The irregular at magic high school The Movie: The Girl Who Summons the Stars Review
The irregular at magic high school The Movie: The Girl Who Summons the Stars (Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Movie: Hoshi wo Yobu Shoujo), was released on June 17th in Japan and July 28th in the US. It has since grossed more than 500 million yen (4.5 million USD). The film is a sequel to the original 26 episode anime adaptation that aired in April 2014. The original light novel series written by Tsutomu Satou has sold more than 7.7 million copies worldwide.
Synopsis: The seasons go by, and their second spring is almost upon them…The “irregular” elder brother and his younger sister, who is an academic star, are about to finish their first year at Magic High School. Tatsuya, Miyuki, and the others have decided to spend their spring break at a certain private villa on Ogasawara Island. They are making the most of their brief vacation. That is until a young girl named Kokoa appears before them. She has escaped from the naval base, and tells Tatsuya her one wish…(Source: Aniplex, Official Website)
Review: The original anime adaptation of The Irregular at Magic High School has had a fairly bad reputation among fans of the series for being a poor adaptation of the original light novels. While it was still fun and exciting, it did have it’s shortcomings. The irregular at magic high school The Movie: The Girl Who Summons the Stars doesn’t have to worry about these expectations because of it’s new storyline, but the film still favors those who have previously read the novels.
The movie starts off with Tatsuya, Miyuki, and friends heading to a tropical resort island for a vacation. It is soon after that a mysterious girl named Kokoa appears. Apparently she was told to escape the research facility, a place where secret tests were being ran on her and eight others like her. She states that her one wish is for the other girls to be freed. After hearing her story, Tatsuya decides to help them. It is from this point on that the film becomes extremely action-heavy, with very little story or character development.
While Tatsuya and others are raiding the laboratory, an American strike force shows up, hoping to destroy the entire island. This is where not having read the light novels beforehand becomes a problem. Those who have only seen the anime might be confused, because the new American characters are actually people that Tatsuya and Miyuki are already good friends with. Unfortunately, the movie does nothing to tell us this, but it is somewhat apparent based on the way Lina acts around Tatsuya. The Girl Who Summons the Stars takes place after volume 11, while the TV anime for the series only covers up through the seventh novel. Also, there are multiple flashbacks in the film that show scenes that were non-existent in the TV version. Almost as soon as these novel characters are introduced, Lina helps launch Tatsuya into space in order to save the day.
While the animation is average overall, even during the fight scenes, the film’s music and loud, crisp sound effects make them exciting. As previously mentioned, the story is definitely lacking, and might leave those who haven’t read the novels at confused as to the point of the plot. With all of that being said, The irregular at magic high school The Movie: The Girl Who Summons the Stars is still an enjoyable experience, and is worth watching for anyone who is a fan of the series.
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