Irregular at Magic High School Season 3 Review

Article at a glance:

  • The premise of using magicians as weapons lacks gradual buildup and suffers from inconsistent pacing.
  • New characters introduced in Season 3 are underdeveloped and less engaging compared to those in Season 1.
  • While the animation and soundtracks remain strong, the overall enjoyment of Season 3 falls short compared to previous seasons.

The Irregular at Magic High School Season 3 had some good ideas but the execution ultimately fell flat. You see, this season’s fascinating overbearing premise was the treatment of Magicians as weapons and their potential in wars. They could’ve done so much with this premise. And yet it always feels like the show only dips its toes into it. Tatsuya was pretty much raised to be a weapon so there was a lot they could’ve done for his character through that premise. And that’s what we are here to talk about, let’s review The Irregular at Magic High School Season 3 today.

There are a lot of things I want to say about this season. But let me say this, I didn’t enjoy this season much. Season 1 was awesome, Season 2 was decent and Season 3 feels meh. But why is that? Well, let’s talk about it. Welcome back to another review and here are my thoughts on The Irregular at Magic High School Season 3.

Plot

First and foremost, Season 1 established a very clear hierarchy in the school between the Blooms and the Weeds. That led to some very interesting moments. In season 3, we have a whole new course for engineers and yet we never get to see how that fits into the hierarchy. Even if the mentality of people who were already in the school has changed, fresh admissions to the school should have the same old mindset given how the nobility raise their kids. And yet we only ever get this sentiment from Shippou, while it should’ve been a widespread theme again.

Aside from that, the whole “Using magicians as weapons is bad” thing kind of came out of the left field. Yes, we saw protests against it in the previous season and whatnot but it was always in the background. And now all of a sudden, it is a huge problem. This conflict should’ve been built up more gradually. A lot of the plot points in the season are derived from this conflict. So it feels odd that it almost came out of nowhere. Aside from that, the plot has weird pacing issues at times. Sometimes it is fine but other times it’s very hard to follow.

One thing I will praise the plot for though is the world-building. At least that is very consistent.

Characters

Again, Season 1 worked because the 3rd years in Season 1 had a lot of interesting characters in Mayumi, Maki, Jumonji, etc. And Season 1 also took a lot of time to show off the side characters. The new 1st years introduced in Season 3 are nowhere as good. And the show doesn’t even give time to the side characters to feel any kind of investment in them. The only kind of interesting new character from this season is Shippou and he is relevant for all of 3 episodes… and the show is 13 episodes overall.

Now, we do get to see more of Tatsuya’s character. It is not development by means, just that his and Miyuki’s characters are explored further is all. I wish they had some kind of major development or arc, but nope.

Animations and Soundtracks

The animations and soundtracks are still very good. I prefer the Season 1 art style that Madhouse went with but this studio is also doing a good job with the production overall so I don’t mind it at all. The opening and ending themes are quite awesome once again. So no complaints here.

Summing up

Here are my final review scores for The Irregular at Magic High School Season 3:

  • Plot – 5/10
  • Characters – 5/10
  • Animations – 7/10
  • Soundtracks – 7/10
  • Enjoyment – 6/10
  • Overall – 6/10

Tell you what, Season 3 made me want to go back and watch Season 1 to see if I just remember it wrong. But no, Season 1 is actually quite good. So yeah. Let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. See ya!

Also, check out my massive article on the character dynamics in Code Geass here!

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