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Ultramaniac - Magical Girl (Vol. 1) (1990)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, 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: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SSQZ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,287 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ayu Tetsushi is in her second year of junior high school and is known as the cool popular tennis club girl that all the other girls idolize. To tell the truth, Ayu only acts cool in order to impress Tetsushi Kaji of the school baseball club. Then, one day, Ayu meets Nina Sakura, a transfer student who had found Ayu’s missing purse. Nina’s strange personality had left Ayu a little perplexed. Furthermore, Ayu finds out that Nina is a witch that came from the kingdom of magic to study abroad. This is a story of one girl’s hope of love and another girl’s study of magic and their friendship to overcome the challenges set before them. Get ready for the ultra-cool, ultra-funny, ultra-romantic Ultramaniac! Based on the original manga by Wataru Yoshizumi (Marmalade Boy) and featuring character designs by Miho Shimogasa (Gravitation) and art direction by Kazuhiro Takahashi (Galaxy Angel).

Junior high tennis ace Ayu Tateishi, the heroine of the broadcast series UltraManiac (2003), has a reasonably normal life--until she runs into (literally) Nina Sakura, a new student at her school. Nina is a witch who's quietly been sent to study in the human world in hopes of improving her grades. She's so inept, she needs a sort of laptop computer to cast spells, which she invariably messes up. Although she means well, Nina complicates Ayu's life, especially in the sensitive area of her crush on baseball star Tetsushi Kaji. Adding to the contretemps is "Committee" Kawanakajima, a nerd who wants to find evidence that Nina really is a witch. UltraManiac offers standard comic scenes of ineptly baked cakes and disastrous trips to the karaoke parlor, but it's a harmless and wholesome entertainment for little girls. (Rated 7 and older: cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A shojo/Magical Girl version of MABURAHO May 28, 2006
First of all, I have no idea why the show is called what it is, since maniac generally means someone insane. This show isn't about that; a title like,"Ultrawitch" would seem to me to be much more appropriate.

Anyway, about the story: Ayu Tateishi is an 8th grade girl whose parents are currently away overseas and who on the surface seems cool and collected, is a star tennis player and is admired by most of the other girls at her school, and has a secret crush on Tetsushi Kaji, a boy who plays baseball at the school. Ayu's normal life changes forever when she meets Nina Sakura, a girl from a magic kingdom who is a witch-in-training (albeit a rather inept-but-well-meaning one) who has been sent to our world to continue her studing. At the beginning of episode 1 Ayu and Nina have already met and have been going to school together for sometime now. (We are told the story of how they first met in episode 4, the last episode on this disk. Nina is monitered by her grandfather in the magic kingdom who watches her progress, and like all magical girls she can transform from her "ordinary" earth clothes to her magical outfit, and has an animal sidekick: a talking cat named Ryo who can change at will into a little boy. Nina is staying with a host family: a human mother who is as clumsy at cooking and housekeeping as Nina is at preforming magic, and her husband who is also from the magic kingdom. Besides the fact that Nina's spells usually backfire, she and Ayu also have another problem: Jun Kawanakajma, the nerdy class chairman, has also seen Nina use magic and now follows them secretly with a camera, waiting for the right moment to catch Nina using magic so he can prove to the world she's a witch.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute! Cute! Cute! March 7, 2006
Where as most magical girl shows have the magical girl as the main character, this new series from the creators of Marmalade Boy is more about a regular girl who happens to be friends with one.

Taking place mainly at a stereotypical well-to-do Japanese junior high, Ayu is a popular girl, and is well liked by her classmates. Especially by the new transfer student, Nina. She only happens to be a magical girl from another dimension. She's come to Earth to study humans, and how to use her magic better. Nina is kind of a novice when it comes to using her powers, which all seem to come from a pocket computer she carries with her. She usually tries to use her powers to help Ayu out, mainly with her crush on the school heartthrob Kaji. Nina's attempts backfire most of the time though, despite the advice given to her by her talking cat Rio who can sometimes take on human form.

The bulk of the series mainly deals with other teenagers from Nina's world coming to Earth and searching for five magic stones. Whoever gets all of them will be able to marry the prince of the magic kingdom in Nina's world. There's not so much an evil power like in Sailor Moon to be fought like in most magical girl stories, aside from the magical rivals and nosy school nerds, but your just regular shoujo comedy scenarios with a fantasy element.

Ultra Maniac might seem to alot like a deliberate ripoff of Cardcaptor Sakura. But it does hold a little bit of its own. It's certainly likeable and cute enough for most young girls to like it. The anime goes on for 26 episodes, although it was preceeded by a 1-episode OVA pilot. If you can stand the taste of sugar you'll have left in your mouth for watching, then this anime should be okay enough for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars silly and unremarkable, but cute enough May 16, 2006
This anime is centered around two high school girls. Ayu Tateishi is athletic, popular, and currently obsessed with a cute boy who is in her class and plays baseball. Nina is a clumsy, well-meaning magical girl from a magical kingdom, sent down to earth to improve her grades and learn about the human world (but even in this first DVD, you get a sense that there's more to it than that). Nina, who is innocent and somewhat childish, takes to Ayu right away and decides to follow her new friend around and use her magic to help Ayu's relationship with her crush advance. Naturally, Nina isn't very good with magic and all her attempts to help end with disasters of varying proportions, from giving Ayu a ring that will cause any boy who touches her to be zapped with powerful electricity to turning Ayu into a boy to help her with a tennis match.

This isn't really my kind of show, but it's definitely decent enough. It's considerably more childish than a lot of other high school shows out there, like Azumanga Daioh and School Rumble. There are few laugh-out-loud moments. Most of the humor stems from the ridiculous spells Nina comes up with and their many side effects, but as that none of the side effects last, the show was a little episodic. The magic is fun and is used pretty often; it feels a little like Bewitched. While humorous, it just won't make you laugh much. Young girls will probably like it, but I wouldn't recommend it to any adults unless they know in advance what they're getting into.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Anime for Young Girls February 5, 2008
If you are an anime fan and want to introduce your young kids to the genre while avoiding 13UP material look to UltraManiac. It is a magical junior high adventure/drama that I started watching with my daughter when she was 6 years old. The series is rated 7UP. There is occasional intensity but it is not the kind where characters are physically hitting each other, just when they are feeling emotions, etc. Those scenes are very comic-book like where their faces go from stylish anime to simple lines - think the drop of water off the side of the forehead when a character gets embarrassed. Anyway, I'm rambling. The colors are great. The mood is happy. The villans are solid. And overall it is the best anime I have found for my little girls.

The anime has good humor and I enjoy watching it myself. I am a fan of the language and like listening to it in Japanese with English subtitles. My daughter prefers listening to it in English, which is a superb audio production by the way. If you like sweet, fun, without over-the-top potty humor then check out Ultramaniac.
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