone so maybe we will just quietly bury this in anime history. (I need to read all the novels and manga to see if original story is better to recommend to even someone)!