30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 22

Day 22: Favorite Weapon, Gear or Armor used in an Anime

Usually the average person would pick the most flashiest, damage-dealing object as their favorite weapon, gear or armor. If it deals a considerable amount of damage to an opponent, it is instantly a fan-favorite. However, as for me, I find the Casting Assistant Device or CAD from the anime series,  Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei.

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In Mahouka, magic is no longer an object of legends but real technology capable of surpassing nuclear technology. Just like every other forms of technology, they are governed by different laws of science such as the existences of new particles which are key to the production of magic.

However, instead of being a product of fantastical elements, magic is a result of information elements manifesting from emotions, intention and thought. But this magic technology is still in its infancy and has yet to be further studied.

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Magic Technicians, more commonly known as Magicians, majorly used the Casting Assistance Device which is normally the size of a TV remote control but other forms of devices are available.

These devices accelerate the processing of information from the Magic Calculation Area, or more commonly known as magic processor, which is a part of the subconscious mind of the user.

Certain CADs have their own specializations: modern magic, charms, sutras, talismans and more. However, there are more unorthodox ways of manifesting magic such as Flash Cast (the user, himself, processes the information) or Million Edge which is similar to a long incantation – hence, it needs time for preparation.

Flash Cast is more of like when the user belongs to certain bloodline who is genetically able to manipulate codes of magic sequences using their own brains.

Unlike other fantasy anime series, Mahouka goes out of its way to explain the processes of its universe – in this case, magic as a form of science. Instead of just leaving it in the dark, the series puts a well-deserved spotlight on magic as a form of technology and how it became as such in their world.

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Hence the existence of specialized atom particles which were just recently discovered and the way how this form of technology is still in its infancy – meaning that humanity, in this world, has not fully understood this technology. This is quite similar to how we know that there are black holes in the universe but we don’t have the means to detect or manipulate them.

I love an anime series that fleshes out its world, especially its politics, objects, sciences and etc. Which is why the Casting Assistant Device is probably my favorite piece of weaponry/gear/armor since it comes in different forms such as batons, gloves and the like.

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Also, I forgot to note that the existence of magic as a form of technology was shown to have spanned ever since the world wars in this anime series? Like how cool is that!

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3 thoughts on “30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 22”

  1. I finally got around to reviewing this show and I absolutely love how magic and technology are combined and how this really adds to the believability of the world itself. Part of me kind of wished that this would actually work because how cool would that be.

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  2. Mahouka is great in its world bulding. I also love that aspect of the story. Funny thing is that reading how magic works there (I’ve begun the LN after the anime, and I have to say that it’s far more detailed there), makes me want to study Physics.

    By the way, mine would be probably either Kumagawa’s screws, because I love screws, or weapons that can be generated instantly, like with Gate of Babylon or Unlimited Blade Works. Yep, I’m totally your average Otaku.

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