In Mahouka Koukou it seems apparent that magic seems to take the form of Guns or Snipers for some reason.

Does magic actually have a form or is this yet to come further on in the series since so far the latest episode which was number 3 only came out a couple days ago.

Also how was it that they turned/synthesised magic into an actual form of technology?

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    Hi, you again! Have you watched the pre-air three episodes of OVA called "Yoku Wakaru Mahouka"? Its content is some explanation of how some things work in Mahouka's universe. If you haven't seen it yet, try to watch it ^^
    – user2435
    Apr 22, 2014 at 8:13
  • @zargin- I haven't watched them, nor did I know that there were any. Thank you and thanks for your answer for a recent question of my today. :) Apr 22, 2014 at 9:07
  • Because it looks cool.
    – Euphoric
    Apr 22, 2014 at 10:51

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FatalSleep's answer is right in saying that magic doesn't take the form of weapons, and is just thought particles called Psions. Magic sequences are only processed through CADs shaped like weapons. Why they are that shape is covered below:

First, it's important to understand the difference between a general and specialised CAD. This excerpt from the light novel covers it nicely:

"The two types of CAD are general and specialized. The general type placing a larger burden on the user but capable of a wide range of up to 99 activation sequences, while the specialized type is only able to contain up to nine activation sequences but possesses subsystems able to reduce the load on the user, making it possible to invoke magic faster."

Volume 1 - Enrollment I, Chapter 2

To add to those points, there's also a brief description of why certain specialised CADs take the shape of weaponry such as handguns and sniper rifles:

"By its nature, aggressive combat type magic sequences are generally stored in specialized CAD. [...] Specialized CAD are often shaped in the form of guns because using the auxiliary aiming systems incorporated in the area corresponding to the barrel, coordinate data is input at the moment the activation sequence is initiated"

Volume 1 - Enrollment I, Chapter 2

Put simply, the shape makes targeting easier - aiming the CAD helps determine the location of the desired target, rather than the Magic Technician having to supply all the coordinate data manually.

This is why it's some combat specialised CADs that take the form of guns - the majority of spells will be cast towards an opponent, which requires precise aiming. Such examples would be Tatsuya's Silverhorn Trident, Ichijou Masaki's CAD, and the CAD used by Saegusa Mayumi (below) in the Speed Shooting tournament at the NSC.



Let's go over this for some closure:

In Mahouka Koukou, magic doesn't take the form of weapons or of the like. Magic is processed through these "weapons" which actually come in a variation of designs based on magic user preferences. These devices are actually called CAD or Casting Assistance Device. The CAD act as a pass through for processing magic operations that would otherwise be physically intensive on the human body.

Magic itself is actually psions. Here is the wiki literal definition:

Psions (想子, literally "Thought Particles") are substanceless particles that come under the dimension of psychic phenomenon, an information element that records the result of cognizance and thought. They are similar to Pushions in that Pushions are the particle manifestations of emotions from intention and thought, while Psions are the particle manifestations of intention and thought.

As for how they got it to work with technology, we can assume that for the Mahouka Koukou universe, psions are a natural form of energy much like electrons in real world computing. If this is the case, they developed technology that relies on psions rather than electrons and this resulted in allowing them to use/alter psions as you would electrons, just on a larger, fancier magic scale...

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