Ultramaniac - Magical Girl (Vol. 1)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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I have been obsessed with this anime/manga since I was in middle school, so when I had the opportunity to buy the anime I jumped on the chance. Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by Cheyenne White
i love it. it has fantasy,romance and comedy. i like the tv show also but i also enjoy the manga.Published on July 30, 2013 by Whitley
I must say, the Ultra Maniac anime has dissapointed me. The anime is nothing like the manga what so ever, and I really hate that. There are a few times where it's like the manga... Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by B. Lands