Distribution Rights: Media Blasters
Genres: Comedy, Action, Romance
|Mahou Tsukai Tai! (OVA)|
Alternate Titles: I Want to Learn
Magic!, Magic-User's Club
Description: A strange alien object
invades the Earth and then does nothing but watch.
Meanwhile, Takeo-kun forms a "Magic-User's Club" in
school recruiting close friend Ayanosuke, sophomore Sae
and Nanako, and Akane. In an effort to impress the
girls, Takeo leads the inexperienced club on an attack
against the space invaders, while trying to get the hang
of their magic and trying to keep them from quitting.
Then there's the school's Manga club, taking their room
space. All the while Sae tries to make herself feel
useful while trying coming to grips with her "respect"
| Reviewer #1: Kane
Episodes reviewed: OVA 1-6
thing about being in a close-knit group in school (or church
or anime clubs...), there are always several things going on.
Hidden feelings, secret romances, tested friendships, and
self-doubt are some of the biggest things that go on in
groups. They're also one of the most popular themes in anime,
so it's natural to create an anime that's specifically about a
club. And this light-hearted, but touching series does it so
There's the leader Takeo-kun, who is one of the founders of
a Magic-User's club. He's a geek whose best traits would never
be seen other than this club. There's his friend Ayanosuke.
The "cool-cat", smartest person in the group. He sees the
special traits in Takeo. He's also in love with Takeo.
Then there's sophomore Sae. She also sees Takeo's
"specialness," but her clumsiness and self-doubts keep her
from voicing her feelings as well as utilizing her full magic—
even though she's potentially the strongest Magic-User there.
It's a heart-fult and not-predictable path that she and Takeo
There's about a hundred other things going on: there's
gorgeous Akane, who doesn't really participate in the group
but is part of it. And Sae's best friend Nanako, who's in love
with Ayanosuke. I wish I could describe it all because every
thing going on could be an anime series of its own, but
they're all wonderfully blended into one rich anime.
Oh, yeah. There're the Space Invaders that Takeo proposes
to attack to impress the girls (and regrets it immediately).
The action is realistic, the story is funny (imagine how much
your butt hurts sitting on a broom or bar high in the air),
and the characters are touching. What's so wonderul about this
is how the characters actually change as they experience and
learn, and how the lessons they learn changes the viewers they
touch as well.
| Reviewer #2: Clyde Adams
Episodes reviewed: 1-6,
||This is a very funny,
delightful, engaging fantasy, highly recommended. The art is
beautiful, and the music, production values, and character
designs are all of very high quality.
The story focuses on the characters and emotions of the
high-school-age sorcerers. Their friendships, their unrequited
and/or unexpressed loves, their fragile egos, and their
humiliations are touchingly portrayed. Their characters are
developed in loving detail, and we can't help but identify
with them, even as we can't help but laugh at their mostly
self-made predicaments. While there are real life-or-death
crises that arise, the most important crises in the series,
the crises that get the most attention, are crises of
confidence. The message-- "believe in yourself"-- may seem
trite, but it's expressed superbly here.
The style of the art is flamboyant, rather than
pseudo-realistic, contributing to the comic effect. The huge,
silly-looking peaked witches' hats, the thunderbird-shaped
magic wands, and the often rubberlike faces of the characters
are all part of this style.