Posted by psgels on 19 January 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews


Romantic comedies and I haven’t had the best relationship. Sure, there have been a few gems among them (for example Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge and Code-E), but there is just so much crap amongst the genre. For me, the gags are often lazy, the characters uninspired and they rely way too much on moe stereotypes. The few series that do put a bit of effort into their storytelling also have a large chance of not knowing how to balance the romance and the comedy properly (Magikano, anyone?)

The cream of the crop in the romantic-comedy-genre has to be Mahou Tsukai Tai for me. The television-series made the mistake in going on and on about the major villain, but none of these problems return in the OVA. This is really what a romantic comedy should be. There is no minute wasted, every single character is meaningful and the story manages to fully utilize the format of six episodes. Basically, if you liked the television-series, you just have to check out the OVA.

The strength of Mahou Tsukai Tai is that it takes a cast of characters who would have been incredibly cliché on their own, and turns them into something memorable. Unlike series as Kanon and basically 90% of all other series, the characters don’t feel randomly thrown together. They all have their own strengths and weaknesses, and they use their strengths to make up for the weaknesses of the others. The cast just fits perfectly. Unlike the television-series, this is also one OVA that keeps an excellent balance between comedy and drama. The final episode manages to close off the OVA very nicely due to the build-up of the first five ones.

I’ve seen a lot of movies and OVAs now that don’t know how to build up properly, but those who do understand this have turned into really memorable watches, and this is exactly what makes the difference between a memorable OVA and just a forgettable one. The time that movies and OVAs have to work with is considerably smaller than compared with television-series, but if it’s used well, then the results are awesome.

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  1. miden says:

    ahh i saw this a wihle back, about 2 or 3 months ago. Hmm not much to say XD as uve said most of it up there, this is one of my more favorite Romantic Comdies that knows how to build itself up til the last episode which i really liked xD This anime is prettty good and i sorta agreee with your rating on it x].

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 10:18 PM)
    Brits abroad were getting a good deal out of being in the EU though in terms of welfare.
    Leaving is just going to make trading more expensive too.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 10:17 PM)
    It will be interesting to see this develop and if the sterling will recover/will Britain actually get along on its own.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 10:16 PM)
    I know I heard that America was re-thinking when it came to how they’d trade with Britain.
    The effect the Brexit has had on the Sterling apparently now makes it cheaper for me to order from the UK.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 10:10 PM)
    @K-off: I’m suspect at France ever leaving (or Frexit as people are calling that possibility), that idea is mainly being hyped by the national front, who while have influence/increasing influence will never be influential enough.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 09:46 PM)
    the influx of muslims that appear to threaten the liberal society (particularly homosexuals) of Britain and as a result I don’t want to call those concerned about it simply “racists.” It’s a legitimate concern that’s been taken over by racial hysteria, although at the end of the day it’s not worth everything else that comes with leaving the EU.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 09:41 PM)
    @Kaiser My knowledge of UK politics is relatively shabby, so I can’t speak for everything surrounding David Cameron and Article 50 as far as that’s concerned. But as for immigration, as much as I disagree, I do get the grievances people who voted “out” have for the EU’s immigration policy, namely
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 09:39 PM)
    Come to think of it, I started using Kaiser as an online alias after hearing the word in a history class when I was 13, Kaiser also happened to be the name given to one of Sigma’s forms in one of the megaman X games which I was really into at the time, there was an old sega game called Ristar where in the Japanese version the villain was called Kaiser.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 09:36 PM)
    @K-off: As in people were actually voting to leave as a protest, rather than thinking/wanting britain to leave.
    Theres also been a hate campaign going on since the fallout now off Poles being beaten up.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 09:34 PM)
    @K-off: I hope/assume that you have been following the Brexit thing? Kind of wanted to hear you talk about it.
    Alot of the voting came down to peoples ignorance, racism/anti-immigration agenda, old fashioned nationalists, alot of panic voting too. People are bringing up the breakup of the UK again, I’ve heard theres people who want to re-do the referendum and regret voting Britain out/that they voted to out Britain thinking that wouldn’t happen.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 09:34 PM)
    @Kaiser And I assumed yours was a reference to Mori’s manga.

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