- Title: Mx0
- Genre: Action, Comedy, Magic, School, Shounen
- Authors: Yasuhiro Kano
- Volumes: 10
- Chapters: 99
- Status: Completed
- Date: 8 May 2006 — 12 May 2008
During a flashback, an interviewer inquires Kuzumi Taiga, a prospective student for Seinagi Private High School, on what he would do if he could use magic, during his entrance interview. He replies, “take over the world”, with an outburst of laughter, from an attractive girl, following his answer.
After the entrance exam, the school rejects his application; although he recalls almost nothing after this event, he does recall the girl, and believes the cause of his school of choice rejecting his application involves her.
Wandering around outside of the school the next day, Kuzumi tries to enter, but an invisible barrier blocks him. A teacher, Mr. Hiiragi, confuses Kuzumi for a student of the school ditching class and pulls Kuzumi into the school through the barrier.
Seinagi Private High School is actually a magic school and Mr. Hiiragi has just accidentally pulled Kuzumi, a teenager with no magical skill, through the barrier into this school.
As the description suggests, Mx0 is a manga about a non magic wielder fatefully stumbling upon a world of magic. His inability to use magic becomes the central piece that connects most of the comedy and action in the manga. It is interesting and entertaining to see Kuzumi’s struggles to keep up in a society where everyone but him can use magic.
Kuzumi’s predicament stems from the attempts to cover up his identity as a non magic wielder. He is forced to occasionally perform lies and deceit to keep his true identity a secret. It is interesting to see how Kuzumi plays a pivotal role in influencing the characters around him. Despite him being the weakest magic student, he is reliable in his own ways. His likeable personality and his good intentions will occasionally lead him to situations where his inability to use magic threatens his secret. Yet with each passing predicament, Kuzumi becomes a more and more prominent figure in Seinagi High, eventually becoming a figure that is relied upon by everyone (he still can’t use magic though). With Kuzumi being the main protagonist, the resultant action scenes that involve him would often be steeped in comedy as he cannot use magic, but we are soon shown how capable he can be even without the use of magic.
When viewing the manga’s aesthetic value, while not among the most beautiful drawings I’ve seen, it is decently drawn to keep us attracted to the characters and immersed in the scenes. Each character also has their own elements or features that make them stand out from the other. The overall plot remains the same for the most part, as we see different situations and different progressions in the story that all stem from Kuzumi’s inability to use magic. Even so, the manga manages to keep its readers entertained with the usual comedy and the occasional romance between a few prominent characters. The dialogues are convincingly interactive and gives the characters each an identity that’s unique to their persona.
Overall, I didn’t really care for the art or the action in Mx0 (except during the test arcs). Instead, I was attached to the characters and their chemistry. The silly shenanigans of your typical boys and the cute elegance of the females in a class was what kept their interactions continuously entertaining. And as we become more drawn to the characters, it was more painful having to move on from the manga as it approached its end. I wish Mx0 had a season 2 to fully explore the potential that it ended off with, but nevertheless I am convinced that the ending of Mx0 was just.
Should I read Mx0?
As a shounen manga, Mx0 delivers in its appeal to its target readers. However, I must admit that there is nothing outstanding about the manga. The action scenes weren’t thrilling or hyped up and the romance never fully got its gears running. The show as a whole is still entertaining and would definitely be a good read.
If you’re looking for tons of action, a conclusive romance and an expansive world, then Mx0 would completely disappoint you. But as a casual reader of these genres, you will get your time’s worth of value as the show is indeed fun and engaging in its own ways.