The aloof high schooler Mo Fan has found himself in a universe similar yet distinctly different from his own mundane one; it's a place where magic has replaced the essence of science. Here, the most capable students are taught to master the wonders of spellworking to fend off large devastating beasts that lurk in the forests surrounding the city. Like his previous life, Mo Fan remains the son of a poor laborer and the older step-brother to a crippled sister. Despite these disadvantages, he dreams of attending a magic school to become a magician—a highly respected and lucrative trade—in order to repay his father for his hard work. Mo Fan is accepted into a renowned magic institution. However, rumors spread about his poverty and lack of magical ability, labeling him as the laughing stock of the school. Nonetheless, Mo Fan manages to harness not only the powerful fire element, but also the rare lightning element! Now armed with dual abilities, what dangerous encounters will the versatile mage face? [Written by MAL Rewrite]
This show starts out with really no intro to the main character and never tries to give an explanation to a few questions you might have at the start of the show; however, this does not detract from the experience. This is a very enjoyable short magic anime with a strong and determined hero who wants to change the lives of him and those around him. He is a underdog with immense potential and culmination of rare abilities and for the most part he hides his true power from all around him.
Watch this show and you’ll not regret it. To enjoy the show more and not constantly wait for things to be explained that never really are, I will give you a backdrop to the story that can’t really count as a spoiler.
The main character appearently 3 months prior to the show woke up to a world vastly different from the one he knew. People around him were the same, but the world changed from ours with science to a world with magic being the fundamental core of society. With this change, Magical has become the great divide in social class and there is great demand for magic in work and also jobs related to combating monsters which now exist and attack humans.
Magic is broken into elements and some are much more rare than others, with the rare ones often giving way to its own hierarchy since they tend to be more powerful and bolster the effectiveness of any group of mages that can recruit a rare type mage. Elemental powers are determined the day you enter a magic high school. What the series never explains is that while Magic ability is rare and types can be rare, what is most rare is possibility of have a second element. They not only do not mention that this exists prior or after the main character becomes one, they don’t even talk about it when you see someone else use more than one type later in the series.
The main character enters the stage as he is trying to pass magic school entrance exams, but since he had only 3 months to learn what he needed to have learned about his new magic world, he fails desperately. His dad does everything he can to help his son get into the school. Another minor fact they never explain is when before the start of the show he exactly and for what reason he ran away with a girl of a prominent magical family (it doesn’t seem to follow the timeline of him just waking up 3 months prior to exams).
This series while 12 episodes is short due to its shorter than normal time length. Despite that, the show actually covers around 3 years time and is virtually the opposite of Slice of Life since he seems to spend all his time getting stronger and has little interaction with classmates or any random events.
Other explanations (Minor Spoilers):
Strongest members of Privileged established families do not waste time going high school and have speed up training to make those that go to school to learn magic a secondary class of mage. Due to translations and the lack of explanation, the power displayed by individuals might not be clear. Most of the show talks about levels of magic without clarifying; I will try to do this now. Staying away from the issue that equal levels of magic are not equal across elements;I will mention levels the show equates to characters. While one teacher said he could not accomplish what a student at level 2 did, another teacher displayed level 2 ability to her class. Hunters seem to be around level 2 with leaders at level 3. While it seems a big deal when they mention level 3, you find out later that this is still the Basic Tier of Magic. 1 time later in the series a “Pro” or “Master” shows up and it is talked about how his 2 elements of “Advanced Tier” Magic did what an entire squad of Basic Tier Hunters couldn’t do.