Young adults must defeat a great "enemy"
Joe | USA | 11/03/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"When the movie started, I kept stopping it and starting it, trying to figure out why the sound wasn't working. Then I let it play: the sound was fine, it's just that the directors were true to reality: the opening scene features the arrival of the great bell from space and since space is vacume sound doesn't travel (sound being the vibration of air...).A great Bell arrives from outer space and promptly disables all military attacks on it. Strangely, it does so non-violently. That is, while it destroys military hardware it scans for life forms first and avoids killing people, disintegrating hardware around them. And it only seems to reacts when attacked.The Magic User's Club is a small group of teenagers who devote themselves to eliminating this "enemy". Magic is "real"; they chant spells and can make objects fly or tranfsorm, for example. There's the nerd boy who's the center of action (he gets to panties and brassier fantasy stages), who is even leched on by an androgynous member of the club. The young girl who's the primary female is a less-than-skilled magic user learning to fly her broom. The setting is modern day: cars, airplanes, and the club wears retro witch outfits when in the club (with a more modern cut - like bee-bop Holloween), but otherwise dress normal outside the club - shorts, tank tops, etc.The overall theme of this is like most other modern Japanese anime: bright colors, very good animation, risque humor, modern setting, young people, obsession with big boobs in some cases (the teacher especially), rivallry between Magic Users Clubs and a Comic Book Club. It could be termed good clean teenage fun. Not so mature as to label it adult fair, but sexy enough to make it a step above adolescent cartoons.I rated it an honest 3 because some people rate everything 5 even if they think it's trash. For me, 3 means it's a fairly good, middle-of-the line movie, worth a buy for intense anime fans and worth a rent for normal people. I save 4 and 5s for movies that grabbed me and run off, and which I end up hankering for more of. This was entertaining, but not super-fabulous."
Magic Users Club Fun
Summer Bradshaw | Maine USA | 03/12/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the first part of the television series after the OAV. I think the Theme song for the show [stunk] and should have stayed with the one used previously. I also don't get how little "Jeffy" plays a part and why she suddenly has a penpal named Micky she can just tell everything too. With that out of the way...Magic Users Club is great! The characters are still lovable and Takeo is still picturing indecent things. I enjoy how the show feels real, not everyday is there some huge magical delemia (not as big as aliens anyway) the magic is used kind of to help along a storyline of the characters relationships with eachother. The humor is still great and on the dvd you get flubs of the voice actors wich is both fun and revealing!"
Japanese Cultural Humor 101?
Matthew D Goldman | New Hope, MN USA | 11/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Now I'm just a Baka Gajinn, but I was able to catch many of the insider cultural references and jokes.There's the battle for club membership and loyality. There are weird giant aliens. You have the female head of the Manga club being attacked by tentcles. And there was, well just get the disk. You will be really happy you did.A friend who was over watching the episode turned to me after the last episode on the disk and demanded more. She was really unhappy that I didn't have the whole series on hand."