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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A+
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Bandai Visual
- MSRP: �6000
- Running time: 28
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Mahou Tsukai Tai
Mahou Tsukai Tai Vol. #1
Mahou Tsukai Tai Vol. #1
What They SayThe Review!
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Mahou Tsukai Tai was originally a six part OVA released by Bandai in 1995. I consider the OVA series as one of the finest ever made, although it had two things against it, one being too short and two being a bit uneven. Now the show is back in the form of 13 TV episodes! Yay!
The TV series begins where the OVA left off, so I recommend you watch the OVA first. The story is basically about the members of a Magic Club in a school, where the members fly on brooms, wear silly costumes and use real magic. This first disc only includes the first episode "Sae, the Magic Club, and the Sakura Tree", in which the Magic Club try to deal with the giant sakura tree from the last OVA episode. The following 4 volumes of the series will contain 3 episodes each.
Although a TV series, the animation is OVA+ quality, and uses the same great character design as before so I would consider this a 13 part OVA. Some of the musical themes of the OVA also come back to make you feel at home. The cast and crew are the same as the OVA.
The disc comes in a Amaray keep case, and the limited box is a cheap, thin, semi-transparent plastic one instead of the sturdy cardboard ones we are used to from Japanese releases, making the box rather wobbly. Certainly better than no box at all, but they could have done a better job.
The menu is your standard non-animated menu system. I've seen better, and I've seen worse.
The video is amazing, probably the best I've ever seen on an anime disc. The colors are rich and the picture almost comes alive with detail.
The sound is also great. There may not be a lot of surround effects but the quality of the sound makes listening to the dialog or the great music a joy. By the way, the opening song rocks!
So the video and sound are great, how about the episode itself, you ask? Well, although it's probably too soon to say about the entire show, the "uneven" factor is still there. There's not a lot happening in this episode. There are some great funny scenes, although the pure otaku mood of the OVA isn't quite there yet. I'll have to wait for the next volume, and then I'll tell you!
Japanese Language,30 sec and 15 sec commercial spots,Various commercials for other anime shows,Limited 5-DVD Collection Box with first printing
Creative Encore Dxr2 DVD, Pioneer VSX-808 receiver, Panasonic TX-W28R3F Widescreen TV, NHT SuperOne Xu speakers.