The Irregular at Magic High School (Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei - 魔法科高校の劣等生) aired in 2014, but I only watched it last year. What intrigued me about the anime is the almost incestual relationship between the two leads - supposedly brother and sister Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba. I don't want to reveal more than that, but aside from the development of the two lead characters, I find the story that deals so much with magic, class hierarchy, activism, the battle between good and evil and the many interactions between the students to be worth the time.
A new film slated for 2017 was just announced and that there will be the appearance of a new character! The title of the movie is The Irregular at Magic High School: The Girl Who Calls the Stars.
The new character revealed is named Kokoa. Kokoa is a mysterious girl with a youthful appearance. She escaped from a naval defense base and is under the protection of Miyuki Shiba and her companions. [ read more ]
The previous anime series features exciting competition (and rivalries) between the Weeds and Blooms, as well as, intense battles with other magic schools.
Here's the storyline:
In the dawn of the 21st century, magic, long thought to be folklore and fairy tales, has become a systematized technology and is taught as a technical skill. In First High School, the institution for magicians, students are segregated into two groups based on their entrance exam scores: "Blooms," those who receive high scores, are assigned to the First Course, while "Weeds" are reserve students assigned to the Second Course.
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei follows the siblings, Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba, who are enrolled in First High School. Upon taking the exam, the prodigious Miyuki is placed in the First Course, while Tatsuya is relegated to the Second Course. Though his practical test scores and status as a "Weed" show him to be magically inept, he possesses extraordinary technical knowledge, physical combat capabilities, and unique magic techniques—making Tatsuya the irregular at a magical high school. [ source ]
Being branded as either "Blooms" or "Weeds" can be infuriating, especially when you begin to understand Tatsuya's power and skills.