By Yasuhiro Kano
Genres: Action, Magic, Shounen, School, Fantasy, (Ecchi), (Comedy), (Romance), (Supernatural)
During a flashback, an interviewer inquires Kuzumi Taiga, a prospective student of Seinagi Private High School, on what he would do if he could use magic during his entrance interview. He replies, “take over the world”. Following his answer, an attractive girl who saw his response let out an outburst of laughter. 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 rejection involves her.
Wandering around outside of the school the next day, Kuzumi tries to enter the school, but was blocked by an invisible barrier. Coincidentally, a teacher, Mr. Hiiragi, confuses Kuzumi for a student of the school ditching class and pulls Kuzumi into the school through the magical barrier.
Then, he discovers the truth. Seinagi Private High School is actually a magic school! Unfortunately, Kuzumi is a teenager with no magical skill at all …
The first thing that one may think about is how the heck can one manga be involved in so many genres, especially when the manga is only 99 chapters long? Well, for good or bad, this manga did it.
Perhaps the most brilliant feature of the setup of Mx0 is the skillset of the protagonist, Kuzumi Taiga. Having zero magical skills means that he can’t rely on any imbalanced power that is granted to him by the author. The only thing he can count on is his trickster’s mind. If there ever was a IQ comparison test among all manga characters, he would probably rank pretty high.
In comparison, the plot of Mx0 is plain, but at least the author knows when the story loses its momentum and decides to abruptly bring the story to the conclusion. To be honest, to place Mx0 at number twenty-two may be overestimating its quality. However, to hell with it, since this is my list and Mx0 is one of the earliest manga that I had read, I’ll put it in number twenty-two.