There are some aspects of The Irregular at Magical High School that make the game somewhat controversial and are the reason it has received many mixed reviews. First, it has an overpowered protagonist who is simply a genius when it comes to combat. He easily surpasses the skills of almost all of his opponents, and his fights with every other character have a very predictable outcome. Another major problem with the anime is that it hints at an incestuous relationship between two of its characters, which makes many viewers uncomfortable for obvious reasons.
But despite all of these perceived pitfalls, The Irregular at Magic High School has some deeply compelling themes with a fair amount of cryptic symbolism. All of this is complemented by the moving story, not to mention the world-building is simply phenomenal. If you are a big fan of this anime and are looking for other series that offer something similar, then we are here to help you. Here is the list of the best anime similar to The Irregular at Magic High School that we recommend. You can watch several of these anime like ‘The Irregular at Magic High School’ on Netflix, Crunchyroll or Hulu.
7. Code Geass (2006-)
In 2010, the city of Japan was taken over by the kingdom of Britannia, which possesses a mysterious weapon. Despite numerous efforts to overthrow the rule of this kingdom, Japan fails to be a free nation. Soon the location is renamed Area 11, and only a few rebels remain ready to fight against British rule. When a high school student named Lelouch gets caught in the crossfire between the two opposing factions, a mysterious girl appears and grants him the power of kings. He then embarks on a journey not only to use his newly acquired powers, but also to devise the ultimate strategies to bring peace to his country.
Unlike most of the anime on this list, Code Geass isn’t set in a school, but it does have a high school student as its protagonist. Just like in The Irregular at Magical High School, the main character of Code Geass is extremely overpowered and also a brilliant strategist. He is also very goal oriented, and when he needs help, he is guided by a female magical being. If you enjoy watching well-crafted war anime series, Code Geass should definitely be on your watch list.
6. The Asterisk War: The Academic City on the Water (2015)
In the mysterious floating city of Asterisk there is a very prestigious academy known as Seidoukan. This academy is home to many youths possessing supernatural abilities known as Genestellas. At the academy, they train rigorously in preparation for a festival where they compete against each other. Ayato Amagiri is one of the school’s few new recruits to take on a girl named Julis; his life will never be the same again.
A magical high school is again a common theme between The Asterisk War and The Irregular at High School. In addition to all the action, elements of other genres such as romance and science fiction can also be found in the two series. The harem is also a recurring theme, as the protagonists are surrounded by young, beautiful women. The Asterisk War is the perfect series if you’re looking for a mix of comedy, action, romance and some ecchi.
5. Strike The Blood (2013-2014)
Kojou Akatsuki’s life is turned upside down when the strongest vampire known unleashes her spirit on him, making him the fourth Progenitor. The government soon finds out about this too, and to prevent all of this they are forced to use a very powerful sword called the Shaman. But it turns out that it is no ordinary sword, but an apprentice who goes by the name of Himeragi Yukina. Kojou now has to face her, but everything is not as easy as it seems.
The first major similarity between the two series is that they are set in a futuristic world where there is a lot of magic. The male protagonists have similar personalities and the girls around them are mysteriously attracted to both. And of course, like pretty much every show on this list, this show is set in a high school. Strike the Blood is a must-read for anyone who enjoys The Irregular at Magical High School’s mysterious atmosphere and well-developed characters.
4. Chivalry of a Failed Knight (2015)
Ikki Kurogane, the protagonist, attends a well-known academy, Hagun Academy. Here he is training to one day become a great Mage Knight. However, his biggest problem is that unlike most of the other students in the school, he seems to be a bad knight and is called the worst because of his bad grades. In order to pass the year, he has to put all this in order soon. A new glimmer of hope comes when a new principal, Kurono Singhji, comes to the school and offers him a second chance to increase his chances of graduating again. She tells him that if he manages to win the Seven Star Sword Festival, his grades will be ignored and he will surely graduate. When Stella, a magical princess, comes to the school, Nikki’s odds of winning seem to diminish. But now there is much more at stake for him than just graduating from school, because whoever wins gets to enslave the other for life.
The first major similarity between the chivalry of the failed knight and the high school irregular is that both are set in a magic school. Also, the main characters, Ikki and Tatsuya, struggle to get good grades at their respective academies. Both characters are pretty cool, and despite being the bottom-rated mages in their schools, they don’t really seem to care. In both cases, they have to deal with another student who is the complete opposite of them and is actually the best student at the academy.
3. Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1988-1997)
In a very distant future, humanity left Earth and settled on several other planets. All is not peaceful, however, as the Galactic Empire, led by the Goldenbaum Dynasty, and the Free Planets Alliance are at war. The anime mainly revolves around two main protagonists who, while having opposite personalities, are nonetheless connected through their shared political struggles and battles. And in the end, both have to face the atrocities of war in one way or another.
There is no magical high school in Legend of the Galactic Heroes, but what it shares in common with The Irregular at Magical High School is the theme of a futuristic world raging at war over class discrimination. Both series also explore the political aspects of their worlds and show how these affect the lives of the main protagonists. On the surface, the two series might not be all that similar, but at their core, they’re both well constructed, with deeply intriguing characters and political references.
2. The Fruit of Grisaia (2014)
The Fruit of Grisaia is about a school, the Mihama Academy, where the students are completely isolated from the outside world to ensure they can concentrate on what is being taught. The anime revolves around the lives of 5 girls who seem to be doing pretty well until one day Yuuji Kazami, the first man in their group, enters their lives and confronts them again with the demons of their past.
‘The Fruit of Grisaia’ has a darker undertone than ‘The Irregular at Magical High School’. But both have a uniquely capable male protagonist who has a cool demeanor and earnestly pursues what he sets out to achieve. In both series, the subject of the harem is touched upon lightly without Ecchi being involved. The Fruit of Grisaia is the perfect anime for anyone looking for a psychological thriller set in a high school.
1. A Certain Magical Index (2008-)
The academy city is way ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to technology and is also home to some of the world’s brightest young minds. There is a very prestigious academy in town where both boys and girls learn to develop their psychic abilities. Among these students is the main protagonist, Touma Kamijou, who is the lowest-ranking psychic there. However, he possesses a unique ability he calls Imagine Breaker, which allows him to distract everyone else’s magical abilities. He lives a simple, relaxed life and doesn’t care about anything until one day he comes across Index Librorum Prohibitorum. The girl is being hunted by some of the most dangerous organizations in the world and it’s up to Touma to protect her.
The main similarity between the two animes is that they are both set in schools set up for students with special abilities. Both set in a futuristic world and have protagonists who are extremely strong in their own way, but aren’t really capable of doing well in school. Extremely relaxed and disinterested, both feel a sense of purpose when forced to fight for someone else. More of a lighter version of The Irregular at Magical High School, A Certain Magical Index is easily one of the best magical sci-fi anime out there.