Magic User's Club! OVA

Alt title: Mahoutsukai Tai! OVA

OVA (6 eps)
1996 - 1997
3.433 out of 5 from 856 votes
Rank #6,406

Without warning, a giant alien bell suddenly appeared over the skies of Tokyo. Its purpose, it broadcast, was to take over the Earth, a plan which so far has not been thwarted. Luckily for humanity, the Magic Users Club of Kitanohashi High School is here to save the day! Armed with 2 new recruits and a load of magical talent, Takakura, Aburatsubo, and the rest of the gang begin to train daily for the goal of defeating the bell, and finally earning the respect of the Mizuha Miyama manga club, their largest rival!

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The Bell, Takakura, and Flying Magic

Episode 1

The Bell, Takakura, and Flying Magic

The Giant Top, Mistress Mizuha, and Failed Magic

Episode 2

The Giant Top, Mistress Mizuha, and Failed Magic

The Whirligig, Akane, and Forbidden Magic

Episode 3

The Whirligig, Akane, and Forbidden Magic

The Sea, the Cave, and a Magic Party

Episode 4

The Sea, the Cave, and a Magic Party

Nanaka, Aburatsubo, and Confession Magic?

Episode 5

Nanaka, Aburatsubo, and Confession Magic?

Sae, Jeff, and the Big Spell

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Sae, Jeff, and the Big Spell

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ohtoriakio
8.8

This anime is one of the best OVA series that I have seen as it is one that makes use of the timeframe and budget really effectively. As one would expect from an OVA, the animation is great and crisp. This series goes one further with this however as it also uses bright colours, minimum still frames and detailed design on both the characters and the background. The anime does have a shoujo look and feel with the big eyes, ditsy female protagonists and such - which means that everyone is prettily drawn and pleasing to the eye. The motion is another important part of the series as the characters tend to be in flight a fair bit and these scenes are animated well. The contrast between the mecha and shoujo backgrounds (bright park, detailed school yards and the likes) give the show a very appealing feel. It also invites an audience of both males and females because of it. The sound is very fitting for this anime as the music was appropriate to most scenes and the opening and closing songs are fun, fluffly and memorable pop songs. The voice acting was also well-executed (even in English) and the voices sounded right for most characters, though a couple here and there (including Akane and Nanaka) tend to sound like archetypes. This does not really affect the series in a bad way as the length (6 episodes) means that the characters do not get on your nerves. The story is surprisingly very well handled, the mixture of mecha and magic is fluid and interesting throughout and never seems out of place. The execution is to thank for that as everything was paced really well. From the humble beginnings of Sae to the dark and humourous ending, everything flowed really well. The characters are also to thank for this as the focus on them made the anime this much more relatable. They are interesting, fun and serve their purpose very well. AND there is even time to give the characters some depth. Be it in dealing with love, lust or friendship, the characters show multiple layers. A lot of the comedy falls on Takeo and Aburatsubo and those scenes are created with a lot of panache. The one to display the most depth is Nanaka in her dealing with her emotions for Aburatsubo and that is also done very successfully. This anime has great value because I have already seen this OVA series three times and I haven't grown tired of it yet. The amazing thing about this anime is that some situations seem funny enough as they happen on screen but they are even funnier in retrospect, which a lot of comedy series do not achieve. Magic Users Club shows that this is how a comedy should be made. There is also some depth here so if you like this kind of mixture and you think this series will appeal to you, it most probably will.

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