Hello all, lately I’ve been reading (and in this instance definitely buying) the manga series Honor Student at Magic High School. For those of you who don’t know this is a companion series to Irregular at Magic High School available only in Manga format, unlike the 4 formats that in which you can find Irregular.
Volumes one through three are currently available in English with volume four coming out in September. The series follows Miyuki Shiba, the younger sister of the protagonist of Irregular, and several other course one students. I enjoy reading stories from multiple points of view, so I am keen on this conceptually. I have been a fan of Irregular ever since I first saw the anime, so I am quite pleased that we are getting this manga in addition to the light novels of Irregular. The first novel of Irregular was released in April and second volume comes out in August.
But back to the manga.
As I mentioned, Honor Student at Magic High School, follows Miyuki, who is the top student in her class (hence the name) and her two closest friends, Honoka and Shizuku, who are also talented students academically and magically. The world of Magic High School is interesting in and of itself because it reminds me Clarke’s third law “Any sufficiently complex technology is indistinguishable for magic” which is high related to the premis for the world. Here the use of magic was essentially permitted by the use of complex technology. Somewhat relative, what?
I was really hooked on the manga from the first volume as it really sets up the relationship between Miyuki and Tatsuya.
It also sets up certain traits about both characters as individuals from the start and the origin of those traits. It truly aids in the developments of a more complete world. The sibling complex is totally still there though. For me, this is a great opportunity to further revel in the fictional world of Magic High. And even more importantly, the nature of manga localization versus novel localization means that I get my fix a lot more frequently than with the novels alone. Go ahead and pick the manga AND novel up at a bookstore near you.