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Magical Play - The Complete Collection

4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000228T4A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,684 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I have to admit that I passed by this dvd many times and just looking at the cover I was not attracted to it at all. It looked like some stupid magical girl anime along the lines of Sailor Moon. It was only after I read a review of it in a magazine that I said to myself that the series sounded really funny.
The world of Magical Play is so bizarre that at first it's like trying to see in a dark room, your eyes and mind have to get adjusted to the humor that makes Excel Saga seem laid back. As the first episode opens we see this giant roc-like bird with what looks a human sized fish with legs in its talons. Then the giant bird drops the fish from what looks like a mile up. Meanwhile, on the ground below, Pipin Lacippe is having a magic duel and has won it, that is until the fish lands on her and knocks her out. That's when we find out that the fish is a living garment named Uokichi, worn by aspiring magical girl Padudu.
You see, on the world of Sweetland, girls with magical powers have to fight each other. Whoever wins recieves a stamp, called a hanamaru in a pocketbook. When they get enough, they become a magical girl, which basically means they can travel to Earth and become a superhero with their own comics, manga, and other merchandise. Pipin wants her hanamaru back and so begins a lifetime rivalry between her and Padudu.
We are also introduced to some other characters in Magical Play. Myumyu is a beautiful blond whose only clothing is two magical cats that cover up her assets. She might look good but inside she is a treacherous and backstabbing person. She acts like she's Padudu's friend but she really only sees her as a tool she can use to get what she wants. For example, she tells Padudu to walk across a rickety old bridge, pleading exhaustion.
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I was really at a loss as to whether to rate this show 4 or 5 stars. I ultimately decided to go with 4, due to the fact that this simply is not a show for everyone. I'd really rate that as something like a 4.5, but since no such thing is present in Amazon's system, 4 it is.

Who is this show for, then? If you love anime for all that it is, if you enjoy humor at its zaniest, and if you can handle a healthy dose of cute (alongside a healthy dose of insanity), then you'll probably love Magical Play. When watching this show, it really helps to be a fairly knowledgable fan of anime and its cliches, because Magical Play is never afraid to mock them. Still, you don't have to understand every little nuance of the show in order to appreciate its comedy. It's definitely not the kind of show the DVD cover projects it as. On that note, I would not recommend this show for young kids. I would say age 13+.

Padudu, from the kingdom of Sea Heaven, is taking part in a magical girl competition. The goal is to earn the most Hanamaru (a small mark shaped like a flower, collected almost like one would collect stickers) through various challenges and tests, and the girl with the most will ultimately become queen of the magical kingdom Sweetland. Each magical girl has a tie to some sort of animal, usually appearing as a clothing item or weapon. Padudu's is that of the majestic... fish. Hey, at least it's useful: whenever she's hungry, she just rips off a piece from the underside of the cloak (much to the living garment's dismay).

Padudu, like many magical girl characters, is a bit of a bumbling idiot. I wouldn't say she takes the cake, but she's right up there with the best of the intellectually worst. She is a simpleton, positive and naive.
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A Kid's Review on December 27, 2004
I recently bought "Mahou Yugi" (Magical Play) because I had heard it was just awesome. And I heard right! This DVD is the best and has become one of my favorites!

"Magical Play" is about a girl named Padudu and her fish jacket Uokichi that come from a far off land in the sky called "Sea Heaven". Padudu wants to be a magical girl more than anything in the world, and keeps at it no matter what happens, or what someone tells her (coughNonononcough). So Padudu travels through various lands and enters tons of contests and meets unforgettable characters like Pippin her life long rival, or Myumyu, with the cats for clothes. Even the dangerous criminal Nononon becomes friends (and I use that term lightly) with Padudu.

Another treat that comes with this DVD is the art! The art is fantastic and it's by Japan's very own "Kiyohiko Azuma" who created Azumanga Daioh! Also, something else that you get is the awesome 5th episode in 3-D (but be warned: this one is a little more violent than the other 4 episodes in 2-D)! This DVD is truly a work of magic! I reccomend this DVD to anyone, but not for anyone TOO young, because there is partial nudity, but it's not very bad at all. Please buy!
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I had a smile on my face before the opening credits were done. I rarely find an anime title that makes me laugh out loud, but this one had me laughing and smiling the whole way through. Padudu is so sweet I got a cavity just looking at her, and myumyu is easily one of the sexier characters in any anime i've seen. (That includes Ryoko) As other reviewers have said the only shortcoming of this title is it's length. I can't believe other animes which are mediocre, have dozens of episodes while a true gem like magical play had so few. Watch this anime!
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