There are many folks who want Harry Potter to be remade into an anime version. Instead of hoping for that to occur, why not appreciate the magical school anime that are already available to us? The theme of magic is a constant fantasy of mankind as many of us dream of having super powers to make our lives easier and more eventful. Being in a magical school would mean that hardly any of us would hate school either as the subjects would be so fun that we would be looking forward to going to school! Here are 10 of the anime we would like to introduce to you so you can bask in the sweet fantasy of magical school worlds!
10. Mahou Sensou (Magical Warfare)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2014 – Mar. 2014
Takeshi Nanase is a regular high school boy who is on his way to kendo practice when he stumbles upon an unconscious girl. The girl is clad in a uniform which he does not recognize but nonetheless, he rescues her. Upon gaining consciousness, the girl named Mui Aiba reveals that she is a student at Subaru Magic Academy, and she has accidentally turned Takeshi into a magician too. Thereafter, Takeshi along with his new magician friends, Kurumi Isoshima and Kazumi Ida, enroll in the Subaru Magic Academy.
A boy’s life is changed after he found a girl magician. Takumi and his 2 new magician friends may be new magicians, but they have different reasons to enroll in the magical school. While there are many magicians who want to live in harmony with non-magicians, there are those with evil intent who are known as the Ghost Trailers. The good magicians called the Wizard Brace, strive to protect non-magicians against the Ghost Trailers.
9. Mahou Sensei Negima! (Negima!)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Jan. 2005 – Jun. 2005
Negi Springfield is a 10-year old magician who is given a strange task in order to pass the final test which would qualify him as a Master Wizard. The task in question is to be an English teacher at an all-girls school! Negi makes the mistake of embarrassing one of his students, Asuna Kagurazaka, which results in her bearing hatred towards him. Later, Asuna finds out that Negi is actually a magician, and she threatens to reveal his secret unless he helps her.
In the strange world of Mahou Sensei Negima!, even the supposedly normal school Negi is teaching at has strange students such as a vampire, a robot, or even a person from the future! As a magician, Negi does not only need to fight against evil magicians but also help his students pass the exams! Even though Negi is just a kid, this is a harem anime so some ecchi content is bound to be present.
8. Shugo Chara!
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: Oct. 2007 – Sep. 2008
Underneath the cold exterior of Amu Hinamori who is studying at Seiyo Elementary, she is really just a shy girl who is easily intimidated. Therefore, she makes a wish one night to be reborn as her “would-be” self, which leads to the presence of 3 eggs in the morning. Each of the eggs are in the colors of red, blue, and green respectively, that would then hatch into 3 Guardian characters who go by the names of Ran, Miki, and Su.
The Guardian characters would not only advise Amu in her path to discovering her “would-be” self, but they also can change the personalities and abilities of a person, albeit only temporarily. Therefore, the audience gets to watch as Amu struggles with different personalities! Amu finds that she is not the only one with Guardian characters, as there is a student council group in her school called the Seiyo Elementary Guardians which consists of people who own Guardian characters.
7. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu (Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jan. 2010 – Apr. 2010
Akihisa Yoshii is the “baka” or idiot in the story who belongs in the lowest-tier class known as F. As for the A class, it is filled with the best of the best students and therefore, deserve the high-class amenities. On the flip side, F class has the worst furnishings. The only way the students of other classes get to enjoy the best furniture and fittings is by battling it out to get the furnishings of other class. And the battle involves summoning fantasy creatures!
Despite being a magical school, it seems like it is not all fun and games, which kinds of strike a chord with us who attended regular schools. Students are competitive and those who do not do well are branded as losers and placed in the lowest-tier class with the worst furnishings that makes the environment unconducive for studying. All in all, the series is focused on its comedy aspect, so expect to laugh even when it is a battle between the magical beasts!
6. Gakuen Alice
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Oct. 2004 – May 2005
Sakura Mikan is surprised to find out that her best friend, Hotaru transfers to a school meant for gifted students with “Alices”, which are basically superpowers or magic ability. As Mikan has heard that the school has a reputation for being like a prison, she goes to the school to discover more about the issue.
There are many magic abilities classified as the types of Alice, which can range from Latent Type, Technical Type, Somatic Type, Special Ability and Dangerous Ability. To find out what each term means, you should watch Gakuen Alice. Since this is a school, the performance of students is evaluated, and in this series, it is done by using the star system. Gakuen Alice also explores themes associated with students such as bullying.
5. Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul. 2006 – Sep. 2006
Like other nobles in the story, Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière has magic abilities. She attends the Tristain Academy of Magic which is known for being a prestigious academy. However, Louise is not exactly good at magic, earning her the name "Louise the Zero" among her peers. When it comes to summoning a familiar, she wishes to summon a powerful one, but what she ends up summoning is a simple human boy from Japan named Saito Hiraga.
As with other schools, one will end up being mocked by others if one does not perform well, which happens to Louise in her magical school. Determined to prove her worth, she wants to summon a powerful familiar but instead gets a seemingly weak boy named Saito. She treats him pretty much like a slave but the summoning does not seem like a total failure after all as the two begin to develop puppy love for each other. Besides different elements of magic being wielded by magic users, the story is spiced up with the presence of magical creatures such as elves and dragons.
4. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (Chivalry of a Failed Knight)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct. 2015 – Dec. 2015
There are individuals blessed with the ability to use magic and materialize weapons using their souls. These unique individuals are known as Blazers and those who want to further hone their magic capabilities would attend magic academies to attain the rank of Mage-Knights. Ikki Kurogane has such dream of becoming a Mage-Knight and so he enrolls in the Hagun Academy, but he is pretty much the worst student there and is under the F-rank. Due to some unfortunate event, he is challenged to a duel by an A-ranker named Stella Vermillion.
In the magical school, Ikki is dubbed as the worst student but while it may seem like Stella would easily defeat Ikki, there is more than meets the eye. So somehow, the story does not run away from the cliché that usually the strongest character would end up getting stronger and turns out to be strongest. One of the highlights in Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry is its magic battle tournaments, which shounen fans would love.
3. Cardcaptor Sakura
- Episodes: 70
- Aired: Apr. 1998 – Mar. 2000
Sakura Kinomoto is a 10-year-old girl who comes across a book containing cards. They are actually magical cards known as Clow Cards and Sakura accidentally releases them. The Beast of Seal known as Keroberos informs Sakura that because the cards are set free, they would cause chaos s each card possesses incredible powers. Hence, Sakura is tasked to be the Cardcaptor who will be retrieving all the cards.
Sakura is just an elementary school girl but she is given a difficult mission to retrieve the powerful cards. But after all, she is the one at fault so she should be held responsible for it. Basically, this is a story about a young girl clad in a cute outfit who captures magical cards and gains the magical ability of the cards. However, due to how enjoyable the series is, you somehow forget that you are watching someone collecting cards.
2. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr. 2014 – Sep. 2014
Magic is not only for those who believe in alternative practice as it works with applied science in Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei. Tatsuya Shiba is a magician who acts as a bodyguard for his sister, Miyuki Shiba. Both the siblings will be studying at the First High School which is a school for magicians. Depending on the entrance exam scores, students are placed in different classes such as Blooms for the elites, and Weeds for the worst scorers. Despite his talent, Tatsuya is categorized as Weeds.
This is a story about an underrated magic wielder. Tatsuya is actually considered pretty overpowered so it is ridiculous that he is not placed among the elite rank. This situation rings a bell with the common school system that does not seem to recognize different talents among students, so students in the worst classes are always deemed as untalented or unintelligent. The series is pretty unique in that it combines futuristic technology with magic. Another thing not to be missed in the series is school magic competitions!
1. Little Witch Academia
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: Mar. 2013
Kagari Akko is an ordinary girl who aspires to be like her idol, a great witch known as Shiny Chariot. Thus, Akko joins the Witch Academia to realize her dream of becoming like the famous witch, Shiny Chariot, even though she does not have the advantage of being from a lineage of a magic family. Disappointingly, after she and her 2 best friends, Lotte Yansson and Sucy Manbavaran, enrolls in the academy, Akko finds out that Shiny Chariot is not really that popular after all.
In school, it is common to admire a person and wish to be like him or her, but after finding out more about that individual, usually we see more flaws and do not have such strong admiration anymore. That’s the experience of Akko after she joins the magical school. Akko is just a regular human being like us, yet she gets to enroll into a magical school, which kind of reflects our situation of being a normal human who desires a magical school life. Aside from the different types of magic, the witches are dressed in the stereotypical witch garb and hat.
These are the top 10 magical school anime that we can think of. The combination of school and magic seems to be a common element that you can see these themes in many anime series. Are there any other magical school anime which you would like to introduce to us and the other readers? Do leave your comments below as they would be very helpful for those who are seeking to watch magical school anime!