Mahou Tsukai Tai!
(aka Magical Hop Step)

Rating: 3½ Rampages Nanaka being cute

One day some invaders came from space. If these invaders were pretty women, nobody would complain. But they were very ugly and very high performance robots. They were so powerful that the UN forces were destroyed in one blast. Was it the end of the world? Actually these invaders just roamed around, but they didn't attack unless they were provoked. Also they were very polite, so the people got used to them and lived their normal lives. But these invaders were still invaders...
To fight the aliens, a bunch of highschool students have formed a Magical Club in which they practice being witches using their special wands and flying around on broomsticks. The president, Takakura, is constantly followed around by his loving vice-president, Ayanoujo. The three junior members, Sae, Nanaka and Akane, float in and out of the group but decide later to stick with it. Takakura has a crush on Sae and gets a nosebleed whenever she’s around. Nanaka has a crush on Ayanoujo, and Akane is the ditz. Along with the alien problem, the club has to contend with the very busty president of the manga club next door who is always trying to get their meeting space...

the team in action Review:
This series is just plain fun. Bouncy music, bouncy breasts, romantic hijinx, (and no magical girls!! Thank heavens), Mahou Tsukai Tai is recommended for anybody who likes goofiness.

Herself the Elf sez: Mahou Tsukai Tai is a real classic and something everybody with a sense of humour should see. The music is fun and catchy, the animation is clean and the character designs are delightfully cute and spazzy. The character interaction will have you on the floor laughing, especially between Ayanoujo and his unwilling love-interest Takeo, or between Takeo and his mortal enemy Mizuha (the busty manga club president). Sae is a klutz and has low self-esteem, but she's not a total idiot like Miaka, and she's just too adorable to get irritated with. The only character that doesn't have all that much depth is Akane...and that's mostly because she's always out on a date and hardly ever shows up for club meetings.

Available from Anime Works.

Mahou Tsukai Tai! TV

Rating: 3½ Rampages Sae having some problems with her wand

The TV series picks up right where the OVA left off, and does a pretty seamless job of it. Same seiyuu, same character designs, same wackiness, same fun. Sae is just as clumsy, Takeo's still fantasizing all the time, and Ayanoujo's still trying to jump him. You should see the OVA first; it'll make a lot more sense.

As you can see, magic ability notwithstanding, some things just don't change. Review:
MORE MAHOU TSUKAI TAI!!! WAI WAI WAI!!! it's always nice to see a sequel to a good series that doesn't suck. Picking up immediately after the events of the OVA, everything great about the original is back in a 13 episode bonanza. A few new characters are introduced (mostly just the families of the primary characters) and the opening and closing themes aren't quite as catchy as the original ones, but on the whole, very little has changed. Thanks to Jeff-kun's confidence boost in the OVA, Sae is now a full fledged magician, but still a complete klutz (some things never change). While I've only seen the first episode, I have total confidence, based on what I've seen so far, that the writers will keep us entertained and glued to our screens for the whole 13 eps. Every bit as highly recommended as the original. See it.

Available from Anime Works.

Kyoko's Mahoutsukai Tai! A great page with lots of pics and info, including stuff from the TV series
Never Stand Too Close to a Naked Magician
Sae's Magic Hat

The cherry tree decides to go for a stroll

Updated 31-12-01